Crisis in Myanmar: Canadians have until November 28 to see their donations matched by the government into a response pool for the Rohingya Crisis

Since August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. They join an estimated 300,000 refugees already in Bangladesh who fled previous spikes in violence. Thousands of people are still arriving every day, some having walked 14 days to reach safety. Approximately 80 per cent are women and children.

Your donation today will provide life-saving assistance to people like Nurkaida, 13 who fled to Bangladesh with
her mother and three brothers after her father, a farmer, died of a gunshot wound in September 2017.

“We had our own house, cattle, a hand pump, a big toilet and I had my own room. My friends used to come round all the time, and we had a big yard where we all played. It’s so different here,” says Nurkaida. “The tent is small, water is very scarce, there are no toilets and it is hard with so little food. I only have one set of clothes and everything becomes wet during the day because it’s always raining.”

Canadians have until November 28 to see their donations matched by the government into a response pool for the Rohingya Crisis. This means your donation will have double the impact!

“CLWR has a long history of supporting displaced people around the world. Thanks to the support of Canadians and through our partnerships with The Lutheran World Federation and ACT Alliance, we are able to provide life-saving assistance to displaced people affected by the crisis in Myanmar,” says Robert Granke, CLWR’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to the Government of Canada for announcing a matching grant. Together, we are saving more lives.”

To make your donation, click: Crisis in Myanmar.

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A Man Named Luther: A Three Part Video/Bible Study Series

Lutheran Hour Ministries has produced a video/Bible study series that recounts the life and theology of Martin Luther and his impact on the Christian church.

A Man Named Martin – Part 1: The Man – Promo from Lutheran Hour Ministries on Vimeo.

There are three parts to the series:

A Man Named Martin – Part 1: The Man

In A Man Named Martin – Part 1: The Man viewers encounter a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. This Bible study is the first of a three-part series devoted to Martin Luther — a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God’s justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.

A Man Named Martin – Part 2: The Moment

A Man Named Martin-Part 2: The Moment examines the errant teachings and wayward traditions of the Late Medieval Church that eventually sparked the Protestant Reformation, a theological overhaul set in motion most notably by Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg.

A Man Named Martin – Part 3: The Movement

From Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517 to the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, God was at work in the Reformation. Fierce debates over Scripture, church doctrine, and late medieval church practice led to theological positions articulating salvation as God’s grace in action, with man being left to add nothing to his own salvation. In A Man Named Martin – Part 3: The Movement, viewers will see how the Reformation transformed European society and, eventually, left a profound impression around the globe.

To learn more about this video/Bible study series, visit: A Man Named Luther.

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Assembly Required. It’s Wise to Follow the Instructions.

Follow directions, read instructions – who needs it? But then there’s that one life situation that confuses you or sends you the wrong way. What do you do then? Here’s the answer.

Manufacturers spend a lot of time and money creating instruction manuals so we can understand the features and get the most out of their products. That’s what God did with the Bible. It’s not a rule book, but sets out a framework for life based on the how the Creator put us together. It’s also the account of how God revealed Himself and demonstrated His love and justice throughout history. Best of all, it tells us of His Son, Jesus, who took on Himself the punishment from God that we deserve for our selfish disregard of His “best practices” outlined in the Bible. Sound interesting?

Start here for a historical account.

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5 Ways to B.L.E.S.S. Your Neighbor — Dave Ferguson

Verge has released an eBook called 5 Ways to Bless Your Neighbor.  You can download a free copy by clicking on: Bless Your Neighbor.  The acronym stands for:

B — BEGIN with prayer for your neighbor

L — LISTEN to your neighbor

E — EAT or have a cup of coffee/tea with a neighbor

S — SERVE your neighbor

S — STORY (Tell your neighbor about Jesus)

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Solas Alive — A Way to Share the Gospel with your Social Media Contacts

What is Solas Alive?

Solas Alive has been developed so that Christians can use their social media to connect with others who may not know about Jesus Christ and connect them with basic information about Christianity and ways to connect with the Christian community.

How does is work?

Using their social media accounts (Facebook, websites, email) individuals and congregations invite their contacts to view the Solas Alive videos.  These videos are themed around Solas of Luther’s Reformation (Grace alone; Faith alone; Scripture alone) and use humour, or though-provoking dialogue in an effort to pique the interest of the viewer. When the person goes to the supporting webpages they will find information on the basics of the Christian faith, links to additional resources, congregational search tools and the opportunity to ask questions.

Where can I find out more? Visit: Solas.

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The Differences Between Pastors and Missionaries

In the following video, Dr. Robert Scudieri, President of Mission Nation Publishing, discusses with Rev. Peter Kelm, the former mission executive for the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the differences between pastors and missionaries.  The discussion also focuses on sharing the Gospel cross-culturally.

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“Assisted Suicide would put pressure on disabled people to die.”

Mr. Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has posted a troubling article on the effect medically assisted suicide may have on disabled people.

Here’s a portion of the article:

Not Dead Yet responded to the comment that “safeguards” will protect people:

Even if safeguards exist for terminally ill individuals, they argue, disabled patients represent a vulnerable demographic that could, in the future, be targeted both by a contracting health care system and by insurance companies worried about controlling costs and unwilling to pay for expensive care.

Earlier this month the American College of Physicians issued a policy statement against the legalization of assisted suicide. “This practice is problematic given the nature of the patient-physician relationship, affects trust in that relationship as well as in the profession, and fundamentally alters the medical profession’s role in society,” the organization’s position paper states.

The Washington Times reported this past May that insurance companies in states where physician-assisted suicide is legal have refused to cover expensive, life-saving treatments for patients, but have offered to help them end their lives instead.

Drugs for assisted suicide cost about $75 to $100, making them far less expensive than providing medical care.

Anita Cameron, director of minority outreach for Not Dead Yet, which opposes the measure, insists that economic pressure will help normalize euthanasia, and that in that environment the potential for abuse to the disabled community would be real.

“It is cheaper to kill us than to have us live,” says Cameron.

To read the entire article, click on: Pressure to Die.

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“Follow Me: The Calling of Jesus” — A New Online Course from Lutheran Hour Ministries

What does it mean to follow Jesus? This question has been on the minds of Christians since the disciples first dropped their nets to follow Jesus. In these five spiritual reflections, we will explore Jesus’ call to follow Him, what it means to be a disciple, and how Jesus’ call applies to us today.

To learn how to register for this course and other courses that are offered online, visit: LHM Learn.

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“Lutherans and Evangelism” by Rev. Scott Gress

The world is in Chaos. Just mention Las Vegas, North Korea, terrorism, and the mood gets
quiet. Soon after the quiet sadness, the air is filled with disgust, disagreements as to what is wrong and what should be done and criticism about what is being done or not being done.

Yet this is just the time when a Christian witness about our incarnate Savior can speak to the darkness of this world. But how do we do that? Admittedly
many of our Lutheran churches and Christians do a wonderful job at worship and Bible study and loving one another. Many others are beginning to do a wonderful job at loving their community through acts of service which demonstrate the love of Christ as they love their neighbor. But actually evangelizing? Sharing the gospel? Even inviting people to church? That’s not necessarily part of too many of our church’s culture and identity. Never mind it is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Evangelism is quietly overlooked and we don’t really want to awaken that sleeping dog. Except every once in a while we notice we have fewer people in the pews and those we do have are getting older and by the way, we need some younger families.

So it’s at those times that many pastors and lay leaders bemoan that their church is not very active in evangelism. There may be those one or two members who always seem to be finding their way into gospel sharing conversation but it just seems foreign to the rest. So there is angst about what to do. Sadly the automatic response is offering a “sharing your faith” class. We talk about what to say, how to say it correctly and then we move on to the class on the Reformation or the book of Romans or something else. The lesson in evangelism gets lost. Something needs to be done to actually move the needle on elevating the importance of a behavior which should be a normal part of walking with Christ throughout every day!

But how do to do that?

To read the rest of Scott’s blog, visit: Lutherans and Evangelism.

Scott Gress is called by Lutheran Counseling Services and partners with the FL-GA District of the Lutheran Church as an independent contractor. He specializes in Leadership Training, Consulting, Coaching and Coach Training. Contact Scott to continue the conversation or experience a free sample coaching session. 561-542-4472, scottgress@me.com or scottgress.com

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Partnership provides life-changing support for Fort McMurray residents: Canadian Lutheran World Relief

In Fort McMurray, Alberta, the more than $527,500 raised by Canadian Lutherans and others is helping residents as they resettle and rebuild more than a year after wildfires caused widespread devastation in the region.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is partnering with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) to help meet the physical and psychosocial needs of community members. CLWR is grateful to Rev. Dr. Larry Kochendorfer, Bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories (ABT), and Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer, President of the Alberta-British Columbia District (ABC), for their counsel and guidance as we respond to this life-altering event.

“CLWR appreciates the good collaboration with the ELCIC ABT & LCC ABC in response to this disaster and the very strong support from constituents,” says Robert Granke, CLWR’s Executive Director. “It is gratifying to see the timely and important support offered to the community as they rebuild their lives and look forward to a positive future.

To read the rest of the story, visit: Fort McMurray Relief.

NOTE: the administrator of Go! is a member of the CLWR Board of Directors.

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