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Month: June 2015

Under the Cross at the LWML Convention

This was taken from the stage at the LWML Convention.  This is the back side of the Cross (I never got a picture of the front)and it really was the center piece of the dais as it should be.  Much of what the LWML does as it supports missions here and around the world can be understood in terms of life under the Cross.  We support these project so that the Gospel of forgiveness of sins might be proclaimed to all people everywhere and that they might have life in His name. One of the things that we realize very quickly is that Christ emptied Himself and took of the form of a servant to lift us up to Glory.  Now as we serve Him we lift Him up and give His glory so that Christ might be “all in all”. Spurgeon has a meditation for the evening of June 29th in “Evening and Morning” – Like the moon, we borrow our light; bright as we are when grace shines on us, we are darkness itself when the Sun of Righteousness withdraws himself. Therefore let us cry to God never to leave us. “Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from us! Withdraw not from us thine indwelling grace! Hast thou not said, ‘I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I...

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LWML Convention

President Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, addressed the LWML convention on a dubiously momentous day.  The women had been in session and had not all heard that the Supreme Court had imposed a view of marriage that was counter to natural law and Biblical revelation.  His talk to them was as always inspiring, and also honest and frank about the challenges confronting the church.  These are scary times, but as the President has said before there have always been perilous times for the church.  The church is always one generation away from extinction.  The times when the church prospered and marched forth like a mighty army were the times when it sowed the seeds of its own destruction  by compromising on doctrine and turning Christ into a self help guru rather than proclaiming Him as Savior and Lord. The beauty of the LWML convention was the inspirational view of mission and ministry in the face of a world that seems to be going mad.  People shot in a prayer meeting, political pronouncements  that seek to destroy religious freedom, governments finding out that sooner or later you can actually run out of other peoples money to spend, terrorism, nature on the rampage, fightings and fears within and without.There is the impression given that all those women know that we have work to do before the night comes when...

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Thoughts on LWML Convention

I was haunted by this picture that was hanging above the stage at the LWML Convention in Des Moines.  Depending on the perspective it could be the twilight of the church, or the sunrise for the church.  Depending on the way the church is oriented it could be morning or evening. So let’s say it is twilight for the church.  The Jews looked at twilight as the beginning of the day.  It was the time of peace and meditation and looking over the events of the day in light of God’s mercy.  The early church picked up on that with the beautiful hymn – Joyous light of glory of the immortal Father, Heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ, We have come to the setting of the Sun And we look to the evening light. We sing to God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. You are worthy of being praised with pure voices forever. O Son of God, O Giver of Light, The universe proclaims your glory. If the church is in its twilight and only has a future of persecution and suffering it still has a victorious Lord and Salvation. Events like the LWML Convention give us the hope that it may be morning for the church and her witness to Christ will shine over all the earth until Christ comes again. Share this on:...

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Des Moines

I have the chance to be  an attendee at the LWML convention in Des Moines.  Want to see President Kaye off in her last convention and thank her for the continued partnership that she and the LWML have fostered with the church at large by the constant reminders that these marvelous groups, units and women support mission work here and around the world. Share this on:...

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It May be Great But Is It a Commission? part 3

Interesting how we read things into this text that aren’t there – Matthew never mentions the ascension. I am getting some reaction to part 2 about this text that are interesting. “Evidently the Apostles didn’t get the memo that they were to stay home and not go on missionary journeys to the ends of the earth!”, writes one reader. Well memos can be tricky things but they were there to get a message from the resurrected Christ that he had authority over all things and that they were to make disciples by teaching and baptizing wherever they were. Another comment – “When you look at it with the emphasis on Disciplining (sic) we can paraphrase the great commission like this. “Go, while your going, disciple, while your disciplining, baptize, while your baptizing teach. finally if you have any concerns about doing any of this, you don’t need to be, because I’m with you always to the end.” Blessings as you disciple today.” I like that.  Still the verb “go” has been argued about for a long  but the sense it has in this passage is “upon having gone” and conveys the concept of being sent like a military person might be.  You are deployed somewhere and while at that place you disciple. Calling Matthew 28 a “commission” as we said implies an imperative on the going that is not there. It takes...

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