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  • Our Advent Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus

    Our Advent Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus

    Advent is upon us! It is a time of waiting, a time of hope, a time of preparation, a time of prayer. The prayer of the Church throughout each and every Advent season is this: “Come,...

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  • Waiting for the Light of the World

    Waiting for the Light of the World

    “Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome.” These words mark the opening of the service of Evening Prayer (Lutheran Service Book, p. 243). The...

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  • Dwell: December Everyday Faith Calendar

    Dwell: December Everyday Faith Calendar

    Is your Christmas shopping done yet? Yes? Congratulations, you win Christmas this year! No? Good luck. Haven’t you heard about all the shipping delays, inventory shortages, and lack of...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 13:24–37

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 13:24–37

    In this passage, Christ alludes to the end times and His second coming on Judgment Day. He also asserts that it is only the Father who knows when this day will come. He does all this in...

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  • The Holy Spirit in Chronicles

    The Holy Spirit in Chronicles

    The following is an excerpt from volume 1 of The Lutheran Bible Companion on the action of the Holy Spirit in 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles.

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  • Technology in Ministry with Rev. Jason Christ

    Technology in Ministry with Rev. Jason Christ

    With training and background as a Director of Christian Education (DCE), now ordained and associate pastor at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Tonawanda, New York, Rev. Jason Christ has...

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  • Christian Education Catalog | Sunday School, Midweek, Confirmation

    Christian Education Catalog | Sunday School, Midweek, Confirmation

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  • Doers of the Word in James

    Doers of the Word in James

    In Dr. Curtis Giese’s Commentary on James, Giese gives particular attention to James’s meaning in his use of specific words, including “faith,” “justification,” “Law,” and “Gospel.” In...

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  • Music of the Month: The First Noel

    Music of the Month: The First Noel

    The First Noel is one of the final contributions to the Concordia Publishing House choral catalog by the late Carl F. Schalk (1929–2021). Schalk’s soaring tune and captivating setting...

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  • God’s Design for Gender Roles

    God’s Design for Gender Roles

    When you hear the term “gender roles,” your first thoughts may be of gender stereotypes. This may bring to mind ideas such as women raise the kids and take care of the home while men...

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  • Avoiding “Us vs. Them” Attitudes

    Avoiding “Us vs. Them” Attitudes

    “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector” (Luke 18:11).

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  • Memorizing the Catechism with Your Kids

    Memorizing the Catechism with Your Kids

    Recently I wrote this article about our catechism routine in our homeschool. As I was taking the time to think over my family’s rhythms, I found myself contemplating all the day-to-day...

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  • Church Worker Appreciation in the Bible

    Church Worker Appreciation in the Bible

    October is Church Worker Appreciation month. I know many congregations throughout the world have been showing their pastors, deaconesses, DCEs, musicians, and other church workers much...

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  • Technology and Church Music

    Technology and Church Music

    We live in a world dominated by digital technology—technology that majorly affects our modern musical world. Although digital technology can offer us a wealth of music we might...

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  • Hope in the Resurrection

    Hope in the Resurrection

    Our church recently lost a long-standing elder who was loved by many. His wife and he had been together since they were teens, and at the time of his death, her beloved husband was 85...

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  • Planning Ahead for Advent and Lent

    Planning Ahead for Advent and Lent

    It’s the time of year when we’ve generally settled into the fall rhythm of life and begin anticipating the next big things coming down the line, namely the Advent and Christmas seasons....

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  • Staying Content during the Holiday Season

    Staying Content during the Holiday Season

    Every year as Christmas approaches, I find myself making wish lists—clothing, makeup, housewares, you name it. My Instagram feed is filled with ads for products that would make great...

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  • A to (Gen) Z: Connecting Christ with the Digital Generation1:01:48

    A to (Gen) Z: Connecting Christ with the Digital Generation

    Watch the third and final discussion of A to (Gen) Z with DCE Cassie Moore and those that work with youth to gain insights about how to connect Christ with this generation. This panel includes Jon Zel

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  • School Excellence Requires Christian Community

    School Excellence Requires Christian Community

    In my last blog, I wrote about how grace drives excellence. Particularly, I pointed out the importance for the Lutheran educator to strive toward excellence in his craft of teaching. I...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 10:46–52

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 10:46–52

    This passage marks a turning point in Jesus’ ministry. He completes His work in Judea and Perea and moves toward Jerusalem, where our Lord will make His triumphant entry and begin...

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