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  • Five Easy-to-Learn Sheet Music Options for Easter

    Five Easy-to-Learn Sheet Music Options for Easter

    Every spring, Easter comes around in the Church Year as a celebration of the battle Christ has won for believers everywhere. He has conquered the devil, died for your sins, and defeated...

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  • Parenting Guilt, God’s Grace: March 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Parenting Guilt, God’s Grace: March 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    It was a month or so after our second child was born, and my almost two-year-old decided he wanted to join the rest of the family and stop sleeping too. Fighting bedtime, skipping his...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 22:1–18

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 22:1–18

    The United States enjoys what is largely a free-market economy. Those entering and competing in the free-market economy vie for the attention of the consumer and do so, in part, with...

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  • Five Books That Equip You to Share Your Faith

    Five Books That Equip You to Share Your Faith

    As Christians redeemed by Jesus, we get to live with the joy of the victory that Jesus has already won for us. We also live under the Great Commission—the instructions that Jesus spoke to...

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  • 3 Ways to Foster Young Leaders at Your Church

    3 Ways to Foster Young Leaders at Your Church

    Healthy youth ministry recognizes the capability of teens and how God can work through them as servant leaders. Youth leaders can set high expectations for young people, engaging them...

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  • Music of the Month: Hymn Tune Innovations: 5 Preludes for Lent

    Music of the Month: Hymn Tune Innovations: 5 Preludes for Lent

    This collection of five preludes for Lent is another stunning addition to the Hymn Tune Innovations series. Benjamin M. Culli has composed five accessible preludes for use during the...

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  • How MinistryFOCUS Offers Help to Ministry Leaders

    How MinistryFOCUS Offers Help to Ministry Leaders

    For individuals who have answered the call to serve in churches and schools in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, financial burdens can be substantial. Today, you will learn more about...

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  • The Major Prophets: An Overview

    The Major Prophets: An Overview

     

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  • How to Know If Your Church’s Office Tech Is Working against You

    How to Know If Your Church’s Office Tech Is Working against You

    Everyone who works in your church office likely uses some sort of technology for their job, whether it’s your Church Management System, an online scheduler, your website platform, or even...

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  • Top Children’s Hymns for Lent

    Top Children’s Hymns for Lent

    Lent is a reflective and beautiful time in the Church Year. As we prepare to enter this season, you may notice some children are more familiar with this time as one to “take a break” from...

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  • 3 Principles to Guide Your Study of the Old Testament

    3 Principles to Guide Your Study of the Old Testament

    The Bible makes it clear that Jesus is the main focus of the New Testament. After all, it was His sacrifice on the cross that saved us. But the importance of Jesus as the Messiah can’t be...

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  • If Truth Be Told: Musings of a Missionary

    If Truth Be Told: Musings of a Missionary

    My seventh-grade teacher used to tell my class about the concept for a book he’d always wanted to write: the “what ifs” of history. What if … Columbus had actually made landfall in India?...

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  • Malachi: An Overview

    Malachi: An Overview

    God speaks through Malachi to rebuke His people for their unrighteousness, specifically the priests for their failure to fulfill their duties and to those marrying foreign idolatrous...

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  • Church Management Software Features Your Small Church Actually Needs

    Church Management Software Features Your Small Church Actually Needs

    When a church is looking for a church management software solution, it can be overwhelming to determine what features your church needs and which are unnecessary.

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  • What Are the Marks of the Church?

    What Are the Marks of the Church?

    We hear lots of voices from different churches. Everyone is claiming to be “the one true Church.” How can we discern if we are following God’s will? Christa Petzold provides us with some...

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  • Patterns: February 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Patterns: February 2024 Everyday Faith Calendar

    I’ve never been a person who really relied on or noticed patterns in my life. I never struggled with feeling too scheduled or the opposite feeling of overwhelmed with no structure. That...

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  • Why Lutherans Should Know the Differences between Other Religions

    Why Lutherans Should Know the Differences between Other Religions

    In our pluralistic society and world, there is a wide variety of cultures, beliefs, and religions. And with that comes a variety of questions that Christian educators, like you and me,...

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  • Music of the Month: Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir

    Music of the Month: Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir

    Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir is a collection of five two-part choir settings highlighting new hymn texts for Lent by hymn writers such as Lisa M. Clark and Stephen P. Starke. The...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ephesians 5:22–33

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ephesians 5:22–33

    When working with couples in premarital counseling, we study a range of topics germane to wedding and marriage, such as finances, children, in-laws, chores in the home, expectations, and...

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  • 3 Things Every Church Should Do to Keep Its Data More Secure

    3 Things Every Church Should Do to Keep Its Data More Secure

    In the digital age, it can be overwhelming to hear about data breaches, compromised credit card information, and scams that seemingly run rampant. Unfortunately, churches are not immune...

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