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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Celebrate dairy month June 26
Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure: Breast cancer survivor promotes education
Making the Grade: June 24, 2019
Falls prevention: A Matter of Balance
Larson graduates from basic military training
Stock Car Racing: Winning and racing more than a hobby for Gonskas
Inside the Outdoors: A bug for every season
Golf results: June 22, 2019
Rescuing a raptor: Neighbors, volunteers return eaglet to nest
Baseball: Meister named MVP for Patriots
Vicki Lynn Glunz
Joanne Mae Drew
Deloris G. Benson
Mildred "Millie" Margaret Rose Paulson
Three easy ways to start your day with vegetables
Ask the Master Gardener: It's been a slow start to the growing season
Faith: Father's Day reflection
Senior Menus: June 24-28, 2019
Card games: June 10-14, 2019
The Cracker Barrel: A perfect day
The Last Windrow: Sorting through life's accumulations
Danecdotes: A new appreciation for 'the little things'
Opinion: What do Americans want?
Letter to the editor: President, country deserve respect
letters to the editor
Births: May 29-June 16, 2019
Lakewood Health System, Staples, births
Births: May 16-22, 2019
Tom & Peggy Woog
June 23, 2019
Faith: Father's Day reflection
Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, taught us to pray. We read in St. Matthew's Gospel: "Pray then like this: Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name." (6:9) We know the Lord's prayer continues, but I desire to stop at this point for the sake of meditation. This past weekend...
June 23, 2019 - 5:30am
June 16, 2019
Faith: A call to love your neighbor
For almost everything that I write, I don't have titles; after all, they always seem so cliché. Take this title: "A Call to Love Your Neighbor." Most of us would say, "Of course." But, in this time of fear and violence in our world, I cannot help but think that this is something...
June 16, 2019 - 7:30am
June 9, 2019
Faith: A deep yearning
We all desire to love and to be loved, and we all know the pain of loneliness and lost love. The desire to understand others and to be understood is fundamentally an attempt to feel connected. We are simply not whole by ourselves and require the connection with others that comes most...
June 9, 2019 - 7:00am
June 2, 2019
Faith: Always remember, it's not your faith
Early in my second year of seminary, I was struggling. Struggling with staying on top of my class work. Struggling with making ends meet financially....
June 2, 2019 - 6:30am
May 26, 2019
Faith: God's law defines perfect love
Do you believe that God's Law is all about His wrath and eternal condemnation? Do you believe you do not need to keep it? Often people, even Christians, believe this; however, this is not what God says about it, but rather that His Law actually defines perfect love. So, we might ask,...
May 26, 2019 - 6:30am
May 19, 2019
Faith: Surprised by beauty
We had been anxiously anticipating the birth of our sixth child in February and silently dreading it. We were approaching the three-year anniversary of the death of our third daughter, Maria, and the birth of our fifth daughter, Lucy, just one week later. What would it be like to...
May 19, 2019 - 6:30am
May 12, 2019
Faith: Spring is here; give thanks for God's creation
As of late, I have been out and about in our community, and I can't help but notice the increase of camper and boat traffic on the roads. Moving our campers and boats out of storage and prepping them for summer most definitely signals the arrival of spring in the Brainerd lakes area!...
May 12, 2019 - 6:30am
May 5, 2019
Faith: Boredom is dangerous to obedience
"What are you doing?" I asked my daughter. "I'm brushing my hair," she responded. At this point, I don't know if I should laugh or cry. "What are you supposed to be doing?" I inquired. "Cleaning the playroom, but I got bored," she replied. I send her back to her assignment of cleaning...
May 5, 2019 - 7:30am
April 28, 2019
Faith: 'Joy to the World'
When I was young, Easter was definitely lower on my list of holiday favorites. How could it compare to opening presents on Christmas morning, or trick-or-treating at Halloween? Sure, we got Easter baskets with some candy, but growing up in the church meant that we had to be at church...
April 28, 2019 - 10:30am
April 21, 2019
Faith: The Triduum and Anamnesis: Keys to Easter
In our common way of thinking, when we say we "remember" something, it generally means we remember simple facts, events or people from the past. I "remember" my address growing up, my third grade teacher and making pyramids out of sugar cubes in fourth grade. Some people are really...
April 21, 2019 - 5:30am
April 14, 2019
Faith: Crosslake Cares (for seniors)
It has been my privilege, for the past year, to serve on the board for a newly formed organization: Crosslake Area Senior Services Inc., aka Crosslake Cares. This not-for-profit organization's purpose is to enhance, promote and develop opportunities for seniors in the greater Crosslake...
April 14, 2019 - 6:30am
April 7, 2019
Faith: Absalom looked good on the outside
Teach this true, 3,000-year-old story in every school, especially since our nation's "claim to fame" is "one nation under God." "We either set people up for success or failure" and "Life is too short to learn from our own mistakes, so learn from others." Let's impress upon our children...
April 7, 2019 - 7:30am
March 31, 2019
Faith: Spiritual reality
The fastest growing religious sect in America identifies as "nones." Yet within this grouping there are two extremes. Some deny spirituality entirely while others merely reject what they refer to as organized religion. The responses from the many "tribes" within the Christian faith...
March 31, 2019 - 6:30am
March 24, 2019
Faith: This short walk reveals two such different worlds
Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Stephen Blenkush and I have been called to serve as the pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. I started this new call back in February and I am now in the process of getting situated and slowly acquainted with the good folks...
March 24, 2019 - 7:30am
March 10, 2019
Faith: In short supply
Scarce, scant, sparse, sporadic, limited, restricted, deficient, truncated, few and far between or just few, rare as hens teeth or just rare, occasional, seldom, inadequate, insufficient ... as in funds, lacking, wanting, less than, devoid, unicorn-like. Unlikely, uncommon, underwhelmed,...
March 10, 2019 - 7:30am