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Hometown Worship

Our Hometown Worship section is where you'll find our area churches directory, special features about local churches and church leaders and obituaries. Devotional pieces from Pastors Bill Mantel, Joel Seibel (Amazing Grace) and Rick Warren (A Purpose Driven Life) grace the pages of this section, along with columns by Sherida Nett.

 

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The power of testimony

Dealing with loneliness

GOD is in charge

Autumn splendor and wisdom

Forgiveness brings joy

Hearing God's voice

From dust to dust

The harvest is plentiful

Freedom from bondage

What actually is the cost?

When we think of giving up something to follow Jesus, what actually are we giving up? What is it that is more important than knowing Jesus?

When we take the time to get to know someone very well, we become close to that person and that relationship can be the most important thing in our lives. I think sometimes we forget that we can have a close, intimate relationship with Jesus Himself.

Paul said this about the things he gave up to have that close relationship with the Lord. And keep in mind, Paul was a wealthy, powerful and influential man. He had a very full life and a lot to give up.

Yet, in Philippians 3:7-8, Paul writes, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost ...

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Recent Headlines

Dealing with loneliness

GOD is in charge

Autumn splendor and wisdom

Forgiveness brings joy

Hearing God's voice

From dust to dust

The harvest is plentiful

Freedom from bondage

Tamarack Free Lutheran (AFLC) welcomes new pastor

The power of testimony

Upon talking to someone a while back and asking him what he was up to, his answer was, “I’m just working on my testimony.”

Our testimonies are so important and powerful. The Bible is a book about the testimonies of God’s people, and the part God played in their lives. The Old Testament is the testimonies of God’s people before Jesus, and the New Testament is the testimonies of God’s people from the birth of Jesus, to the early church.

Not written in the Bible are the last 1,984 years of church history where God has been growing billions of testimonies in the lives of all believers. However, God has them all written down in His own book.
It’s called the Lambs Book of Life.

Throughout history, Satan has been busy trying to disrupt lives and discourage God’s people. His goal now is to discredit Jesus Christ through lies and deception. However, the church has been empowered by the ...

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Pick up a Voyageur Press
Recent Headlines

GOD is in charge

Autumn splendor and wisdom

Forgiveness brings joy

Hearing God's voice

From dust to dust

The harvest is plentiful

Freedom from bondage

Tamarack Free Lutheran (AFLC) welcomes new pastor

Treasures in Heaven

Dealing with loneliness

Please read the closing part of Second Timothy. This is really almost the clean up, the addendum to this second letter that Paul wrote to his protégé, Timothy. He’s finished with the teaching part of the letter. This is more circumstantial and yet, I’m finding what I want to say in this passage.

Timothy was writing here at the very end of his ministry. In fact his martyrdom is very close. And you can just kind of feel a little bit of this impending sense that it will soon be over and he’s reaching out. And I think you’ll see in a moment why that’s so important.

The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse: war, famine, pestilence, disease do great damage to our civilizations and they have through history. But I don’t know that they’ve done any more than loneliness has done. Because somehow loneliness can reach into the heart of people isolated by everything else and do its damage. And sometimes when it’s acted out there it can be awful damaging as we’ve seen in a lot of high profile stories recently.

Loneliness is as probably as old as mankind and it pervades every age. Even children feel that sense of loneliness. Sometimes it’s circumstantial, they are just isolated. Sometimes it’s just part of where they are, trying to grow up and getting a sense of what can be but they haven’t ...

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