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Past events intrigue me. An internet search reveals that on May 17, 1525, the duke of Lutherans beat rebels in the Battle at Zabern! Alaska became a U.S. territory on May 17, 1884. Israel and Lebanon signed a peace treaty on this day in 1983.

I marvel at how much this world has changed and the pace at which it has occurred. My dad told stories of how he rode a donkey to school. That way of life doesn’t seem possible only 85 years ago!

Even though our world changes rapidly, God is changeless and is always with us. Because of the sacrifice of His Son, we know that, when Jesus comes again to gather His people, we will live with Him in all eternity. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are (1 John 3:1a).

For a positive spin on change, see this LWML leadership tip. YOU can make an impact on your LWML local group gatherings.

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Trust and Quietness

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15a NIV). Have you considered the COVID-19 pandemic a wakeup call? It has reminded me to repent, to rest, to find quietness, and to remember to trust in God.

I confess that I struggle with wanting to control things in my life. On more than one occasion, I have been reminded to “let go and let God.” This pandemic may just be a gift as God has helped me to refocus, to rest, to remember my priorities, and to serve Him and others! My days have been restructured and I have found more time for both spiritual and physical rest.

Will you join me in finding ways to rest in God’s Word? Go to www.lwml.org or download the LWML app for your smartphone. You will find Bible studies, devotions, podcasts, and more!

Karla Koehler

This Website — Your Go-to Inspirational Source

I am the LWML President and yet I am continually amazed at the information and resources available with the click of a button on this website. I refer to lwml.org every day. As I answer questions from the board of directors, LWML district presidents, members, and others interested in what this mission organization does and why, I find most of my responses right here on this website.

As we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19, we find ourselves turning to technology as we reach out — to encourage and find encouragement, to find the perfect resource or Scripture passage, and to stay in touch with our family and friends.

Let this website become your go-to source for inspiration. Visual faith and Bible journaling have become popular avenues of retaining what you study. LWML podcasts allow you to listen while you work or drive. Devotions and Bible studies are available on almost every topic. And if you don’t know where to find something, you can just ask and someone will point you in the right direction!

In His service, surrounded by His grace,

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New Online Bible Study Opportunities

LWML Podcasts: The Task-Filled Life Bible Study

LWML Facebook Live Overflowing Abundance Bible Study Series


In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me
(Psalm 86:7).

Life has changed! Before COVID-19 we were engulfed in the busyness of living. When the stay-at-home orders hit, my weekly Bible studies were put on hold. I miss those precious times spent in Bible study with others. To help us focus on Christ, LWML is offering two different free Bible study options: The Task-Filled Life is an audio Bible study through the LWML On The Go Podcast, and Overflowing Abundance is a video Bible study on Facebook.

In The Task-Filled Life, author Jan Brunette states, “We have a God who stretches through time and space, a God who enables us to view Him not only as a God of the past, but also of the here and now. He lives and loves to care for us, supplies our spiritual needs, and provides strength for our multi-faceted, task-filled lives.”

Join Becca Futty as she leads us through this Bible study on the weekly LWML On The Go Podcast. We will explore five common excuses often given when presented with a challenge. Download a free copy of The Task-Filled Life at lwml.org to follow along.

In Overflowing Abundance, we look at the Biblical account of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Author, Donna Pyle (Snow) reminds us “Instead of irritation or anger about thwarted plans, Jesus experiences compassion. He understands His mission is to teach about the kingdom of God, to allow people to glimpse it in Him.”

Donna will be live on Facebook each Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. central time, beginning April 28, 2020. Join us as we look at Matthew 14:13-21. Download a free copy of Overflowing Abundance at lwml.org and join your friends world-wide as we study God’s Word together.

Susan Brunkow

 

Adding Joy to Daily Giving

Have you ever noticed how adding an element of movement, fun, music, or service to a daily routine can make it more enjoyable? Like dancing while you dust, leaving notes when you pack lunches, singing as you check emails, or praying as you fold laundry?

Have you ever noticed that getting someone to move, play, sing, or serve along with you can also make it more enjoyable?

I would say most Lutheran Women in Mission already find great joy in giving to mission grants, but it sure doesn’t hurt to add an element of joy to the process. This month, consider using – and sharing – the monthly mite challenge calendar. It contains an idea each day to both bless your mission giving and the lives of others through prayers and acts of kindness.

Are you ready to find joy by adding something new to your daily routine?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23a).

Eden Keefe

He is Risen! Alleluia!

And [the angel] said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here” (Mark 16:6a).

Our hosanna changes. No longer do we cry out, “Save us!” Instead we join our voices with countless believers around the world and cry out, “He is risen! Alleluia!” The Jesus that we hailed as the Son of David on Palm Sunday and that we watched die on Good Friday, is alive! He has risen from the dead.

In that resurrection we are given the wonderful assurance that we are saved. He dies to pay the full price of our sins. In His resurrection, He destroys the power of the grave. He lives, and because He lives, we know that we shall live as well. Death does not have any power over us. The grave shall not hold us. Believing in the living Christ, we know that we will rise on the Last Day and live eternally with Him in heaven.

That is the message that the LWML proclaims as it supports the work of the Gospel around the world through the various mission grants. Working together, we can proclaim, “He is risen! Alleluia!”

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The Lord Rests from His Labor

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done (Genesis 2:2). After creating everything, God rested from His work. At this point, everything was perfect and very good. Perfection was quickly undone as Adam and Eve gave in to temptation and thrust the world into sin, but our gracious God promised that One would come to crush the head of the serpent and bring life back to our fallen world.

Today, this promise has been fulfilled. God’s Son has fulfilled the Law, borne our sin, and laid down His life to win us forgiveness and put an end to Satan. Now, for the work that He has done in His creation, Jesus is at rest, lying in a tomb, having accomplished all that the Father had sent Him to do. On Easter morning will come the day of the new creation when Jesus will rise from the dead and restore life to our world. Jesus now brings new life to you. Sin is gone, death is overcome, and life eternal with God is ours once again!

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