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Giving an answer in the murkiness

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Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).

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Breaking the Silence about Suicide

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By Adam Renner September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a month where the fight to end suicide is recognized on a national platform. Here at the Suicide Prevention Ministry, an Independent Lutheran Organization, suicide prevention is the driving force of our daily work and the focus of our call to love our neighbor, care for […]

The journey of faith

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Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

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Situation Report: Haiti Earthquake

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  Be a part of the response: Pray Please pray for people who have been affected by the earthquake in Haiti. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Give Thanks to generous donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe. […]

September 19, 2021–Right to Serve

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Warm-up Questions What have you done in the past week which gave you the greatest joy and satisfaction?  Who or what benefited from your actions? Right to Serve Everyone hoped that the conflict over whether to mask or not mask amid the COVID pandemic would be over by now.  It isn’t.  The number of cases […]

Hundreds share their art and faith

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Hundreds of members of the LCANZ family – from small children to the elderly –shared their creative talents through the Living Water Churchwide Simultaneous Art Exhibition last month. There have been 15 exhibitions staged across Australia.

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“Do you see God in me?”

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Difficult conversations

With a global pandemic, a tumultuous election and social justice issues coming to the fore over the past year, many have found themselves engaged in difficult conversations with family, friends, parishioners and even total strangers. These discussions can sometimes be productive, but they can also lead to hurt feelings, misunderstandings and disagreements. “Things have gotten […]

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Following the leader

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I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death (Philippians 3:10).

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Synod offering recipient announced

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As is customary, congregations are invited to contribute to the General Synod offering. The recipient of the 2021 offering will be the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea, a partner church of the LCANZ.

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Lectionary blog: Real wisdom

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The word wisdom

Lectionary for Sept. 19, 2021 17th Sunday after Pentecost Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-18, Mark 9:30-37 Real wisdom is displayed not in being coldly intelligent but in acting out loving righteousness. This week the lectionary strings together passages that help us contextualize the performance of true wisdom in the kingdom of heaven. All the […]

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Prayer ventures: Sept. 13

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Mother and daughter pray

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Monday, Sept. 13 Pray for forgiveness […]

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Church farewells ‘inspirational, respected’ president

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Former LCA President Rev Dr Lance Steicke has died, aged 88. Dr Steicke served in the role now known as LCANZ Bishop from 1987 to 2000.

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