The Worldwide Church

I heard from my dear friends recently about life in a remote village in West Africa. I’ll keep the details confidential so I don’t endanger anyone’s life. The village is a collection of single-room mud homes. The region is not far from Timbuktu—the place at the end of the earth

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Why a Day of Repentance?

Martin Luther began his 95 Theses by stating: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” The word “repentance” means to return or to turn around. In God’s Word, He is the One doing the

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Puppies and Potlucks for All

A few years ago, during a fourth-of-July sermon, a pastor asked the congregation we were visiting, “What would your slogan for America be?” My daughter, being a dog enthusiast, leaned over and whispered to us, “Puppies for all!” Water of Life in Forney, Texas is making that dream a reality.

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Mystery Gift

When local churches determine to serve their surrounding communities, it’s not always clear whether their efforts are truly making a difference. So they continue to extend themselves in love, uplifted by the example and command of Jesus: “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do,

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See the Church!

Did you know that Texas District reflects a new church demographic for the twenty-first century? While general statistics in the LCMS show a declining, aging, mono-cultural church body, God’s mission in the Texas District is forming and shaping a church body that looks much different. What does the LCMS look

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Blessed to Bless

After His death and resurrection, Jesus told his disciples: “Go and share the blessing given to Abraham. Don’t keep it to yourselves. It’s time to extend the Message everywhere and to everyone… to All Nations!” Matt. 28:18-20 paraphrased Although Jesus was clear in His Great Commission, it took the disciples

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Music in the Mess

Tucked away in the corner of a Chick-fil-A I visited recently was a not-so-typical accessory of a fast-food restaurant.  On the way to the kids’ play area; across from the napkin, straw and ketchup station; pressed between tables for customers was an electric piano. Around the height of the lunch

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