Prayer for Family

Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Holy Spirit, We give thanks for the gift of family. For those that went before us who brought us together, made us who we are and led us to faith in you. For the sacrifices of our parents that brought us into this world, for the time that we have been […]

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It’s Academic

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1) It’s Academic By Stephen W. Hiemstra I got angry. During the fall of my senior year at Parkdale Senior High School, Parkdale decided to begin […]

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Jenkins Foresees a Famine of the Word of God

Today’s guest blogger is Rev. Jonathan Jenkins. Jon is pastor of the Klingerstown Lutheran Parish in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. He was one of four presenters at a public forum of the Tri-Valley Ministerium on the question, “Can the church survive?” About 100 members of the public participated. Public Forum: “Will the church survive?” […]

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Prayer for Unity

Gracious Lord of Heaven and Earth, We give thanks for the many blessings that we have received, blessings that are lightly shared by some and lacking in others, blessings that may evoke jealousy, envy, and strife. Give us generous hearts, open minds, and outstretched hands, that all might be blessed by the blessings that we […]

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Early Marriage

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die…” (Eccl 3:1-2) Early Marriage By Stephen W. Hiemstra When Maryam and I were married on November 24, 1984, we lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Shirlington, Virginia. This apartment was located […]

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Salinger Explores Mystery of Self and Grief

Jerome David Salinger. 1945. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little, Black, and Company—Back Bay Books. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra An adage among those who listen carefully to people states that one cannot help but tell their own story. For example, Savage (77) writes: “Everyone tells stories—children, youth, and adults of all ages. […]

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Prayer of Forgiveness

Blessed Lord Jesus, We give thanks for your time among us and the gift of your Holy Spirit. We give thanks that even from the cross you were able to forgive the sins,  our sins, which placed you there. Grant us eyes that see and ears that hear that we might follow your example. Give […]

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Ocean Breakers

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; … […]

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