January 20, 2019: OSLC has launched efforts to identify how our Congregation will support missions in 2019. That support includes prayer and intercession, financial support, sharing resources, and assisting in promoting the respective missions and ministries. If you would like to participate in these efforts or have a suggestion, please contact the church office at email@example.com. Access a copy of the Stewardship Participation Form and Pledge Form in the Members Only area.
September 15, 2019
“If you are facing a major decision right now, don’t be afraid! Ask the Lord to guide you and put your trust in Him. If God the Father was willing to guide His own Son’s caregivers this way, He will also guide you when you ask.” Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
September 8, 2019
“We speak truth and show love in reflection of His own toward us. We respect and protect even the least among us because we have received the same favor freely from Him. We treat both our life and our neighbor’s as privilege to us and treasure to God.” Rev. Michael W. Salemink, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
September 1, 2019
“A God who marks His covenanted people is telling them something important about the power of sex and its control and its proper place within the divine-human economy: It comes to us as a gift, to be used for its purposes and no other, and its abuse will sully the soul of man. Its proper use in marriage is a great mystery, a great gift which was given for the protection of all. It doesn’t always work out that way, sadly, but its imperfect practice is no excuse for throwing it all away for what we see today.” James M. Kushiner, The Fellowship of St. James – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
August 25, 2019
“The love of Jesus is not a pie-in-the-sky ideal for people He never knew; it was tangible, messy, and ultimately cost him His life. In Jesus, we see heaven on display in the hell of individual lives. If we seek to follow Him, vague ideals about tolerance must give way to flesh and blood reality—loving the all-too-human in front of us.” Margaret Manning Shull, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
August 18, 2019
“Marriage and family, sexuality and procreation reflect the grace of God in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:32). Therefore, sexuality sought outside of marriage or exercised exclusively to gratify self and flesh’s appetites cheaply imitates, poorly substitutes for, and only incompletely apprehends the fullness of God’s blessing for it. Celebrating and engaging in the blessings of chastity, modesty, and even celibacy best protect and prepare the heart patiently awaiting His vocation to marriage. And taking one’s place within the Christian fellowship, whether as spouse or single, leaves nothing lacking (Mark 10:29-30).” Rev. Michael W. Salemink, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
August 11, 2019
“We are to long for the Lord’s coming and His presence. This longing can be cultivated through the Word and prayer. Immerse yourself in the Psalms. ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good.’ He will fill the hungry with good things.” James M. Kushiner, The Fellowship of St. James – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
August 4, 2019
“Let us consider how we can encourage one another, how we can help one another in these times in which we are overcome, how we can spur one another on to love and to good works, how we can gather together, not neglecting one another in meeting together but instead gathering in the presence of God, encouraging one another as we wait for that Day to finally appear.” Rev. Dr. Tony Cook, Lutheran Hour Ministries – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
July 28, 2019
“May we always think of God’s created children—however they arrive in this world and wherever we find them in the age of this life—as full of value and purpose as God declares us to be. For ‘Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.’” Rev. Perry Hart, guest speaker on “The Lutheran Hour” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
July 21, 2019
“When you attend divine worship, remember only one thing is needful, attentiveness to Christ and His Word. He is Lord and Savior, and we live by every word that proceeds from His mouth. Over time, through hard times and good times, winter, spring, and summer, we will grow in Him. The season for fruit will come, a season of refreshment. But first, the hard work of the patient vinedresser.” James M. Kushiner, The Fellowship of St. James” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
July 14, 2019
“‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,’ says God. Each life, before even coming into existence, God has cast His gaze upon, delighting in having us hear His voice and that we would be led home to Him.” Rev. Perry Hart, guest speaker on “The Lutheran Hour” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
July 7, 2019
“Father, You are the Author of life, and we thank You for the gift that it is. Forgive us when we devalue it in any way. Heal our land from the scourge of legalized abortion and turn our hearts back to profound respect for all life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” Duane Matz, former lay pastor with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) and Christian radio announcer” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
June 30, 2019
“No matter how unpredictable and out-of-control your life feels, Jesus is reigning, and He will continue to reign until the final enemy is under his feet (1 Corinthians 15:25). That doesn’t mean you will avoid the groaning of life in a broken world (Romans 8:22), but it does mean there’s nothing that can separate you from the loving and protecting hand of God.” Paul David Tripp, pastor, author, and conference speaker – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
June 23, 2019
“People with Alzheimer’s or dementia often tragically lose their short-term memory while the long-term memory continues. They may go back to the memories of the good old days. Those memories can bring peace and happiness. When the Holy Spirit, your perfect memory aid, reminds and re-teaches you everything about Jesus, He removes the bad memories of sin and punishment and fear. He replaces them with joy, confidence, hope, and forgiveness in Jesus. That results in a peace that goes beyond understanding and beyond this life.” Rev. Peter Sulzle, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls, Minnesota – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
June 16, 2019
“The good things that fathers do for their children and give to their children are blessings from God, for fathers and mothers are God’s representatives to their children. As disciplinarians they are representatives of His holiness. As providers they are representatives of His goodness and generosity. As teachers of the Gospel they are representatives of His grace. And as representatives not only do they act toward their children on God’s behalf, they also demonstrate to them who their God is and what He is like, for it is His blessings that they bring to their children.” From the “Lutheran Spokesman” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
June 9, 2019
“God’s Word resonates loudly the truth that EVERY life is a human being, SOMEONE created by GOD, and redeemed by the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, and called into a relationship with God by the Holy Spirit. As Gospel-motivated voices for life, we MUST do our research, measure it against God’s plumb line, and speak up to expose the lies and proclaim the truth—God’s VOICE of TRUTH!” Lynette Auch, president of Lutherans For – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
June 2, 2019
“Instead of dreaming of what your spouse will do for you, you should ask yourself, are you willing to serve him or her sacrificially? To paraphrase John F. Kennedy: Ask not what your spouse can do for you, rather ask what you can do for your spouse.” Pastor Ricky Jacob, Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Church and preschool, Winnebago – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
May 26, 2019
“Ascension Day, a holy day falling inconspicuously on a Thursday in May, is the conspicuous declaration that we are not left as orphans. In the same post-resurrection body that He invited Thomas to touch, Jesus invites us to full humanity even today. He ascended with a body, He shares in our humanity, extending His own body even now, promising to return for our own bodies. Christ is preparing a room for us, and we can know it is real because He himself is real.” Jill Carattini, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
May 19, 2019
“Both before and after their births, our children are precious lives belonging to God and redeemed by Him. (Their mothers are, too.) Each of our days is ordained by Him, including the challenging days of motherhood.” Marie K. MacPherson, author of “Meditations on the Vocation of Motherhood” – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
May 12, 2019
“It does not say that the honoring, serving, and obeying one’s parents is conditional or in response to their earning or deserving it. No, one is to love and cherish them as well as honoring, serving, and obeying them as if they were God Himself … The good news is that where we have obviously failed, Jesus did not. He not only honored His step-father Joseph and his mother Mary, but also His heavenly Father. He offers you His payment for your sin and a place in God’s family, now and forever.” Pastor Ricky Jacob, Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Church and preschool, Winnebago – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
May 5, 2019
“Whoa. What a cool thought! Before your parents ever laid eyes on you, before they fought over whether to name you John Jr. or Steven, God knew your name and He wanted you as his. In fact, it goes back further than you think. Before God even created the very first parents, He knew you were coming someday and He chose you, specifically you, for his team.” Diane Kerr, Time of Grace – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
April 28, 2019 (Easter Sunday)
“Death is the enemy of the human race—an enemy no one can fight or avoid forever. But God has done a new thing—He has raised Jesus Christ from the dead, never to die again. What other god has done anything like that in all the stories and fables? But wait, there’s more. What god has ever promised to share everlasting life with everyone who trusts in Him? Only the true God. Only Jesus.” Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
April 21, 2019
“When the devil speaks, do not believe the lies. Whether your life be young or old, the deceit of death will enter it. You will walk by caskets. You will lie in a hospital bed. You will hear the devil speak in his native language. His lies will come to you just as they did to me. See through his faulty speech. Recognize his broken narrative. Deny every phony word. Christ calls you a Christian, and the devil’s language holds no truth. When the deceit of death enters your life, listen to the truth Christ speaks on this day … ‘He will speak again. You will visit family again. She will greet you again. Christ will rise again.’” Rev. Paul Spaude, Martin Luther College – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
April 14, 2019
“This Sunday, the church [invites] the world to remember the One who comes into the midst of a very fickle humanity—duplicity, defeat, violence, injustice, pain, and all. He comes near to good and bad intentions, near the ashes of what was meant to be honor, the ruins of attempts on our own. And despite our oscillating thoughts, despite the sin we cannot leave, He invites us into a disruptively different sort of story of defeat. The Son has made his triumphal entry. And yet He comes to bring us the cross, to the one sacrifice that speaks to the world’s pain.” Jill Carattini, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
April 7, 2019
Jesus came to save us, to show love to us; He came because He is pro-life, pro-eternal life, and He came to give eternal life to you, to me, to those children unwanted by anyone else, to those mothers who have fallen into sin, to the disabled and elderly forgotten by everyone else. Jesus came for you, not to condemn you, but to save you. He came to destroy death with all of its power over us, and His Easter victory, which we will celebrate very soon, is a day of life, eternal life, for all.” Rev. Christopher Maronde, pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
March 17, 2019
“To be pro-life is to show that all life is precious, that the community of faith is there to support and help with every child. To be pro-life is to visit the elderly in the nursing home, to give them the dignity that they have as children of God. To be pro-life is to love the mothers, to love these women who are caught by circumstances, to help them with physical as well as spiritual needs.” Rev. Christopher Maronde, pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana– A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org
March 10, 2019
“People with disabilities and their families have much to offer the Body of Christ, but often the Church sees them as needy—as a mercy ministry—not as valued contributing members. Look for ways for each of them to serve, including the person with disability.” Mona Fuerstenau, Bethesda Lutheran Communities – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org
March 3, 2019
“The next time you are burdened with guilt and wondering if God can really forgive you again, look to the cross of Jesus. There He proved His love by giving up His life to pay for your sin. Witness the supreme proof of your forgiveness, which God provided in the resurrection. There He removes all doubts about who He is and what He did for us. We have absolute certainty that we are forgiven and bound for heaven because of Jesus. It’s the truth!” Rev. Jonathan M. Kruschel, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls, Minnesota – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org
February 24, 2019
“And what about those mothers who acted on their fears and aborted their child? We need to be there for them as well, assuring them of a loving, merciful, forgiving God—reminding them that there is no sin that Jesus did not pay for on the cross!” Duane Matz, former lay pastor with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) and Christian radio announcer. (For those who have made an abortion decision, there is a Word of Hope, Lutherans For Life’s post-abortion healing ministry. Call 888.217.8679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.) – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org
February 3, 2019
“God has given each of us a limited time to be on this earth, a purpose for that time, and people to share that time with. Don’t wait for a near-death experience to teach you the lesson of appreciating to the fullest what God has given you. Life is too short.” Diane E. Schroeder, former president of Lutherans For Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org
January 27, 2019
“The most fundamental fact of modern biology is that your body is in a continual state of change and development from cradle to grave. Yet, through all the changes, your identity remains the same.” Rev. Jonathan Lange, district life coordinator for the Wyoming District LCMS – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
January 20, 2019
“Sixty million unborn children have died as a result of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wadeand Doe v. Boltondecisions. However, through the right-to-life movement’s determination to protect mothers and their children, we continue to see evidence that our efforts to educate America about the unborn child’s humanity, and our efforts to enact protective pro-life legislation, are having a tremendous impact in moving our nation away from Roe’s and Doe’s deadly legacy.” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life • lutheransforlife.org.
Run the Race
“Let us throw off everything that hinders...and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12: 1b), exhorts the writer to the Hebrews. Perseverance is the key in our race. Scripture challenges us to stand firm, knowing that our labor for God is not in vain. We're commanded to hold fast to our faith and to keep God's ways. As we run the race with perseverance, we are filled with “inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8)in our Savior in Whom we believe, even though we haven't seen Him. Although the race is long and difficult, we have an eternal goal and consider any suffering or distress but "light and momentary troubles" (2 Corinthians 4: 17).
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
— Jeremiah 29:12