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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


A Word in Our Poctet

John 4:46–54. An official comes to Jesus asking Him to come down and heal his son lest his son die. Jesus does not go with the man, but sends him home with, to quote Martin Franzmann, “only a word in his pocket.” Jesus speaks a...

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Getting to Nevertheless part 2

  One reason it is hard to get to “nevertheless” is because of our will.  When my parents wanted me to do something and I asked why? the answer would be “because I said so”.  When they asked why I...

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Getting to Nevertheless.

There is a quote that comes to my mind quite often and it has to do with Jesus in the Garden and the prayer he prays to the Father that the cup be taken away from him.  That is in Luke 22 and Matthew 26. He goes on with the...

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The Needful Fruits of the Earth

I went into my back yard early this morning and it is already hot which I don’t mind but it is also very dry which I do.  There is need for rain that is on the verge of desperate.  This prayer I believe was from the...

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Tegtmeier Visits

Many of you remember Pastor Tegtmeier who served many years in the District much of the time at All Faiths Chapel.  He stopped in with Rachel and son Phil who is so tall he had to bend over to get through my door.  They were...

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The Nature of Barbarism

I asked someone the other day how a “normal” person would know if the barbarians we always fear are at gates have finally broken through to the inside. Turning on the tv makes one concerned about barbarism....

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The Work of the Spirit

I was so excited about Pentecost I celebrated it last week and here we go again this week.  Jesus explained his work – He willconvict the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. All three of these have to be...

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Confusion or sensitivity?

In my last post I realize I must’ve been extremely tired and my editing powers, which have never been very good, were nonexistent.  The quote was from Professor Karoline Lewis of Luther Seminary.  I enjoyed her article on...

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Virtue Signaling and Pentecost

Why anyone would call the Holy Spirit “her” is beyond me unless it is a virtue signal.  While bemoaning that as stupid I like the understanding the Spirit being a comforter, Advocate, guide into truth etc.  I like...

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Sucking Up Cares Like a Leech

Philip Melanchthon was a brilliant scholar (one of the greatest Greek interpreters of his day), an insightful theologian, and Martin Luther’s right-hand man.  He was also one of those easily depressed Danny Downers that you want...

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Where to Find the “No”?

The Law says: ‘You are a sinner.’ If I say, ‘Yes,’ I am lost; if I say, ‘No,’ I must have firm ground on which to stand, to refute the Law and uphold my ‘No.’ But how can I say it...

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The Product of Collective Sin

I was going to try and stay away from topics like this for a while at least but I just read where a grandmother in Finland, a member of Parliament, may go to jail for maintaining her belief on life issues.  She is member of our...

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