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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Trump's proposed budget wouldn't affect local Meals on Wheels
Animal shelter opens in rural Pequot Lakes - Babinski's dream is a reality
Crosslake church to host bluegrass concert Sunday
Reminder-March 24, 2017
Spaghetti feed set Sunday to benefit Pine River Food Shelf
Dahlberg earns all-state honorable mention
Buzzer-beater: North Woods wins on half-court heave during MN Class A Boys quarterfinal game
Wild draft pick Kunin inks 3-year deal
Twins' Puerto Ricans rejoin camp
Ackerman named all-conference for Tiger boys
Barbara "Barb" A. Berg
Peter A. Smude
Thousands share their charm in Crosslake
Pages from the Past - March 23, 2017
Card games: March 20, 2017
Senior Menus: March 20-24, 2017
Pages from the Past-March 19, 2017
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
American wines are gaining in popularity
From the Lefthand Corner: Health care assurance, not health care insurance
Vogt's Notes: A conflicted time of life
Minding Our Elders: Family members may feel guilty about missing the passing
letters to the editor
Births-March 12, 2017
November 21, 2016
Faith: I have great news for you
I appreciate it when someone helps to set me up for success instead of failure. When we live our way, instead of God's way, we are putting our security in imperfect ways. More than 2,000 years ago God gave His word in order to set His people up with success, and God's Word - His promises...
November 21, 2016 - 11:23am
October 24, 2016
Faith: Sad news on the Catholic side of things
A recent study showed that 52 percent of Catholics are not certain they are able to have a relationship with God. It made my heart sink. Some think God is simply the "answer guy in the sky." Others think what they have done in their past disqualifies them from God's love and desire...
October 24, 2016 - 9:27am
September 19, 2016
Faith: What if he doesn't get better; then what?
Have you ever felt like you were at the "top of your game," feeling fantastic, and then everything began to crumble? A professional golfer experienced that feeling. He had shoulder surgery, life was good, and then his shoulder pain returned. The timing couldn't have been worse. He...
September 19, 2016 - 8:26am
September 11, 2016
Faith: I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden
My first truck was a very old Chevy. It had a cassette player, and included was an old cassette tape titled "Country hits of the '70s" or something like that. That is how I was introduced to Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden." At that time, it was the only cassette tape I owned, and soon...
September 11, 2016 - 10:47am
September 1, 2016
Faith: What is your testimony?
The testimony of Dr. C.I. Scofield of his conversion: "I was a drunken lawyer; I was 37 years old. One day one of my clients, Tom McPhetters, was in my office. When he started to go out, with his hand on the knob of the door, he turned and said, 'Scofield, I'm the biggest coward on...
September 1, 2016 - 10:35am
August 27, 2016
Faith: Home leadership
As the former senior pastor of a large church with a large staff, I found myself consumed with being the very best leader I could be for my staff and people. I attended leadership conferences, read leadership books and even met with other leaders in my community so I could continue...
August 27, 2016 - 11:02am
August 17, 2016
Faith: Anno mortis eius (in the year of her death)
The death of our daughter, Maria, has become the most impactful experience of my life. I have never faced anything that has radically changed my existence in an instant. My faith, my marriage and my role as a father are probably more formative in my life than her death, but each of...
August 17, 2016 - 11:05am
June 8, 2016
Faith: Summer is here
Memorial Day has come and gone and the clock is ticking on the three most important months up here in the Brainerd lakes area. Each year it seems that there is pressure to make the most of the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is why we live here, why we endure the winters...
June 8, 2016 - 10:01am
April 13, 2016
Faith Column: These are exciting times
These are exciting times. For kids and parents, the end of the school year is not far off. I happen to have a graduating high school senior - my last - this year. He is looking very forward to the next experience of his life: college. I am grateful to strong teachers, excellent mentors...
April 13, 2016 - 12:04pm
February 19, 2016
Faith: Look not to your interests only
Philippians 2:4 says, "Look not to your interests only but also to the interests of others." On Jan. 20, the people of the Crosslake Log Church took that message to heart as they wrote personal notes in books that they purchased to be delivered to inmates in area jails. The backstory...
February 19, 2016 - 10:04am
February 7, 2016
Guess whom I'm talking to again?
When you really need to talk to someone, do you have a best friend you can call out to? Is the person approachable 24 hours a day? Isn't it a relief and comforting to know that when you need to talk to your best friend, you will never get your patience tested because of a busy signal,...
February 7, 2016 - 12:30pm
January 25, 2016
Faith: Remembering ...
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was born in an era of great turmoil and great hope in America. Born in the late '60s, I remember seeing news reports, films and articles...
January 25, 2016 - 9:05am
Faith Column: 'Some Children See Him'
Merry Christmas, all! As you read this, Christians in the lakes area are going to church, singing carols, raising candles against the darkness of the night and of the cold world, and placing renewed hope again in God's Christmas promise in Jesus. To and through Mary, God's Word is,...
December 25, 2015 - 8:00am
July 30, 2015
Faith: The demise of casual Christianity
Casual Christianity, the place where the fence straddlers converge. It has always felt like a safe place for so many. A place where no clear, hard lines in the sand ever needed to be drawn. Casual Christianity sidesteps both being offensive and being offended. Coming from a guy who...
July 30, 2015 - 11:44am
June 10, 2015
The tech world has a way of creating apps and tools that leave us wondering what our lives were ever like without them. The most recent app that has captured the attention of my household is Timehop. If you are not familiar with it, the app simply gathers old photos and status updates...
June 10, 2015 - 2:29pm