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  • Top Handbell Pieces for Children and Beginners

    Top Handbell Pieces for Children and Beginners

    Handbell music holds a unique place in the realm of parish music education and congregational worship. Its blend of teamwork, rhythm, and melody offers a rich experience for children,...

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  • Distracted: July 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Distracted: July 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    We’ve all felt the struggle. When you’re sitting in an awkward waiting room, when your kid asks you the same question over and over, when you’re tired at the end of a long day—we struggle...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Melchizedek

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Melchizedek

    My wife and I are blessed with a large group of nieces and nephews. Our oldest nephew, who is now all grown up, recently celebrated his birthday. As I spoke to him on the phone to wish...

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  • How to Modernize Your Church Directory

    How to Modernize Your Church Directory

    Church directories have been an important part of churches’ communication strategies for many years. While they’ve evolved over time, their purpose is still the same: to collect your...

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  • Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control through the Love of Christ

    Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control through the Love of Christ

    My preschool-aged daughter sat on the ground, wailing. We had been at the playground for hours, but now it was time to go. Her little friends had left with no drama other than some...

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  • Help Young People Defend the Faith with This Apologetics Curriculum

    Help Young People Defend the Faith with This Apologetics Curriculum

    The world is full of worldviews. Christians have always faced lies about Jesus and His ministry, and Christians witness best when they are well prepared. In 1 Peter 3:15, we are reminded...

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  • Music of the Month: Classic Concordia Chorale Preludes

    Music of the Month: Classic Concordia Chorale Preludes

    Classic Concordia Chorale Preludes is a large collection of miniature chorale prelude gems mined from the Concordia Publishing House (CPH) catalog of the 1950s through 1980s. These pieces...

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  • 4 Tips for Planning Youth Service Projects

    4 Tips for Planning Youth Service Projects

    There are endless possibilities when it comes to service projects. Some are as quick as sharpening pencils in the sanctuary for ten minutes during confirmation class. Others involve...

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  • How to Equip Youth with Resilient Minds

    How to Equip Youth with Resilient Minds

    Mental health awareness has increased significantly over the last decade, especially for our youth. When it comes to addressing these important topics and conversations, there are a lot...

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  • The Gospel of Luke: An Overview

    The Gospel of Luke: An Overview

    The Jerusalem temple was overlaid with so much gold that persons who saw it described its blinding effects as it glistened in the sun. Herod the Great refurbished it. He surrounded it...

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  • How to Practice Good Stewardship through Increased Productivity in the Church Office

    How to Practice Good Stewardship through Increased Productivity in the Church Office

    When you think of stewardship, what comes to mind? In the church setting, we typically think of stewardship in terms of financial contributions and tithing. But stewardship can tie into a...

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  • How Martin Luther Approached Mental Health Issues

    How Martin Luther Approached Mental Health Issues

    While increasing mental health awareness might seem newfangled, the topic of mental health was addressed by our own church fathers, including Martin Luther. As you seek to extend...

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  • Teaching the Differences between Christianity and Mormonism

    Teaching the Differences between Christianity and Mormonism

    This blog is a continuation of the series on teaching the differences between Christianity and other major world religions. This blog addresses Mormonism, a common worldwide religion...

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  • Noteworthy People in Church Music: Johann Walter

    Noteworthy People in Church Music: Johann Walter

    There are numerous historical figures who gave their gifts to Lutheranism and hymnody as a whole. Their contributions to Christianity give us amazing ways to praise God and all that He...

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  • Calling Out to the Father: June 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Calling Out to the Father: June 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    “Daddy! Daaaaaaaaaaaa-deeee! Daaaaaaaa-daaaaa! Dada! DADA!” My two-year-old cries out in the middle of the night. We can hear her over our audio monitor getting more frantic. She is...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1–21)

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1–21)

    Upon finishing my teaching degree at what is now Concordia University Chicago, I was recruited to serve as a missionary in Taiwan (ROC—Republic of China), where I spent two and a half...

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  • How to Design an Eye-Catching Banner for Your Church Website

    How to Design an Eye-Catching Banner for Your Church Website

    What’s the first thing you see when you go to your church website? It’s likely some sort of image with text or your logo over it. This graphic is called a website banner, and it’s a...

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  • Passing Down the Faith to the Next Generation

    Passing Down the Faith to the Next Generation

    I’ve attended what seems like a lot of funerals over the past few years at my church. More and more of the names in funeral announcements are familiar, particularly as the generation...

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  • Overview of Early Childhood Enduring Faith® Religion Curriculum

    Overview of Early Childhood Enduring Faith® Religion Curriculum

    Families and educators share the role of encouraging children toward faith that endures a lifetime. That is why Concordia Publishing House created the Enduring Faith Religion Curriculum...

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  • Music of the Month: Alleluia! Amen! Eight Organ Preludes for the Church Year

    Music of the Month: Alleluia! Amen! Eight Organ Preludes for the Church Year

    The Eight Organ Preludes for the Church Year series continues with “Alleluia! Amen!” and features the accessible and versatile writing that characterizes previous releases in the series....

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