Week of December 5 - Gifts For Service
It’s that time of year. We’re making our lists and checking them twice, hoping to find the right gifts for the people on our list. Have you thought of the gifts you already possess? Gifts of the Spirit? A gift of the Spirit is a special ability given by the Holy Spirit, to every believer in the Body of Christ, according to God’s grace for use within the context of the body.
In fact, you are a gift. You are God’s gift to a world that needs to hear of Him. As a gift, you are constantly growing and developing as a whole person — spiritual, mental and physical — into the kind of person God had in mind when He first created you, giving you a body, mind, and spirit. He expects you to expand or grow in all three areas of your life. (Eph. 4:15)
Two resources are now available online as free downloads. They are the revised and updated Gifted for Service and Personal Development. Check them out (Resources>Helps>Leaders) and see how you can use your gifts in service to your Lord and Savior!
May you continue to be nourished by the love of Jesus for you!
LWML VP Servant Resources
Week of December 12 - Walking with my Lord…the Word made flesh
The LWML is here to provide you with helps on your daily walk with our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. One of the options available to you is the daily Mustard Seed devotions that are delivered to your computer.
For the first time, we are premiering a resource prior to the print copy. Subscribers to our daily devotions are now receiving The Joy of Christmas, the latest in our series of Mustard Seeds devotions. The print copy will debut at the LWML convention in Peoria, June 2011.
In addition, a brand new format which incorporates the vision statement, In the Word, Of the Word, Walking with my Lord, has also been developed.
What am I asking you to do? #1) sign up to receive these daily devotions and #2 if you are already a subscriber, spread the word, forward the devotions to your friends, share about them at church, work, and school.
God’s richest blessings on your walk with the Lord, the Word made flesh who dwelt among us. Merry Christmas.
Week of December 19 - Good News to Pass Along
God chose to announce the birth of His Son, Jesus, Our Savior, to a humble group of shepherds with an entire multitude of the heavenly host. Then the shepherds got up and went to find Jesus. After finding him they went and made known to other people what they had been told about this baby.
God has chosen us in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League through the Holy Spirit to know our Savior, Jesus Christ. He gives us opportunities to tell what we know through our support of mission outreach, our personal witness and deeds that represent God’s love for others.
The story of the shepherds concludes with them glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. May your Christmas be filled with opportunities to listen, to go and tell, and to joyfully glorify and praise our God who sends love and peace to us at Christmas in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Share your faith and God’s Word by subscribing to free e-mailed Mustard Seed Devotions here. The new Christmas Mustard Seeds are being previewed over the 2010 Christmas season.
LWML Vice President of Christian Life
Week of December 26
Jesus, Name Above All Names
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
It’s amazing that in St. Luke’s account of the most important birth in human history the Child isn’t even identified by name. Great worldly men are noted in this chapter. Quirinius and Caesar Augustus, who could move the known world with a decree to tax his subjects, but the King of Kings, Luke doesn’t even mention by name. Luke does tell us who He is, by angels. He is our Savior, Christ, the Lord! Perhaps the reason Jesus isn’t noted in name is because this King enters humbly, to take our lowly place, dying our death, that our names might be forever recorded in the Lamb’s book of life! May this humble King’s peace and grace fill your home during these Holy days!
Rev. Kristopher Whitby