Called to Taiwan

Called to Taiwan

https://vimeo.com/album/5217400/video/275288101 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...

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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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Closest Thing to Jesus?

Closest Thing to Jesus?

Last year in June, a group of former NFL stars traveled to Rome for a meeting with the Pope. Former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin summed up the experience: “This was a wonderful day. Just to have an opportunity to shake his hand and to feel his presence in...

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The Servant and the Master

The Servant and the Master

I buckled my son into his seat and set him up with a video game that I hoped would hold his attention for most of the flight. With the boy thoroughly distracted I pulled the Bible from my carry-on bag and thought to myself, “If the video game does its job, I’ll have...

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Daddy, Why a Lamb?

Daddy, Why a Lamb?

When I was ten years old, our Sunday School leader told us a story about a lamb. Harold had just learned of his mother’s death and he wanted to tell us of a very important experience he had with her. He began, “How many of you have a puppy or a kitty?” We raised our...

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King of the Jews

King of the Jews

If you were asked to name your favorite novel, song, movie, or TV show, you would probably respond with the title of each one. My own answers, for example, would be: Unbroken, “Gesù Bambino,” The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and ESPN Films’ 30 for 30. I doubt many of us...

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Jesus: A Friend to Thieves

Jesus: A Friend to Thieves

There are moments in Christian ministry when we are the recipients of our Lord’s special ministry to us. I preface my own such encounter with the Lord by referencing Matthew 25:39, “Lord, when did I see you in prison?” God’s call to ministry came to me in an unusual...

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Pivot Point

Pivot Point

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV). The death and resurrection of Jesus is not a story told to teach us something. It is not a fable or wishful thinking. It is not...

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Investing in the Foundation

Investing in the Foundation

I am so grateful to my home congregation for sending me to seminary. Harold Revne, an elder in Bethesda, told me, “David, it’s time for you to go to get better prepared for ministry. And we’ll pay the tuition.” That’s just what they did. They set up a scholarship fund...

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Keep Your Eyes Open

Keep Your Eyes Open

As I visited recently with Mary Rodgers and Mary Helwagen from Mentor, Ohio, they shared the passion of Pilgrim Lutheran Brethren Church (PLBC) for making disciples and encouraging women through Women’s Ministry to their Northeastern Ohio area. Here’s what they had to...

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God’s Grace Flows

God’s Grace Flows

We are in Chad! It has been almost four years to the day since we first heard about the need for people to come and share God’s Word among the unreached people in Chad. God has certainly taught us a lot since then—especially during our year in France. At the end of...

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Jesus is the Foundation

Jesus is the Foundation

In 1902 Joakim Gundersen received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. From that day forward, he made it his life’s mission to tell others of his Savior. On October 30, 1959, Joakim wrote the letter below to encourage his grandson and to share his testimony. Dear...

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Winter Youth Retreat

Winter Youth Retreat

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). On January 5, 2018, around forty youth and youth leaders arrived...

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Laughing at God’s Plan

Laughing at God’s Plan

In Genesis 17 and 18, on separate occasions, both Abraham and Sarah struggle to contain their laughter at God’s promise to bless them with a son. The childless couple are nearing 100 and 90 years old, respectively. What a ludicrous idea! God has been too slow to keep...

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Wrestle with God

Wrestle with God

No one lives in such solitude that God has not entrusted to him or her the responsibility for someone else. He leads people into our lives. One day we will have to give an account for them. Many try to isolate themselves so that they may evade responsibility for...

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Rebuild It

Rebuild It

My oldest son loves playing with Lego blocks. He likes to build airplanes, cars, castles, and homes. He constructs small cities and develops complex story lines in which each Lego character plays an important role. It seems there is no end to his creativity. My...

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You Can’t Go to Church

You Can’t Go to Church

The world is changing. I’m sure you’ve noticed this. School is different for your kids than it was for you. The political environment is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Societal values have shifted radically. And something about your church is different, too....

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Transformational Church

Transformational Church

https://vimeo.com/252937259 Church Planting and the Mission of God For some, the word planting comes across as insider language. In the sub-culture of the church planting world there is an entire language mostly unknown to the outside. We’ve all heard planters talk...

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Resilience in Ministry: Three Action Steps

Resilience in Ministry: Three Action Steps

Pastor Jacob looked at the email, grimaced, and thought, “Not another one.” His heart sank a bit. Another individual was contacting him after visiting the church on Sunday and asking for a pastoral visit, ending his email, “And my wife and I are very interested in the...

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God Provides: CLB Contribution Report

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, ESV). Imagine with me what our churches would look like if we actually lived out the truth of this verse. Of course, we confess that it is, in fact,...

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