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Lutheran Life 2013 v 5

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

The latest issue of Lutheran Life is in the mail to subscribers and is also available online.

This issue features the following:

  • President Walton’s Lifelines
  • News from Cumming, GA New Construction Project
  • Report of the Dedication of the new District Office Space
  • Mission Exec Kallesen on Sabbatical
  • LWML National Convention Update
  • Report from 2013 Educators Conference
  • Burning Bush, by Pastor Bruce Lieske
  • How Adidas Put Concordia-Selma team back on field
  • Funding Boosts Thrive Start-Up Mission
  • Regional Reports

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Lutheran Life 2013 v 4

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

The latest issue of Lutheran Life is in the mail to subscribers and is also available online.

This issue is the Florida Georgia Annual Report issue featuring:

  • President Walton’s Lifelines
  • Information about the District Outreach Initiative Training
  • Report from the National Youth Gathering
  • LWML Update
  • Report from the 65th Regular Convention of the LCMS
  • President Walton’s Perspective on the Convention
  • Financial Highlights for the Fiscal Year Ended 1/31/2013
  • District Congregational Support
  • Regional Reports

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LHM Outreach Initiative Presentations

Categories: News & Announcements

Lutheran Hour Ministries Outreach Initiative presentations for those who were unable to attend the Spring Regional Pastor’s conference are being held around the District in 5 different locations. Registration is now open and information is available here.

Lutheran Life 2013 v 3

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

The latest issue of Lutheran Life is in the mail to subscribers and is also available online.  This issue is the LCMS Convention Preview Edition featuring information about Synodical elections, changes in this year’s convention compared to previous years, interview of the three Synodical Presidential candidates, and the five Regional Vice Presidential candidates.  Other articles include an article about the partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries Outreach Initiative, stories from the five regions of the FLGA District, and many other items of interest.  Watch for it in your mailbox, or read it online using the link below.

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Lutheran Life 2013 v 2

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

The latest issue of Lutheran Life is in the mail to subscribers and is also available online.  This issue includes an article about this year’s National Youth Gathering, “Discovering Joy and Revitalization in the Journey of Lent, information about the LWML 35th Biennial Convention to be held in June, a report about the LHM Evangelism Workshop and the Revitalization Summit,  and regional reports from around the District.  Watch for it in your mail!

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Lutheran Life 2012 v 6

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

The latest issue of Lutheran Life is in the mail to subscribers and is also available online.  This issue includes an article about Rev. John Roth, new Estero Church Planter, “Wisdom from the Season of Epiphany,” news of the move of the District Office, Milestone Celebration at Lutheran Church of Nassau, an update on the LISA Training Program, a report from the LCEF Fall Conference, and regional reports from around the District.  Watch for it in your mail!

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Lutheran Life – 2012 v 5

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

The latest issue of Lutheran Life is in the mail to subscribers and is also available online.  This issue includes updates regarding the 2012 Educators Conference, a report on Mission: Haiti, Mission Moments from Rev. Doug Kallesen, a report from LCEF, and regional reports from around the District.  Watch for it in your mail!

 

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Lutheran Life – 2012 v 4 – Annual Report, Convention Coverage

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

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Walton Unanimously Endorsed for Second Term in Realigned District

Delegates to the 31st Regular Convention of the Florida-Georgia District — meeting in Lake Mary, FL, June 22-24 under the theme Stewards of God’s Grace:  Empowered by the Word — by acclamation returned President Gregory S. Walton to office……

Revitalizing Congregations to Connect People to Jesus

Many thanks to all who made the 31st Triennial Florida-Georgia District Convention such a wonderful success.  It was a bit intimidating going into the convention never having really experienced it from the “podium” perspective.  I had no idea of all the details that go into the planning and implementation of this event……

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Compulsion

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Compulsion makes rockets fly into the sky and outer space. Compulsion also carries us forward enthusiastically when we believe strongly in something. We want to tell everyone. Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves! When we get a new car, find a great deal, we often find it difficult not to tell everyone we know. I remember even telling people I did not know when I thought I had found a great deal. I couldn’t help myself, I wanted everyone to know. My friends you and I have a good deal, in fact a great deal from God; in Jesus our sins are forgiven and we are called sons and daughters of Almighty God. We are promised everlasting life in heaven with Jesus. We should be like Peter shouting it from the mountain tops but today we live in a society that tries to silence us telling us not to talk about politics or religion.

Peter and John were eyewitnesses of Christ’s ministry, His crucifixion and also saw the resurrected Redeemer. He was alive! Now a miracle of healing had also been performed in the Name of Jesus and Peter and John were jailed and told not to teach the people about this Jesus or His resurrection. Peter replied, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Oh, I pray for such a stirring of the Holy Spirit in our churches that each of us would be so bold as to speak out publically about Jesus and His resurrection. I pray for a people, myself included, that we would say with Peter, “how can I NOT speak about Jesus!”

As contemporary Christians we need to pray to the Lord that He would “restore unto us the joy of our salvation,” and we also need to be “joyous about our joy.” (Ps. 51:12) Finally, we also need to pray God the Holy Spirit would prepare us to “always be ready to give an account of the hope that is in us.” 1 Peter 3:15b.

Do you know in detail the hope that is in you? I find it easier to give examples of my hope in God as told in the stories of my life. In a workshop setting I will have everyone write down the events of their life from their early life to present highlighting them on a graph and asking them to graph where their relationship with God was at this same time. I then have the participants tell their story and how their journey with Jesus has gone. In a witness setting these stories can then be used to share the “hope that is in us.”

In telling my story I inject Christ into it, giving God credit and glory appropriately throughout the story. People can see the benefit Jesus has brought to my life, how He has answered prayer, helped, and given me strength. Usually such stories allow them to respond and for further ministry and witnessing to occur. It might mean asking, can I pray for you, could we talk again in a few days, would you like to meet my pastor or go to church with me? It might be an invitation to a small group or event that could further the opportunity to deepen the relationship, especially between them and Jesus. Remember you are not witnessing alone, God the Holy Spirit is mightily at work!

Let me know how your witnessing is going! Share your own witnessing tips.

Rev. Doug Kallesen

The Power of Questions

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It’s more about what you ask them than what you tell them! I wish I had a dollar for every time I have been told, “it’s so hard to share my faith in Jesus, I just wouldn’t know what to say,” then I say simply ask some very strategic and powerful questions. Many people are spiritually paralyzed when it comes to sharing their faith in Jesus. I share this witnessing tip especially for those of you who know exactly what I mean. Perhaps we could all learn from Jesus Himself the importance of asking questions. Questions are easier to ask and don’t require of you a degree in bible competency. Let me illustrate, at the well in John 4 Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink. It was this one comment that opened up an entire witnessing conversation between Jesus and the woman. In fact an entire town came to see and hear Jesus because of this one question!

Questions are powerful. They are long lasting and have impact much after the person asking the question has left the room. A question remains alive and demands, of the hearer, answer me. Jesus asks for water. He made Himself in need of her help. She was a woman, He was a man and He was a Jew and she knew what most Jews thought of Samaritans. With this one little question, “can you give me a drink?” Jesus knocks down all these barriers and allows for a further conversation to develop. I have found that asking people for their help many times will open a door for a witness. It certainly allows for a deeper conversation to occur. Jesus then said to the woman, “if you knew the gift of God and who it is who asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” Here Jesus couples the original question with a short comment that further wetted her appetite. She wanted the water Jesus spoke of. She wanted what He had. What is it in the other person’s life that they are “thirsting,” for?

I have used questions in a variety of scenarios to elicit deeper conversation and dialogue about Jesus. I recall sitting with someone who was at the hospital with a dying loved one, his name was Ron and his wife, Lori, had adult leukemia. She was a real trooper, she had tried everything modern medicine could give her and still death came. Her husband Ron, a “not yet believer,” was present through all of it. We went through some real highs and lows together. I remember visiting almost daily in the hospital and after the funeral Ron and I had another visit. He said, you know how you asked me if I wanted to have a peace that surpasses all human understanding?

I said, yeah Ron I do that was when Lori was in the hospital several months ago, before she had the bone marrow biopsy. “Yeah, that question stayed with me and I must have tried to answer It a thousand times Pastor and all I keep seeing is Lori and how strong she was, how much at peace she was with living or dying. I want that peace!” He was hungry for Christ’s peace. I ended up marrying Ron and his new wife over a year later and joyously I also had the privilege of conducting Ron’s funeral, it was for a Christian man who had come to know the One who alone gives such a peace that surpasses all human understanding. Perhaps this story will show you the power of using questions in your Christian witness.

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Doug