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There was a famous professor who often challenged his students with questions like ... Which of you is going to be a great writer? Which of you is going to be a great saint like Francis of Assisi? Which of you is going to be a great humanitarian like Albert Schweitzer? Presented with such big ideas...
At an age where most people think about retirement activities, Luverne’s Velda Maine is on a new career path by becoming a local licensed pastor. As her T-shirt reads, “Church Can Happen Anywhere.” Maine believes the call to ministry can also come at any time.
While many of the Luverne High School Class of 1976 graduates are thinking about retirement, Velda Maine is starting a new career. She said sleeping in or planning the next travel destination may never be on her to-do list, but volunteering is. She said one such experience led her back to school...
Consider the short Old Testament book of Ruth. Why is the book of Ruth important? The story is a great one tucked in between Judges and I Samuel. You can miss it if you are flipping through the pages of your Bible too quickly. At the same time, the book of Ruth has been called one of the most...
Maggie Rose Berndt-Dreyer will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic church at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 26, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. The Rev. Jon Anderson, bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church...
In John 15, Jesus said, “I am the true vine and my Father is the vine grower.” During the 1960s Sherwood Schwartz wrote and produced a TV show called “Gilligan’s Island.” I bet many of you are familiar with it, a comedy about seven stranded castaways who had been cruising on a ship called the S.S....
We hear a lot of talk about love. But do we really know what love is? The apostle John writes, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). He then adds, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we...
And He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” (Mark 8:29 ESV) An elderly woman walked into a local country church. A friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit today?” he asked politely...
  Jesus called Levi, a tax collector, to “come follow me.” Levi left his business and called his friends to join him and Jesus for a meal. The church leaders grumbled to Jesus’ other disciples, asking them why Jesus chose to eat with sinners. Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of...
  “You yourselves, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 ESV  Ole asked Lars to help him do some shingling. Working together on the garage roof, Ole noticed that Lars...
  “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:24-25b My sister, Mary, and I weren't very old when we decided to make banana cream pie. We followed the recipe carefully, but didn't realize how important it was to “stir constantly.”...

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