Leap for Joy

Leap for Joy

A few years ago, I was approached by a couple considering an abortion. They wanted a pastor’s opinion, so I gave them one. I told them that God values life—so much so that he sent his one and only Son to be crucified for the sins of the world. The young...

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His Mercy is Great

His Mercy is Great

I was standing outside the abortion clinic in the fall of the year. It was Wednesday, abortion day, which meant about twenty women would enter the clinic and end the lives of their unborn children. We were a group of fifteen people, standing in protest...

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Living with Abortion

Living with Abortion

I had an abortion nine years ago. It still haunts me to this day. The abortion providers convinced me that abortion would fix my situation. They convinced me that it would open up doors to great opportunities. But really, it tore me apart to my core.Before...

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Help and Healing

Help and Healing

It was called Whatever Happened to the Human Race. Back in 1980, it changed my life. Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin showed this five-part film series that brought to light crucial issues of human dignity and what happens to a...

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Walking Home

Walking Home

"I’m sorry, your daughter has no brain or skull. She is not compatible with life outside the womb. She will likely pass in utero, during birth, or minutes to hours after she is born.”Time stopped. My body went numb and I struggled to take a breath with...

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Resurrection

Resurrection

"Christians believe in reincarnation… they confess it whenever they say their creeds.” As my World Religions professor spoke these words to our university class almost 20 years ago, I was a bit dumbfounded. My first reaction was to think, “No, we don’t!...

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Abortion is a Symptom

Abortion is a Symptom

Outrage! Anger! Murder! We may struggle with these and many other thoughts as we see the reports of the laws that have been proposed, and even passed, by state legislatures allowing the killing of babies up to and even after the moment of birth! The...

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Changes Proposed in Women’s Ministries

Changes Proposed in Women’s Ministries

Change is good! Change is exciting! Or, change is hard… and bad! Realistically, change is inevitable—it’s our attitudes or responses that make it bad. Life is change! It’s growth, maturing, learning, adapting. Yet we need stability, and we treasure the...

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NAM Restructure

NAM Restructure

One sure trait of living things is the desire to live; it envelops a host of urges consciously pursued and subconsciously automatic—from eating to working to breathing. At its most poignant expression this desire to live, particularly when threatened,...

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Cultivate New England

Cultivate New England

Centuries ago, European settlers arrived on the shores of the Northeast United States with the hope of finding religious freedom and liberty rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As settlers left their homes abroad and settled in North America, this...

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Reaching the Unreached

Reaching the Unreached

I wear a blue band on my left wrist that is quite meaningful to me. The words “Reaching the Unreached” are facing me, constantly reminding me of the goal that I desire will shape everything I do. These words guide and challenge me as I set both my daily...

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Missionary Update

Missionary Update

It was a map on the wall of the LB International Mission office that caught my attention—a map of Chad. I looked at it for a few moments and then started asking questions. Where did the LB mission in Chad first start? Where are the current missionaries...

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Life Moves You

Life Moves You

Recognizing physical life as a wonderful gift is a moving and mobilizing experience:A young mother saw a documentary film series about where modern culture was heading in its devaluing of human life. She was moved to help organize a crisis pregnancy...

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Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

It was when the prodigal son came to himself that he saw that he had sinned. Before this, he had had no conviction of it.There are many who say that they have no real conviction of sin. They look at their life and are unable to discover any crimson...

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Lost Sheep

Lost Sheep

One evening, before I knew Jesus Christ as my Savior, I was working a trade show in Atlanta, Georgia. At the end of the day I went for a walk. Unfamiliar with the city, I soon found myself alone in a rough part of town. Realizing I was out of my element, I...

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Prodigal Son: Time to Go Home

Prodigal Son: Time to Go Home

I suppose I’ll just shoot straight with him. “Dad, I messed up. You raised me to ‘Honor my father and my mother, that it might go well for me in the land that God has given us.’ I have sinned against heaven and against you. Though I don’t deserve it,...

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Loving Father: Waiting and Watching

Loving Father: Waiting and Watching

As I look at the handsome young man who entered the room I think to myself, “I love him!” He takes after his mother, the quick lopsided grin, the sparkle in the eye. He is a sensitive, caring soul and oh!... so strong willed! He has not been himself...

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Older Brother: Foolish Forgiveness

Older Brother: Foolish Forgiveness

What a day it has been around the family farm! It started out with me thinking my father was acting completely foolishly. He was flippantly throwing around forgiveness, freely offering it to my younger brother who has just returned home after carelessly...

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No Contest

No Contest

Jesus Christ is holy. I am not. Jesus Christ is pure. I am not. Jesus Christ is good. I am not. Jesus Christ is sinless. I am not. Jesus Christ is righteous. I am not. Jesus Christ is the sacrifice accepted by God for the sins of the world. I am not (not...

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Reflections on Ministry

Reflections on Ministry

"We’re calling because we want you to consider being interviewed for the Director of Women’s Ministry position, now that our current DWM has resigned.”This invitation from the WMCLB Ministry Team came just as I was adjusting to a major life change. My...

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A Disciple Making Disciples

A Disciple Making Disciples

Growing up I always thought that discipleship was simply following Jesus and that was it. Sunday would come each week and I would attend Sunday School, learn about all the biblical stories and “heroes” of the faith. After Sunday School we would sit as a...

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Cy’s Place

Cy’s Place

Have you ever had a moment when you could feel your heart drop? Have you ever received bad news that made you feel helpless? For one young expectant couple, heart-dropping and helpless feelings invaded what should have been a joyous occasion, their baby’s...

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Differences

Differences

Differences, I have been learning a lot about differences. Following God’s calling as a missionary, you know you are signing up for something “different.” At the same time you really only begin to realize just how different these differences are when you...

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Reaping the Reward

Reaping the Reward

I grew up on a farm that had pigs. My brother and I had the duty of pig chores. The first responsibility was to make sure they had food and water daily. The second was to clean their pens and provide them fresh hay to lie on. I remember a number of cold...

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The Lord is Good

The Lord is Good

We pursued an unusual theme for Lenten services a few years ago. Our pastors and leaders at Stavanger Lutheran Church took turns speaking on the theme, “Sensing the Gospel.” Our aim was to contemplate Lent and the passion of Christ through the five senses:...

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Man in the Street

Man in the Street

The temperature dropped overnight. We were now looking at a high of 5° Fahrenheit, and I was scheduled to help a friend do man in the street interviews for a Christmas series his church was planning—he would ask the questions and I would run the camera....

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How Does Biblical Mission Happen?

How Does Biblical Mission Happen?

I was in college when I first learned the difference between centripetal force and centrifugal force. No, it wasn’t in an engineering course. Believe it or not, it was in my campus ministry!  Centripetal force is defined as something that moves an object...

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Fight the Good Fight

Fight the Good Fight

On paper President Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have hoped for a better military strategist—a man who had earned the nickname, “The Young Napoleon,” because he possessed an incredibly strategic mind. At the time, he was the youngest cadet ever accepted into...

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Lutheran Brethren DNA

Lutheran Brethren DNA

Rev. K.O. Lundeberg was instrumental in bringing together the family of churches that came to be the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. In 1899 he established the Broderbaandet (Bond of Brotherhood). This magazine was to be an instrument of the Lord through...

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Global Migration

Global Migration

Nobody saw it coming 40 years ago. Today, the entire world is being changed by it. By what?  Global migration. Global migration means that about two billion people have been or are migrating inside or outside their national borders. Today people from...

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