Currently, we are gathering on Sundays for the 10:45 Worship Service. There will be no Bible Classes or childcare provided. 

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Scripture Memory Meditation | Revelation 19:15-16

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This important book has encouraged the persecuted and downtrodden for centuries and can do the same for us....

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Book Review: Being Logical (McInerny)

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I’m thankful for such a helpful book that will, I hope, facilitate meaningful conversation about whatever pressing issue is before us....

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Logical Fallacies in an Internet Age

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In an internet age, bad thinking can be perpetuated by liking, sharing, or commenting on posts with logical fallacies....

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Scripture Memory Meditation | Psalm 4:7

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We must learn to find our security and our joy in God alone. ...

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The Killing of George Floyd and the Image of God

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The death of George Floyd and the events surrounding it are tragic because they all efface the image of God. What does that mean?...

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Genesis 17: Translation

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My translation of Genesis 17...

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Genesis 16: Translation

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My translation of Genesis 16...

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Motherhood: A Sacred Gift

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Motherhood is a gift from God. Mothers bring life into the world, mitigating the curse of death resulting from sin....

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Genesis 15: Translation

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My translation of Genesis 15....

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On Not Neglecting to Gather

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Are Christians disobeying God by staying home from church?...

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Genesis 14 (Translation)

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My translation of Genesis 14....

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Genesis 13 (Translation)

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My translation of Genesis 13...

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Introduction to Revelation

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Giving primacy to a theological reading paves the way for fruitful meditation and response to this hope-giving book for Christians across the ages....

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The Autopsy of Scripture

"Does it not make one suspicious when Biblical philology’s first move in search for an ‘understanding’ of its texts is to dissect their form into sources, psychological motivations, and the sociological effects of milieu, even before the form has been really contemplated and read for its meaning as form?"...

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Bible Translations: CSB & ESV

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Which translation is to be preferred: CSB & ESV?...

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Genesis 12:10-20 (Translation)

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My translation of Genesis 12:10-20...

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Genesis 12:4-9 (Translation)

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My translation of Genesis 12:4-9....

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Genesis 12:1-3 (Translation)

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My translation of Genesis 12:1-3....

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Genesis 11:27-32 (Translation)

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My translation of Genesis 11:27–32....

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Cancellation Notice | COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we will not meet for our regular gatherings this week. We will continue to assess on a week-to-week basis. If you have questions or need assistance, please email elders@clbcmn.org....

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Gathering Together Is a Grace

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"It is by God’s grace that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly around God’s word and sacrament in this world. Not all Christians partake of this grace."...

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COVID-19 and CLBC (Update)

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- No Bible Classes on Sunday - AM Service at 10:45; doors open at 10:30 - No Communion on Sunday...

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Coronavirus and CLBC

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Please know that we are monitoring the situation and will respond accordingly. If you are feeling sick, please stay home. Though we desire that all gather with us, it is an act of love to others in the church and our community at large to self-quarantine if you suspect illness....

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Receive One Another at the Table

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A sermon from 1 Corinthians 11:17...

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Scripture Memory Meditation | Genesis 15:6

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God always remains faithful and true to His promises...

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Scripture Memory Meditation | Luke 24:44

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Jesus began the fulfillment of the messianic mission prophesied about in the Hebrew Bible. He invites us to join in that mission as we await his return. ...

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Introduction to Philo

Philo of Alexandria is an important figure for New Testament and Christian Studies. ...

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Scripture Memory Meditation | Romans 1:20

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God reveals through the gospel and creation that he is powerful and that he deserves to be worshipped. ...

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Parallelomania (Samuel Sandmel)

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Samuel Sandmel’s 1962 article, “Parallelomania,” remains instructive for modern scholarship, particularly for budding theologians being introduced to the literature of the Second Temple period for the first time. ...

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Sandmel on Using Philo for Intertextual Studies

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Sandmel writes, “it is not prudent for the mere amateur to rush into excerpts from Philo” (8)....

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Book Review: Spiritual Gifts

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In this book, Tom Schreiner provides a primer on spiritual gifts. ...

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Christians and the Second Temple Period

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Should Christians care about literature and history from the Second Temple period? Yes. ...

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The Unchurching of the Church

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Responding to the unchurching of America by unchurching the church simply isn't viable. ...

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Church Partnerships: For the Gospel

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Partnering with other local churches in these (and other) ways requires sacrifice, humility, and creativity....

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Interpreting the Pentateuch (Vogt)

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This work has value as an introduction to the Pentateuch as well as a reminder of hermeneutical principles, particularly relating to Law and Narrative....

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From Paradise to the Promised Land (Alexander)

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Alexander’s goal is to contribute toward remedying the problem that “most students of theology and religious studies have at best a very limited understanding of the basic contents of the Pentateuch” (xiii)....

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Book Review: God's Relational Presence

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A book review for the Center for Biblical Studies of Midwestern Seminary. ...

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Book Review: Your Future Self Will Thank You

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Nobody—not even Christians—perfectly exercise self-control. That is why Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible & Brain Science is so helpful....

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Our Church Blog: Coram Deo

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Our church blog exists for the purpose of informing, encouraging, and challenging our church family. ...

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