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Transformed

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources “I sure miss kindergarten.” I know you have heard or read these words from me before. The older I get the more I miss the simplicity of life that I enjoyed…

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Family Values

Rev. Gary P. Baumler, Editor of Forward/NL “God sets the lonely in families.” (Psalm 68:6) We have the challenge to promote the family and help build solid Christian families in our midst. Here is one inescapable fact: We all come…

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Caution: Bumps Ahead (Preparing for Adolescence)

James Dobson, Ph.D. A team of doctors decided to conduct an experiment to study the ways in which group pressure influences young people. To accomplish this, they invited 10 teenagers into a room and told them they were going to…

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Sharing the Facts of Life

Pastor James A. Aderman I trusted him when he told me, “I love you.” He trusted me when I said the same. We trusted our emotions when they said, “It’s OK. Show each other how much you care.” When our…

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Saying ‘Yes’ to Sex

Pastor Rolfe Westendorf Society has always had trouble with the subject of sex. Some societies like the Victorian have hidden the topic in a closet as if it did not exist. Sex went on as usual, including its rankest forms…

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Human Sexuality

Rev. Wayne Mueller What do the words crime, innuendo, molestation, bias, misconduct, discrimination, overtones, violence, and perversion have in common? They all follow the adjective “sexual” in today’s news reports. There is something especially repulsive about sexual sins. St. Paul…

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Choosing a Doctor Who Shares Your Faith

Janet C. Lindemann, M.D. In a Christian doctor-patient relationship, faith is the common bond. How good it is for patient and doctor to share the same faith. I love caring for patients of my own church – so many barriers…

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When Dad Hits Mom

Victor Vieth, Assistant County Attorney, Cottonwood County, MN Seven suggestions to make your congregation safe for victims of domestic violence. In my career as a prosecutor, I have worked with hundreds of victims of domestic violence. I have seen the…

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Saved Sex Is the Only Safe Sex

Ryan MacPherson As a teenager, I hear the media telling my peers and me about sex more than any other topic. I have to ask myself two questions: What are they telling us? And, are we listening? Overwhelmingly, they are…

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Decent Sex [5-Part Series]

Part 1: Man’s Word on Sex The words people use to describe sex and sexual activity already betray much about the way they feel. On the one hand are words that reveal ignorance, confusion and hurt. We hear words like…

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Children in Church: Trial-by-Diaper

Rachel Mendell One woman encourages those who brave the terrors of worship with children. I look around and count babies, and I feel a little envy. My youngest is four now. I look around and see the young, fussy children…

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WANTED: A Truly Beautiful Wife

Pastor Mark A. Paustian What to look for when choosing the woman you want to marry. I married the most beautiful woman I ever met. She was charming and funny, lively and loved by all. Her greatest personal gifts were…

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Reserving Sex for Marriage

Pastor Fredric Piepenbrink God’s precious gift of sex is only for those who publicly promise faithfulness to one another for life. Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the idea of reserving sexual relations for married couples has become utterly…

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Children Belong in Church

Laurie Biedenbender Is the sound of children disturbing or delightful? How children and adults benefit from children attending worship. “I wonder if it’s worth it to bring him to church at all.” Steve Bilitz, family ministry director at Christ, North…

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Two Halves of a Complementary Whole

Professor Mary L. Heins, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI What our God-given gender differences are and how understanding them can help you communicate better with the opposite sex. We don’t have to read very far into Genesis before we learn…

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Breaking The Silence of Adam

Mark Clifford Brunner Some life statistics about men: (From the National Center on Health Statistics) 66% of all heart attacks occurring in the U.S. annually are suffered by men. Every 12 minutes a man dies of prostate cancer. 54% of…

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‘Til Death Us Do Part

Armin J. Panning Marriage has been instituted by God, and he continues to regulate it. The dream of many a young girl is to be a June bride. For reasons not entirely clear, June remains a popular wedding month. A…

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Gay Marriage Commentary

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, CLR Gay marriage is the moral issue “flavor of the month.” We have had a few: abortion, assisted suicide (euthanasia), promiscuity, divorce, embryo destruction, cloning, gay rights, drug abuse, etc. For the most part the…

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A Model for Marriage

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller A marriage based on the Bible will help couples fulfill their God-given roles and experience true and complete oneness. The bride did everything wrong. Again and again, she brought grief to her husband. He was the…

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Sympathy: Feeling With Others, Not For Them

Pastor Fredric E. Piepenbrink When we sympathize with others, we are led into action, following Jesus’ command to love one another as he loved us. “Sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery,” wrote Edward Gibbon. In contrast to…

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Depression That Leads to Death

True or False? 1) Most people trying to cope with depression simply don’t have strong enough faith. FALSE. People in the church may jump to this conclusion because many depressed people push God away. They really suffer from a treatable…

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Our Marriage Mechanic

Pastor James Aderman, Fairview Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI Determining, “Who’s to blame?” requires spouses to be on opposing teams. Husbands and wives become teammates when they ask, “What exactly is wrong, and how do we fix it?” “You’re late. We…

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Empty Nesting Is for the Birds

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources This issue of Clearly Caring is arriving in the mail between Mothers Day and Fathers Day two really big family holidays. My writing assignment for this commentary came to me the morning…

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The Purity Ring

Michael and Judith Hayes Most little girls dream of the day they will meet their Prince Charming. A young woman begins preparing to meet the real love of her life when she is still harboring her Barbie dolls, dress-up clothes…

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Love and Respect in Ephesians 5

Christianity Today, the largest evangelical Protestant periodical in our country, recently conducted a major survey of 1,250 subscribers who were chosen at random. Close to 750 subscribers and/or their spouses (divided almost equally between the sexes) completed questionnaires on male…

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Today’s Media: Righteous Indignation

Mr. Timothy Snyder, Media Production Coordinator, Christian Life Resources Righteous indignation. You know the feeling. You find something so offensive you start to seethe inside. It’s a jumbled mix of emotions and souls are at stake. You hate the sin…

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The Joy of Being a Christian Mother

Bonnie L. Wasser The kids tell me there are certain statements I make with definite regularity: “Whoever washed the dishes, get back down here!” “What happened to all of the food I bought yesterday?” They have even dared to suggest…

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Is He The One?

Laurie Biedenbender Mom gives advice on what to look for when searching for “Mr. Right.” Dear Daughter, Since you were a tiny baby, I’ve prayed for you: that you grow in your love for Jesus, that you find your niche…

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Keep ‘Em Talkin’ – A Look at Family Communication

Thad Jahns, M.S. Cutting wood was never my favorite thing to do. After all, there were better things for a pre-teen boy to do on a Saturday afternoontelevision shows to watch, friends to hang out with, midday naps to take….

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Helping Your Teen Say No to Sex

Josh D. McDowell Dear Mr. McDowell, Having premarital sex was the most horrifying experience of my life. It wasn’t at all the emotionally satisfying experience the world deceived me into believing. I felt as lf my insides were being exposed…

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Divorce is Not an Option

Rev. Walter F. Beckmann I just finished reading a book my family gave me for Christmas — Tom Brokaw’s best seller, The Greatest Generation. It’s a series of interviews with members of that generation called to fight World War II….

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The Head of the Home

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Men should follow Jesus’ lead and head their families with love, sacrifice, and the Word Politically correct pundits are changing their tune. Well, maybe it’s the same tune, but at least it’s set to a different…

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Divorce and Remarriage

Rev. John F. Brug QUESTION: In light of Mark 10:11,12, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery,” why do WELS pastors officiate at…

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We Live Together as a Family

Rev. David J. Valleskey, Former President of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI We Live Together as a Family… To the Glory of God As a family, the first thing we do is love one another. We were not a family….

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‘From Generation to Generation’ – Parents Nurturing Their Children’s Faith

Laurie Biedenbender We’re always passing the baton of faith — sharing the promise — to the next generation. It’s been compared to a relay race. The most critical moment is when both runners are in the passing zone, and the…

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Lessons from the Lawnmower – A Look at Parenting

Mr. Thad Jahns, Marriage and Family Therapist I have to admit it. I am one of those guys who takes great pride in keeping his lawn in pristine condition. Not that it is a total obsession with me. I don’t…

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Pursuing the Marriage You Thought Was Only a Fairy Tale

Pastor David Thompson, Audubon, MN Once upon a time, as the story goes, a beautiful maiden was held captive by an evil sorcerer. A most daring man seeks to rescue her. Three times he falls; three times he rises again….

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What’s Love Got To Do With It? [Understanding the Distinction Between ‘Agape’ and ‘Philo’ Love]

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources In July 1984 pop singer Tina Turner released a hit song, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” It won a Grammy Award in 1985 and became the title of a 1993…

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A Family with Just Two – A Look at Marriage and Infertility

Mr. Tim Snyder, Christian Life Resources Director of Media Services There are numerous reasons why a married couple may be a family of just two. Either one or both may be unable or unlikely to have children for physiological reasons….

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Managing the Tough Decisions – Discussing End-of-Life Options with Loved Ones

Julie rushed to the hospital after hearing about her Dad’s stroke. Upon her arrival, Julie was greeted by David, the social worker, who immediately escorted her into a private room. David gave Julie a full update about her father’s condition…

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Defending Traditional Marriage Is an Act of Love

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources [The following is an adaptation of a bulletin insert created by Christian Life Resources for use by congregations everywhere. The insert can be downloaded here.] A child, however, who had no…

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Tell the Truth

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources Why Are We Here? Christian Life Resources (CLR) was never a ministry about convincing pro-life people to be pro-life. Though we serve all people, we are doctrinally aligned with the…

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Q&A on Pornography and Divorce

QUESTION: I have been married nearly 30 years. Over those years I have caught my husband buying porn magazines. I told him I don’t like it. I pay the bills and this past week I found a charge on our…

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Is There a Place Within Christian Marriage to Use Birth Control?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Yes, but an explanation is in order. God is the author of human life (Deuteronomy 32:39), and man is a steward, caretaker, and guardian of human life (Genesis 9:5). A Christian may…

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Motive // The Christian and Birth Control

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. For years the national office of Christian…

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Abortion – Men Hurt in Silence

Karen Fifer, Pregnancy Crisis Center of Wichita, Inc. “I’m pregnant.” These are powerful words that can evoke fear, anxiety, joy, and confusion in men. An unplanned pregnancy puts men in a peculiar place; on one side he is supposed to…

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Caregiving: Christian Helping and Coping

  When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not…

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