Monthly Archives: December 2016

God’s Love Defies Human Comprehension! Merry CHRISTmas!

God’s love defies human comprehension. Who of us can grasp that God loves His depraved and disobedient human creation so much that He assumes flesh and blood in order to bring about restoration and reconciliation between Himself and humanity? And … Continue reading

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A Manual to Help You Birth a New Community of Faith

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission is investing significant energy and effort in working with our districts to assist in their church planting efforts. Church planting can be accomplished through mother congregations, sponsoring circuits, or planting networks that … Continue reading

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Sign Up for the Prayer Challenge and Get the Free Pocket Prayers eBook by Max Lucado

Do you want to know the keys to moving from a prayer wimp to a prayer warrior? Would you like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency? Join Max Lucado and thousands of others around the … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas — “Time for an Outreach Upgrade” by Rev. Scott Gress

Scott Gress writes, Last week I tweeted, “What can you do to upgrade your Christmas service plans to more intentionally engage members and love visitors so more grow closer to Jesus?” You only get one chance to make a first … Continue reading

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“Finding Meaning in Suffering” by Stephanie Gray

Stephanie Gray posted an article on her blog (Dec. 7, 2016) that addresses the issue of assisted suicide which was written into law in Canada earlier in 2016. Gray notes that one of the criteria that qualifies a person for assisted … Continue reading

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THRED: A New Era in Outreach

Greg Koenig introduces a new digital outreach initiative by Lutheran Hour Ministries called “THRED” In an article that appeared in The Lutheran Layman (November/December 2016 pages 3-7, Greg writes, According to recent studies of trends in religion and spirituality, the … Continue reading

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Worship Services for People Unable to Attend Local Sunday Service

Many people are unable to attend local Sunday services for any number of reasons, but Lutheran pastors and laity in Indiana have developed “worship for shut-ins” which is offered on a weekly basis online. Each telecast offers a new program, … Continue reading

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Bound Up By Indecision? Five Guiding Principles

Rev. Scott Gress writes, You always have a choice. Always. Sometimes we might not like our choices. Sometimes we might not see any options. Yet the truth is that there is always a choice. What is needed is some sharp … Continue reading

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Multi-Ethnic Symposium 2017

Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) annual Multiethnic Symposium brings together Lutherans and mission leaders of various ethnicities from across the country for workshops, discussions and worship. The symposium explores how the church should engage in ethnic ministry and what it means … Continue reading

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