Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas

Christmas Eve dinner cooked and waiting on the table. The presents wrapped and under the tree. The children anxious and ready to get started, but mother insisting that they wait for father. He had been scheduled to work the day shift at the local...

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A Seemingly Insignificant Savior

A Seemingly Insignificant Savior

We are naturally drawn to the flash and drama of a powerful savior. The Chicago Bears fan base has been abuzz recently with their addition of the highest paid defensive player in the NFL—Khalil Mack (7yr/$154m). Similarly, the Los Angeles Lakers are...

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Advent: Hope to Come

Advent: Hope to Come

The bang of the gavel echoed throughout the courtroom. For a moment I felt as if I was dreaming. In a flash, nearly a decade of memories, experiences, friendships and my marriage began fading away like a morning mist disappears from a deep valley as the...

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Bought With a Price

Bought With a Price

“I could never do that. It would hurt too much.” I don’t know how I ended up so lucky, but several of my friends are foster parents, and some even became adoptive parents. We try to support them to the best of our ability, and we get to witness the...

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Holiday or Holy Day?

Holiday or Holy Day?

As another Christmas approaches, we again face the dichotomy between a deeply spiritual celebration and a highly commercialized seasonal event. One way of understanding how Christmas has become, for many, a completely secular “holiday” rather than a...

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Famine Relief and the Gospel

Famine Relief and the Gospel

At a town in Chad I pulled off the main road and navigated the Toyota Land Cruiser in between mud houses and through narrow alleys with inches to spare. A Chadian Lutheran Brethren missionary colleague, directed me to a house where we picked up the village...

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Who Will Go For Me?

Who Will Go For Me?

My name is Yuwei Bai (pronounced as You-way Bye), which means “something precious in the universe.” I am from Shanghai, China’s biggest city, with a population of 24 million people. (Texas has 28 million people.) I was not raised in a Christian family, but...

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No Soap Opera Christmas

No Soap Opera Christmas

I saw a TV show about a Scandinavian woman who was cut off by her parents at age 16 because she wouldn’t live by the strict rules of their religion—one that we would consider a cult. The young woman grew up and had a daughter of her own. When the daughter...

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The Die is Cast

The Die is Cast

There are moments in history that shape the future. Some of these moments are obvious, like the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, or the terrorist attack on 9/11. If you lived through one of those moments, you understood that...

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Kingdom Secrets

Kingdom Secrets

https://vimeo.com/274308437 John the Baptist’s disciples asked of Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:3) The prophet John, the one man who should have known beyond any shadow of a doubt that Jesus was the...

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Dramatic Farming: The Weedy Truth

Dramatic Farming: The Weedy Truth

https://vimeo.com/274921070 Matthew 13 contains more of Jesus’ parables than any other chapter in the New Testament. The Greek word for “parable” is parabole, from two smaller words: the preposition para, meaning “alongside,” and bole, which is related to...

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A Treasure New and Old

A Treasure New and Old

https://vimeo.com/275288101 Through a glorious string of kingdom parables and explanations, CLB Biennial Convention 2018 attendees found life and were reminded of our place in the kingdom of God. The last parable in this string is found in Matthew...

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Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

The theme of the 2018 Church of the Lutheran Brethren Biennial Convention was “King me.” I remember when I learned to play checkers. What a relief it was to get a stone (piece) to the other side of the board and yell, “King me!” As a result, the stone...

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Japanese Ministries:  A Model For Outreach

Japanese Ministries: A Model For Outreach

From this article I hope you take away these two things. First: Learn how God is using Japanese Ministries in Seattle, so that you can support it in prayer and offerings. Second: Recognize the opportunities all around you in your daily life where God wants...

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In Appreciation of Dr. Boe

In Appreciation of Dr. Boe

The distinguished Dean of the Lutheran Brethren Seminary, Dr. Eugene Boe, has a new title. It is Research Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. LBS President David Veum announced that Dr. Boe will continue teaching classes, lecturing at the...

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Introducing the New Dean

Introducing the New Dean

July 1, 2018 marks the beginning of Dr. Brad Pribbenow’s appointment to serve as the Dean of Lutheran Brethren Seminary. He was appointed to this position by the Board of LBS at their April 2018 meeting. Just what does a Seminary Dean do? The LBS Mission...

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Making Sense of the Bible’s Psalms of Vengeance

Making Sense of the Bible’s Psalms of Vengeance

The book of Psalms is filled with so many memorable and meaningful psalms: “As the deer pants for streams of water…” (Psalm 42:1); “The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23:1), just to cite a couple. These are the psalms which have endeared this book to so many...

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My First Week as a  Missionary in Chad

My First Week as a Missionary in Chad

“See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (Rev. 3:8). The late night flight into Ndjamena is surreal. Am I really landing in Chad? I cover my hair with the obligatory scarf to exit the plane, enter the bus parked on the tarmac, and...

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Chains for Christ

Chains for Christ

Other people can be very flippant regarding your struggles. You may be struggling through a long illness, disability, loss of job and income, a fractured vital relationship… Whatever it is, you feel completely stuck. It doesn’t go away; it doesn’t “get better.” And...

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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

The Glorious Engrained in the Small

https://vimeo.com/album/5217400/video/271938036 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...

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The Price of the Pearl

The Price of the Pearl

https://vimeo.com/album/5217400/video/274962854 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...

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The Day of the Dragnet

The Day of the Dragnet

https://vimeo.com/album/5217400/video/274974656 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...

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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

https://vimeo.com/album/5217400/video/273903140 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...

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