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Read Witnessing in the ELCA: A Philosophy and Strategy for Lutheran CORE to Engage with the ELCA!

  • October 31, 2013 - 7:19 pm
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The starting point for a philosophy of engaging with the ELCA is Lutheran CORE’s Mission and Vision Statement.In it, Lutheran CORE identified four primary constituencies:

1. Those who remain in the ELCA,

2. Those who have left,

3. Those who are undecided,

4. Those who are unaware that orthodoxy is challenged in the ELCA.

Lutheran CORE exists to support all four groups.

The ELCA-Specific Task Force of Lutheran CORE has a special mission to those in the first group.  We will offer support, education, connections, and a theological home for those who remain within the ELCA.

The witnessing activities of Lutheran CORE are focused on the third and fourth groups.  A huge group of ELCA members are traditionalists. The problem is that they are confused. They don’t know what to do or who to believe.  We need to speak moderately and respectfully to this muddled middle. But we need to speak! We must be heard.

Strategies for the ELCA-Specific Task Force of Lutheran CORE consist of:

*  Keeping in front of the ELCA what it has said about those who disagree with the 2009 ministry changes and those who have a traditional understanding of marriage;

*  Being present at synod assemblies through display tables, workshops, and witnessing on the assembly floor;

*Being omnipresent where ELCA people are gathered, including Churchwide Assemblies, synod assemblies, and pastor conferences;

* Considering being recognized by the ELCA as either an intra-Lutheran organization or applying for ILO status;

* Sending a representative of Lutheran CORE to ELCA Church Council meetings;

* Monitoring the disrespect of the bound conscience of orthodox Lutherans; and

*  Connecting ELCA Lutherans of like mind while becoming a clearinghouse of information and orthodox resources.

 

 

 

Download December Prayers of the Church!

  • October 30, 2013 - 4:07 pm
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Download Prayers of the Church for December 2013. Advent begins on December 3. Files are in RTF format. If you need a PDF format, most word processors will enable you to create one using the “Save As” command.

12.1.13 by Pr. Garrard Haubrich and Mr. David Keck

12.8.13 by Pr. Paula Murray

12.15.13 by Pr. Ron Orovitz

12.22.13 by Mr. Kevin Peterson

12.24.13 by Pr. Kenneth M. Ruppar

12.29.13 by Pr. Mark Werner

 

Thursday, October 31, 2013, Devotion

“The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.”  (Romans 5:16)

All of the sin ever committed was poured upon Christ on the cross.  Whereas the sin that entered through the will of the rebellion of Adam, sin was conquered through the willing sacrifice of the Lord on the cross.  Rebellion was conquered by love.  Justification is done through love.  How then ought we to be, knowing that God so loved us that He made the sacrifice in order for us to be reconciled?

Lord, help me see that what You are interested in is my heart.  Help me to move beyond the figuring I do, trying to guess at how things are and simply learn to love You.  Guide me in Your way of love that I might discover what I do not yet know and understand that Your love is for here, now and forever.  Help me grow in love through the faith You have given me by grace.

Guide me this day Holy Spirit to go ever deeper into myself to have uncovered those places where Your love needs to replace my sin.  In that love, pull me out so that I look outward toward the world in the love You give.  Guide me through the day to love others as You have loved me, knowing that only in Your love will others see the truth You offer by grace and received through faith.  Amen.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Devotion

“But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”  (Romans 5:15)

 

Because we look at the enormity of what sin has done, causing all who live to perish, we are unable to fathom that the gift of grace would be enough for all who believe to be saved, yet this is exactly what has happened.  Through one man, sin entered the world and through One Man, Christ Jesus, all are given the offer of salvation.  The gift of grace is much more than we are able to comprehend.

Lord, help me to begin to understand the magnitude of the grace that You have given in order for me to grow in Your likeness.  Help me see that in You is there hope and a future.  Grant that I would grow in the truth of Your Word, knowing that You alone have done what needs to be done in order to reconcile all who come through Your grace to You.  Guide me in my thoughts to think on Your Word and to grow in understanding.

Lord Jesus, You alone have paved the way for all who believe to come into the eternal life that has been and is being prepared for those who will come through Your grace into eternal life.  Help me today to live as one who is in grace, being gracious to others, knowing that You have also commanded me to share with others the grace I have received from You.  Amen.

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Devotion

“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”  (Romans 5:14)

It does not matter what the offense it, all have sinned.  We tend to gravitate to the excuse of greater sins and lesser sins, but all sin severs our relationship with the Father.  Death reigned in spite of the lack of specific knowledge of what sins, for each knows, at least at some level, right from wrong.  Adam’s sin was to chose his own sovereignty against God’s true sovereignty.  God is the Creator.

Lord, help me to not play the games that have been played from the beginning, where I think my sins are not as bad as the sins of those around me.  Instead, help me see the truth that I have sinned against You and that death reigns in me and those around me because of sin.  Help me understand my need for the Savior and live toward the hope that He alone brings through salvation.

Lord Jesus, You paid the price no one could ever pay in order to reconcile us to You.  Help me to live in the truth of this salvation that You have brought, knowing that in You alone is there hope.  Help me live into this life of faith You have given me, sharing with others as You have shared with me.  Guide me today in Your way of truth, knowing that in You alone is there a glorious eternal future.  Amen.

Monday, October 28, 2013, Devotion

“For until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”  (Romans 5:13)

If there were no law until Moses, there would be no guilt, but we know that the law, whether actually verbalized, has always existed.  Therefore, there is no one without excuse, for, from the small child to the ancient man, all know that they have not done as they ought.  We all have fallen short of God’s perfection.  The law has always been there and we who have heard the Word, know the law.

Once again Lord, I pretend ignorance on some things as an excuse for all things.  You know that I have fallen short of some things, which means I have fallen short in all things.  Help me lean on You and not my own understanding, taking simply the offer of grace that You have purchased from the cross.  Guide me into right thinking and then, through Your grace, into right action.

Lord Jesus, I need You and what You have done more that I realize.  Even though I do not fully know all that You are doing, help me live within what I know to do what is right today and every day.  Guide me into a life that serves You and others for the sake of the Gospel.  May this day and every day You give me be dedicated to the truth You have revealed by faith and through Your grace.  Amen.

Sunday, October 27, 2013, Devotion

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)

The reason there is death is because of sin.  Who’s to blame?  Through Adam, all have sinned.  The blame falls on us.  Death has spread because of our sin, whether it is the death of hope, or the literal death.  We love to blame others, but only when we look inside and realize it is a part of us are we able to see that only through what the Lord offers can there be any hope.

Lord, I love to look at others, even You, and blame for what is wrong with the world.  Help me learn how to begin with myself that I would see that death reigns in me through sin, but that through what You offer, hope begins in You.  Guide me through my denial to the place where I see the freedom that You are offering through grace.

Thank You, Lord Jesus,  for being the One man who takes away the sin of the world.  I know that the last to be conquered will be death, but help me to live in the hope only You can give, knowing that in You there is not only hope, but a future.  Guide me this day to think those things which are right and to act upon what You have spoken, that I may live in the freedom only You can bring.  Amen.

 

Saturday, October 26, 2013, Devotion

“And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”  (Romans 5:11)

When one moves from being a sinner to one who is reconciled, life shifts from the terror of being on the outside to being one who is reconciled.  This movement produces a shift from fear into living in the wisdom of the Lord.  Yes, the devil will lie and try to cause doubt, but the promises of God are irrevokable and we are to live lives that praise the living God in every circumstance.

Lord, help me to fully understand that in the promise of Your grace, I am reconciled to You for all time and eternity.  Help me live in the freedom You have granted by grace through faith that I may live according to Your will.  Guide me in all thoughts and actions to not live as one under condemnation, but as the free person You have made me to be through Christ’s blood.

Thank You, Lord Jesus,  for the freedom You purchased for me from calvary.  Help me, I pray, this day to live in that freedom and live as one who is suspect of salvation.  Guide my thoughts and deeds to be wholly in You and working for the Father’s glory.  May I live this day in the confidence You give by Your grace, sharing with others freely as You have shared with me.  Amen.

Friday, October 25, 2013, Devotion

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. “ (Romans 5:10)

The point of what God has offered is reconciliation.  If we live into the faith that is offered, we live into the reconciliation that He is giving through grace.  This is the center of a life of faith.  All of the things we do, either come out of this reality, or else, they are nothing more than a rejection of what the Lord is offering.  We are saved by what He has done by giving His life for us.

Lord, help me understand more clearly what You are giving when You offer a life of faith.  Help me to live in the reconciliation You give, knowing that in You alone is their hope not only in this life, but in the eternal life that You give by faith.  Help me see more clearly the truth of faith and the need I have for You.  Guide me to live according to Your will and not my own.

Thank You, Lord Jesus,  for dying that all who come by faith might live.  Help me to offer the reconciliation You have given me to others that they too might have life and a future.  Guide my thoughts and deeds that in all I do and say, I may share with others what You have shared with me that by faith those who believe would be eternally reconciled with You.  Amen.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, Devotion

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”  (Romans 5:9)

When we unite with Christ in His death, we are joined with Him through God’s judgement of sin in order to be resurrected with Him in His righteousness.  All then, who come to faith in Christ, are united with Him.  By the shedding of His blood, the perfect sacrifice, we are given a new life freed from death’s sentence.  The wrath is poured out on Christ and the live is poured into us.

Lord, bring to me understanding that I may begin to know the truth of what You have done by paying the price for my sins.  Help me live into the life You have always intended for me, knowing that in You alone is there eternity.  Guide me in my thoughts and ways to live according to Your purposes.  May I learn to live a live that is thankful for all You have done.

Grant that I live this day Lord in thanksgiving for the gift I can only begin to comprehend.  Help me, I pray, to see that in You I have a great future.  Help me today to live into that future, sharing with others in the way You have shared with me and pointing them to You who alone can save them for all eternity.  May my life be ever more dedicated to You.  Amen.