Medical Concerns

The Hospice Care Option

Mrs. Susan Fink, Volunteer Coordinator at Holy Family Memorial Hospice, Manitowoc, WI “When is he going to get to it? Someone has to talk to Mom about dying!” Such was a part of a conversation I recently had with a…

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CLR’s Official Positions and Thoughts to Ponder on Life and Family Issues

Abortion Human life exists already at conception. It is a gift from God. He also reserves for himself the authority to take human life. Aborting an unborn child for any reason, other than to preserve a human life, is a…

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The Holy Grail of Medicine – A Look at Ethical Stem Cell Research

By Dr. Robert Balza Jr., Associate Professor of Biology, Wisconsin Lutheran College No one believed him. No one thought Dr. Shinya Yamanaka had managed to do the impossible. The 44-year-old physician/scientist from Japan had been encouraged to enter medicine by…

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Fact Sheet on Vaccinations

How do immunizations work? Immunizations, or vaccinations/vaccines, increase the body’s own antibodies to a specific illness or disease. The injections contain a small amount of a weakened or inactive form of the virus or bacteria that the body can fight….

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Medical Decisions and the Heart

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources No, this is not an article about heart surgery and transplants. Rather, this article addresses the attitude of the heart when making medical decisions. Heart = Motive When difficult medical decisions have…

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Trained to Live Forever: End-of-Life Resuscitation Orders

People don’t want to talk about dying. In 2015, according to the Funeral and Memorial Information Council, 69% of adults over the age of 40 indicated they would prefer to pre-arrange their funeral but only 17% actually did so. Conversely,…

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Curing Cancer

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources The simple definition of cancer is an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells within the body. The practical result is pain, heartache, and death. The dreaded C-word has haunted families for…

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Fatal Flaw

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources The tenets of evolution and creation conflict on many points but none as significantly as on the reality of original sin. The Lutheran Catechism defines original sin as: “The guilt…

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Q&A on Life Support

QUESTION: My father had respiratory arrest. The doctors asked if my siblings and I wanted the doctors to put my dad on life support. My father is a very ill man. He already had cancer and suffers from extreme pain. Is it…

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Addiction!

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources It was a typical Saturday morning. Mark slept in because he worked late. Life had settled down since he finished jail time for drug possession. He liked his second-shift job. He was…

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Faith and Planned Parenthood

By Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources In 2015 The Center for Medical Progress secretly video recorded conversations with executives from Planned Parenthood. The topic was the gruesome practice of selling fetal body parts to researchers. The expose made national…

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Looking Down the Road

In the Old Testament, Adam and Eve demonstrated shortsightedness when they ate the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). When Cain killed Abel (Genesis 4), he failed to consider the consequence of his action. Lot never considered…

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Q&A on Treatment Options and Medical Directives

QUESTION: It’s been years since the death of Terri Schiavo. Shouldn’t we just leave this in the past? ANSWER: Few cases created more emotional response than the Terri Schiavo story. It seemed that everyone placed themselves in Terri’s situation and shared…

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When Working with Human DNA, It’s Best to Be As Accurate As Possible

By Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources This headline was actually a sentence buried in a July 28, 2017 article on gene editing of human embryos in the United States. For those of you who are new to…

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Tragedies, Statistics, and Making a Difference

Rev. Mark Braun In a conversation with U.S. ambassador Averill Harriman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin allegedly said, “The death of one person is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic.” Stalin would seem to be an expert on…

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A Trimester of Prayer // Pro-Life Prayer Suggestions

You can make a meaningful difference by including these thoughts in your daily devotion and prayer time. Week 1 – This week, pray for the unborn and their mothers. With the dawning of this day, around 11,000 women in America…

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The Father and Issues of Life and Death

When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the father of…

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How Can I Say I Care?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources The feisty side of me hates the phrase, “I care.” Don’t misunderstand. I am not against saying it. But I object to its use without meaning. It sounds more like a catchy…

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Trouble During Holy Week // A Devotional Thought

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources “He became obedient to death, even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8) As I write this devotion, we are in the middle of Holy Week. I have come to see Holy Week…

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The Book of Jonah and Our Mission to an Ungodly Nation // Bible Study

  Introduction Nineveh was a city where wickedness was rampant. Although we do not have all the details of what went on in the city. it is enough to see that God’s patience toward the city was wearing thin. Therefore…

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The Shape of the Lutheran Ethic – A Look at Life Issues Decision-Making

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Gone are the days when your pastor’s toughest medical counseling was talking to grandma about entering the nursing home. The advance of technology, the growth of the health care industry and the huge investment of the…

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When Life Seems to Have No Meaning

Pastor Bruce Wietzke Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? We know such a question is not uncommon in our world. We live among a people who not only may ask such…

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Adopted by My Parents… and God

Rev. Paul Prange Before a couple adopts a child, they may wonder how to tell the child that he or she is adopted. Do you wait until you think the child can understand the concept? What words do you use…

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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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Drug Abuse

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Just say no. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? A simple solution to a complex problem. Just say no and it all goes away. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse can’t be sloganed away. It continues to wreck marriages…

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Father in Alcohol Recovery Gives Perspective to Those With Other Addictions

John Cook, Marriage and Family Counselor at Wisconsin Lutheran Christian Counseling, Milwaukee, WI A father in recovery writes to his wife and children. His perspective can be applied to those involved with other addictions. To My Family, Whom I Love……

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When Good Things Become Addictions

Tina Raines, Marriage and Family Therapist Innocent activities that initially bring pleasure can spiral into compulsions that are difficult to control and have devastating effects. Addictions consume energy. Problems exist when addicted persons abandon people and things in their lives…

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Q&A on Importance of Signing a Medical Directive

QUESTION: Why is it important to have a medical directive statement? ANSWER: We at CLR recommend every adult sign a medical directive statement regardless of his or her current health situation or age. The first benefit of such a statement…

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Q&A on Medical Directives

QUESTION: I’m working on my medical directive, and my attorney asked me some questions about my end-of-life wishes. He said that, legally, I have total authority over my health care decisions. He used the term “patient autonomy.” How does that…

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A Basic Understanding of Medical Directives

Along with a growing understanding and appreciation for medical directives are many practical questions that need to be addressed. This article is meant to help you understand and complete a medical directive. A medical directive, regardless of when it is…

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Myths and Wisdom About End-of-Life Decisions

Sue Fink, Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator for HFM Hospice, Manitowoc, WI Have you discussed your end-of-life preferences with your loved ones yet? A blessing that came from the Terri Schiavo tragedy is that end-of-life issues have led to better planning…

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‘Why Wait?’ – A Look at Closure Before Death

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) A speaker at our first medical ethics conference indicated that he hoped for…

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Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR Orders)

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources A number of years ago a woman for whom I was a legal guardian was placed in a nursing home. Among the many questions I was asked, one caught me unprepared. Specifically,…

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Q&A on a Christian’s Concern about the End of Life

QUESTION: What is the God-pleasing attitude I should have as I approach the final days of my life or that of a loved one? ANSWER: You have asked the right question when you ask about attitude. Even though God reveals…

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I Know the Plans I Have for You – Cassie Husby’s Journey

By Pastor Jeremy Husby UPDATE: On November 18, 2013, Cassie Husby received “the call” and surgeons performed a double-lung transplant. We thank the LORD of Life for this gift! Pills. Oxygen. Nebulizer treatments. IV antibiotics. Sit down and rest. Cough….

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Stem Cell Research: Is There a Benefit?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Upon fertilization, life begins an amazing journey of cell division, differentiation, and finally maturation. Between fertilization and differentiation, life is in its embryonic stage. The cells that divide are “generic” in nature…

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God’s Life and Death Principle

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller May a Christian couple consider in vitro fertilization a God-pleasing way to relieve their childlessness? Is it ever ethical to pull the plug on respiratory equipment attached to a lifetime faithful spouse? To what lengths must…

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How Small Is Too Small? – Issues Surrounding the Low-Birth-Weight Infant

Linda L. Bellig, RN, BSN My first job as a new RN in 1969 was in the special care nursery at Babies Hospital in New York City. The environment was cutting-edge. We rigged adult ventilators for babies, grappled with the…

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Statement on mRNA Vaccines

When imperfect people leverage imperfect resources, we should not expect them ever to arrive at a perfect solution. We’ve certainly seen this in the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has even made it controversial to wear a mask in…

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The Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Conclusion

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann X. Conclusion End-of-life issues are complex in that they often call for the application of many different biblical principles complicated by the addition of strong and sentimental emotions….

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Anxious for Death

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann VIII. Anxious for Death We live in a time where society seems almost anxious to terminate the life of anyone who does not seem valuable or needed. In…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Facing the Challenge of Suffering

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann VII. Facing the Challenge of Suffering Suffering, or the fear of suffering, is one important reason people have advocated the early termination of life. When I speak of…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Facing the Fear of Death

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann VI. Facing the Fear of Death It is a reality that as death near, fear increases for many people. When Barbara Walters hosted that edition of Nightline I…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Understanding the Purpose of Life

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann V. Understanding the Purpose of Life When counseling a family at a time of crisis a certain amount of spiritual building takes place. A challenge I face in…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Facing the Changed Quality of Life

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann IV. Facing the Changed Quality of Life Perhaps the most challenging issue to face when counseling on end-of-life issues is the changed quality of life. It seems characteristic…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Establish God’s Authority Over Life and Death

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann III. Establish God’s Authority Over Life and Death In Deuteronomy 32:39 God says this about himself: “See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: The Christian Foundation for Life Decision-Making

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann I. The Christian Foundation for Life Decision-Making When we pastors are called upon to guide a family in making critical medical decisions, we must not desert our own…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Introduction

Presented by Rev. Robert F. Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources In the early 1980s, I ran across an editorial cartoon depicting a minister standing in the pulpit of the Church of the Lukewarm. The caption read, “There is no the Christian position,…

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When God Is Calling

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Margaret entered the intensive care unit by way of the hospital’s emergency room. For over two decades, Margaret, or “Maggie” as her friends call her, wrestled with cancer. It began as…

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Nothing to Fear

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” (Philippians 1:23) The Apostle Paul struggles with two desires when writing the…

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Not So Fast!

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources In 1993, a Wisconsin state senator introduced assisted suicide legislation, designed to give terminally-ill patients the right to ask a doctor’s assistance in ending their own life. It was a new…

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What Should I Do?

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources As life and family issues continue to expand, it’s often difficult to sort them out. Even church bodies differ on a particular issue though they claim to have the same Bible….

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Don’t Just Sit There!

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources The legalized killing of unborn children through abortion has been a part of the American landscape since January 22, 1973. The death toll has surpassed 60 million babies. Now you know….

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Q&A on Euthanasia

QUESTION: What’s the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia? ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire for someone to have his or her life terminated. Non-voluntary euthanasia pertains to the termination of someone’s life by another without…

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Q&A on DNR and Feeding Tube

QUESTION: My husband has had Parkinson’s for 25 years, severe Alzheimer’s, and other issues. He has taken a severe setback with a recent hospitalization. He is presently very weak, minimally mobile, with very low function cognition. He is now in…

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Tips to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

Here are several important tips to help avoid becoming a victim of financial abuse: Involve people you trust in making important financial decisions. Use direct deposit for Social Security and other payments to prevent mail theft. Sign all of your…

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Charlie Gard Has Died

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources   On July 28, 2017, one week before his first birthday, Charlie Gard died. Charlie was at the center of a controversy that resonated throughout the world when the British…

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Carrying Burdens and Euthanasia // Bible Study

Rock of Ages Lutheran Branch, Madison, TN Importance of This Bible Study 1) Life issues are broadening or shifting to each end of the life spectrum: beginning of life through end of life. 2) Personally we are not victims of…

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The Great Physician at My Bed // Devotions

Devotions: The Great Physician at My Bed On Entry “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) We go to doctors because we need help. Our bodies hurt. In our…

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Hospital Devotions

HOSPITAL DEVOTIONS: A compilation of 27 devotions for use in the hospital or related setting from the Health and Wellness Committee, WELS Commission on Special Ministries. Devotion #1 Luke 2:29-31 – Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss…

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Q&A on Suffering

  QUESTION: My mother has multiple sclerosis and has been given only a few years to live. Our family is concerned about Mom spending the last few years of her life suffering. What can we do? ANSWER: The fear of…

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Playing God: A Most Deadly Game

By Pastor Glen Schaumberg “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman so that she delivers her child prematurely, but there is no harm to either the mother or child, the man should pay the fine her husband put…

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Hundreds of innocent people die in a plane crash. A man is struck down by cancer in the prime of his life. Tragedies such as these cause us to ask, “Why would God allow such terrible things to happen?” Bad…

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Christian Citizenship

Mr. Tim Snyder, Media Services Coordinator for Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI cit•i•zen•ship: the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary) What is your response to membership in the nation you call home? Are…

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Christian Life Resources’ Euthanasia Position Statement

This Christian Life Resources Position Statement on Euthanasia was adopted by the organization’s National Congress to state its position on issues that are addressed by CLR, in this case, on the subject of euthanasia. Christian Life Resources Position Statement on Euthanasia PREAMBLE…

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Burdens and Christian Optimism

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director Despairing elders may come to the conclusion to terminate their own lives. Their acts of self-killing are often shrouded in euphemisms about wishing to “die with dignity” and “ceasing to be a burden” on…

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Reaching the Unreachable | Devotions for Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Caregivers

Robert Charles Van Norstrand, Pastor Emeritus WELS This devotional series is for all caregivers who want more meaningful and satisfying visits with their dear ones who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Scripture passages in the devotions are quoted from the New…

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Understanding the Difference | Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Dementia

As we become older, most of us will have some problems with our memory. We may forget where we placed the car keys, or have trouble remembering the name of someone we only met once or twice. But when does…

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Q&A on Spiritual Concerns of Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease

QUESTION: My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a number of years ago and is now inactive. He always said he was ready to die and go to heaven, but I wonder if I am prolonging his life and keeping…

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Drifting: A Look at Parenting and Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda Lawrence Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. Mom’s pinched face and fidgeting fingers catch my attention as…

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Hug Your Mother: A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda Lawrence Editor’s Note: This is second in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. When Dad died, my husband and I invited my mother, who…

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How Can I Be A Caregiver?: A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda Lawrence Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. I love my Lord, and I love solitude. But now…

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Alzheimer’s Became a Blessing? – A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda Lawrence Editor’s Note: This is fourth in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. When asked what I most feared, I always answered: “Having my…

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Treasured: A Look at Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda Lawrence Editor’s Note: This is fifth in a series of articles written by Ms. Linda Lawrence that addresses the challenges and blessings in caring for an aging parent. Mom has lived in a nursing home since her Alzheimer’s progressed…

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Leading Cause of Death?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources We tend to think biologically when it comes to death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the top five leading causes of death in the United States are: Heart disease: 647,457…

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Q&A on Cutting

QUESTION: A number of students at my high school are “cutters.” Why do they do that? ANSWER: “Cutting” has become a popular behavior among some of today’s youth, but few adults know much about it or understand it. “Cutting” is…

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Adult Stem Cell Treatments Move Ahead, Embryonic Stem Cells Fall Farther Behind

David A. Prentice, Ph.D. Still confused by the stem cell debate? Don’t feel alone. Medical professionals and the public alike still have many questions about the different types, or sources, of stem cells as well as their potential and actual…

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Basic Terminology on Stem Cell Research

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources As with most professions, medicine uses many unfamiliar or complicated terms. The following is designed to help you understand some of the terminology used in discussions about stem cell research. Most are…

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For It or Against It? – A Look at Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Stem cell research has been called the holy grail of modern medical research. With its “potential” applications in the cure of cancer, healing of spinal cord injuries and reversal of neurological declines,…

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A Primer on Human Cloning

Cloning moved from the arena of movie-scripting to reality in 1997. It was in that year that Nature journal (Nature 385, 810-13, 1997) announced Scottish scientists had cloned a sheep named Dolly. The worldwide scientific, religious, political, ethical, and moral…

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A Primer on Stem Cell Research

  Stem cells are considered foundational building blocks for human beings. There are essentially four kinds of stem cells that scientists consider to hold the potential to ease human suffering: embryonic, induced pluripotent, umbilical cord and adult stem cells. The…

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Q&A on Non-Controversial Stem Cell Research That Does Not Harm Embryos

QUESTION: I’ve heard a lot of news stories about embryonic stem cells and how we don’t need them anymore. Is that really true? How should Christians respond to this news? ANSWER: You are right that many stories have been published…

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Q&A on Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) Cloning

QUESTION: I’ve heard people say they are opposed to human cloning, but they support somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). What is the difference? ANSWER: In simple terms, there is no difference. Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is the process used…

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Q&A on Potential Success of Research Involving Adult Stem Cells and Embryonic Stem Cells

QUESTION: I know there have been recent successes with adult stem cell research but why do you say we should eliminate all embryonic stem cell research just because it hasn’t been as effective? I’m reading articles that say embryonic stem…

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Stem Cell Research – Boundaries, Blessings, and Peace

It is one thing to say embryonic stem cell research is morally unacceptable when we look at it from a purely academic point of view. The head knowledge is all there. We know the Bible passages that declare the sanctity…

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At What Cost? – A Look at Medical Progress and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

I live today because of medical progress. I was born premature in 1956 with a condition called “atrial septal defect.” That means I had a hole in the heart. Not just any hole, mind you. By adulthood, it measured 33…

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Q&A on Human Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

QUESTION: I’m opposed to human cloning, but I feel that embryonic stem cell research has great potential. Why are so many states trying to legalize both? ANSWER: There is a great deal of confusion on these points. Here are some…

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Q&A on Frozen Embryo Storage

QUESTION: I’ve heard people say there are hundreds of thousands of embryos currently being kept in frozen storage in the United States. I can’t imagine such a large number. What will be done with all those little ones? ANSWER: Most…

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Stem Cell Types

Stem cell research focuses on embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells Embryonic stem cells, which come from the inner cell mass of a human embryo, have the potential to develop into all or nearly all of…

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Running the Wrong Race – A Look at Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources “The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a frenzied environment in which a blizzard of information is presented and serious questions may not be raised.”…

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New Embryonic Stem Cell Research Method

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I have been asked to comment on the latest news that scientists are now able to harvest embryonic stem cells without killing the embryo. Specifically, two new procedures are being reported in…

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Human Cloning – Semantic Gymnastics

J.C. Willke, MD, Life Issues Institute President We thought the anti-life people were quite clever in covering up what happens in an abortion by their use of various misleading terms to describe what actually happens. For example, using terms like…

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Dramatic Uses of Adult Stem Cells

J.C. Willke, MD and Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute The biotech industry, liberal media and pro-abortion forces have created and maintained substantial public confusion on stem cells. Mostly, what we hear are the two words “stem cells.” Sometimes we hear…

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Embryonic Stem Cells Present Ethical Limits

David A. Kaufmann, Ph.D. The latest political football involving our country’s rapid advances in bioscience and technology is stem cell research. Just what is stem cell research, and what is the Biblical Christian view of it? What is Stem Cell…

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Mary Ann’s Story: A Journey of Faith (An Adult Stem Cell Success Story)

Mrs. Amy Schultz  Editor’s Note: Much debate today about stem cell research should really be divided between (1) embryonic stem cell research and (2) adult or cord blood stem cell research. Christian Life Resources has condemned embryonic stem cell research,…

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Resurrecting Good Science: What’s Wrong With Human Cloning

C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D. C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., is a member of the Center for Bioethics and Culture executive committee, editor of the journal Ethics & Medicine, and teaches bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois….

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Stem Cell Research: Saving Life Without Destroying It

Stem Cell Research: Saving Life Without Destroying It Advocates of human embryo destruction say they must destroy life to save it. But one 16-year-old cancer survivor says it’s not true. By Candi Cushman [Pro-Life Infonet Note: Candi Cushman is an…

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The Vaccination Quandary

Almost immediately after birth the subject of vaccinations arises. Today, a multitude of vaccinations are available for a variety of illnesses. Along with those vaccinations come questions of safety, side effects, necessity and the origins of the vaccine. Christian parents…

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A Christian Look at the Fetal Tissue Issue

PERTINENT ISSUES: The morality of organ transplantation. The morality of abortion. Our obligation to care for our bodies. Effectiveness of Fetal Tissue Transplant Work I. The Morality of Organ Transplantation Principle: Truly right deeds and decisions can only be made…

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The Moral Status of the Human Embryo

By Paul R. Boehlke, Ph.D., Wisconsin Lutheran College This paper will examine the moral status of the human embryo especially focusing on the current issue of dismembering them to obtain embryonic stem (ES) cells. ES cells are pluripotent, apparently able…

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research: People’s Arguments and A Christian’s Response

When People Say: “Embryonic stem cell research is necessary to further the work toward a cure for deadly diseases or injuries.” All of us likely fear that one of those “deadly diseases” may strike someone we love or ourselves. We…

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What the Bible Says About Organ Transplants

Bobby A. Howard, RN, BSN, MDiv In this era of rapidly advancing health care technology, on a daily basis Christian nurses are confronted with critical issues that result in questions and doubt concerning the relationship between Christian ethics and modern…

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Ethics and Fetal Organ Donation

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources [CLR NOTE: Following is a portion of a letter written to someone who directed the above question to Pastor Fleischmann. It is far from an exhaustive review of the topic but may…

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Cloning: Where Will It All End?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources On February 24, 1997, it rocked the scientific community and stimulated the exaggerated imaginations of sci-fi enthusiasts. Scottish scientists cloned a sheep and named it “Dolly.” Fantasies fostered in fiction and played…

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The Value of Human Life

Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources It is becoming more difficult to know what to do in life and death situations. Advancements in medicine, challenges in the court, and changing opinions have raised questions about when life…

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God States Life Exists at Conception

When does life begin? We Christians often speak of life in the womb, yet fail to justify our position. It doesn’t hurt to review why Scripture has convinced us that life exists at conception. The first point to make is…

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The Meaning of the Term

Respect for the Lord’s Gift of Life

Family values become such only as they are owned and shared by husband and wife, passed along intentionally to children, reinforced by siblings and grandparents, applied to concrete issues and decisions, practiced in the life-style of the family. It is…

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Thoughts and Prayers for Selected Scripture Readings on Life

  David praises God for his all-seeing knowledge of us and for his marvelous creation of us. God is the Creator of life. All life is given by God, regardless of the circumstances (rape) or the condition (handicapped). All life…

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Q&A on Sudden Loss and Grief

QUESTION: My little girl was killed by a drunk driver a few months ago. I have continued suffering in the agony of the loss and can’t understand this whole situation. Why did a loving God allow my innocent little girl…

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Bible Study: God Is Pro-Life

Bible Study: God Is Pro-Life (Student’s Guide) The title for this Bible study is both an overstatement and an understatement. It is an overstatement for us to say that God is pro-life, if we identify God’s will with the political…

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The Problem is the Altar

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources (Leviticus 18:21 NIV) “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God, I am the LORD.” The story of…

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All Stressed Out

As a Christian, you have an edge in coping with stress! You’re stuck in traffic. Horns honking, motorists screaming. It’s Monday. You worked all weekend, but you’re still behind deadline. You have to run errands. Then the meeting at church….

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The Value of Self-Esteem

Pastor Rolfe F. Westendorf We want to reject the misuse and the distortions of self-esteem, not waste the value that the concept provides. Some years ago, social scientists recognized what most have known for a long time people who are…

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Bible Study: God Alone Has the Right to Initiate and Terminate Life

Read the Following Passages: Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one on deliver…

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Love by Proxy is Not Enough Anymore!

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I suppose well-meaning Christians can differ with this title by arguing “love by proxy” is never enough. Be that as it may, the reality is that our society has steadily migrated to…

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Tips for Witnessing Your Faith

Professor John F. Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI QUESTION: I am recently employed. I’m a Christian and love the Lord dearly but have a hard time proclaiming him at work. As soon as someone mocks God, I do nothing…

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Christian Life Resources Abortion Position Statement

Preamble Abstract Background Terminology The Issues Section 1: What the Scriptures Say About Human Life Human Beings are Unique and Prized in All God’s Creation Human Beings Consist of Body and Soul Human Beings Exist in the Womb Protecting the…

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How Can I Say ‘I Care’?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources The feisty side of me hates the phrase, “I care.” Don’t misunderstand. I am not against saying it. But I object to its use without meaning. It sounds more like a catchy…

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The End is Near // A Devotional Thought on Christ’s Return

Prof. John F. Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Every age thinks that the end is near. Since at our death our fate is sealed, I have often wondered if the imminence of the Last Day has to do more with the…

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God Does Not Play Favorites

  In Acts 10:34 Peter learned that God does not play favorites. He did not send his Son to die just for the Jews, or the Pharisees, or even just for his followers. God sent his son to die for…

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Baptism and Pro-Life

Today I baptized another child. In a little over two years, I have performed 14 baptisms in this mission congregation. Each baptism is special to me. I am humbled as I hold this, the smallest of God’s crowned creation called…

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The Value of a Thanksgiving Tradition

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Thanksgiving is a great time of year for my family. First of all, it takes place in the fall. There is something warm and inviting about the colors of fall and the…

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Hooked on Internet Pornography

Mr. Timothy Snyder, Director of Media Services, Christian Life Resources He’s a respected member of the community, a successful businessman, a loving husband, and a devoted father. Hes a model citizen who hides a dark secret. In the dead of…

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Where Do You Cast? – A Look at Anxiety and Worries

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). I dont know if you have ever been fly-fishing or maybe you have seen it on TV. When you go fly…

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March of Dimes Boycott

For many years, Christian Life Resources has received ongoing inquiries on the position of the March of Dimes (MOD) on critical life issues. We have been studying the matter, have corresponded, and even spoken with the national MOD headquarters a…

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Your True Identity in Christ – Seeing Yourself as God Sees You

Susan Bilitz, MA, LPC and Laurie Smrz, RN It is important to know, remember, and live by your true identity in Christ. The following Bible verses will help you see yourself as God sees you. I am a child of…

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My Resolution: Change the World – A Look at Spirituality in the Everyday World

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Some of you likely participated in making the traditional New Year’s resolutions. Most of those resolutions, I am sure, are praiseworthy. The top ten list of resolutions people make from year to…

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The Blind Leading the Blind // A Look at the Self-Help Industry

  The modern self-help industry is huge. Every year Americans spend millions of dollars on books, videos, and audio recordings in the hope of fixing their broken selves. There are websites and television and radio shows that promise to cure…

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Congregational Versus Institutional Parish Nurses

An ever-increasing number of hospitals are hiring RNs to serve as institution-based parish nurses. These programs usually offer quality services that provide wonderful benefits to the community through local congregations. Since this is a growing trend in our country, why…

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CDACP – Ways to Care for Others

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources How equipped are you to help care for Mom or Dad as they age or when one or the other dies? Caring is more than emotion and good intentions. Careful forethought greatly…

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Not My Room – A Look at Caring for and Sharing with Loved Ones

Privacy can be a rare commodity for a family of eight. When I was a child, sharing a bedroom was a fact of life. It was a special day when my parents gave me a room of my own. Now…

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Hospitals – A Historical Perspective

Caregiving is rooted in a desire to enhance the well-being of our fellow man. Whether it is through our own need to be cared for or a loved one’s need, at some point in each of our lives we can…

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Training to Care

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Conditioning is a process by which someone trains and develops the mental and/or physical endurance to face a challenge. Intellectually, we take night courses and Internet classes, pursue college degrees, and continuing…

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Devotion: Christmas Love

Pastor Aaron Mueller One of my members, in particular, loves the Christmas time of year. For him, it can’t come early enough. Ask him to shop at a store that has early Christmas displays, and he’ll even offer to drive….

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Homesick for Heaven

Rev. Mark Braun Last summer I read Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders, by psychologist Mary Pipher. It is probably similar to dozens of other such books. Many old people are living in a world designed for…

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Wretched Refuse

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! (Excerpted from The New Colossus…

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Evolution: A Fatal Equalizer

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director I have had the opportunity to visit the Creation Museum in Kentucky (www.creationmuseum.org) several times. If you have not seen it – go! It is an incredibly professional testimony to the creation account and…

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A Rescue Mission – A Look at Sin and Repentence of a Wayward Family Member

Mr. Tim Snyder, Media Services Coordinator for Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7) The sordid account of King David and Bathsheba is a familiar one (1 Samuel 11 and 12)….

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We Are All Socialists Now?

Rev. Mark Braun For years I thought the worst thing you can be called is “fundamentalist,” but that seems to have slipped to second place. Now the worst thing you can be called is a “socialist.” Early this year, Newsweek…

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You Can Change the World! – A Look at Ways to Show Christian Concern for Others

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director When I turned 40, a friend of mine told me that a person reaches middle age when realizing he or she can no longer change the world. If that were true I suspect I…

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What’s So New About Love? A Look at Christian Caregiving and Burden Sharing

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if…

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The Legacy of Love

By Mrs. Lynn Klammer One of the simplest, yet most profound, interactions I ever had with another human being came during the afternoon of an otherwise uneventful day. I had only been married for about a year, and my mother-in-law…

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No More Sermons – A Look at Family Values

Rev. Mark Braun, Wisconsin Lutheran College Professor of Theology If I never hear another sermon about “family values,” it will be fine with me. That may sound like an odd thing to read in this magazine. It may seem to…

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True Value

Mrs. Lynn Klammer The auction bill read, “Due to the tragic deaths of Bill and Edith Webber, the following will be sold to the highest bidders…” “How much do you think this is worth?” I asked my husband as I…

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The Acquiescence of Sin

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director ac•qui•es•cence – [ak-wee-esuhns] – the act or condition of acquiescing or giving tacit assent; agreement or consent by silence or without objection; compliance. sin – transgression of divine law [Source: www.dictionary.com] In…

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Our Unique Perspective – A Look at the Conflict Between Faith and Logic

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director Are you afraid to speak up? Are you worried about being mocked because you are pro-life, pro-creation, pro-Scripture and pro-Jesus? Those who oppose us often mock us for our viewpoint. They suggest…

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Is It Time Yet? – A Look at Pro-Life Activism and the Protection of Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director I have adapted an old saying to pro-life work: being a pro-life activist is like watching a football game – with 22 men on the field in desperate need of rest, and…

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An Ironclad Guarantee – A Look at the Assuredness of the Resurrection

Mr. Tim Snyder, Media Services Coordinator at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI There is no guarantee that you and your family will not face trouble in this life. In fact, it’s pretty certain that at some point you will face…

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Q&A on Tube Feeding Removal

QUESTION: I’ve heard that Christian Life Resources states a feeding tube should never be removed. Why is that? ANSWER: Christian Life Resources does not state that feeding tubes should never be removed. We do state that it is critical that…

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Leave the Door Open – A Look at Approaching the Worldly View From a Christian Standard

By Lynn Klammer “Can you help me?” came the plea from the other side of the table. I was sitting in a college study area waiting for my kids to get out of class. As often happens when I’m just…

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A Culture of Caring | A Look at Teaching Children to Care for Others

Tim Snyder, Media Services Coordinator, Wisconsin Lutheran College It’s been more than one year since “Mrs. Marge” sold her home and moved in with her son. “Mrs. Marge,” an elderly widow who lived alone, used to be our next-door neighbor….

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When Normal Is Not Enough

By Pastor Robert Fleischmann, CLR’s National Director When her parents announced her birth, everyone knew life would become more complicated. Connie was born with a condition called “Down syndrome.”  Genetically, most people have cells consisting 23 pairs of chromosomes. A…

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How Are Your Priorities?

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at…

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Institutional Devotions

DEVOTION #1: “They’ve Taken Away My Identity!” John 13:23 – One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Jesus nicknamed John the apostle, along with his brother James, “Sons of Thunder,” and for good reason….

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Bible Study: Burden Sharing (6-Part Series)

Bible Study: Burden Sharing – Part 1 (Student’s Guide) Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God’s Word tells us something different. This is the…

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Bible Study: Biblical Directives, Examples, and Applications of Burden Sharing

1. Understanding the Terms Burden: Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry. Sharing: To willingly and happily assist others by giving from God’s blessings or helping them lighten their load. Love:…

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A Time of Testing

Dr. Mark Braun, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI Some [seed] fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. . . . Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word…

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Q&A on Salvation and Heaven

QUESTION: My 93-year-old mother has been strong and healthy her entire life. I am afraid that she has a false confidence about going to heaven. She says that God must be happy with her, because he has given her a…

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The Compassionate Father

A widower struggles to raise two young children in a small southern town during the 1930s. The town’s racist attitudes come to light as this man, who is a lawyer, faces the daunting challenge of defending a black man who…

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Bible Study: Compassion

Pastor Aaron Mueller My wife and I just wanted to get home. Being gone for several days, suitcases, then a delayed flight on our already-late return made us long for our normal surroundings again. But the drive home was anything…

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Are You Ready? – A Look at Preparing for Death

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources At the pinnacle of his career, Apple CEO Steve Jobs received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. As the cancer slowly robbed him of his health, Jobs spoke about his impending death…

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Q&A on Medical Technology

QUESTION: If medical technology gives us cures derived from taking lives, should Christians refuse that treatment even if it means possibly a shortening of our own life? If medical technology gives us cures derived from taking lives, should Christians refuse…

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The Whole Picture Needs the Full Gospel

By Rev. Forrest Bivens In early 2007 I was in Rio de Janeiro during a visit to our son and his family, while he served as a WELS missionary in Brazil. The view from Sugarloaf Mountain gave me a panorama…

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Boys, Girls and Everything In-Between

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources It can be dangerous to express an opinion on the state of sexuality in today’s world. Once it is known, such expression on this contentious subject can result in dissension…

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The Problem with a Bully

By Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources It appears most people define a “bully” as the strong and mean intimidating the weak and meek. At one time, bullying meant mean kids picking on weaker or disadvantaged kids. I…

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A Dark Passing Cloud

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources   In 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the infamous Roe v. Wade case, pro-life forces warned that this decision placed us on a “slippery slope.” It…

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Suicide Facts and Statistics

Most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to compile the following list of suicide facts: General Statistics (USA) Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues

Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Introduction The Christian Foundation for Life Decision-Making Begin with Faith Establish God’s Authority Over Life and Death Facing the Changed Quality of Life Understanding the Purpose of Life Facing the Fear…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Begin with Faith

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann II. Begin with Faith The challenge of training fellow Christians in the way they should go is a life-long endeavor to create the Christian mindset. This mindset includes…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Practical Matters in Counseling on Death

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann IX. Practical Matters In Counseling on Death I have outlined for you some of the basic principles that have helped me address death with fellow Christians. I believe…

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Questions and Answers on Euthanasia

QUESTION: What’s the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia? ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have his or her life terminated. Non-voluntary euthanasia pertains to the termination of someone’s life by another without…

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