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Guess what else Oct. 31st is?

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We know it’s Halloween. But it’s also a notable date for something else. I invite you “to Google” Martin Luther (not M.L. King) with me. Here’s a good entry at About.com Christianity. I’ve edited it a bit for you to read here. Read More»

Anchored in the Lord

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“We are strongly encouraged to seize this hope in Christ, which is set before us, and which is a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” Hebrews 6:18-19

Shortly after the ordeal at McNair School in Atlanta in August, Antoinette Tuff was interviewed by Channel 2 News. These are excerpts from that interview with this phenomenal woman of faith. I have edited and paraphrased a small amount for clarity and chronology.

Q: You were in the front office of the school that day?
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Getting the most out of The Lord’s Prayer

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My 92-year-old dad, retired pastor, first spoke these words simply as a prayer during a Bible study. Later he wrote them out. I hope you get as much blessing from them as I do.

Our Father who art in heaven. What a privilege to call You “Father.” You are the one who gave me life, who cares for me, who loves me, who forgives me, who wants the best for me. I am in awe that you are my father.
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Deep, profound, and so important

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Is it really “such a big deal” to insist that marriage must remain only between one man and one woman? And how should we as a society decide and then make our laws accordingly? Recently our North American Lutheran Church (NALC) joined like-minded Christians in declaring our “Affirmation of Marriage.” Admittedly, it is deep and profound, but extremely important. This is what we believe. I hope you can say the same. Read More»

God and Country Service? Yes. And here’s why

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Here at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville we will have a “God and Country Service” this coming Sunday, June 30, at 10 a.m. (Yes, one service at 10.) The community is invited and encouraged to attend. There will be a uniformed color guard, presentation of the flags and pledge of allegiance, a volley salute (yes, “real,” outside), bagpipe playing Amazing Grace, patriotic hymns, prayers for our nation, and I will deliver a Biblical message affirming the celebration of the rightful and historical partnership between God and our country.
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VBS … Top Ten for this summer, too!

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I’ve written to you before about VBS. I can’t help it. Vacation Bible School is one of my favorite events all year. No, it’s not mentioned in the Bible per se, but what it is, what it gives to children, and what it accomplishes in families is what the message of Jesus and the Bible is all about. Question: will you be sending your children to VBS this summer? I sure hope so.

Most every church in our community will have VBS this summer. Check The Citizen for dates and times that work for you. Read More»

Religion in public life

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On the subject of the importance of religion in America it seems we have the proverbial “good news and bad news.” I read a most interesting article recently that is an adaptation of a speech given by R.R. Reno, editor of “First Things,” a journal of religion in public life. Sit with me in the lecture hall. This is quite shortened and slightly edited. Read More»

Life is good today!

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I recently became a new member in a special club. Everyone already in the club before me has bragged and bragged about how wonderful it is, and I’m finding out that they are, of course, absolutely right. It’s The Grandparents Club, and I’m now “Grandpa Kollmeyer” to my new-born grandson Philip. Amen! Hallelujah! Praise The Lord! Read More»

Only son. Really?

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With the holy season of Lent about half over and just a few weeks until Holy Week and Easter, I have a question for you. Is Jesus God’s only son? Really? And is it “really” all that important to believe this? Why?

The Christian Faith says, “Yes” and “Yes” and here’s “Here’s why.” Read More»

Ash Wednesday: Let’s Google it

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Many of us Christians around the world and right here in our own community will avail ourselves to the rituals of “Ash Wednesday,” next Wednesday, Feb. 13, which is 40 days before Easter, not counting the Sundays. This 40 days is called Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday and culminates with Holy Week and Easter. Read More»

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