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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.” Matthew 9:17 NIV

Do you know anything about evaporation pans for radiators? These pans are made of copper and faithfully held water for about 50 years. After that much time the pans start to break down in the corners where they are soldered together causing them to leak. People who think they can fix the problem simply by soldering are disappointed to find that the solder won’t stick to corroded copper. Even if you try to solder in new copper tape, it won’t work. At least it didn’t work for me, because I am not Mr. Fix-it.

Do you know more about wineskins? Jesus spoke about trying to fix old, brittle wineskins. Patching just didn’t work and could result in losing all of the wine. Jesus’ point was that he had come from God to be the Savior of people who put their trust in him. His audience felt that they didn’t need a Savior and could patch up their relationship with God by fasting, making some sacrifices and doing a few good things. They were just as wrong as the people today who think that they can fix things with God on their own terms.

The good news is that Mr. Fix-It has come. The apostle Paul explains it this way, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NIV).” Faith in Jesus is the new way for our lives. See you in church!

Rev. Paul Ibisch, with 28 years of parish ministry, continues to teach the Bible, guest preach, publish devotionals, and encourage the work of local congregations. Telephone: 608-799-0990.

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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Bierman family to lead worship service for Steam Engine Days celebration

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

The Bierman family of rural Lanesboro, Minn. will lead the Ecumenical Worship Service during the Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days celebration. The Biermans consisting of Dad, Mom and four children, ages 12 to 18, have enjoyed playing and singing gosp ..... 
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Michael Himlie Commissioned

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Faith & Worship

Michael Himlie of Harmony, Minn. will be commissioned and speaking in a service on September 8, 2013 at the Root River Church of the Brethren of rural Preston, Minn. Michael has completed his freshman year at McPherson College, McPherson, Kan. He wi ..... 
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Lanesboro junior shares stories from Tanzania mission trip

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

By Mitchell Walbirdge The lifestyle lived in small-town southeastern Minnesota differs greatly from other regions of the world as 17 year-old Lanesboro junior Matthew Kiehne figured out after being immersed in Tanzanian culture for 16 days in early ..... 
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No Safer Place On Earth

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

Rev. Paul Ibisch I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28 NIV The National Night Out was a great success. Neighbors warmly greeted neighbors, and city organizations showed off th ..... 
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Musana Mission Project to be discussed at Root River Church of the Brethren

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Louise Heusinkveld Henderson will share about a mission group to an orphanage called the Musana Children’s home. Musana is a secure home and school in a self sustaining environment. Meet with Henderson on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 10-11am at Th ..... 
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