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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


What I Would Have Preached On.

    Romans 1:16-23 New International Version 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the...

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Project 24 Thanksgiving

  Hi everyone! I wanted to take a moment going into Thanksgiving, to say thank you, on behalf of the Project 24 and Christ’s Care for Children: Kenya team. Because of your generosity and giving hearts, the children in these...

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Congratulations Nellie

  If you’re like me, in times of difficulty and stress and sometimes downright disaster, there are people who will question everything you do, not put the best construction on what you have done, and basically critique...

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Harrowing Stories

According to the BBC North Dakota is one of the hardest hit places in the WORLD for covid.  The BBC took notice and sent a film crew to Grafton and Unity Medical Center which is just down the block from where I live and added to...

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Science and Logic

  The brouhaha over the French laundry visited by governor Newsom in California exhibits an awful lot of interesting conversation starters. We are told to follow the science, and we are told all kinds of harrowing stories...

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Cancelling Thanksgiving

Is it possible to cancel Thanksgiving? For years I grumbled about the concept of a political proclamation to be thankful, (Abraham Lincoln 1863). I don’t argue with the sentiment, after all it is a Biblical injunction, but...

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Follow the Science or Your Nose

Marcellus, talking to Horatio, in Hamlet says “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”  The old adage that the fish rots from the head down was the metaphor for the failing Hamlet and that things were fishy.  So we...

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Reliance on Christ

There are times where preachers, if they are honest, will admit that some of the things people say about their sermons bring them up short, either because of the understanding of what was said, or the misunderstanding of what...

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That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without caring for tomorrow’s lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig, and leaving God...

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The Maize Maze

Project 24 Udom site is taking deliberate steps to become self-sustainable and cut on the site’s operational costs. They have many income-generating activities. Recently, the most notable one is maize planting. To reduce...

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My Birthday – Two Firsts

     So this was the view for most of my birthday on November 12. I’m sitting on I 94 somewhere around Monticello Minnesota and a joke that I have been telling for years was coming true in a macabre way. I have...

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100th Birthday Again

  Just a few of the folks who came to visit Polly Freeman on her one hundredth birthday celebration. It was interesting to listen in on some of the conversations and how many of the people said that Polly was the first to...

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100th Birthday

Polly Freeman is my mother in law.  She turned 100 on November 7.  We had a party for her at Christ Lutheran in Wausau WI and we appreciate their hospitality.  Many people showed up wearing masks, and a good time was had by all....

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