Anxious? High-Deductible Plan?

It’s that time of year again. Open enrollment for those covered by Concordia Health Plans. For many, the words “health care plans” and “high-deductible” creates anxiety. The employee wonders: Which plan will take care of my family best and how can I pay for it? The employer wonders: Which health

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Replying Like Jesus

Do you get defensive when someone challenges you? Do you respond with a counter-attack when someone expresses hurt or opposition? Rarely did Jesus get caught up in the anxiety of the people who confronted Him. When challenged, He redirected the conversation to where it needed to go. Was it lawful

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Getting to Know Your Neighbor

Lutheran theology is very much about serving our neighbors.  Martin Luther emphasized the Biblical teaching to love the people God placed around us.  Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to emphasize our calling to BE a caring neighbor to the people in our context. Do you know who

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Altenburg, Texas

It was an inauspicious beginning. The Saxon immigrants exiled their bishop, Martin Stephan, across the Mississippi River, due to sexual misconduct and misappropriation of funds. The colony of immigrants was in chaos. Without a bishop, were they still a church? Added to the ecclesiastical disorder was economic privation and utter

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The Rhythm of Prayer

The first prayer conference that I attended was in 1987. It was a cross-denominational event. Many people spoke at this conference, and each had much to say about the role of prayer. Some of it was helpful. Much of it was clichéd. Most of it was hard, at least for

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