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Stewardship Meditation 6/20/2021

The Third Sunday after Trinity

“And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost’” (Luke 15:6).

One of the tremendous blessings we have in the LWML is to hear from our missionaries in the field and to see how our mites are used in service to the Gospel. How wonderful it is to hear the impact that has been made for the sake of Christ and to learn of those who whose hearts have been forever changed by the Gospel. Through such stories, we get a sense of what our Lord must feel every time He brings a stray sheep home. He gathers His flock together, and we rejoice together for that which was lost has been found and brought home safely. In thinking deliberately about the future, your contribution to Gifts of Love can make an enduring impact on the work that LWML supports in many places around the world. Today’s missionaries continue to seek out the lost sheep and bring them home through the preaching of the Gospel. One of our gift planning counselors will be happy to give you options of how you can support this work and share in the joy of our Savior in seeing more of His lost sheep brought home forever.

Stewardship Meditation 6/13/2021

The Second Sunday after Trinity

“And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled’” (Luke 14:23).

It is a lot of work, but there is nothing more satisfying than a full house of family for a holiday celebration. What a blessing it is to have relatives from near and far gathered around the dinner table, simply enjoying being together, catching up, laughing together, and creating new memories. This is why the man who gave the banquet wanted his house filled with guests, and this is ultimately what our heavenly Father wants in eternity. To accomplish this, God sends out His messengers to preach the Gospel. They go out to the highways and hedges with the message of salvation so that the Spirit would bring people to the Great Banquet in the kingdom of God, and so the Father’s house will be filled for all eternity. Such is the task every woman in the LWML is encouraged and equipped to do. Led by the Spirit, we proclaim the Gospel in our words and in our lives, and we support those who do so all over the world. Your thoughtful gift toward the Gifts of Love ministry can aid us supporting this work for many years to come. With your help, more will hear this invitation from our Lord, and the Father’s house will indeed be full!

Stewardship Meditation 6/6/2021

The First Sunday after Trinity

God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (1 John 4:16b).

When it comes to understanding what love is, we look to God himself. As John reminds us, God is love. It is love that caused God to create us. It is love that has moved God’s heart to save us. And, it is in love that the Father will send His Son in glory to gather all of His children home forever. This is the love that has saved us, and by the Spirit of God, we are called to love others as we have been loved by God in Christ. One of the ways we can do this is by sharing the love of Christ with others, something that the LWML is passionate about as we support missionaries all over the world. Through the proclamation of the Gospel, and in showing love through acts of mercy, the love of Christ is evident in all that we do. Perhaps you will prayerfully consider supporting the LWML through Gifts of Love, which is another way that love can be shared for generations to come. In this way, you can help to leave a legacy of love so that many more may hear of the love of Christ, the very love that has saved us and has assured us a place in the kingdom forever.

The Festival of the Holy Trinity

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

There are moments in our Christian life where it is frustrating to see an apparent lack of response to Gospel proclamation. You love people, you help them, you tell them the Good News, but when you invite them to church, they politely decline. But, God promises that His Word never returns empty. We never know when seeds are planted. As Jesus says, the Spirit blows where He pleases, so we never know when the Spirit just might be at work through you or someone else. That is why the LWML is so involved in mission work in so many places and in so many ways. The Spirit blows where He wishes, and God is working wherever the Word is proclaimed in word and deed. Your thoughtful planning through Gifts of Love can support the LWML in its work until all places are reached, the Gospel of Christ is proclaimed, and the Spirit delivers faith and life to countless children of our heavenly Father.

The Day of Pentecost, 2021

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).

We often define “peace” as a lack of unrest. That is part of it, but peace as the Bible defines it (as God defines it!) is not just a lack of unrest, but also carries with it a sense of wholeness and complete well-being. Thus, Jesus promises that when He departs, He will not leave us incomplete or less-than whole. Instead, His Spirit will come to us so that we know confidently that God is always near to us. There is no peace like it, and as we have Christ’s peace, we need neither to be afraid nor fearful. The LWML seeks to proclaim this very peace to a world filled with unrest, and to proclaim that in Christ, there is wholeness and eternal well-being. Your Gifts of Love donation can go a long way in supporting the work of the LWML for many years, that all who hear the Gospel proclaimed may dwell in Christ’s eternal peace.

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning (John 15:27).

It is a tremendous privilege, and a great source of unease for the disciples: they will bear witness to all that Christ has done for the world. It is a tremendous responsibility, and yet it is also a source of tremendous joy as they will see thousands turn from their sinful ways and live by the Spirit of Christ. All baptized Christians have been called into such service as well. In word and deed, we are sent by the same Spirit to bear witness to the hope that lies within us. This is done in a variety of ways, everything from our written and verbal communication, to our acts of mercy, to our support of Gospel work through our financial gifts. As part of your public witness, please prayerfully consider supporting Gifts of Love so that the LWML may carry on its mission to bear witness to the living Christ to the world. It is a great privilege and responsibility, and it is work that will bear fruit as the Lord accomplishes His purposes wherever His Word is proclaimed.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24b).

There is probably no Christian on earth today whose heart does not wish for a loved one to have faith in Jesus Christ. Maybe it is a family member, a friend, or a neighbor, but we all have someone. If we were to include every Christian on earth and consider that each one has someone they are praying for, that is a great number of people who have no saving faith in Christ. So, the work of proclaiming the Gospel and supporting missionaries is as important as ever. Jesus promises, by His Spirit, that our prayers for our loved ones do not fall on deaf ears, for our Father hears us when we pray. In His time, He will answer not only so that our joy may be full, but so that His eternal kingdom may be full of blessed saints. The women of the LWML are dedicated to such prayers for the lost, to supporting mission work around the globe, and in bearing witness to the saving Gospel of Christ. Please consider a gift to our Gifts of Love ministry so that, together, our joy may be full alongside a multitude of believers before our Father eternally.

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