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Month: March 2015

Our Partners are Having a Convention.

  One of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s most trusted and effective partners is the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  They are partners in mission and mercy.  They are having their convention in Des Moines Iowa and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t been to a convention to go.  Here is a part of the press release. Men and women of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) from across the nation are registering for the 36thBiennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention to be held June 25-28, 2015, at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. Rooms are filling up and rumors have circulated that all hotels are full. This is not true! Extra hotel blocks have been added to the LWML list and, while these are not shown in the 2014 winter issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, many rooms are still available. Find additional hotel information on the LWML website. When making your reservation, identify yourself as desiring to make a reservation for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Des Moines in June. Ask for the LWML block of rooms and the LWML rate. The theme for this convention, “Bountiful! Sow ž Nourish ž Reap,” is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV). Register, reserve your hotel room, and be prepared to sow, be nourished, and reap! More information is available on the LWML website. Share this on:...

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Prisoners of Hope

Zechariah 9 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. 12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee”. I have spent a large part of last week visiting the dying and those who visit and stay with the dying. Because of Christ and his suffering and death and resurrection, we are able to live the life of Christ in the world so that we are able to remain at the bed of the dying, and prepare for death in Christ on our own. We fall back on a faith that holds to Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit we see Christ living and acting in us....

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The Wind Blows Where It Wants to…………

Somewhere around the beginning of Lent we read the story of Jesus visit with Nicodemus that ends with great Gospel in a nutshell. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” There is also a great conversation there about the Holy Spirit and the “wind blowing where it wants to”.  Spirit and breath are basically the same word.  When Jesus gave up Spirit, He died.  Jesus breathed on His disciples and said “receive the Holy Spirit”.  The Holy Spirit on Pentecost sounded like a great rushing wind.  Luther would talk about the Gospel being like a passing rain shower.  It stays in one place for a time and moves along.  He believed that the Gospel would disappear because of un-thankfulness.  The wind of the Spirit who calls and gathers and enlightens and sanctifies would blow somewhere else. Here is a song I wrote about that a long time ago. Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting.   Share this on:...

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The Cross Over.

One of the joys of Lent, (if we can say we are looking for joy in a season of repentance), is the focus upon the death of Christ that becomes our life. Even in the season that focuses on our sin, and God’s answer for our sin, there is joy in the belief that death is swallowed up in victory and that the Christian has passed from death to life. It is Jesus himself who says in John chapter 5 “I tell you the truth whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” The sad reality of Lent is that many people don’t want to think about the death of Jesus because it makes them think about their own death, as well as making them think about their own sin. Preachers endlessly comment upon the fact the very few people will come to Ash Wednesday services, while Easter services are relatively packed. I came across a funeral sermon presented by Dean Wenthe, President of  Concordia Theological Seminary delivered in 1999 at the death of Dr. Heino O. Kadai. There is a paragraph in the sermon that is stunning. “Look about in our day. The plot and the paradigm are transparently evident – from the elderly to the unborn, from the gradeschool to the...

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Lent and the Peaceable Kingdom.

My friend Al Collver sent me these pictures a few days ago.  I called them “the peaceable Kingdom”.  The images from the Bible of a peaceable Kingdom and eternal life are pictures of a recreated created order at peace  because of Christ and His work of redemption.  The quiet bliss of Eden is brought back and the creation is what God intended it to be.  The Prince of Peace has made peace through the blood of his cross and the whole creation praises that Lamb who was slain.  The lion lies down with the lamb, the bells on the harnesses of the horses say “holy to the Lord” and there is no more sorrow or tears or pain.  The creation that groaned awaiting the revealing of the Sons of God now sings for joy. Lent began with the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.  The Gospel of Mark has the shortest report of Jesus temptation in the wilderness and it gives us an interesting tidbit to think about.  “And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.” Perhaps we have here the echoes and fulfillment of Psalm 91…… 9If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your...

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