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We should seek our daily food, clothing & all we need ...as long as we do so without detracting from our love & duty toward our neighbor.

What Did Luther Say About Loving Our Neighbor?

Posted on 09. Apr, 2014 by .

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“It is not forbidden but rather commanded that by the sweat of our brow we should seek our daily food, clothing, and all we need and avoid destruction whenever we can, as long as we do so without detracting from our love and duty toward our neighbor.” -Martin Luther In Martin Luther’s time, society’s affliction, […]

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It’s Hard to Answer the Question “How was Your Trip?”

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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I returned from the Philippines almost two weeks ago. Just about every day I’ve heard some variation on the same question from friends, colleagues, family members, and people at church: how was your trip? I’m not quite sure how to answer. Sometimes I think people expect me to say “it was great!” (Perhaps that’s my […]

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Will You Help Us Improve Our Communication?

Posted on 22. Jan, 2014 by .

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Growing up, my brother and I were always cognizant of one very important rule in communicating with our mother. I’d even go so far as to say it was a survival strategy. Never, ever, ever argue with each other before mom has had her coffee! As a child I didn’t understand that, but as an […]

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From 2013 to 2014: Finding Hope in the News

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .

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2014 is already jumping off to a raucous start around the world. Between bitter winter weather around the U.S., armed conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, and continuing controversy about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) it could be easy to begin January with a bout of depression. But we believe there […]

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A Thank You from the Field

Posted on 15. Dec, 2013 by .

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Over the past two weeks, I have been traveling around the Philippines with LWR’s staff based there. It’s been an amazing opportunity to see the immense expertise of our field staff, the way they approach their work with both compassion and professionalism. Please view the video below to see a little of what I have […]

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Why I’m Thankful for Key Leaders

Posted on 26. Nov, 2013 by .

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Although retail stores are trying to tell me it’s Christmas time, when I think of November, I still think of Thanksgiving. With “turkey day” just two days away, this is a good time to reflect on gratitude — for us especially, because gratitude is one of our organizational values. And for me there is no […]

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A Mother’s Prayer for Survival and Recovery

Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by .

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On November 8, Leonora Compuesta, a 38-year old mother of five, heard that Typhoon Haiyan was approaching the Philippines and that the storm might hit Cebu Province where she and her family live. As the storm approached and Leonora realized how unusually strong it was, she instructed her children to take refuge in a neighbor’s […]

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