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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


The “Gift” of Parents part 2

  Martin Luther wrote But the greatest good in married life, that which makes all suffering and labor worth while, is that God grants offspring and commands that they be brought up to worship and serve him. In all the world...

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The “Gift” of Parents

Myra Mae Seter 1/13/33 – 8/1/2020 The 4th commandment deals with parents and all in authority.  In the mercy of God parents are Hus representatives on earth.  He gives them some of His all seeing attributes, watchfulness,...

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Gracious Tenacity

Benedictions are active things. They offer and give and create what they say.   I have had many benedictions sent my way in the last week.  I am getting wonderful feedback, sympathetic understanding, evangelical bolstering,...

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Faith filled grief.

    I am getting so many wonderful expressions of sympathy and I am truly thankful for all of them. One of them explains that they are praying for me In “this time of your faith-filled grieving that is so vastly...

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Merciful Blindness

I found these comments on Luke 6: 36-42 particularly interesting.   If a blind man leads a blind man they both will fall into a pit (v. 39). The language reminds the reader of Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in Mt. 23:13-24....

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The Opinions of Men

    “The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction.” that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the...

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Turned In Because of Fear

    We’ve been talking about people turning in on themselves  because of sickness, guilt, or fear, and how it is a hindrance to the full expression of joy and sometimes the death of joy itself.   It is only the...

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The Turned in Spirit

When we are alone, the worst and saddest things come to mind. We reflect in detail upon all sorts of evils. And if we have encountered adversity in our lives, we dwell upon it as much as possible, magnify it, think that no one...

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An Invalid in Luke

  Statistics show that in this country most of us at one time or another will become “invalid”. We may not stay that way, we may recover our health, but the fact is that for almost everybody at some point...

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There was an interesting reaction to a blog I wrote a few days ago where I mentioned being invalid. I have been having some issues which make hard for me to walk and sometimes not being able to perform the worship services the...

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10 Years for Chepulis

I woke up this morning and saw a notice that 10 years ago today Rev. Mark Chepulis  was installed as the pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cavalier and he would later on become the pastor of Saint Pauls in St....

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