King me!

King me!

If you have ever played Checkers, then you’ve probably been frustrated by the limited movement of the stones (the pieces). The stones move in one direction. They cannot move to the left or to the right, nor can they turn back. Their only option is straight across the...

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BC18: Revisited

BC18: Revisited

True confession: Driving up Interstate 94 on June 8, I was having second thoughts, or at least a powerful sense of “non-excitement.” As a veteran of nearly thirty Church of the Lutheran Brethren Annual (and now Biennial) Conventions, I wondered whether this was really...

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The Glorious Engrained in the Small

May I introduce you to Methuselah? Methuselah, the Judean date palm tree? He’s only thirteen years old. The thing is: we thought he didn’t exist. We thought he was extinct. I love this title of an article about Methuselah: “Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds...

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The Price of the Pearl

The Price of the Pearl

Not so long ago I wrapped up my devotional reading in the book of Judges. The story of the Judges is preceded by a 400-year span of amazing leadership—Moses, this incredible servant-prophet of God. Then the baton is passed to Joshua, who leads Israel into the Promised...

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The Day of the Dragnet

The Day of the Dragnet

Much of the material in the kingdom parables of Matthew 13 revolves around farming. But the last parable references fishing, instead. However, it is not the fishing reference that we are accustomed to. In Matthew 4:18 we read, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of...

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A Legacy of Generosity

A Legacy of Generosity

Have you thought about how you will feel about God’s mission on earth after you have died? Do you think that God’s will that all people be saved will no longer matter to you? Do you think that the joy of being in Heaven and being completely united with Jesus will mean...

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WMCLB 2018 Convention Recap

WMCLB 2018 Convention Recap

Saturday, June 9, 2018 was memorable! It was the first day of the CLB Biennial Convention—a “Day of Equipping”—and 120 women attended our WMCLB convention day, as other training events were taking place simultaneously. Here’s how we were equipped: We worshiped our...

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New Hope for Parker, CO

New Hope for Parker, CO

I walked into the fellowship hall of Bethel Church in Fergus Falls, scoping out the tables for an open chair, and better yet, a spot around good conversation. The main session of the 2014 Biennial Convention had just kicked off our time together, and the usual...

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Called to Taiwan

Called to Taiwan

Dan Venberg: Ben and Sara Hosch, you have been called and commissioned to serve as LBIM missionaries in Taiwan. Jesus Christ promises to be with you in this. We as the Church of the Lutheran Brethren want you to know that we are also with you, and are blessed to have...

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LBC Class of 2018

LBC Class of 2018

Moriah Juhl Moriah grew up on the mission field in Kenya with her parents, Rev. John and Tammy Juhl. She graduated from Juhl International Academy in 2011 and received a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Jamestown, North Dakota in 2014. Prior to...

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BC18: King Me

BC18: King Me

The expression “King me!” is as worn as middle-aged memories of earlier days spent round a checker board. Yet, it is arresting and explosively current. Because, said this way, it is not the typical way in which we commonly use and hear the noun “king.” Here, “King...

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I Need a Sign

I Need a Sign

I was raised in a Christian home, but somewhere along the way I left the Christian faith. I wanted proof of God’s existence. I can remember asking him for a sign. I wanted him to rip open the sky, or at least give me a burning bush. Moses got a burning bush. He was in...

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Deserving Judgment

Deserving Judgment

Flashing red light in the rear-view mirror. Speeding. Ticket. Twenty-one years old. Frontal lobe not fully developed. “I won’t pay the fine; I’ll talk my way out of it before the judge.” Intimidating court room, judge towering, “How do you plead?” Knees shaking, what...

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Righteous in Christ

Righteous in Christ

The prisoners stand with their hands bound behind their backs in the center of the only light, from an unseen source, in an otherwise dark room. The prosecutor paces back and forth listing off the charges, “Evil, thoughtless violence, wonton destruction, hatred,...

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The Harvest is Ready

The Harvest is Ready

I have grown up in the church all my life. Thinking of my conversion, rather than pinpointing a single moment, I can see it came through the planting of seeds by many workers. Workers who took time to invest in my life, to hear my story, to encourage and teach me, and...

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Focus: Stewardship

Focus: Stewardship

Pentecost is the day we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit to indwell believers. He came on the fiftieth day following the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The eternal Spirit of God has been present in the world since creation. In Genesis, we read that “the...

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WMCLB: Thy Kingdom Come…

WMCLB: Thy Kingdom Come…

Emperors, dictators, kings and heads of state have ruled over powerful nations, rising and falling throughout time. God’s Kingdom is not of this world, Jesus said, and yet he profoundly impacted every life he touched. His Kingdom still stands! Through many centuries,...

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Arrow Corps: A Disciple-Making Movement

Arrow Corps: A Disciple-Making Movement

The concept of Arrow Corps started a couple years ago. As the CLB Mission Team worked through a strategic planning process, we recognized two significant needs in our denomination: 1) We have many churches that are in plateau or decline and 2) we do not have any...

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Diakonia and Dialogue for Peace

Diakonia and Dialogue for Peace

Members of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren of Cameroon live under the threat of Boko Haram terror. The militia targets churches and pastors. Church president Rev. Robert Goyek Daga works for peace by seeking dialogue with moderate Muslim leaders in the area. When...

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Take an Interest

Take an Interest

I invite you to consider the following hypothetical stories: Picture Cory: a 14-year-old freshman in high school. He seems to be your typical suburbanite student, he plays on the JV football team, has solid grades, goes to church most Sundays and regularly goes to...

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