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Month: September 2013

Ephesians 3:10 – what is the church for?

“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,”……………………………………….. Add this confessional citation to Ephesians 3:10, from Luther’s  large Catechism, Part II, par. 61-62: For creation is now behind us, and redemption has also taken place, but the Holy Spirit continues his work without ceasing until the Last Day, and for this purpose he has appointed a community (Gemeine) on earth, through which he speaks and does all his work. For he has not yet gathered together all of this Christian community, nor has he completed the granting of forgiveness. Share this on:...

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What is the church for? continued

This picture will always haunt me of a mother looking for work in the oil patch and having to live in her car with her little baby.  She is not poor or destitute, but she needs a place to stay and someone to help with the care of the child while she works.  Yet many do not think that is the churches job. Micah 6 says, ” 8 He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth God require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God? We might also add to walk humbly with our fellow human beings in need and difficulty. If the love of Christ will jot compel us I guess I am at a loss as to what will.  Please read the following link and remember that this service provided by the Pastor and the church has been brought to an end by an amalgamation of people that really don’t know what to do, and my guess is, don’t care.  There are a lot of rules out there and seemingly very few answers. http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2012/07/01/success-stories-from-willistons-concordia-lutheran-church/ Share this on:...

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Mercy and the end of the Age.

  “It is my firm belief that he world will perish shortly. Among us there is the greatest ingratitude and contempt for the Word…As things are beginning to go, the last day is at the door, and I believe that the world will not endure a hundred years. For the light of the gospel is now dawning. That day will follow with thunder and lightning, for the voice of the Lord and of the trumpet are conveyed in the thunder. It will come from the east, and the earth will be severely shaken by the crash with such horror, that men will die of fear. I believe that the last day is not far off, for this reason: the gospel is now making its last effort, and it is just the same as with a light which, when it is about to go out, gives forth a great flash at the end as if it is intended to burn a long time yet, and then it is gone. So it appears to be in the case of the gospel, which seems on the point of widely extending itself, but I fear that it also will go out in a flash, and that the last day will then be at hand. It is just so with a sick man: when he is about to die he often appears most refreshed,...

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Congregations and Mercy at Home

There are many ways that congregations can do mercy and show mercy and be a good corporate citizen.  Food pantries and community projects like St. John’s in Park Rapids did (see September 20,2013) and there are many more.  One way is to sponsor a blood drive.  Trinity Lutheran Church in Drayton is sponsoring a blood drive in Drayton on Monday September 30 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Tisdale Manor. These are the kinds of partnerships that work and work well in our communities.  United Blood Services supplies the service.  Tisdale Manor supplies the place.  Trinity would have but we had too many stairs and no air conditioning.  We were going to do this at the Drayton public school but their air conditioners are not working either.  Members of Trinity make the phone calls and supply the bars and cookies and juice to those who give the donations.  Now all we need is donors.  If you can give blood and even if you think that you can’t give blood for any reason please call United Blood Services at 1-800-917-4929.  You can even go online and  sign up at www.unitedbloodservices.org .  You have to be 16 years old.  If you live in or around Drayton please consider this.  Blood donations will effect 1 of every five people in the US this year.  Everyone I know has had a loved...

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Partners and Terror and Mercy

I wrote about these guys before.  The only reason that I even saw them was because of the plastic bag!  They are a kind of local militia that was formed to wander around in the wilds of the Samburu wildlife refuge and protect elephants and other creatures from the Al Shabab terrorists that were coming into Northern Kenya for the sole purpose of raising hell.  While we were in Wamba there were several Kenyan Army incursions into Somalia that were meant to destroy their safe havens and incursion points.  I said at that time it was a nasty little war that the Kenyans were fighting not only for themselves but for us because I believe that Kenya is the linchpin that can keep Africa from being Islamized.  Muslim extremists have said in the past that they wanted to Islamize all of Africa by 2015.  They only have two years left.  Kenya has probably endured more terrorist bombings than any other Sub Saharan nation. Our partner church there struggles with all sorts of things from interior politics to a lack of cash and they continue to work hard to present the Gospel and witness to Christ.  Our Project 24 centers struggle and we struggle to help appropriately and faithfully.  We have been told that one of our centers has closed because of some Islamic pressures.  We try and send appropriate help...

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