Tuesday, November 13, 2012


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Monday, September 10, 2012


What does the word “hope” say to you?  I’ve come to love that word, “hope”.  To me, one who has hope has confidence.  A person who is hopeful cannot help but be positive in their outlook. 

I have a goal of doing a Scripture word study on the word “hope”.  Do you know how many times the word hope is used in the Word of God? On the BibleGateway.com website, I put in a search for the number of times the word hope occurs in the New International Version of the Bible, and it gave me 174 times.  18 of those occurrences were in the book of Job and 31 of those were in the book of Psalms.  The “weeping prophet” Jeremiah used the word hope 14 times in Jeremiah and Lamentations (certainly some, but surely not all, of those were references to when he had lost hope or the Israelites had lost hope).   

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”  

Lamentations 3:21-22 says, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.”

Psalms 42: 5, 42:11, and 43:5 all say the same thing:  “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

I have struggled on and off with feelings of “hopelessness” in my life.  Sometimes these feelings come because of physical difficulties.  Sometimes they come because of being emotionally drained.  But when I go to the Word of God and find Scriptures like the ones quoted above, I cannot help but find comfort and peace in the Lord because He is my Hope and my Comfort.  He is my Peace and my Salvation.  He is faithful to His word and He is the One I can praise. As I praise Him I find Hope! 

Some time ago I was listening to a radio broadcast on my way to work.  The program was about a man who had been a minister of the Word for many years.  When he was age 47 he went through a very difficult time of depression in his life.  He had such a hard time continuing on with his ministry.  But he did because he knew God had called him.  He stated the times before going to church on Sunday morning were probably the darkest times for him.  It was most difficult for him to get the courage to go.  But he did and he found that as he gathered with other believers and worshipped the Lord, and shared the Word of God with them, he was most encouraged and found great hope!  It took time for him to come out of these difficult days, but eventually he realized that when he focused his thoughts on God and the Hope that he had in Him, he was able to get through each day stronger and more hopeful than the day before. 

HOPE – what does that word mean to you?  To me it is a confidence that I can have, even when days are hard, that God is with me and He will get me through even the most difficult times.  We don’t know what the future holds for any of us.  But we do have HOPE because we know our future is in His hands!

HOPE – I know Heaven is in my future!  When my work on this earth is done, however long or short that time may be, I have HOPE (confidence)  of going to Heaven, being reunited with loved ones who have gone on before, and seeing Jesus face to face.  This has nothing to do with me – it is all to do with what Jesus has done for me.  What a glorious time that will be! 



“This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to His will,
 he hears us.”  1 John 5:14

By now, we are into the busy fall schedule at our churches.  We love summer and a time away, but it is good to get back into a routine.  What new or perhaps old responsibilities have you taken on for this coming year in your church? Are you enjoying the work you are doing for the Lord or do you already feel like you are overwhelmed or in a rut?  How many times do we decide to do something, try something new, or even do the same thing we have been doing for years without consulting God and His will for this ministry?  We might wonder why a ministry is not effective. Could it be because we do not pray in advance asking the Lord to mold us into the ministry, to equip us by the Holy Spirit and to submit to His leading?  Maybe we did pray but on such short notice that we did not give God the time to work answers in our heart.  Perhaps what is lacking is a freshness & joy in our ministry from the very beginning because we started what seemed good to us rather that this is of God’s will.   Sound like something you are experiencing?   Jesus says in John 15:5  “I am the vine, you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  Here is our hope, our existence for life and our provision for ministry; it is Jesus Christ and Him alone.  Is it not Jesus and His will upon which our ministries and we must rely?  May we return Jesus to His rightful focus in our desire to serve and be the Master of our ministries.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


WMF Resource Manual

        WMF Resource Manual

It is here!  The WMF Resource Manual is ready.  Some of the WMF groups who attended WMF Day and Conference 2012 received their copies while there.  These Manuals contain all the information that you need as a WMF that is functioning or as a women’s group interested in getting a WMF started.  It explains the set up and function of the WMF on all three levels (local, district and national) with other information on Bible study helps, women’s ministry and leadership development.  It has project descriptions, missionary information and program ideas for you to draw from and also includes some history of how the WMF began and who has served as officers throughout the years.  We hope to get the rest of the manuals distributed by the end of the year to those who didn't receive their copies yet.  The grant that we received did not cover all of the expense of the manual, if your WMF group or ladies would like to give towards this project please send a donation to our treasurer Lois Grothe.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Eastern North Dakota

September 22, 2012
Registration and Coffee:  9:30 a.m.
Morning Session Begins at 10 a.m.
St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church
2802  12th Street South, Fargo, ND

Theme:  “The Lord is Our Helper”
Theme Verse: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6
Theme Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Morning Speaker:  Pastor Connely Dyrud
Afternoon Speaker:  Amy Skogerboe

South Dakota

September 22, 2012
Registration: 8:30 a.m.*
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church
Sioux Falls, SD

Theme:  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you…
Ezekial 36:26
SpeakersPastor Del & Karen Palmer
*There is still time to send in registrations.  There is no cost to attend but the number of those who are attending the rally are needed
for the catered lunch by September 17.
 A love offering will be taken.
Contact 605-371-3800 to register or if you have questions.

Pacific Northwest
September 29
8:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Atonement Free Lutheran Church
Arlington WA

Southwest Central Minnesota

October 13, 2012
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration: 9 – 10 a.m.
Calvary Free Lutheran Church
1416  County Highway 111, Fergus Falls, MN

Theme:  “Seasons of Thanksgiving”
Theme Verse: Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!  2 Corinthians 9:15
Speaker: Pastor Connely Dyrud, Missionary-At-Large

Western North Dakota/Eastern Montana

October 13, 2012
10 a.m. Central Time
Zion Lutheran Church
Tioga, ND

Theme:  Walk Worthy
Theme Verse: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:1 – 3
Morning Speaker:  Del Palmer
Afternoon Speaker: Karen Palmer
Workshops:  Nancy Rice—Diabetic Education
             Paula Nyman—Photography & WMF Website

Northwestern Minnesota

October 13, 2012

Our Savior’s Free Lutheran
Argyle, MN

Theme:  “In The Potter’s Hands”
Theme Verse: “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter.  We are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Speakers:  Pastor Nate and Rhoda Jore
AFLC Missionaries to Uganda 


 October 27, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Minnesota Valley
 Lakeville, MN

Theme: Bringing Good News
Theme Verse:  "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
As it is written, 'How Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"
Romans 10:14-15
Speakers: Loren and Sharon Tungseth
   Home Missions/Alaska.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Where Do We Go From Here?

At WMF Day, 2012, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota we were blessed to remember the work the Lord has done for us and through us as we considered our theme, 
“Thus far has the Lord helped us.”
I Samuel 7:12c. 

We were blessed to look back to the vision of the women who started the WMF of the AFLC back in 1962.  In those beginning years, the concerns of their hearts were that women would have good Lutheran Bible studies to study together in their individual groups and to support the missionaries serving on the mission field. 

It was wonderful to be able to recognize the past officers of the WMF as well as the missionaries who have served on the mission fields.  We thank God for the vision that He gave them as they answered His calling on their lives. 

As the women of the Women’s Missionary Federation of the AFLC in 2012 and beyond, where do we go from here?  In some respects, we must continue with what the vision was of the founding women.  We shall have good Lutheran Bible studies for women to study together in their WMF meetings.  We shall continue to promote the projects that the WMF women so dearly love to support – World Missions; Home Missions; Christian Education - Parish Education, Association Free Lutheran Bible School, the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Cradle Roll; and the General Fund of the WMF.  Without your support of ALL of these projects, our WMF will not fulfill the vision of helping to reach the world for Christ.  May God continue to help us by igniting in us the desire to be faithful to do this. 

In John 4 we see Jesus visiting Sychar, a city of Samaria.  He goes to the well to rest after a long journey.  He was obviously thirsty because when the woman of Samaria came to draw water He asked her for a drink of water.  Here this woman was just doing her ordinary work that had to be done when Jesus asked her for a drink of water.  He did not use any prescribed method of evangelism to talk with this woman.  He met her in her everyday activities and spoke with her.  Do you talk to your neighbors, friends, and relatives about their work, their hobbies, and their families?  As you befriend them they will get to know you and you them. If you continue to get to know them, there will be opportunities for you to share with them what Jesus means to you.  There will be opportunities for you to invite them to WMF or other activities where Jesus is presented to them.  You don’t need to be shy about this.  God will give you the courage you need.  

There are several scripture verses that address this issue of courage.  One is Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV) – “Be strong and courageous . . . . for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.”   Another is Psalm 27:14 (NKJV) – “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. . . .

Another exhortation that is specifically for women is this: “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”  Titus 2: 3-5 (NASB)

So God has given us specific work to do.  He has given us the tools with which to do that work.  He has given us the strength and courage to complete that work.  So where do we go from here?  I believe it is imperative that we dig deeper into the Word of God together using the WMF Bible studies.  It is imperative that we continue to support the projects of the WMF so we can assist in the work of reaching the world for Christ.  It is imperative that we mentor and encourage one another.  It is imperative that we reach out to those outside our “comfort zone” so that we can bring them to Christ. 

Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
And love that soul through me
And may I always do my part
To win that soul for Thee.



Galatians 5

Challenges have been bombarding!  Circumstances are crowding in!  People are passing along their anxiety, fear, frustration, and anger my direction!  Life seems a tad overwhelming to … I cannot handle it! 

Does any of this sound familiar?  As challenges and circumstances overtake us, we do not need to be overwhelmed.  As we work with people, we will not have perfect relationships because people are not perfect.  We must point ourselves to the Word of God to see how He would have us respond.

While reading Galatians 5, the Holy Spirit changed my mind to a new way of thinking. 

Stand fast in the liberty the Lord has given me.  I have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to choose a different response to life and people.  I can rise above circumstances, as if I was not involved in them, so the Holy Spirit and I can choose a different response.  I do not need to take on other people’s anxiety, fear, frustration or anger.  I do not need to be anxious, fearful, frustrated or angry.  I can help them by asking them how I can pray for them instead.  Satan is prowling around ~ seeking whom he may devour ~ that’s us Christian.  (1 Peter 5:8)  Satan does not want me to have the victory but I CAN have victory through the Lord!

Don’t be tangled up with my past way of doing things which really is bondage.  The Lord can give me a new path to follow ~ a new way of doing things.

When you stumble, you may ask, “I ran well … what happened?  Who made me stumble from obeying the truth?”  The Bible says, “That response did not come from the Lord!”

The Lord and I will have another mind ~ another way of thinking as I allow Him to change me.  I need to stop and pray.  He will transform my thinking as I read His Word.  (Romans 12:2)

The one who troubles me will bear his own judgment.  The Lord will deal with the other person’s responses to life.  I just need to forgive them.

I should not bite and devour anyone so I will not be consumed by anyone. I need to serve others through love instead whether that is through prayer, giving them a Bible verse, meeting a physical need, etc.  I need to love my neighbor as myself.

I have the freedom to choose the right way to live so here are God’s strong words to us …

WALK IN THE SPIRIT!  It kills fleshly ways!