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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.

The 6th Sunday of Easter

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth (John 14:16–17a).

In the days running up to Pentecost, we are going back in time a bit, looking at the words of Jesus from His “Farewell Discourse.” He is preparing His disciples for what is going to happen in response to His Passion, death, and resurrection. They are going to need some help as they prepare to go and proclaim the news of Jesus’ resurrected life. Thus, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come to them to equip them for this task and give them the words to speak. The missionaries of today, the women of the LWML, and all Christians still need the help of God’s Spirit to carry us in the work of the Gospel. And in addition to the Spirit, God has also set us into His Holy Church to support one another is this worldwide task. In these days, finding ways to get the message out is as important as ever. Won’t you take some time to consider how you can help and support the work of the LWML through Gifts of Love? We have wonderful counselors who are ready and able to help you see how you might be able to use the things with which God has blessed you. You then can help get the Word of God out into the world so the Spirit can work salvation and life into the hearts of all people.

The 5th Sunday of Easter

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:5–6).

How can we know the way? It is an important question for our day. How can we know the way out of isolation from the virus? How can we know the way back to health and economic stability? How can we know the way of returning to being together as the people of God in our churches, and in the social gatherings of our community? How can we know the way back to life? The Lord Jesus reminds us that the answer to those questions, and many others we may face, is found in this simple, straightforward promise: I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6a). Jesus not only is the way, but He is also the life, and when we are looking for help, it is to Him we can turn. To a world that is asking how to know the way to go in these days, the LWML has a definitive answer: Jesus! Even in these strenuous times, please prayerfully consider how you might be able to help us make known to all the world that Jesus is the way, and that He is the life which is eternal.

The 4th Sunday of Easter

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b).

The Good Shepherd reminds us that He has come for one purpose: that we may have abundant life. This is not life as the world sees it, where the accumulation of things or status or wealth is the aim, and the one who dies with the most wins. The life that Jesus comes to give is the life that is truly life, the life that is eternal. All that the LWML does is for the purpose of connecting people to that life which can only be found in Jesus. It is the hope of every Christian that others may have the same confidence in having the life that knows no end. Through your Gifts of Love, the work of supporting missionaries and equipping women to point people to this life will go on for years to come. And then, we can rejoice as we come together in the abundant life of eternity!

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