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What to give up for Lent?

Lent is not so much a time of “giving things up” as it is a time for adding things that increase our awareness of God’s mercy in Christ Jesus.

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“Our help is in the name of the Lord …”

“… who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 124:8). Have you ever stopped to think about what these familiar words mean for you?

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The internet: Good, bad or neutral?

Depending on whom you ask, the internet can be either a mission field ripe for harvest or a minefield of perilous temptation. Which view is correct?

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The ultimate safety net

We can’t safeguard our loved ones from every danger. We’re only human. But there is One who provides ultimate protection — Jesus Christ.

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When you are criticized …

When facing criticism, do you respond with denial? despair? defensiveness? Or do you instead see (and seize) the opportunity to learn and grow?

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Student volunteers Brandon Price (left) and Kristi Nowak make sandwiches for the homeless ministry at First Trinity Evangelical–Lutheran Church on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Pittsburgh. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

Food, clothes and an apartment — for Jesus

Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25 that when we serve our neighbor, we are serving Him. Even more, Jesus directs Christians to see God in those we serve.

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