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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


Having a Lord and Having Peace

  A friend gave us this handmade sign of the Hebrew word “shalom”. It means “peace” of course, but as with so many things there is so much more.  We have peace because we have a Lord. To have Jesus...

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The Meat Stare

  Historian Tom Holland claims that Martin Luther would have been great on social media.  Most of us that read Luther got that, but Holland writes that “Luther… displayed a breathtaking command of all the qualities required...

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The Pattern of Life

It’s a good thing to start out with a Psalm a day. Then it’s fun to go and read Luther’s comments on the Psalms.  You begin very quickly to sense a pattern. There is a rhythm to the songs.  There is a pattern...

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Revelations About Revelations

    A  Study of the book of Revelation will be taking place among us and our folks seem to be excited about it. I’m going back and looking over some commentaries  and found in Martin Franzmann’s...

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The Dreams We Have

  I had a dream the other night. I was a little boy and I was standing in the midst of the big green field in Balboa Park in San Diego California. Off in the distance there’s a big pavilion and I was watching people going...

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Always Something

So in all the craziness going on I went to open my car door.  It was cold and somehow I hyperextended the ligaments or something, in my right hand.  The middle finger and the next to last finger are black and blue and hurt like...

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Stewards of Grace

1 Peter 4 – 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve...

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Comfort and Trust

  In times of trial murkiness confusion and even despair,it is one of the great triumphant privileges of a Christian to think about and hold on to the concepts of comfort and trust. Those two concepts of comfort and trust...

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Weakness and Dogma

Dorothy Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. She is also known for her...

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Getting Ready for Jonah

Jonah is on the dock for Sunday.  Strange man.  Strange story. As T.J. Carlisle has written –   By heart he has learned – with what heart he had – devotedly and meticulously the eternal words. He could recite them...

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Back in the day when people wanted to start something new such as installing a new priest at the temple, or putting a new statue of Ceaser on some corner of a Roman street,  there would be pomp and circumstance and speeches....

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