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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.

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

The amazing thing about God’s love is that it came to us when we did not deserve it. God did not wait for us to get our act together, nor did he require that we reach a certain milestone or benchmark in life before He saved us. Instead, while we were still in our sin and surrounded by death, Christ died for us — He gave everything for our sake. The LWML seeks to find ways to bring this hope-filled message to the people of this world through mission support and encouragement in the Word through our numerous studies and devotions. With your help through Gifts of Love, this important work will carry on as we help to bring this amazing truth to a world caught up in sin and death. Christ has died for them and for us, and together as Christ’s Church, we are saved eternally.

The Feast of the Holy Trinity

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20b).

What comfort this is for us as Christians! It is a promise that has been with us since the birth of Christ, for as the angel announced to Joseph in a dream, the child born of Mary shall be called Immanuel, which means God with us (Matthew 1:23). Our God is with us every day and in every way to sustain us, to comfort us, and to give us eternal joy. Such is the eternal truth the LWML seeks not only to share with the world, but to embrace  in our meetings, rallies, servant events, and mission support. Our God is with us always, and He is doing amazing things through us and for us. Please take some time to prayerfully consider how you might partner with us to help bring our ever-present God to our lonely world. Our earnest desire is to carry on this work on behalf of Christ until He returns at the end of the age to bring us to Himself eternally.

The Day of Pentecost

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:37b–38).

Jesus knows what it means to thirst. Just 52 days ago, we heard Jesus cry out from the cross that He was thirsty. The sponge of sour wine was not enough to slake His thirst, however. Jesus was thirsty for salvation to be accomplished, and He was thirsty for you to be with Him eternally. By His death, Jesus’ thirst is quenched, and by His resurrection, He brings life to the world. There are many in our world today who are also thirsty, looking for hope in the midst of a fallen world and looking for salvation to come to them in their time of need. Over the years, the LWML has sought to bring the Gospel to thirsty souls that they may drink deeply of the living water that Jesus gives. On this “birthday” of the Church on Pentecost, perhaps it is a good opportunity for you to prayerfully consider how you can use your resources, whatever they may be, to assist in the task given to the Church: inviting and pointing thirsty people to Jesus so they can drink and be eternally satisfied.

The 7th Sunday of Easter

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent (John 17:3).

This is the essence of Jesus’ prayer throughout all of His earthly ministry, and it is the prayer that He still prays to His Father today. His desire is for all people to know God and Himself so that all may have eternal life. For decades, the LWML has joined Jesus in this prayer, praying for the world to hear the Good News of Jesus crucified and risen for the life of the world. Gifts of Love is an opportunity to ensure that such a prayer will continue to be uttered for decades to come, and that we also have the tools and resources to point people to Christ through His Word, in acts of mercy, and in grace given on His account. You know what it means to be confident about eternal life. Join us, and Jesus, in praying for the world, that all may know God and the One He has sent, and then, as you are able, consider how you may be able to join in supporting the LWML to remain steadfast in that prayer until our Lord’s return in glory.

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