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Bringing Christian Discernment To IVF

Life Advocacy

Posted on May 29, 2024
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

How should we think about in vitro fertilization? Is IVF pro-life? Is it something Christians should support? As with all matters, it’s essential that we bring thoughtful Christian discernment to bear.

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Christians Respond To Women & Children In Need

Life Advocacy

Posted on May 28, 2024
by Mollie Clark

In today’s culture, the answer offered in response to some of life’s most challenging situations may be death. For over 120 years, Lutheran Family Service is focused on sharing God’s truth for life with Jesus as the cornerstone of the ministry.

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A Glimpse At Shame & Grace: Life’s Roadblocks & Detours

Mental Health

Posted on May 3, 2024
by Lindy Hinckley, tLMFT

If you’ve ever been on a trip to a specific destination, there is nothing more troublesome and annoying than seeing a detour sign or even worse, a roadblock. A detour sign can take you miles out of your chosen way, and a roadblock usually doesn’t offer any other alternative but to turn around. Shame can be at best a detour, and at worst a roadblock to our emotional and spiritual well-being.

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Ten Actions To Increase Christian Adoption

Adoption

Posted on April 29, 2024

A Biblical view of adoption means bringing children to a new life in Christ. As Christian adoption agencies decrease in number, an increasing number of adoptions are often self-serving with no regard for the child’s salvation. What can you do? Here are 10 actions you can take to build awareness and take action regarding Biblically-based, Christian adoption.

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Iowa LCMS Pastors Stand Firm For God’s Truth For Life In Des Moines

Life Advocacy

Posted on April 8, 2024

LCMS Pastors from Iowa District East and West gathered to learn about critical life issues impacting Iowans and to offer support, prayer, and encouragement to legislators at the April 4, 2024, LCMS Pastors’ Day On The Hill hosted by Lutheran Family Service.

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Kinsley’s Adoption Spotlight

Adoption

Posted on April 4, 2024

Meet Kinsley! Lutheran Family Service met the biological mother late in her pregnancy, and walked along her side to help her get late prenatal care and supported her in the delivery room. Today, this beautiful baby girl is overwhelming loved by her big brother and adoptive parents.

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Meet Amy Hull

Lutheran Family Service News

Posted on March 20, 2024
by Amy Hull, LISW

Amy brings over 20 years of counseling experience to the team providing individual, couple, and family therapy. She specializes in helping people with anxiety, depression, anger, stress, grief, relationship issues, bipolar and mood disorders, life transitions, and couples experiencing marital issues.

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Developing Empathy For Those Suffering From Addiction

Mental Health

Posted on March 8, 2024
by Lindy Hinckley, tLMFT

Wearing someone else’s shoes, walking around in their skin, even borrowing a different lens are all metaphors for the same thing: learning to view circumstances or events from a new perspective. One of the ways in which we can view circumstances or events in a new way is by developing empathy.

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When You Have A Bad Day

Mental Health

Posted on February 28, 2024
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

Nobody enjoys bad days, but everybody has them. Sometimes it’s only one. Sometimes it’s several in a row. Other times they pile up. So when bad days come (not if!), what do we do? Because you are going to have bad days, you need a plan for them.

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Halen’s Adoption Spotlight

Adoption

Posted on February 27, 2024

Meet Halen! This curly-haired beauty is overwhelmingly loved by her adoptive parents and big sister. Her adoptive parents got the privilege to be present for her birth and didn’t leave her side until they took her home from the hospital ten days later.

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