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Ghostly Conflict


Mon, Oct 28th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

People ask, “Do you believe in ghosts?” The answer is, “Yes,” but not in the ghosts of literary imagination or the misguided belief in spirits of the “dead departed.” The word “spirit” is often used by Bible translators in place of the word “ghost.” There are numerous Bible references to “impure spirits” which are always demons. These “ghosts” did not just inhabit haunted houses and push items around; they directly controlled the thoughts and lives of people. There is a good example in Luke, “In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, ‘Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’ ‘Be quiet!’ Jesus said sternly. ‘Come out of him!’ Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him (Luke 4:33-35 NIV).” This man’s experience with “ghosts” ended in a safe release because of Jesus. This kind of ghost today always seeks to undermined belief in God and continues to mislead.



“Impure spirits” are not the only kind of ghost mentioned in the Bible. Due to the translators of the King James Version of the Bible, the third person of the Godhead became known as the Holy Ghost. Modern translators chose to use the term Holy Spirit. Sent from God the Father and Jesus, the Holy Ghost works faith in the heart of believers. He seeks entry to the thoughts and lives of people, but for good purposes. An example of this is found in Acts, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: ‘Rulers and elders of the people….! It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed (Acts 4:8-10 NIV).” Peter, the fearful disciple who denied that even knew Jesus, has the courage to boldly witness the truth of Jesus’ power over death and Satan to the same men who condemned Jesus. The difference was that Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit.



A battle for the minds and hearts of people continues in this world. Distraction, unbelief and despair are fruits of impure spirits. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23a NIV).” Want the Holy Ghost to win? See you in church!


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Henrytown Lutheran Church

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

There will be no church on November 3, 2013 at Henrytown Lutheran Church, rural Canton, Minn. Instead Union Prairie Lutheran Church, 31872 State Hwy 16, Lanesboro, Minn.would like us to share in celebrating Pastor Paul Thompson’s 25 years of servi ..... 
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National Council of Catholic Women

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) 2013 Convention was held September 25 - 28, 2013 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with nearly 500 participants from across the USA. The theme, “Be the Voice of Catholic Wo ..... 
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Gary Froiland concert

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The public is invited to a concert presented by Gary Froiland at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, November 10. Gary will be sharing a concert of gospel music. Gary Froiland has performed ..... 
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Biggest Fan of Horror

Mon, Oct 21st, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The talk show deejay claiming to be the biggest fan of horror insisted that watching the online trailer for a horror movie would result in sleepless nights if not permanent emotional issues. He was wrong. The biggest fan of horror doe ..... 
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Mr. Fix-It

Mon, Oct 14th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

By Rev. Paul Ibisch ”Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” ..... 
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Rushford Lutheran raises awareness for affordable housing

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

On Saturday, October 12, at 6 p.m., construction will begin on a new city in Fillmore County. That’s right, Rushford Lutheran Church Youth are building a new city out of cardboard to raise awareness for affordable housing in our communities. Ever ..... 
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Getting Right with God

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

By Rev. Paul Ibisch “Present as an aroma pleasing to the Lord a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.” Numbers 29:8 NIV We seem to be in a season when every day is dedicated to someth ..... 
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September 8 is “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Faith & Worship

Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, Minn. is celebrating “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday by sponsoring the painting of an “A Brush With Kindness” house in Harmony September 5-8, 2013. “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an oppor ..... 
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