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The 9th Sunday after Pentecost

But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat” (Matthew 14:16).

It must have seemed like an insurmountable task that Jesus gave to His disciples. With just five loaves and two fish, the Lord wanted them to feed the over 5,000 people who had gathered to be in Jesus’ presence. And yet, the Lord not only asks His disciples to give the people something to eat, but He supplies the miracle to make it possible. In fact, it is enough that there are twelve baskets of leftovers! Perhaps you’ve thought something similar. There is so much work to be done, so many people who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus, but how can we get it done? How can our meager funds accomplish all that our Lord asks of us? Just as Jesus did with His disciples, so He promises you as well. Not only does He ask that we share in proclaiming His name and support the work of the Church and her missionaries, but He also supplies us with the gifts to see it through. Jesus takes whatever it is that you can offer — whether it be a little, or a larger amount — and He multiplies it for His use in the world so that all may hear the Gospel, all may live in hope, all may be fed by our gracious Lord, and all may rest in the life that Christ has won for us. Be not concerned that the task is great and the resources meager. The Lord has a habit of taking what seems small or insignificant and doing great things with it!

The 8th Sunday after Pentecost

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38–39).

I am sure. In many ways, there are no more important words for the Christian to utter. Life itself is filled with uncertainty. People let us down. Our own strength at some point will fail us. When all around us is passing away, as God’s people we can still utter those words: I am sure. Because of Christ, we are sure that nothing will stand between us and our eternal salvation. Because of Christ, we are sure that, eternally, everything will be made right. Because of Christ, we are sure that our life is forever safe with Him. This kind of certainty can only be found in Christ. The LWML is constantly at work to make our Lord known to the world, to proclaim His salvation, so that those who live lives of uncertainty may come to know for sure that they too have been saved in Christ. Through Gifts of Love, you can help us carry on in this work so that the Gospel can go forth unencumbered. Through your prayerful gifts, you can be sure of yet one more thing: that the Word of God will sound forth into the world and draw all people to our Lord, for He will not let anything stand between Him and His people, nor the life He comes to give.

The 7th Sunday after Pentecost

We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved (Romans 8:23b–24a).

The people of God have a holy longing for the things that are yet to be revealed. As Paul says, we groan inwardly as we wait. Part of that groaning is a longing for all things to reach their final consummation. The other part of that groaning is on behalf of the world as we long for more people to dwell in the hope that we have in Christ. Over the years, the LWML has been hard at work for the Lord, learning from Him, praying through Him on behalf of others, and seeking ways to share Him and His salvation with the world. Much has been accomplished, and yet, there is still much to be done. As we look ahead to what is ours eternally, it is also good to consider how we might be able to leave a legacy behind which will assist in pointing others to the hope in which we are saved in Jesus. Gifts of Love helps you to do this very thing. With your support, what has been done in the past for the sake of the kingdom will continue to be multiplied into the future. By God’s grace, the work will go on until our Lord returns to bring an end to our groaning by redeeming our bodies and raising us up to see the glory that we had hoped for by faith.

The 6th Sunday after Pentecost

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:14–15).

One of the great joys of being involved with LWML is the sense of belonging that each person feels from one another. The bonds of friendship and fellowship run deep, not just because we are a nice bunch of people, but because our bonds run deeply through Christ and His Word. As such, we are rooted in that which is eternal, and we celebrate our shared life here even while we look forward to our eternal life together in the presence of the Lord. This is what has been given to all of God’s people by the Spirit. We belong one to another because the Spirit has made us the adopted sons and daughters of God. We have been given an eternal family which collectively rejoices in our heavenly Father’s love for us in Christ Jesus. In many ways then, LWML is but a snapshot of eternity. It is a picture of the friendship and fellowship that we shall all experience in God’s kingdom eternally. Gifts of Love seeks to support the work of LWML so that the Word of God can continue to sustain our members and go out from us. Then we can welcome more and more people, not just into the LWML, but into the family of God. Prayerfully consider supporting us to this end. Our Gift Planning Counselors are here to help as we seek to support our family well into the future.

The 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24b–25a).

“Stop the world, I want to get off!” Maybe you’ve thought that at some point. Life had gotten so crazy that you wanted everything to just stop. It doesn’t have to be like the times we are in now with a pandemic and protests in order to feel that way. There are times we all go through periods where it is overwhelming, and we need to stop. We need to be delivered. Even St. Paul struggled with this, and surely he wanted to be delivered from all that besieged him. And in his struggle against the sinful flesh, Paul found hope in Christ, the One through whom deliverance comes. Such is our hope as well, now and in all other times when life overwhelms us. And yet, there are many people in our world who are left to deal with the craziness of life on their own because they do not know the Lord. If it is hard for us, how much harder is it for them? Gifts of Love is a program that seeks to ensure that the LWML will be able to move forward well into the future and fulfill its mission of supporting the work of the Gospel around the world. It is a work that points people, whose lives are upside down and in disarray, to Jesus. He is the very Son of God who has come to walk in our shoes and deliver us from this body of death that struggles against sin and feels the weight of its impact. Only in Jesus is there true deliverance, for it is eternal. Won’t you partner with us in this endeavor? Your support can help bring people the comfort they seek, so that together we might boldly and joyfully proclaim, Thanks be to God though Jesus Christ our Lord!

The 4th Sunday after Pentecost

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God (Romans 7:4).

By now, the growing season is really starting to take off and providing us with some bright and fresh fruits and vegetables. It is such a treat to partake of the bounty that our Lord provides for us each day. In this season after Pentecost, we are also rejoicing in the growing season of Christ’s Church. As we hear Christ speak to us, as we receive His gifts of grace, the Church grows in faith and love. And as we grow, we are also keenly aware that the harvest is right around the corner, and so our desire is to spread the message of God’s grace in Christ to the world so that they may be included in that harvest. Through Gifts of Love, you will be able to help the work of Christ carry on through the ages and through all seasons of growth so that when Christ returns, there will be a bountiful harvest. Such is some of the fruit that our Lord gives us to bear, all of it pointing to Him and His unending grace and life in Christ.

The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

“If it’s free, it’s for me!” Maybe you’ve heard someone exclaim that at some point. We love free things not just because it doesn’t cost us anything, but also because whether you are Christian or not, we love the idea of grace. The free gift of eternal life in Christ is not just good news because it doesn’t cost anything, but also because we didn’t deserve it. And yet, God gives us life eternal, free of charge, just because He loves us. Because we have this eternal life, we have everything we need now and forever. This is news that is too good to leave unshared. With the things that God has blessed you in this life, please consider how you might support the LWML in its effort to present this free gift in Christ to the world. People not only need to hear this, but they will rejoice when they see the grace of God at work in them through Christ. Jesus has paid out the wages for our sin with His own death on the cross so that He might freely give us His eternal life.


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