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Stewardship Meditation 6/19/2022

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him (Luke 8:38–39).

It seems strange that Jesus might send someone away from Himself. Typically, we think of Jesus as drawing us closer to Him, not sending us away. However, the Lord has use for us sometimes out in the world, pointing others to Himself. Such was the case for the healed demoniac — he was to go home and tell his family and neighbors all that Jesus had done. One of the stated purposes of the LWML is to “joyfully proclaim Christ,” and many of the things we do seek to accomplish that end. It is one of the blessings God gives to all His children, for in His own way, God accomplishes His purposes in the world through us. This is why your gift to the LWML through Gifts of Love is such a valuable thing to consider in your charitable gift plan. We want to tell not just our family and neighbors, but the entire world, everything that Jesus has done for us. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has cast away from us every evil, He has forgiven our sins, and has granted us life eternal. What a joy, and privilege, to tell everyone what He has done for us!

Stewardship Meditation 6/12/2022

The Feast of the Holy Trinity

[Jesus said,] “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (John 8:51).

There are many people who are outright afraid of death. They don’t want to think about it, don’t want to talk about it, and will do anything they can to put it off as long as possible. This may be why sitting down to come up with a will or a charitable gift plan can be hard for people to even begin. The joy for the Christian, however, is that Jesus promises we shall never taste death. Death for us is but a transition from the blessings of this life to the joys of the eternal kingdom. Such is the hope we wish all people had as they come face to face with what is inevitable for all of us. In their efforts to “proclaim Christ,” the LWML supports missionaries throughout the world who seek to proclaim this hope to people who still sit in the fear of death. Your charitable contribution to the LWML through Gifts of Love is a wonderful way to share this hope with others and leave a blessing for this work to carry on for generations to come.

Stewardship Meditation 6/5/2022

The Day of Pentecost

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27).

Our Lord has come to accomplish our salvation, which He has won by His death and resurrection. This is a done deal for us. What Jesus leaves behind for us until He comes again to bring us home in the resurrection on the Last Day is His Spirit, and as He says here, His peace. His peace is eternal, and is something that gives us comfort through the struggles of this life, and hope in the life to come. When considering how to care for those we love, and for the organizations that are dear to us in this life, one of the things we can do is include a Christian Preamble in our will. This is a way to bear witness to your faith in Christ to your family, and to leave them with the peace in knowing that things are in order in terms of worldly things. More importantly, it is a witness things are in order in terms of eternity so they know you have the peace of heaven. Our Gifts of Love counselors can help you with this preamble so that the peace of Christ may be proclaimed through you to your loved ones, leaving them with a sense of peace in Him.

Stewardship Meditation 5/29/2022

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

[Jesus said,] “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us” (John 17:20–21a).

This is both a humbling duty and a joyful task and promise our Lord gives through this prayer to His Father. Jesus is going to use His faithful people to confess Him to the world, and His promise is that He prays for those who believe by His Word and are made one with the Father. Throughout our life, we are given opportunities to speak and live the Word. Through Gifts of Love, we also have an opportunity to share Jesus’ Word after our life on earth is ended. With a Christian Preamble, we can share our faith with our loved ones, and in considering a charitable gift to LWML, we know that Christ will be proclaimed through missionaries around the world. We pray that these kinds of opportunities are blessed, and we are assured that Jesus is praying for them too, and He is drawing people to Himself so that we will all stand before the Father in eternity, one with Him and the Son forever.

Stewardship Meditation 5/22/2022

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

One of the blessings of Christ’s death and resurrection is the peace that comes to us. When we no longer have to worry about suffering judgment for our sin, and when even the greatest enemy of death has been overthrown, we can have a divine peace which calms our hearts. Troubles will still come our way, but they will never have their way with us eternally. Christ has won the victory for us and will bring us to the peace of heaven! When considering what will happen to our assets when we are brought home to heaven, there can be a sense of peace that comes knowing everything is in order — our family is cared for and a charitable plan has been established to support organizations that are dear to us. The LWML has established Gifts of Love (GOL) as a ministry to support our work for the next generation. Tribulation will not get easier over time in our world, and so to proclaim peace in Christ will always be needed. Contact one of our Gift Planning Counselors so that you might have peace in knowing your earthly affairs are in order. Prayerfully consider a charitable gift to LWML so many more may come to know the peace which only Christ can give.

Stewardship Meditation 5/15/2022

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you (John 16:22).

In this season where we continue to celebrate the resurrection and the life we have been given by God, it may seem like a real downer to consider our mortality and what will become of the blessings God has given us in this world. However, we know the joy that is ours as we are welcomed into the kingdom of God, and as Jesus says, no one can take that from us. His resurrection has cut through the sorrow of this world to fill us with His divine, eternal life. This is a joy we can share with our family and through organizations that are all about sharing this truth with the world. Through Gifts of Love, our Gift Planning Counselors can help you determine how best to bless your family, but also how you can also confess your faith and share your unending joy with others. Eternal joy is yours in Christ Jesus! Prayerfully consider how that joy might continue to overflow into the lives of others through Gifts of Love that through the Gospel, the life of Christ may be given to all.

Stewardship Meditation 5/8/2022

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).

The season of Easter is filled with comfort after comfort for the Christian. Not only does our Lord promise to give eternal life to all His people, but also assures us that we shall not be taken out of that life by anything. We are safely in His hands now and always. We also know that our Lord’s hands are quite large — there’s room for more! Through your prayerful support and planning through Gifts of Love (GOL), you can partner in the proclamation of Christ as the LWML supports missions and missionaries around the world. Through preaching, teaching, and works of mercy, the life of Christ is shared, and the life He gives fills the hearts of His people. Many more will then know the security of being held in Jesus’ hands and the joy of the eternal life Christ has won for us by the power of His resurrection. Please consider how you might partner with us now, or with a future charitable contribution, that the life of Christ may continue to be proclaimed into all the earth.

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