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Sacred Spaces or Meeting Places?

Rev. Kevin Vogts

The mega-church down the street has cup holders, recliners, and an ATM in the lobby. Your church has pews and a pulpit. Does the way your church looks affect how you worship? If church architecture and stained glass tickle your fancy, Pastor Vogts’ article is for you.


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Image Is Everything

Julie Beckwith

Everyone who’s someone in your class shops at H & M, and the popular kids say you have to get your jeans at Abercrombie. Even your little sister can’t go to the mall without stopping at the Gap. But if you’re made in God’s image, shouldn’t brand names be irrelevant? Your worth doesn’t stem from the logo on your clothes, and Julie Beckwith tells you why.


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For You

Rev. Christopher Esget

Christ died for you. He rose for you. He will come again for you. And if that isn’t enough, Pastor Esget’s sermon from Asheville outlines a whole slew of other things your Lord has done–all for you.


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The Secret

Melissa DeGroot

Has anyone let you in on the Secret? Oprah talks about it, millions of people live by it, and it supposedly can change your life. This Secret says thinking happy thoughts can make good things happen to you. Skeptical? Good. If you’re unconvinced about the power of positive thinking, you’re in the right place.


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Catechism on Closed Communion

Rev. Paul Beisel

Your best friend is staying over on Saturday night and plans to go to church with you on Sunday. But she’s not Lutheran, and she doesn’t understand why she can’t go to Communion with you. If you need a refresher course on the Lord’s Supper or if you have a hard time discussing it with your friends, check out Pastor Beisel’s questions and answers.


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Why study Latin?

Rev. John Nordling

Only geeks learn Latin. It’s an old-fashioned language. Nobody uses it anymore. Wait just a minute. You’ve got it all wrong! There are many benefits to learning Latin you may not realize. Pastor Nordling explains why Latin’s not quite as bad as you might think.


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Stick a Bible in My Eye

Rev. David Petersen

You hear it everywhere–in the mall, at school, during volleyball practice. Sometimes it just slips out. Other times it’s very deliberate. But any way you cut it, taking the Lord’s name in vain, blurting out, “Oh my God!” is an abuse of your heavenly Father’s name, and Pastor Petersen tells you why it’s a dangerous habit to get into.


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The Football Star

Kathy Luder

When Kathy agreed to meet up with friends for some food and fun after the football game, she figured it would just be another average party. But she never imagined the night would end up like it did. Read with caution. This cliffhanger shows how much one decision can change a person.


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Christ on Campus: The College Choice

Rev. Marcus Zill

Heading off to college is pretty exciting, but with that newfound freedom come a lot of questions. From what classes to take to how many weeks you can go without doing laundry, college is full of options. But the most important choice–finding a church where you’ll here Christ’s Word and receive the Sacraments–is often the hardest to make. But don’t worry. Pastor Zill is here to help.


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Amen 2008 Conference Information

Information for next summers conferences.


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News and Notes


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