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Mission growth in Honduras

Monday, July 21, 2014

by James Morgan HONDURAS – Mission activity continues in Honduras, spreading the Gospel, and the grace and peace of Jesus Christ in the Central American country. Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Director of Missions and Social Ministry, Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel says a new Vicar is serving in the city of Tegucigalpa. Tulio Mesa, a truck driver and carpenter by trade, is working closely with children and families. Dr. Neitzel was in attendance for Mesa’s installation and also notes the costs for his ministry are covered by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In La Paz, ...

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In review: Transformers 4 Age of Extinction

Thursday, July 17, 2014

by Ted Giese If someone says the word “transformer” and the first thing that comes to mind is an electrical device in a covered box outside your house quietly transferring energy between two or more circuits, then the knowledge there’s a movie called Transformers 4 might come as a surprise. But this isn’t home repairs: these films, like the toys and cartoon series from the 1980s, are about alien robots who can disguise themselves on earth by transforming into things like cars, helicopters and trucks. Like previous films in the series, Transformers ...

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He Makes War to Cease: Canadian Lutherans and World War I

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

by Norman J. Threinen On June 28, 1914¸ Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was killed in Sarajevo, Serbia, the victim of an assassin’s bullet. The assassination of the crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire set in motion decisions that culminated in multiple declarations of war including a declaration by Britain against Germany on August 4. When Britain declared war on Germany, the entire British Empire, including Canada, was also at war. The total cost in human life of the war would eventually be estimated to be eight million dead and twenty-one ...

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A special daily reminder

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

by Paul Zabel “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10: 29-31). Placed appropriately on the windowsill that is located directly behind our kitchen sink is a piece of wood inscribed with the words: “Good morning! This is God! I will be handling all of your problems today!” I mentioned that this piece of wood ...

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Missions in Nicaragua expanding

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

by James Morgan NICARAGUA – Word and Sacrament continue to reach the people of Nicaragua through Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) mission activity and partnership with the Iglesia Luterana Sonodo de Nicaragua (ILSN). In May, Vicar Erwind Tijerino was installed at the mission in Granada, near Managua, the capital. His work will be primarily children’s and related educational ministries, says Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, LCC’s Director of Missions and Social Ministry. Dr. Neitzel explains that having a vicar assisting with the activities in Granada has “been a gift from God.” A new mission is ...

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Convention Essays Now Online

Friday, July 11, 2014

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada is pleased to announce that the essays from the 2014 National Convention are now available for download. Rev. Kurt Reinhardt’s presentation—”As Dear Children Ask Their Dear Father”—focused on prayer. The two-part essay is available for download now as a pdf. Rev. Reinhardt’s presentation was accompanied by two hymns written specially for the occasion. The first of these—As Dear Children of the Father—is now available for download. (Check back later for the second hymn). Deacon Jennifer Shack’s presentation—”The History and Biblical Foundation of Lutheran Church–Canada’s Diaconate—is also now available ...

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Remembering the past

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

by Thomas Prachar Last summer, while I was driving north on Highway #9 just south of Stockholm, Saskatchewan, I passed by a marker at the side of the road. It intrigued me to the point that I turned the car around and headed back for a closer look, and to take this photo. Like many places in Saskatchewan commemorating the arrival of the first settlers, this particular marker commemorates immigrants from Sweden and Norway who arrived on July 1, 1886, to homestead in the area. They established the first permanent settlement in ...

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