New Bible Translation

Northwestern Publishing House will release the EHV New Testament and Psalms this summer. This new translation will feel both fresh and familiar to readers. The readable style of the EHV will help readers understand clearly what God is revealing to them through his Word.
Translated faithfully from the original Greek and Hebrew, the EHV proclaims the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The expressions, imagery, and style of the original texts are there, giving readers a lasting picture of God’s grace and mercy for a lost human race.
Some of the features of the EHV New Testament and Psalms that will help readers get the most out of their study include:
  • Brief introductions for each book
  • Topical section headings
  • Footnotes for deeper understanding
  • References to parallel passages
  • References to Old Testament quotations
With a text that remains reliable and trustworthy, yet at the same time readable and familiar, the EHV New Testament and Psalms honors the heritage of the church, which has handed down the Word of God for generations. See a sample here.
The EHV New Testament and Psalms will be published in softcover for $14.99. Discounts will be available for congregational use:
  • 10-49 copies – 10% off ($13.49 each)
  • 50-99 copies – 20% off ($11.99 each)
  • 100 or more – 30% off ($10.49 each)
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From Martin Luther

“A man is to live, speak, act, hear, suffer, and die for the good of his wife and child, the wife for the husband, the children for the parents, the servants for their masters, the masters for their servants, the government for its subjects, the subjects for the government, each one for his fellowman, even for his enemies, so that one is the other’s hand, mouth, eye, foot, even heart and mind. This is a truly Christian and good work, which can and shall be done at all times, in all places, toward all people.”
(from Luther’s sermon on Matthew 21:1-9, for the First Sunday in Advent)

LMSG Letter

A Letter from the Lutheran Military Support Group

Note: We helped support this group this past Memorial Day and July 4 with a special offering.

Summer 2016
July 26, 2016
Warm Greetings from your Lutheran Military Support Group, “LMSG” and the WELS National Chaplain, Paul Ziemer.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could post or include this letter in an upcoming bulletin.

As I reported in the April/Spring letter, LMSG had reached 139 congregational members.  As I pen this letter we now stand at 242!  Our Lord’s blessings have indeed been with us all.

I have had several inquiries as to the progress of our recent Memorial Day “Ammo Can” offering.  With 138 churches reporting, the offering has surpassed $40,000.00.  God ’s people are very generous to our brothers and sisters who wear the uniform of our great nation.  This offering will allow LMSG to provide solid and consistent support to our core services, PTSD counseling, Chaplain travel to hold services overseas near areas of conflict, etc.  LMSG can also be counted on to be the auxiliary to WELS Military Services Committee and ELS Board of Christian Service as anticipated at the LMSG inception.

August 22-23 will be the first time that many of the National Board members will meet each other as we will hold a LMSG working conference at Synod Headquarters in Waukesha, WI.  As a Para synodical organization of WELS, this meeting will help acquaint LMSG with WELS and ELS Synod leadership so that we may work in concert as we press forward with our Ministry to the Military.

  • LMSG’s Veteran Support group has funded a Spiritual retreat this fall for a group of WELS/ELS combat veterans. More information will be available on our website shortly.
  • LMSG has also approved funding for additional worship services in either Guam or Okinawa in the fall.

Please take a few moments to look at our website, www.lutheranmilitary.org.  You will see fresh content regarding our young people who wear the uniform, pastors who have served, PTSD resources, etc.  Also posted is a year to date list of grants that have been awarded from LMSG (Special Projects & Grants Tab).

It is a special privilege to be able to serve in LMSG.  My heartfelt thank you for your continued support and prayers which are propelling us forward.

Semper Fidelis
In His Service,
John Stedman
President LMSG
president@lutheranmilitary.org

Never Pray for Patience? You just might get what you ask for!

Patience is something that most people want to have and yet struggle with–this can be seen most readily when driving. Patience is a godly trait. As Christians, we want to live like Christ as much as possible. Patience is something we strive for in our daily lives. Here are three ways we need to show patience:
  1. In our relationships with other believers (Ephesians 4:1-2- “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”)
  2. In our responsibility to teach God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:2-4-  “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”)
  3. In our reactions toward non-believers (Jesus’ parable in Luke 18)
God bless you as you work on godly patience, showing love to one another, teaching the Word, and bringing Jesus to the world!

Memorial Day Weekend Worship At Amazing Grace

Memorial Day 2016
It’s almost here: the day we honor our fallen heroes. And they are our heroes! Without the men and women who have sacrificed their time, their families, and their lives, we would live in a much harsher reality. Thank you, God, for giving us courageous men and women who were willing to give up everything in order to protect and serve this great country of ours! Thank you, God, for giving those heroes courage to stand up for what they knew was right. Thank you, God, for using men and women in our military to keep us safe! Praise be to God!
In honor and remembrance of fallen military personnel, we will have a special worship service at Amazing Grace. The focus of the service will be: How God Has Blessed Us with Peace and Healing. We will begin with a presentation of the Flag of the United States of America and the Pledge of Allegiance. We will end with “America the Beautiful.” Throughout the service we will give thanks to God for healing us (from our sin, our hurts, etc.), and for giving us peace (peace with Him, peace with one another).

3 Take-Aways from The Blessing of God

  1. We often misuse and take for granted the word “bless.” We say “God bless you” when someone sneezes. We hear the Blessing of God every week at worship.”To bless” carries the idea of kneeling down before someone who wants to give you a favor. Be kneeling you are showing humility and appreciation to that person by humbly accepting their gift of favor upon you. When we see how the Lord God has blessed us with the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus, how can we not humbly bow before him?!
  2. The Lord causes his face to shine on you! He fills sin darkened hearts with his glory and grace. He does even more: he turns his face toward you; that is, he gives you the full, undivided attention that you need and want. You are God’s own child, and he wants you to know that truth!
  3. God blesses us with peace. Peace is not always a feeling. When we read through God’s Word, God uses that to give us peace. His peace goes beyond understanding. God wants you to have comfort from his Word. And he gives it: he blesses you with peace.

What greater blessings could there be than these that the Lord our God bestow on us each and every week!

3 Take-Aways from John 17:20-26

Yesterday, May 8, the Bible lesson at church was Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prayed this prayer right before he was arrested and then tried and killed. Here are some things to ponder this week:

  1. You are connected to Jesus. “I pray also for those who will believe in me … that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. … I in them and you in me … I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17:20, 23, 26) No matter what you are going through, Jesus is with you (“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”- Matthew 28:20).
  2. You are connected to all other Christians. “May all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:21-22) No matter what race, nationality, age, gender, or social status, everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life is a member of God’s family and is bonded to every other believer. You may be recently re-singled, or stepping into a new job in which you feel alone trying to figure out what to do, but you are not alone and you never will be. You are part of Jesus’ mighty army of God, united by his saving words.
  3. You are united to Jesus and to other believers for all eternity. “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one…Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:22, 24) This promise is for you and me. In the next days or weeks you might be at your computer at work, finishing an assignment for school, walking across a graduation stage, walking into a job interview, or driving on a freeway, and, I pray that the thought hits you: “Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

The most important thing in our lives is that we are united to Jesus Christ, now and forever. So, let’s encourage each other and build one another up!

Daily Devotion- Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Please Read Job 28-29

There is a mine for silver
    and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the earth,
    and copper is smelted from ore.
Mortals put an end to the darkness;
    they search out the farthest recesses
    for ore in the blackest darkness.

Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,
    in places untouched by human feet;
    far from other people they dangle and sway.
The earth, from which food comes,
    is transformed below as by fire;
lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,
    and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
    no falcon’s eye has seen it.
Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
    and no lion prowls there.
People assault the flinty rock with their hands
    and lay bare the roots of the mountains.
10 They tunnel through the rock;
    their eyes see all its treasures.
11 They search the sources of the rivers
    and bring hidden things to light.

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