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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
The Regional Report: News from around the lakes area
Local study may keep more hearts beating
Jenkins: Council signs agreement for street improvements
New intersection opens in Pequot Lakes
Police Blotter - August 19, 2017
Hackensack: Donations sought to repair Birch Lake fishing pier
Golf results - August 19, 2017
Twins activate former All-Star closer Perkins
Danecdotes: Practice begins for area fall sports
Vikings kicker, punter positions up for grabs yet
Margaret E. Coleman
Richard Wayne Gravdahl
Jesse Elmer Lodermeier
Carl J. (Corky) Smith
Looking Back - Aug. 19, 2017
Crosslake offers something for everyone Aug. 12
The endless summer
Pages from the Past - Aug. 18, 2017
Last duck race of season is today
Anniversary trip brings clarity on marriage
Letter to the editor: Leave the memorial be
From the Lefthand Corner: Trump's downward slide
Supporting a free press
Vogt's Notes: Imagine a day without local news
letters to the editor
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Spike & Karen Wales
Cole Richard Sifferath
Robert and Susan (Gregg) House
August 13, 2017
Faith: Absolute truth of God
Truth, and the definition of truth, is under attack. "There is no absolute truth," is the claim the world is making. "All truth is relative" and "The truth is what you want it to be" are popular current themes. If we can be honest for a moment and recognize just how sad and depraved...
August 13, 2017 - 6:30am
July 9, 2017
Faith: We continue to hear voices like that of Martin Luther
I've just come back from a pilgrimage of sorts. I spent a week in June in Wittenberg, Germany, the place where Martin Luther spent his life from 1508. On this journey, I was able to walk the streets that Luther walked, walk the corridors of his former monastery that would become his...
July 9, 2017 - 4:30am
July 2, 2017
Faith: Three of our heartbeats
I love seeing how He gives each of His churches a unique vision and calling. Even churches of the same denomination vary from one another, yet each is passionately pursuing the things God has called them to be and do. I recently did a sermon series entitled "Heartbeats" focusing on...
July 2, 2017 - 7:00am
June 4, 2017
Faith Column: Wanted and living
The pursuit of my wants can be a dangerous thing. Just because I want something, just because I desire something, doesn't mean I should have...
June 4, 2017 - 6:30am
May 14, 2017
Faith: Do I have to go to church to be a Christian?
It's quite rare that I remember my friends' Facebook posts beyond the time it takes to read this sentence, but over the years there have been a few posts that have stuck with me. Several years back, one of them was this: "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than...
May 14, 2017 - 5:30am
May 2, 2017
Strive to be one of the Twelve
Have you ever thought how beneficial to the advancement of God's Kingdom it would be if the Lord hired you as a strategist? I wonder if that makes me egocentric, or just unrealistic. As a former salesman, the account of Jesus feeding the 5,000 out of John Chapter 6 has always bothered...
May 2, 2017 - 3:50am
April 23, 2017
Faith column: Finding the peace of Christ at jail
I have had the privilege and the blessing of being able to meet and get to know some inmates at the Crow Wing County Jail. Each Monday afternoon I participate in three one-hour writers' workshops. We write for 20 minutes in silence, and then, if any of the men are willing, we read...
April 23, 2017 - 4:55am
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