One Body: Created for a Purpose

One Body: Created for a Purpose

What happens when the hand says to the body, I don’t need you, or when the head says to the foot, I don’t need you?On December 26, 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000. The sum was the most paid for any ball player...

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One God: “What’s the Meaning of Life?”

One God: “What’s the Meaning of Life?”

I didn’t accept God’s gift of eternal life until I was 35 years old. The Holy Spirit brought me to faith in Jesus as I read the truth about him from the pages of his Word.From time to time I’d return to the Christian bookstore where I’d gotten my first...

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One Church: Love One Another

One Church: Love One Another

While I served a church in western New York for several years, I had many conversations at the church playground with neighbors. As I worked in the yard on a Saturday, neighbors arrived with their kids to play. When they came, I would brush dirt from my...

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One Mission: To Know, and to Make Known

One Mission: To Know, and to Make Known

I grew up camping. On one occasion when I was camping with my family, my dad sent me out on an important mission: to get water. I took a giant kettle and wandered toward the water spigot. I fumbled with the archaic pump, but I managed to fill the kettle...

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NAM: The Next Step

NAM: The Next Step

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren is pleased to introduce Rev. Nick Mundis as the new Director of North American Mission, Dr. Ryan Nilsen as the new Associate Director and Phil Heiser as the new Associate for Ministry Support in the Office of the...

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Associate for Ministry Support

Associate for Ministry Support

Doctors, pilots, firefighters: these are highly skilled professionals we entrust with our lives. A good doctor has the opportunity to extend life and health. A pilot has a specialized skill to move someone a great distance. A firefighter enters a place of...

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LBS Class of 2019

LBS Class of 2019

BEN BRESLIN After serving for three years as a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002. He spent over fifteen years as a technical business analyst in the healthcare industry. Ben’s life...

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Meet the Smiths

Meet the Smiths

Meet the Smith family, LBIM’s newest missionaries to Chad! Matt and Christina have five children (Mcclellan, Verity, Noam, Bastion, and Evangeline). They currently live in Lawrence, Kansas. Their connection to the Church of the Lutheran Brethren goes back...

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Turn Down the Heat

Turn Down the Heat

Ryan Nilsen led me to rethink. His presentation to the recent CLB Central Region convention challenged our notions about how we welcome new people into our churches.In my church, we have engaged in self-evaluation. Among our strengths, we see a warm...

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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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