CTV Reports that 744 People have been killed by Euthanasia in Canada since June 17, 2016

According to the February edition of the Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) National News, “CTV reported that 744 people have been killed by euthanasia in Canada since it was legalized on June 17, 2016.  That was in six months, and doesn’t include those who received permission from a court to be killed by a medical professional before euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide were legalized. About 40% of the deaths were in Quebec.”

The CLC article quotes University of Toronto law professor, Trudo Lemmens as saying, “There is a concern that people who are vulnerable or who find themselves in a situation of vulnerability may be pressured consciously or unconsciously to opt for medical assistance in dying either because of financial circumstances or because the medical help that they need is not necessarily available.”

What are your thoughts on medically-assisted suicide? What is morally and ethically wrong with the practice? What does God have to say on the subject? Here are some resources you may want to read:

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A Martyr’s Wife: An Incredible Portrayal of God’s Forgiveness and Redemption

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada magazine (February 2017) recounts the story of Kelly, whose husband Pabel, was a Christian in the southwest area of Colombia who spoke out against pagan rituals and practices that were contrary to the Bible.  Needless to say, Pabel had many people who hated him.

On one particular day, Pabel disappeared and was later found dead.  He had been strangled to death by two men.  Instead of harboring hate for these two murderers, Kelly forgave them. Kelly said, “I know that if they repent and seek the Lord, He will forgive them and welcome them home. I can’t let anything in my heart get in the way of that.” (p. 6)

To hear the rest of Kelly’s story, you can watch a video featuring Kelly’s testimony.

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The Haiti Lutheran Mission Society — An Update

For more than thirty years the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society has been working to help the people of Haiti.  The Lutheran Church of Haiti has grown, with thousands of members who have joyfully received  God’s gift of faith through Holy Baptism. They proclaim in their beloved country, “He [Jesus] lives!”

The Haiti Lutheran Mission Society provides items like kitchen utensils, garden tools, cloth and hygiene items for children in orphanages. The Society also assists with the support of seminary training of pastors.

To learn more about the ministry of the Haiti Lutheran Mission Society, visit: Haiti.

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LifeDate — A Journal Addressing Life Matters from Lutherans for Life

The spring 2017 edition of LifeDate will be going to press very soon. LifeDate is another way to share the For Life message with your congregation! Order LifeDate in bulk quantities at no charge. (Donations for shipping cost will gladly be accepted.) Call 888.364.LIFE (5433) to order!

Regarding LifeDate, a reader sent this note: “It is such a blessing to read LifeDate, and I appreciate that you put value on God’s gift of life in its full spectrum. Thank you for the many thoughtful perspectives your writers share … The issues that your publication addresses are ones that every family will face in one way or another. Thank you for the guidance and godly wisdom that your articles give. May the Lord continue to bless your work.”

LifeDate is Lutherans For Life’s quarterly journal of news and commentary offering a biblical Law/Gospel perspective on life issues, such as abortion, post abortion, adoption, end of life, bioethics, creation, family life, worldview and culture, and more.

There are a limited number of copies of back issues of LifeDate that are free upon request. Please call 888.364.LIFE (5433) or email info@lutheransforlife.org to order.

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The 2017 Global Leadership Summit — This August and October

Two Days of World-Class Leadership Training (August 10-11; October 19-20)

  • Gain exclusive access to the HD telecast of the Summit at one of 600+ location
  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from Bill Hybels and the diverse 2017 faculty
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community
  • Join with people from 125 countries and 59 languages who attend the Summit around the world

For more information and/or to register: Visit 2017 Global Leadership Summit.

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A NEW Lutheran Mission Matters

The latest issue of the Lutheran Mission Matters journal is now in print. Articles will soon be added to LSFM.global. The inspiring articles center around the theme of Science and Mission. Read this article about Lutheran mission’s contribution to the eradication of smallpox.

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“Get Out!” by Rev. Dr. Peter A. Meier

Dr. Peter Meier, the Executive Director of the Center for US Missions, writes in Mission Moments (January 16, 2017):

A Facebook post by Church Planter Kyle Blake caught my eye.

As an urban missionary, and pastor, I find that my most productive ministry days aren’t ones where I’m sitting in my office, they’re days where I’m walking the streets.

This morning, in the rain, I walked the neighborhood around our church for a little over an hour. Jesus was certainly with me because I saw God do some awesome things in that hour: begin to open doors with community organizations, allow me to share the Gospel and pray with a couple guys, and allow me to connect with another couple guys that I haven’t talked to in a bit.

I want to challenge my pastor friends, and everyone else, to get out of your office or home and go for a walk. Ask Jesus to open your eyes as you walk, and be ready to see things that you have not before.

Thank you, Kyle! Thank you for sharing your experience and encouraging all who call themselves “Child of God” to get out and do what Jesus commanded a long time ago, “Going, make disciples of all nations…”

Our versions translate that Greek participle as “Go.” That’s okay I guess, except for the fact that many understand it to be a command, “Go far away…” or “Go somewhere else…” to make disciples. Really, Jesus is telling us that we are to be making disciples as we go, wherever we are, in our own contexts, homes, families, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and gathering places. As you are going, make disciples.

I’ve often said that when Jesus said, “GO” he meant “Get Out!” Get Out of the pews! Get Out of the church building! Get Out of your comfortable bubble and Get Out into the world – into your own personal mission field, wherever that might be! Get Out among people who may not be like you, but who need Jesus just like you do. Get Out where you can strike up conversations, where you can do real ministry, caring for people in their need, and where you will learn how to love your neighborhood and your neighbors.

The best example of this is Jesus Himself. He spent the majority of his time outside the Temple and synagogues. Jesus got out among the people, especially the poor and marginalized, the outcasts and sinners. His disciples learned as they were sent out, as they were on the road and in people’s homes, and in the marketplaces with Jesus.

If the church exists to do God’s mission, then to do the work of the church (“church work”) means we need to Get Out!

Questions for Discussion (Personal or Group Reflection)

1. Why do we often think of “church work” only as serving and doing tasks in the church building or only as done by professionals? What difference would it make to think of “church work” as the people of God engaged in God’s mission in their daily life?

2. Where do you need to “GO” to make disciples?

3. How does the Great Commission (Read Matthew 28:18-20) inform and direct your daily life?

4. What needs to happen in your church to create a culture of “going?”

5. Brainstorm a list of the people you see and places you go every day. What does your list tell you about your mission field? What mission prayers does your list suggest?

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“Why ‘The Bible Says So’ Is Not Enough Anymore” — Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley writes,

Appealing to post-Christian people on the basis of the authority of Scripture has essentially the same effect as a Muslim imam appealing to you on the basis of the authority of the Quran. You may or may not already know what it says. But it doesn’t matter. The Quran doesn’t carry any weight with you. You don’t view the Quran as authoritative.

Close to half our population does not view the Bible as authoritative either. If you’re trying to reach people with an undergraduate degree or greater, over half your target audience will not be moved by the Bible says, the Bible teaches, God’s Word is clear or anything along those lines. If that’s the approach to preaching and teaching you grew up with and are most comfortable with, you’re no doubt having a good ol’ throw-down debate with me in your head about now—a debate I’m sure you’re winning. But before you chapter and verse me against the wall and put me in a sovereignty-of-God headlock, would you stop and ask yourself: Why does this bother me so much? Why does this bother me so much—really?

Interest peeked? Read the entire article at: Why ‘The Bible Says So’ Is Not Enough Anymore.

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“I am N” — Inspirational Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists

I am N is an inspiring and challenging book that shares 50 true stories of Christians who are experiencing persecution due to Islamic extremism. I am N reminds us that wherever we live, we are the brothers and sisters of these suffering believers. So come meet them and their families by reading their insightful stories. Learn from them, pray for them, and deepen your faith in God who gives His children the courage to love even their persecutors.

There are a number of other I am N resources available:

* 90 day devotional called I am N
* I am N wristbands.
* I am N Curriculum Kit
* I am N Participant’s Guide
* I am N CD (music)

All these I am N products are available from The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. You can view a 21-minute video about VOM’s new I am N resources at: I am N.

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“We’re All in This Together” — Rev. Gregory Seltz

Rev. Gregory Seltz, the speaker for The Lutheran Hour, comments on the importance of every follower of Jesus being engaged in serving their Lord. He writes,

The universal priesthood was the truth that ALL BELIEVERS HAVE UNIQUE SERVICE TO RENDER TO OTHERS IN CHRIST. It was misunderstood in Luther’s time as something only certain Christians could do. Today it is often misunderstood as an issue of ‘who gets to be in charge.’ Those ideas miss the point entirely because all ministry is an opportunity to serve those that God has brought into your life, on God’s terms, in the various vocations where He has placed us all. That is exciting indeed!

What an incredible thing, then, to be resources by Jesus, led by Jesus, empowered by His Word, and then placed in ‘callings’ that might seem merely as regular, ordinary stations in life. But, now IN CHRIST, they are part of a believer’s priestly service to those God brings into your life. That means that each day, every aspect of our lives is dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ to be His ambassador of a gracious, eternal life to anyone and everyone we meet.

Priestly service, it starts with our families, our spouses, our children. It starts in our places of work, the communities in which we live. All those places that seem so ordinary now, because we are Christ’s people THERE, they are part of Christ’s spiritual service to others through YOU.

To read the complete article, visit: “We’re All in This Together.”

From: “We’re All in This Together!” The Lutheran Layman (Jan-Feb. 2017, p. 4)

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