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Month: April 2011

Look twice

Rev Seter spent some time on earlier posts talking about cooperation in externals.  I suggest you reread those posts. Today is Saturday and there is a blizzard ripping western North Dakota.  So, what I’m about to describe might not  happen today.  BUT, there’s an outisde chance if you are traveling today (and if you are traveling in western ND, I hope it’s for something really important.) that you might notice a pick up truck with Lutheran Disaster Response magnetic door signs pulling a Jewish Disaster Relief tool trailer.  The trailer has NECHAMA on the side which I’m told is the Hebrew word for “comfort”.  It would make me look twice. The trailer is on loan and is full of tools needed to help muck out basements and fix things.  The volunteers in the truck are LCMS members.  It’s so unusal that the driver of the truck called me to let me know what he was up to.  He was concerned that LCMS members would call our office to complain.  Especially, if he parked the trailer in an LCMS church parking lot.  We are only using the tools.  Frankly, I’m not sure I could pick the Lutheran hammer out of a hammer line up! I find it interesting in a state like ND where you can’t shake a stick without hitting a Lutheran of  one persuasion or another that Lutheran Diaster Response even needs to borrow a tool trailer.  Pray...

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Tornado flashbacks.

It seems like about a year ago I visited the folks over in Wadena Minnesota and the Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  I was with District President Fondow, Al Colver and Carlos Hernandez from Lutheran church Missouri Synod World Relief and Human Care.  Other Pastors from the LCMS Minnesota North District were there to offer support as well.  As I look at the destruction in Alabama and read that one of our Missouri Synod Churches was completley destroyed I have flashbacks.  It appeared to me on that day that the tornado actually hit the ground just on the other side of St. John’s church because that is where the destruction started to look truly , well, destructive.  Folks will go through flashbacks in Wadena when they look at the pictures from Alabama.  People from Alabama are just starting to realize what has hit them.  We can offer our prayers and support.  There are always ways to help.  Our partnerships in times like these pay dividends.  As LCMS President Harrison has written  – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). In the face of innocent loss of life and destruction at unimaginable levels, we turn to the Lord of wind and wave, who stilled the storm with His mighty Word, yet demonstrated His boundless mercy to us all on the arms of...

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Who we are

Recent stories from two North Dakota pastors “refreshed my spirit”.  At separate times and places, they told me of experiences where members of their congregations had reached out to non members through acts of mercy.  Both congregations have now welcomed some of those families as brothers & sisters in Christ. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6: “I planted the seed.  Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”  I read somewhere that the unchurched do not want to be someone’s “project”.   Planting and watering through our life of Christian vocation and acts of mercy are our natural expressions of God’s love for us.  They reflect “Whose” we are…not what “we” do.  “Faith is a divine work in us which changes us and makes us to be born anew of God.  It kills the old Adam and makes us altogether different people in heart and spirit and mind and all powers and it brings with it the Holy Spirit.  O, it is a living busy active mighty thing this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good works incessantly it does not ask whether good works are to be done, but before the question is asked, it has already done them and is constantly doing them.”                                    Luther’s preface to Romans. Share this on:...

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Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to assist with flood relief efforts throughout North Dakota. Especially hard hit have been McLean & Ward counties (the surrounding areas of Minot & Garrison). Lutheran Disaster Response is asking for volunteers to call 1-800-366-9841 or you may contact Joan Buchhop at Kirk Rosin has a team in the field today (April 27) in the Wheatland/Chafee area. He has a tool trailer and he is willing to move it to where it’s needed and to help other volunteers. He and his team are extremely experienced in flood/water cleanup. If you are available, don’t hestiate to call the hotline or contact Joan. Share this on:...

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Connections – Partners – Seeds

John Halake is the General Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya.  He is finishing some course work at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Having no place to go at Easter he came to Drayton,  North Dakota and spent some time with Roger Weinlader, one of the founders of Project 24.  Roger has a seed company on the Red River that is the border between Minnesota and North Dakota.  He came to church on Maunday Thursday, Good Friday and Easter and spent the rest of his time loading seed bags. John always bragged that as a young man he lived on one glass of milk a day.  His home in Marsibit has been undergoing a long drought and he was amazed at driving for miles and miles through fields flooded by the Red River. John is a great friend and partner in the Gospel.  While staying in Drayton he was also working on course work, a paper on the “End Times”.  When I asked what the point of the paper was he said that “while we are waiting for Christ to come and judge the living and the dead, He is already here in the Sacraments”.  Good point that.  He is also present with us “in the body which is His church”.  Partnerships and friendships with people like John reinforce that merciful gift of God everyday. Share this...

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