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When a child is born, the parents send birth announcements to tell the good news to family and friends. Have you ever wondered what our Savior’s birth announcement said?

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Church Health has grown to be a large and impactful organization and sometimes it can be easy to forget about the people who helped us get here in the first place.

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Virgye Shinn became a patient at Church Health almost immediately when we opened in 1987. That first Christmas, I took a group of friends to her apartment to sing Christmas carols. Long story short, Shinn asked us to leave. She felt so guilty that soon after, she began making regular, almost…

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Ora Alexander was one of my very first patients at Church Health. During her first visit, I went through the usual protocols, giving her a physical examination, but much like children anxiously awaiting the end of a road trip, she wouldn’t stop asking me when the exam would be over.

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People—that is, writers—often like to tinker with or play with names. Some of these can prove to be helpful or humorous. They can be like built-in-riddles. 

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I have forever had a morning ritual that I follow before going to work. It has rarely changed for years. The same is true on the weekends, but now COVID-19 has forced a disruption on my daily rituals.

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For most people, walking is a simple form of exercise, but a Lenten walking practice can be a time for spiritual development as well.

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The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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New Year’s always inspires new goals for self-improvements or habits we’d like to change. Yet, even with the best intentions, very few of us make our resolutions a reality. This can leave us feeling frustrated and discouraged, but the problem is usually not with us—instead, the problem is of…

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The Bible gives a broad framework for living and aging well. Those who follow a pattern of wickedness find it hard to change. Those whose feet walk a righteous path must keep to the disciplines and choices it requires.

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Do you know anyone whose birthday is Dec. 25? I have several friends born that day. As a matter of fact, experts tell us 16 million people around the world were born on Dec. 25. So what’s so special about the fact Jesus was born on that day?

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The way we see ourselves, and how we perceive others see us, shapes our very identity. Yet older adults with Alzheimer’s disease experience a cognitive unraveling of the memories that weave together their sense of self. As our older brothers and sisters in Christ struggle to recall their own…

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Many Christians are observing the season of Lent now. The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. Prior to Jesus beginning his ministry, he spent 40 days of prayerful preparation in the wilderness, and Lent’s length commemorates that …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins March 7, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 12, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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As luck would have it, I was at the Crescent Center when the U.S. Marshals entered the offices of Stanford Financial about five years ago and seized the company’s assets. It was a heart pumping experience. Dressed in black, with an intense sense of purpose, the marshals made it clear I didn’…

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One of the best ways to add movement to your day as an individual is to consider where you can add movement naturally to things you’re already doing— parking farther away, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, walking an extra block with the dog, and so on.

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Mindfulness means being more fully aware of our experiences in the present moment. Often when we walk, whether to get from one place to another or for the purpose of exercise, we separate movement from our thoughts. Our bodies do one thing while our minds race in another direction altogether…

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Over 20 years ago when I first started my study of gerontology, I wrote a column based on the new research that said church or synagogue attendance would be a factor in successful aging, with positive proof that your life could be extended.

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 15, the day after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through March 23, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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My November article was about changes that have taken place over the past 50 years that led to moral decline in our country. I spent quite a bit of time doing research and seeking wise counsel from several persons before writing the article. Soon after the November issue was distributed, I r…

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Nov. 1 was the first day of 2018 open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchanges. This year, the period lasts only six weeks and there has been almost no government sponsored advertising for people who are uninsured to know about it. There are far fewer healthcare navigator…

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A painting by well-known local artist Nancy Cheairs is featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the healthcare organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

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Thirty years ago, when we opened our clinic doors for the first time, I was sweaty and jittery with nerves. What if no one came? My staff pointed fingers toward my upstairs office and told me to go there. They would call when I was needed. Fortunately, the patients came through the door, and…

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The education of the young was not an afterthought with the Puritans. Rearing children in the fear of the Lord was a sacred trust —and their textbook was the Bible. It was not uncommon for colonial children to have read the entire Bible by the age of 13 or 14, while their parents pored over …

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The Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown began March 2, the Thursday after Ash Wednesday, and will continue through April 7, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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One day an old cowboy rode his horse up to the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was the first time he had ever seen the sight. He looked to the right, then to the left, and finally his eyes stared down, down, down. He lifted his head and said, “Something mighty big sure happened here.” I can say…

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A painting by well known local artist Mary Sims will be featured on this year’s Church Health Christmas card, one of the organization’s biggest annual fundraisers.

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For some reason, the last several weeks we have been getting many visitors at our door. I'm not sure if this is a general trend or if it is just our door.

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One of the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s supporters summed up the sexual abuse allegations against the priest in a way that many might find appropriate. They don’t fit with “what I know about him,” Northwestern University law student Blair Matthews told a Tribune reporter in January when the accusations came to light. Like many who are standing solidly behind Pfleger, Matthews credits the priest and ...

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A major new study suggests that young Black people are turning away from the church, and experts say it's because they want to see action where the church is offering only prayer. "It's not just about praying, it's about getting to the streets and participating in good trouble," said Tejai Beulah, an assistant professor of history, ethics and Black church and African diaspora studies at the ...

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What would you do with a precious commodity? We go to great lengths to protect what is most important to us: our possessions, our family members, even ourselves. What are we doing with one of our most precious and often overlooked gifts? What are you doing with your heart? Here are three suggestions.

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The lectionary calendar for this Sunday (the second Sunday in Lent) continues to focus on the promises of God. I fully believe that the promises of God are not simplistic contractual agreements, but rather deep, relational expectations between God and humanity. In scripture we see these relational expectations happening between Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and all their descendants as told through the Genesis story.

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As the family of Lt. Col. Adolfo P. Sgambelluri continues to work through their loss and prepare for the formal services, I thought it only proper to share what is normally part of the formal service for our honored military veterans.

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If I haven’t before, let me ask you now. Can somebody explain a “faith walk” to me? I frequently refer to my own spiritual transformation that way and I’ve had others describe this “thing” that I’m on …’as you go down this road’….’as you complete this walk.’ I’ve even used the faith walk phrase when trying to explain a new and different view of the world as now seen by someone who believes being saved is more than just some trite saying. 

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Recently I was looking through my high school yearbook from my senior year. Many friends had written those inscriptions which friends write in yearbooks. But, I was surprised to see a message from my Physics teacher, Mr. Cooper. I had been a pretty good student. I remember helping friends with their work. But, admittedly, I also often had a cocky attitude which could rub teachers the wrong way. With today’s humility of old age about the foolishness of my youth, I was surprised to read that Mr. Cooper wrote, “Jonathan, think well of yourself. So many others do.” Wow! That caused me to pause. I could have understood if my teacher thought I was a young kid with a big head. Instead, he wrote a message of encouragement and commendation! That was a surprise.

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Jesus ministry begins on a Passover celebration and will culminate with His crucifixion three years later on Passover. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is an eight day celebration that begins with Passover. Leaven is a symbol of sin. Jewish families would remove all of the leaven from their homes prior to the start of the feast. This is symbolic of their desire to remove sin from their lives. Jesus’ action in clearing the unscrupulous merchants and money changers is His effort to “remove the leaven” from His Father’s house. Jesus knew sin reigned in the hearts of men and so He put His trust and hope only in His Father (John 2:25).

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Several years ago I had the opportunity to see Fr. Richard Rohr at a convention in Albuquerque. Rohr is a well-known priest and Christian teacher on mystical and transformational traditions and has a Centre for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. It is visited by people from all over the world.

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Going to the mailbox can be one of the not-so-small highlights of a person’s day. Commonly — even right out by the road — individuals are known to sort their mail, sometimes even read it. Who isn’t thrilled to get a good letter? News from a friend or loved one is especially dear. It’s not difficult to understand how the good vibes of a relationship might just arrest your attention before you walk back into the house. In this age of email and texts, getting an old-fashioned letter has certainly become a special treat.

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The Rev. Celester Webb walked between pews that have been empty since March, toward the vials of vaccine waiting at the front of his church. The nurses brought enough for 150 people to get their first COVID-19 vaccination under the roof of United Church of God in Christ in St. Paul. The first shot was going in the pastor's arm, so the congregation could see, so the congregation would know, ...

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ENGLEWOOD — The Lemon Bay Historical Society will start cautiously scheduling events at the historic Green Street Church and Museum.

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This is the season of Lent on the Christian calendar, a time of deep personal introspection. This Lent, I find myself asking the question, “what is truth?” — the same question Pilate, Roman governor of Judea, asked of Jesus just before handing him over to be crucified. (John 18:38)

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This is the season of Lent on the Christian calendar, a time of deep personal introspection. This Lent, I find myself asking the question, “what is truth?” — the same question Pilate, Roman governor of Judea, asked of Jesus just before handing him over to be crucified. (John 18:38)

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My husband and I have been blessed to be partaking in a wonderful class entitled The New Catechumenate through the Office of Church Engagement at Whitworth University. In a recent installment, Dr. Jerry Sittser, who teaches and facilitates the class, spoke of the significance of articulating a personal “mission statement.” He begins this class with a discussion of a historical perspective on the monastic Rule of Life, a statement that demonstrates how important it is to live purposefully and to order all of life under God. Dr. Sittser suggests that we as individuals could greatly benefit spiritually by articulating our own mission statement to live by.

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Jesus often stayed at the home of three siblings, Mary, Martha and Lazarus, in Bethany when He would visit Jerusalem.

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A friend sent each of his children off on their first day of school every year K-12 with these words, ‘Remember who you are.’ “Paul…to the saints…faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1)

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I am the world's most impatient person. I hate to wait on anything. And yet, for the past eleven months, I feel as if all I have done is wait. And while I wait, I hear myself repeating, "when things are normal again" or "when this is over" or "when COVID is finished." At the end of last year, I found myself waiting for 2020 to officially end. For some reason, I thought that everything would ...

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I was watching a baseball game on television one rainy evening when the picture began breaking up. The screen went black, and white letters appeared across the bottom: “Searching for satellite signal. Please stand by.”

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Pierre and Fort Pierre are home to a strong network of churches that come together to do ministry in our community, which we call our Ministerial Association. This group is made up of clergy, church workers, and other community leaders who work together to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our community through shared ministry.

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When I was asked to write an article on the meaning of love, these verses immediately sprang to my mind.

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This past year reminds me of the wilderness journey that the people of God experienced as they headed to the promised land after God delivered them from their bondage under pharaoh. They experienced many trials and tribulations and so have we. We’ve seen two impeachments, a bruising presidential election, Black Lives Matter protests, raging fires, bone chilling cold, an assault on the Capitol, and of course, the Corona pandemic with economic hardships. The children of Israel’s journey through the wilderness lasted 40 years, we have experienced only one year. With the coming of the vaccines there’s hope that we’re coming out this wilderness time and headed for the land of milk and honey, or at least back to “normal.”

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Living Christ Lutheran Church: Living Christ Lutheran Church is a community of disciples embraced by God's unconditional love and enduring grace. We are called to invite all people to join us in celebrating God's love and presence in your life, and leave empowered to be God's hands in the world. We offer Sunday worship service through music, teaching, prayer and sacraments. Service is held at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday with Pastor Kurt Fangmeier leading worship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are offering worship services only online and folks may go to our new website to participate:  www.lclcflag.org  10-11:15 a.m.

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Satan’s kingdom is built upon lies. There are two lies the devil tells about the Bible. The devil says, “Scripture is complicated. You cannot understand it. Unless you are a missionary or a seminary professor you cannot understand the Bible.” Wrong! If you can read the newspaper and understand it, you can read and understand the Bible.

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"… there is ample secular justification for legally setting aside a day of rest," said Tulsa resident William Hollingsworth.