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  • Guides to Study the Bible in the New Year

    Guides to Study the Bible in the New Year

    It’s a known fact: most Christians have “Read the Bible every day” (or some variation thereof) on their New Year’s Resolution list. Some people scoff at resolutions—but I think there’s something...

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  • Repenting: Getting Past the Guilt, Blame, and Shame

    Repenting: Getting Past the Guilt, Blame, and Shame

    Jesus began his public ministry in the Gospel of Matthew by saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Repenting is clearly important to Jesus. What he was asking people to do back...

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  • Affirmation Overload

    Affirmation Overload

    A friend on Facebook recently shared a picture of some journals with affirmations on their covers. You know the kind—with a loopy, fat-brush-style font telling you to “Make Ideas Happen” or “Be...

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  • Books of the Bible Study Questions: 1 Peter

    Books of the Bible Study Questions: 1 Peter

    The Book of 1 Peter, nestled between James and (you guessed it) 2 Peter toward the back of the New Testament, is perhaps not as widely read as some of the Pauline epistles, like Romans. But this...

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  • Advent Activities You Can Do Right Now with Zero Planning

    Advent Activities You Can Do Right Now with Zero Planning

    After Thanksgiving, the holiday season is in full gear—Advent services, Christmas Eve children’s programs, New Year’s Eve candlelight vigils. . . . It’s a lot. So in the midst of all that...

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  • CPH 150th Anniversary Art Contest

    CPH 150th Anniversary Art Contest

    This past September, we kicked off our 150th year and began a year-long celebration of every book, and person that is part of our history—and that includes you! By you I mean every church member...

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  • Meaning of 6 Popular Verses in Matthew

    Meaning of 6 Popular Verses in Matthew

    There are a lot of verses in the Bible that get taken out of context. Or, maybe more accurately, verses that aren’t properly or fully understood because we pull them out as standalone memory...

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  • Whim Visits: Finding Spontaneity and a Little Less Loneliness this Christmas

    Whim Visits: Finding Spontaneity and a Little Less Loneliness this Christmas

    One snowy December evening, three of the young adults from our congregation stopped over to visit . . . on a whim. Here is the beauty of a whim visit: it doesn’t leave time for me to consider...

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  • Explore What it Means to Be Beyond #Blessed

    Explore What it Means to Be Beyond #Blessed

    One of the latest major updates for the iPhone includes a new setting called “Screen Time.” Using Screen Time, users visually can see data created around how you use your phone. This includes how...

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  • Last-Minute Ways to Give Thanks

    Last-Minute Ways to Give Thanks

    Reminder: Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Ack. Just like everyone forgot to buy canned pumpkin and will be frantically rushing to the store Wednesday afternoon, you might also be desperately...

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  • Q&A with Lisa M. Clark on Revealed

    Q&A with Lisa M. Clark on Revealed

    Happy half birthday, Revealed! The final book of The Messengers Series turns six months old this week, and we’re celebrating with the series author, Lisa M. Clark! We asked her a few questions...

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  • December 2018 Everyday Faith Calendar

    December 2018 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Growing up (and even in adulthood), I often just heard “Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies,” but I never knew exactly what those prophecies were. I knew that the Israelites were...

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  • Caregiving: A Ministry of Love

    Caregiving: A Ministry of Love

    As autumn creeps into the air in my native Southeastern U.S., there’s a sense of slowing. After a busy summer traveling and providing care to various family members, there are finally some...

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  • What are Your Memories of Growing Up Lutheran?

    What are Your Memories of Growing Up Lutheran?

    What are your memories of growing up Lutheran? How has growing up Lutheran impacted your life? The church recently celebrated All Saints’ Day, an important time of reflection to honor the saints...

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  • How to Stick with Your Bible Study Routine during the Holidays

    How to Stick with Your Bible Study Routine during the Holidays

    I love the holidays. But they always throw off my groove. Life gets way more hectic around the holidays: You’re traveling. You’re eating more pie in one week than you do in the entire rest of the...

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  • What Makes Christianity Different (And Why it Matters)

    What Makes Christianity Different (And Why it Matters)

    Christianity, a religion that begins and ends with the person and work of Jesus Christ, is the only religion of the world to regard man’s eternal salvation as a pure gift of God, without any...

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  • Easy Ways to Celebrate the Reformation Today

    Easy Ways to Celebrate the Reformation Today

    Happy 501st anniversary of the Reformation! I know, I know, it’s not quite as exciting as 500 years. . . but you can still celebrate nonetheless! We’ve been recognizing Martin Luther’s nailing of...

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  • The Humanity of God

    The Humanity of God

    Jesus, the Second person of the Holy Trinity, has existed eternally without a beginning. He is true God—omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. But Jesus is also human. A man, to be specific. He...

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  • Books of the Bible Study Questions: Jeremiah

    Books of the Bible Study Questions: Jeremiah

    The Book of Jeremiah is one of those books we kinda sorta know—it’s one of those big long prophet books, somewhere near Isaiah, maybe? It probably talks about the Israelites. . .? Jeremiah is...

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  • Bring It Home: One District’s Commitment to Faith at Home

    Bring It Home: One District’s Commitment to Faith at Home

    Pastor Monte Meyer, the facilitator of parish life for the Minnesota North District, had an ambitious goal: To get families in the Minnesota North District to read the Bible together every week....

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