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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness."  James 3:17-18                

The above passage from James speaks clearly to our St. Paul’s mission statement, based upon Jesus’ Great Commission charge to us all as His Church. (Matthew 28:19-20). God’s Word speaks loud and clear as to exactly what we all, as Jesus’ followers, should be about. It gives us encouraging foundational words and ideas as to how we are to live out our lives for God’s Kingdom.

So, how shall we measure the success of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, her leaders and her “members”?  The answer for you and me, our “scorecard” if you will, is all about making disciples. We are to make disciples for Jesus as we go through our daily activities at work, school, home and beyond, within the area of unique giftedness which God has given you and me. We are to promote biblical teachings in and with the Persons of Peace God leads us to, with the idea of—how can I help raise up this person toward becoming a new devotee to Jesus Christ? What is my call?

The good news is—you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting within your disciple-making opportunities. God promises to do that. To have the plan. We have each other in the body of Christ to lean on for help and support in our efforts. We have two ears and one mouth to sufficiently listen to/for God to speak into us for the potential benefit of another’s life.

Many of you already have plenty of wisdom to impart directly and/or indirectly from your own life experiences. Especially if you are faithfully in God’s Word—His handbook for this blessed activity of witnessing, each of us are called to be part of, in various ways.

We have the power of prayer working for us and the situations we face.    We also have our  powerful personal testimonies in  how we, too, have come to faith in Jesus. But, even more than that, we have the Holy Spirit’s power to guide and endow our witnessing within our disciple-making roles.

Your part may simply be to plant or nurture a seed already imbedded. You may or may not be present at the harvest. Regardless of our roles within God’s Church, our goal is the same—to make disciples for Jesus. Passionately, please “go there” ever more. In confidence, knowing you have God’s Spirit guiding and working in you. Together we must be all about making disciples. It is who we are as Jesus’ Church. Sharing the wisdom that comes from heaven and sowing it in peace.

 

 

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Jane:

What a blessing you are to me. And today when I really needed a boost from the Lord, too. I so appreciate your kind thoughts and words and feel really encouraged right now as a result. Like I have not in quite a while. God bless you and George.

You both are a true sister and brother to me in Christ. You guys “get it” and “live it” and you have to know, too, how important it is for us all in Christ to acknowledge that kind of special caring for each other. Thanks for being “Jesus” to me today.

In His Love,

Pastor Paul
Pastor Paul,
Thank you so much for always bringing truth to us. I pray for you, and I always ask "the Holy Spirit to fill you and flood you to overflowing. Wrap Himself around you, to be beneath you, and above you." It is obvious that He does this for you, and what is more obvious is that you yield to Him. Paul says that some will plant, some will water, and some will see the harvest. You have planted so many seeds in my life. You have watered many seeds in my life. Because of your words, I can see many things come to harvest. (Some are still growing.) I thank Him and I thank you!

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