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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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Tamarack Free Lutheran (AFLC) welcomes new pastor

Treasures in Heaven

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart

JESUS our bright star

Spiritual warfare

Forget your past, release your future

Best gifts for a new Pastor

Jesus ... the bridge builder

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Freedom from bondage

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham, and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:31-36).

Most of us can see the problem the Jews who were talking to Jesus had. We can all read how Jesus went on to explain why and how these people were bound in their sin until the end they tried to stone him. And most of us are not like these guys ... but we do need to be set free.

So, let’s focus on us for the rest of this message. The first of the Ten Commandments is to not put any other God in the place of Yahweh. We call this particular sin idolatry, although there are lots and lots of sins that fall under the umbrella of idolatry (see Col. 3:5).

In Deuteronomy 7 God commanded the people, as they were about to enter ...

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Treasures in Heaven

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Spiritual warfare

Forget your past, release your future

Best gifts for a new Pastor

Jesus ... the bridge builder

Steadfast love

Sowing the gospel seed

Tamarack Free Lutheran (AFLC) welcomes new pastor

TAMARACK, Minn.—Tamarack Free Lutheran Church has been without a pastor since 1940.
That is about to change. The church voted to call Pastor Ronald W. Staudinger to serve full-time and he has graciously accepted. Pastor Ron and his wife Nancy are looking forward to working with the Tamarack congregation.

“We want the church to be a lighthouse to the people in Tamarack and the surrounding areas,” said Ron and Nancy. “We want to help within the community whatever we can. We will strive, with God’s help, to show the people in our area that Christ is the only answer to all things.”

The church has a history that dates all the way back to 1890. For the first 25 years, settlers in the region got together to hear church service in their homes. In 1915, the church joined the American Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Suomi Synod (Hancock, Michigan). Church members included Oskar and F. Sundberg, Johan and Hana Jarvi, Oskar and Manda Ostuback, Gust and Elizabeth Saari, Matti and Sanna Luuki, Elisabeth Johnson, Johan and Maria Toivonen, William ...

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Recent Headlines

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart

JESUS our bright star

Spiritual warfare

Forget your past, release your future

Best gifts for a new Pastor

Jesus ... the bridge builder

Steadfast love

Sowing the gospel seed

Jesus goes fishing

Treasures in Heaven

It’s so very easy for us to chase dreams of wealth and prosperity; after all we live in the land of plenty. I was watching a show last week on television, and they had a lady on whose city had just been leveled by a tornado. It had just happened the night before and she was saying how she had no toothpaste, soap or even a cup of coffee. And how she had always taken those things for granted. Until we are put in that kind of position, we can never know how blessed we are.

Jesus tells us how we are to prioritize while here on the earth. He speaks to us about a kingdom principle called storing up treasures in heaven. What He wants us to realize is – that we cannot take it with us.

In Matthew 6:19-20, Jesus says; “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”

We put all of our energy into gathering things that somehow or another we have to guard and protect, and they wear out. Our true treasures are in ...

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