March 2018

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This month, you get to meet members of the “Chain Gang”, classmates from Dr. Martin Luther College who have supported each other through a chain letter for the past 50 years (p. 30). It’s an awesome tribute to the importance of Christian friendship.  

Executive editor John Braun reiterates the blessing of having fellow Christians’ prayers and compassion in our lives when we’re faced with the crosses of this world. Showing concern is one way we can help each other while on the road to heaven.  

Because we all will face evil in this world. And sometimes it’s hard to “see” Jesus when it feels like evil and hate and sadness are all around us. Our newest contributing editor Glenn Schwanke reminds us that we need to see with the “eyes of the heart”. 

The season of Lent is the perfect time to see Jesus and his love in the midst of evil. That love, pictured in Jesus’ willingness to suffer death for all sinners, also helps us understand God’s will better, even when it sometimes feels like evil is winning in this world. 

Julie Wietzke

Instilling strength and gentleness in our children requires a careful balancing act. Dan Nommensen shares his tips to help parents along the way.

Listen to A Twin Cities In Motion podcast with Nicole Peterson, who wrote in the April issue about God’s map and how he directs our paths.

Check out more photos of how our congregations and sister churches celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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