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Northern Crossings

A Lutheran Mercy Blog from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota


+ Rev. Bernhard M. Seter + November 12, 1952-March 22, 2022 +

The Rev. Bernhard M. Seter died on March 22 in Grafton, N.D. He was 69. 
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Zion English Lutheran Church of Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Monday, April 4, 2022, from 4-7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Zion English Lutheran Church, Grafton. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for one of Bernie’s favorite missions.

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Paying Attention

Paying attention can be hard work and frustrating.  There are some great Scripture directives about paying attention. To what we have heard – “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we...

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Driven to Prayer

Let everyone know most assuredly and not doubt that God does not send him this distress to destroy him.…He wants to drive him to pray, to implore, to fight, to exercise his faith, to learn another aspect of God’s person than...

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Distressed Prayer

Luther knew, probably from both his own experience and pastoral conversations, that prayer happens in the midst of darkness, both the darkness of night and of despair. Commenting on Gen15:5,the story of Abraham questioning God’s...

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Inept Prayers

Luther in Large Catechism says something fascinating. Therefore from youth on we should form the habit of praying daily for our needs, whenever we are aware of anything that affects us or other people around us, such as...

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Woke Children

President Harrison of the LCMS has a way if looking at conflict, trial, and temptation.  He says, and you plug in the verb, “we must pray, preach, or confess our way through it.”  All three activities are probably...

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Deadly Indifference

RELIGION How Turning Christianity Into A ‘Nice People Club’ Is Destroying The Church After so much dialogue, tolerance, and compromise, the majority of faithful people now lack the capacity to defend themselves against...

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Idolatrous Spirituality

” I am spiritual, not religious.” This anti-creed or American culture is as close as it gets to a universal doctrine of our age. No doubt you’ve heard someone say it, or you’ve seen it on a bumper...

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Blast From the Past

Looking ahead to LWML Sunday which is this week.  The theme is from 1 Peter 4:8 and it reminded me of this blog I wrote back on February 2.   1 Peter 4 – 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a...

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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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