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Encouraging Others

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Recently with all the happenings in our world, my memory keeps replaying lyrics from a popular song from my childhood in the 1960s. It addressed how the world needs love, more love, for everyone.

We live in a fast-paced world, and we often miss opportunities to show God’s love to our neighbors. We can show love, encouragement, and compassion with just a smile, a pat on the back, or a quick note saying, “good job.” Paul says in Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” This is most certainly true, as we are blessed by loving and encouraging others.

God will be your encourager when you connect to His Word. Go to www.lwml.org/bible-studies for Bible studies and devotions.

Karla Koehler

The Price of Freedom

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We’ve just celebrated our country’s independence. We honor those who have served, and are now serving, in the US armed forces. Thousands have been wounded or have given their lives for our country. The price of this freedom is high.

We, as Christians, are also free. Our Lord suffered, died, and ransomed us with His blood so that we may be free from sin, death, and the power of the devil. That price was very high.

An LWML Mustard Seed Devotion, titled “Freedom,” addresses this topic:

Those of us who have our freedom in and through Christ desire to respond. How? In his letter to the Galatians, Paul declares, For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:13-14).

Type the word “freedom” in the search box, above. Enjoy browsing through these devotions and come back for inspiration day after day!

In His service, surrounded by His grace,

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Writers' Workshop

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16).

Have you ever heard something so exciting you felt as if you would burst if you could not share it? When the Word of God dwells in us, we cannot help but share it with others, using the talents and resources with which we have been individually gifted.

I am filled-to-bursting with excitement about the LWML Writers’ Workshop coming to the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, October 24-26, 2020. This retreat-style weekend will prepare authors to write Bible studies and devotions that will uplift and encourage women to grow in God’s Word and faith. In turn, women will be inspired to use their individual gifts “in ministry to the people of the world.” Registration opens July 1, 2020. Visit LWML Writers' Workshop for more information and registration materials.

Ruth Badciong

Keep Praying, Serving, Loving

One year from now we are praying, planning, preparing to meet in convention in Lexington, Kentucky! While I don’t have the answer to “What will next year bring?”, I do know that we want to continue to serve the Lord with gladness. We want to support missions and missionaries both in the States and abroad. We want people – now more than ever – to hear about their Savior, Jesus Christ!

So, we keep the faith. We keep supporting LWML. We keep researching potential mission grant proposals. We keep praying. We keep serving. We keep loving as Christ first loved us.

Do you need some motivation? Information? Inspiration? Check the current mission grants, promotional resources, and their paid status are here. Resources for submitting mission grant proposals are available here. Wonderful stories of how your mite donations have impacted mission and ministry are found here.

Thank you for being part of this leading group of LCMS women who use their God-given gifts to serve the Lord and His people!

Eden Keefe

We are Connected!

Family Zoom time. Facetime with Gramma. Live stream worship. Online meetings. These phrases have become common place in our world. Technology has proven to be beneficial, especially during the months of social distancing and lockdown we’ve experienced.

The beauty of being a child of God and calling Him “Daddy” is an instant connection. We don’t need to schedule a meeting, make sure our cyber space connections are working, and/or test our audio in order to connect with our Father.

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words (Psalm 17:6). How reassuring it is that we don’t need to program a specific technology in order to access our Lord. He is with us always, day and night. We know He is connected with us, listening to every word and thought that we have, even before we call.

LWML offers resources to connect. Check out the webpages found under the home page tabs at the top: The Word, Missions. God is good — all the time.

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Three Persons Yet Only One God

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).

While leading music at Vacation Bible School, I always tried to have the children learn to sing a round. Each part in a round compliments the others and adds beauty and dimensions to the song. One of my favorites taught the concept of the Trinity and how God the Father created us, God the Son redeemed us, and God the Holy Spirit sanctifies us.

June 7 was Trinity Sunday. We, with awesome wonder, appreciate the Trinity: three Persons yet only one God. Many throughout the world still need to hear the wonderful truth of how God the Father sent the Son, God the Son went to the cross, and God the Holy Spirit brings the cross to them for their eternal salvation.

The LWML helps spread the Good News of the Triune God through mite support of our mission grants. Learn more about the our mission grants on the LWML website.

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Washed Clean in Christ

During this time of social distancing and closed gyms, I have been walking a lot. During my walk this past Sunday, our worship service was being broadcast on Facebook. I turned up the volume and listened as I walked.

Our pastor was focusing on the fact that even though we are not in church, we are being the church wherever we are. We don’t need a building to share the Gospel, to pray for others, or to confess our faith. Even though we are separated from our church family, we are still children of God through our Baptism. Then our pastor made the connection between Baptism and all the hand washing we are to do every day. When we wash our hands, we are reminded of Jesus washing away our sins.

Through Baptism, we have been made sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. He says, “I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1b). Look on the LWML website for devotions on Baptism that will remind you that you are washed clean in Christ.

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