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Stewardship Meditation 11/6/2022

All Saints’ Day (observed)

“These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14b).

Such is the glorious promise given to all the baptized saints of God. In the end, we shall be delivered out of the tribulation of a life of sin, washed in the blood of Jesus so that we stand before the Father in the robes of Christ’s righteousness. While we have this hope, there are many who are stuck in the tribulation without such hope. LWML provides numerous resources, training opportunities, and Bible studies which seek to encourage and equip women to reach out with the Gospel to those going through the great tribulation. Our hope and prayer is that they will join the saints in the eternal kingdom, coming out of the tribulation into the joy of heaven. The Gifts of Love ministry helps individuals and families consider how they might support LWML in this work for generations to come. By prayerfully considering LWML in your charitable gift plan, you can continue to point people to the hope that leads out of the great tribulation into life within God’s kingdom!

Stewardship Meditation 10/30/2022

Reformation Day (observed)

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people (Revelation 14:6).

As we observe Reformation Day once again, it is important to remember that we are not celebrating a day or moment in time or even Martin Luther and the Lutheran Church. What we remember is a call back to the Gospel, an eternal Gospel, which has been proclaimed throughout time and space. As John says, this is an eternal Gospel intended to be proclaimed to everyone on the earth. Such is the work that the Church continues to do today, and it is the work that LWML seeks to support contributing to missions throughout the world. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for all people, and our hope is that through ongoing support of missionaries, the eternal Gospel might be proclaimed to all who have never heard it, and to those who need to hear it again. It is in proclaiming this Gospel that reformation happens, not just of the Church, but of the hearts of people who are turned away from lives of darkness and death toward the life that Christ has won for them. Prayerfully consider support of Gifts of Love which seeks to help the LWML continue its mission for the next generation and beyond. This eternal Gospel is for all people, for it points people to our Lord and to His everlasting salvation.

Stewardship Meditation 10/23/2022

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 18:14b).

What a gracious God we have! We rightly confess, like the tax collector in this story, that we are sinners and are in no way deserving of anything good. In humility each week, we confess our sins, and rather than condemnation, we are forgiven for the sake of Christ. As Jesus says, the humble are exalted. God takes the hollow shell of sinners and fills them up with His love, and then makes use of His saints in service to the kingdom, a kingdom which has eternal success. What grace! Have you taken some time to consider how God has blessed you? Have you considered how such blessings might also be used for His glory? Our Gift Planning Counselors are here to help you evaluate your blessings and see how you might put together a charitable gift plan. Such a plan might include the LWML which seeks to reach out to the sinners of the world with the love and Gospel of Christ. Your prayerful consideration of such a gift can be a witness to the grace of God at work, blessing sinners with forgiveness and exalting them with Christ to the kingdom eternally.

Stewardship Meditation 10/16/2022

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? (Luke 18:7).

One of the great promises we have from our Father is that when we cry to Him, He hears us. As part of LWML’s mission to proclaim Christ, certainly we pray to our Father in heaven that He would bring His justice to bear upon those who have suffered injustice. This is not, however, a prayer that the unrighteous would finally get their due. It is a prayer that God would do as He has promised: to make right all that has gone wrong in our world. Such prayers have been answered for us in Jesus Christ who has suffered the injustice of the world upon the cross so that God’s justice would be served. Not retribution, but forgiveness and grace for sinners. By prayerfully considering a present or legacy gift to LWML through Gifts of Love, you can assist us in continuing the work of supporting those who undergo injustice, praying for them before our Father who promises to hear and to answer, and pointing them to the grace revealed to us in the cross of Jesus. We do all this knowing that in Christ, our Lord has not delayed long over us, giving us justice in Him through forgiveness and life eternal.

Stewardship Meditation 10/9/2022

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

And as [Jesus] entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us” (Luke 17:12–13).

Part of the mission of LWML is to support missions, which includes supporting mercy work throughout the world. People with various needs find help through Christians and missionaries who serve as the hands, feet, and voice of Christ, reminding them that God hears and answers His peoples’ cry for mercy. The Gifts of Love ministry seeks to assist people in exploring ways to not only bless your family, but also to bless organizations like LWML in carrying on their work among all who need the Lord’s mercy. After all, we are no different than the lepers today, for our sin also counts us among the needy of the world. As we cry out to Jesus, His grace meets us with healing forgiveness and the assurance of a life with Him in His kingdom eternally. Prayerfully consider how you might help the LWML carry on the work we have been called to do in the next generation. Contact one of our counselors, and they can help you assess your blessings so that Christ’s mercy might go forth through you and bring forgiveness and healing to all.

Stewardship Meditation 10/2/2022

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5).

It seems strange for those closest to Jesus to ask for their faith to be increased. We often view these saints as faithful giants who would faithfully endure much in their lifetime for the sake for the Gospel. And yet, they asked for an increase in faith for they knew the temptations were great. Truth is, we need to pray this too. It is not that we have no faith, but we know our faith has its weak points. While we know, by faith, that the Lord will provide all things for us, we can fall into the trap of thinking that we can somehow take care of ourselves apart from the Lord’s help. This can lead us to hold onto our blessings rather than using them in service to Christ and sharing His mercy. So, we also pray to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” that we may learn to trust in Him and in His earthly and eternal provision. The Gifts of Love ministry of LWML is one of the ways that you can put your faith into action, supporting missions and Gospel proclamation around the world. Through thoughtful planning, you will see your prayer answered, not only in your own life, but in all those who are called to lives of faith and to the eternal hope we have in Christ.

Stewardship Meditation 9/25/2022

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side (Luke 16:22a). 

The Lazarus of Luke 16 (not the same as Lazarus of Bethany from John 11) is a powerful example of the grace of God at work to bring about a great reversal. Poor Lazarus had nothing in this world, no means to provide for himself, no benefactor to provide for him, and his only comfort was found at the end of dog’s tongue. Certainly, he had nothing to offer to God when his end came to merit the gift of heaven. Yet the promise of God is that everything has been paid already in the blood of Jesus and the kingdom of heaven and all its riches belong to the poor in spirit and to the least among us. Through the years, the women of the LWML have been collecting their tiny mites — things that seem insignificant in the eyes of the world — and yet these mites have added up to accomplish great things. In supporting missionaries and Gospel proclamation and mercy work, the riches of heaven have been showered upon those in need.  Many more have been called to lives of faith living in the hope of joining Lazarus at Abraham’s side in presence of God eternally. Gifts of Love seeks to help the LWML carry on its work for years to come through careful gift planning and legacy gifts. Please prayerfully consider utilizing and supporting this ministry so that, in Christ, the riches of heaven may be shared with many more for years to come.

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