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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My Church

My Church

Some of you have grown up in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren as I have. The CLB is where we are comfortable and where many of our friends are found. We enjoy the style of worship service and revel in our understanding of law and gospel. We believe God...

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Small Town Encouragement

Small Town Encouragement

I recently visited with Heather Shaw, whose husband, Pastor Darren Shaw, serves Faith Lutheran Brethren Church, Hendricks, Minnesota, and also Blom Prairie, just across the state line in Toronto, South Dakota. Blom Prairie and Faith have shared a pastor...

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Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

I’ll just go ahead and say it: “I love the Church of the Lutheran Brethren!” As a young child, it was Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church of Succasunna, New Jersey that welcomed our family into the church. It was there that I first heard the gospel. In my...

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Saving Faith

Saving Faith

My name is Kris. I did not grow up in a church. As an adult, I believed that I was a strong woman and I could take care of everyone and everything. Who needed a church? I had me. I was a good person. That surely was my key to heaven.Then came the year...

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Hope and Health to Chadians

Hope and Health to Chadians

Jesus declared, “I will build my Church,” to his small band of disciples after Peter confessed him as the Christ. In one pithy pronouncement, Jesus defined both his role in and his ownership of this enormous and supernatural construction project. In the...

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A Familiar Foreigner

A Familiar Foreigner

On our first trip to RT Mart, my daughter asked me, “Why is everyone staring at us?” The only good answer I had was this: “Because we look strange.” With blonde hair and blue eyes, my children stick out like sore thumbs in the hustle and bustle of Hsinchu,...

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An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

God has a divine sense of humor, as well as perfect timing. He sent us an unexpected visitor that we should have been expecting.It was October 14, and I was reaching the culmination of a pointed sermon. It was my third Sunday of unpacking our church’s proposed new...

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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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