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February 24, 2014

Under the Tent with the Family
(A Tribute to a Good Brother)
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oviedo, Florida

An hour earlier we were gathered in the sanctuary of Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “A Mighty Fortress is Our God!” and “Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart” were chosen by him for the service. He had requested a grand organ accompaniment be joined to those hymns! And so it was. It was an unforgettable “Sending” filled with good humor and beautiful...

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February 17, 2014

When a Paralyzed Man Walks
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors

Last fall, I rejoined the staff of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Center for Life, its nonprofit partner, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I had previously worked for three years before moving to Fargo, North Dakota. At a team meeting in January, Kelly Chatman, senior pastor of Redeemer...

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February 10, 2014

Distraction of the Least
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA

It’s known as “The Marshmallow Test.” In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel and his colleagues tried an experiment to determine impulsivity. They would put a four- or five-year-old child in a room and sit him down at a table with a marshmallow in front of him. Some of the kids would stare longingly at it, some would fidget with excitement; but all of them wanted the marshmallow....

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February 3, 2014

Persevering
By Rev. Keith Perry
Hospice and Hospital Chaplain

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

As I write this, the wind chill in Chicago is -17 degrees. The cold in January here has been pretty brutal at times. I have discovered, as I imagine you have, that going about routine daily business has become more difficult in this type of weather....

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January 27, 2014

The Legacy
By Ted Schroeder

I must have been about eight-years-old when Old Sam took me unicorn hunting that first time. “They’re very hard to see,” he told me. “In fact, few people ever glimpse one at all. But you can hear them in the rustle over the ridge and catch the flash of their form in movement along the creek ahead. Hunting unicorns is a marvelous thing, boy. It’s following a path marked by the finger of God.”

On our hunts, we often made our way through...

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