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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


Wisdom of Walther

” The gospel issues no orders. Rather it changes people. It plants love into their hearts and makes them capable of all good works. It demands nothing,  but gives all. Should not this fact make us leap for joy?” CFW...

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Two Pastor Behlings –

We try to keep up with the interconnectedness we have up here in the north country.  Many of you will remember the Rev. Ed Behling who Pastored at First Lutheran in East Grand Forks an his son Robert served Underwood and rural...

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We Give Thee But Thine Own

Pastor Paul Nelson is retiring and his last Sunday is October 3, 2021. Service is at St. Martin in Anamoose, ND at 10:30am with a lunch to follow. On October 10, 2021, Pastor Leo Deitemeyer is celebrating 50 years in the...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

” We have not been given the power to make a woman out of a man or a man out of a woman or to nullify either sex”. So said Martin Luther in the Smalcald Articles. The Lutheran Elector John Frederick of Saxony gave...

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epheuretés- Inventors

Paul hasn’t run out of his list of the devices of human beings apart from God.  They are inventors of evil things.  Gill’s Bible commentary includes evil schemes of morality and philosophy, and of evil practices, as...

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Remembering 9/11 – Skies

  Listening to the remembrances today the sky is often referenced not only because that is where the terror came from, but how beautiful and crisp and clean it was. Sepember 11 blue it is called.   I was the promo...

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Just Wondering

Just wondering why “my body, my choice” only works for abortion and not for vaccination?  And don’t get huffy with me I’ve had the vaccine.  Just wondering. Just wondering why gain of function research...

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alazón – The Wanderers

There was an interesting theme that developed back in days of really good television.  It was a staple on programs like the Andy Griffith Show and Leave It to Beaver.  It was the tale of the vagabond boaster who showed up in the...

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Greek Word for Today – Hubris –

In Romans 1:29-30 the long sorry list of gross and offensive behavior actually gets tedious after awhile.  When we see the pathologies play out in life and on the news everyday it gets depressing.  Sometimes a word jumps out and...

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