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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 17:1–9

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 17:1–9

    An interesting phenomenon takes place at Halloween. Mom and Dad get dressed up in costume in anticipation of attending a party or taking the children trick-or-treating. Oftentimes their...

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  • Music of the Month: Hymns Complete

    Music of the Month: Hymns Complete

    John Behnke has begun a series for organists titled Hymns Complete, designed to accompany hymns as they are sung by congregations. Each volume contains introductions and accompaniments for...

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  • Understanding Justification and Sanctification

    Understanding Justification and Sanctification

    You’ll find the words justification and sanctification used hand-in-hand in sermons and Christian books, describing what Jesus has done for us. We use these words often, but do we really...

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  • Teaching Ideas for the Catechism: Commandments Six through Ten

    Teaching Ideas for the Catechism: Commandments Six through Ten

    One of the challenges of teaching the Ten Commandments is helping students to understand that God’s directives and prohibitions are broader than they seem.

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  • Repetition: February 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Repetition: February 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar

    The words of Proverbs 3:1–4 tumble around in my head and heart often as I go through my day with my three small children:

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  • Understanding Hosea's Marriage to Gomer

    Understanding Hosea's Marriage to Gomer

    The Lord and Israel are major characters in the Book of Hosea, but the drama of their relationship is acted out in the persons of Hosea and his unfaithful wife, Gomer. She bore him three...

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  • Top Organ Chorale Prelude Collections

    Top Organ Chorale Prelude Collections

    Preludes center your congregation’s hearts and minds on treasured hymn texts and tunes that inspire reflection and encourage their faith. Chorale preludes in particular draw upon a rich...

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  • Prayers for Forgiveness to Help You Turn a New Leaf

    Prayers for Forgiveness to Help You Turn a New Leaf

      There’s never a perfect time to turn over a new leaf in life, but as a Christian, it is always necessary to offer forgiveness. We are meant to show God’s love and Christ’s light to all....

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  • Month-by-Month VBS Planning Guide

    Month-by-Month VBS Planning Guide

    Vacation Bible School is a great tool for engagement, learning about Jesus, and sharing the Gospel. It is a big undertaking to plan and put together a successful VBS.

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  • Support for the Pastor’s Wife and Family: Bust the Fishbowl Mentality

    Support for the Pastor’s Wife and Family: Bust the Fishbowl Mentality

    I never wanted to marry into the ministry.There. I said it. Whew.The life that corresponds to marrying a church worker—whether pastor, chaplain, missionary, or so on—is messy and...

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  • Teaching Ideas for the Catechism: First Five Commandments

    Teaching Ideas for the Catechism: First Five Commandments

    The month of January marks not only a new year but the start of a fresh series of blogs for Sunday School teachers. The plan over the coming months is to reflect upon and offer teaching...

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  • Music of the Month: When I Behold Jesus Christ

    Music of the Month: When I Behold Jesus Christ

    This month's selected piece is a well-crafted modern hymn concertato scored for two-part voices, two treble instruments, piano, optional congregation, and optional violoncello by Matthew...

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  • Best Biblical Devotions for Your Shelf

    Best Biblical Devotions for Your Shelf

    Devotionals are a pivotal part of any daily faith enrichment. Just as you try to have conversations with your friends daily, it’s important to keep a conversation going with God the Father...

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  • Mental Health and Technology as Christians: An Interview with Heidi Goehmann

    Mental Health and Technology as Christians: An Interview with Heidi Goehmann

    Mystery, tension, data, connection, and creativity. These were recurring threads throughout my discussion with licensed clinical social worker, author, and hope-driven mental health...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 2:1–12

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 2:1–12

    When I work with couples in premarital counseling, there is a point at which we discuss leaving and cleaving, based on the creation account. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his...

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  • Complete List of Church Year Commemorations

    Complete List of Church Year Commemorations

    As a follow-up to our post on the seasons, feasts, and festivals in the Church Year, we’ve compiled a list of Church Year commemorations to help deepen your understanding. Read below for...

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  • Athanasius on John 10:30

    Athanasius on John 10:30

    Given the high status the Gospel of John gives to Jesus, it is not surprising that certain passages from this Gospel would play important roles when questions arose concerning Jesus’...

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  • The Stories behind Three Favorite Christmas Hymns

    The Stories behind Three Favorite Christmas Hymns

    Every Christmas tradition has an origin story, as do longtime favorite Christmas hymns. You may be surprised to discover what inspired three of your favorite holiday hymns: “From Heaven...

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  • Building: January 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Building: January 2023 Everyday Faith Calendar

    “Can you please help me, Mom?”My six-year-old son asked me this when he was working on a new LEGO building bricks set and got stuck on a step in the directions.

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  • Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy during a Bittersweet Christmas

    Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy during a Bittersweet Christmas

    For many people, Christmas is an exciting time of reuniting with family, spending quality time together, and eating too many cookies. But for others, it’s a painful reminder of broken...

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