July 9, 2019


Bettering Lives, Benefiting Others: Men's NetWork WORK DAY
We continue to receive your field reports from this year's recently completed Men's NetWork WORK DAY projects. It's rousing to see how many good things were accomplished this year.

To give us your update, you can go to LHM's Facebook page and click here to add your pictures and a short description of your project(s).

Or you can let us know in an e-mail by sending your pictures and a brief description of your efforts to the mensnetwork@lhm.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Hats off to all those who participated in this year's WORK DAY!

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Beef up Your Spiritual IQ with FREE LHM Learn Courses
All LHM Learn online courses are FREE and require only registration to use. To check out the LHM Learn course catalog, you can click here.

Don't forget too that you can start and stop courses mid-stream, returning later to where you left off. This makes them ideal to use when your time is pinched, knowing you can pick them back up when it's convenient. How sweet it is!

Online courses from LHM Learn fall into five different faith-strengthening categories. Here they are:

* Christian Foundations (the basics of Christianity from biblical, theological, and historical perspectives)

* Cultural Concepts (resources to understand the different demographics, cultures, and religions in our world today)

* Everyday Insights (thoughts about the good and bad that life throws our way)

* Outreach Essentials (personal evangelism and tools to reach others with the Gospel)

* Spiritual Reflections (devotional thoughts meant to strengthen and encourage)

Do you have a friend or family member who would benefit from a Christ-centered course of Christian instruction? If so, just send them the link above or a copy of this e-newsletter and get them going.

Happy studying!

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Share LHM's Many Resources by Hosting an LHM Sunday
Each year Lutheran Hour Ministries produces and distributes a prodigious amount of Christ-centered resources for individuals and groups to use. We get the word out in a variety of ways, but one of the best is when churches host an LHM Sunday for their members. These special Sundays can be held any time of the year and are a great way to get congregations up to date on the variety and volume of tools and resources LHM offers to strengthen believers' faith walks, deepen their scriptural understanding, and enliven their personal outreach.

The numerous resources LHM offers provide churches with a user-friendly supply house of everything from video-based Bible studies and faith-walk booklets to social media opportunities and tools that connect with people of all ages. You can learn more by clicking here to get the details. Here you'll find FREE resources and additional info to make your LHM Sunday happen smoothly.

If you have other questions, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-876-9880, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST)

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Considering Spiritual Conversations from Another Angle
For many of us, talking about our faith with someone else is a challenge. We know we want to. We think about the conversations we could have. We even try to prepare for such an exchange—all with mixed results.

Available now is a great little resource called the Curve Card. It draws from LHM's Spiritual Conversation Curve model which characterizes our Jesus-related conversations into three easy-to-remember types: those where we gain a hearing; those where we give good news; or those where we guide toward faith. The Curve Card is about gauging someone's spiritual posture: are they unreceptive, receptive, or seeking?

The Curve Card is a pocket-sized tool with space to make quick notes as you relate to and pray for that person you want to talk to about Jesus.

You can get your Curve Cards in packets of 25 for $5 by clicking here.

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Take It on the Run: LHM's Mobile Apps Go Where You Go
There's a load of great information available to users of LHM's mobile apps and podcasts, and it's all FREE. Now you can enjoy the creative resources you've come to expect from LHM, wherever you are.

And to think, all it takes is a simple download. When you do that you have immediate access to powerful weekly messages from The Lutheran Hour, award-winning, original Bible studies; topical booklets on dozens of subjects; our daily and upcoming Advent seasonal devotions; and lots of other Christ-centered resources—all right at your fingertips.

To take advantage of this exciting hands-on resource, go to LHM's website and click here.

Once the app is loaded, you're ready to go!

Don't forget you can pass the app along to your family and friends using Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail, too!

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When Your Parenting is Put to the Test
In a few weeks, my son will be on his way to college. At such a time, lots of parents take stock. (Just Google "tips for parents of college students," or look for online essays on the topic).

I'm a bundle of nerves, sublimating my anxiety by buying sheet sets and collecting boxes for the car ride, one which will result in driving home without the boy who, now almost a man, was the second-grade "new kid on the block," the diligent Eagle Scout, and the senior high school student playing Macduff in "Macbeth."

As parents, we tend to second-guess ourselves a lot along the way to such transitional times. Did we give our kids the tools they need to succeed in work, in relationships, in the challenges they will inevitably encounter? What about the times we waved the white flag when we should have stood firm, or didn't give in and perhaps should have?

Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or have a career outside of it, you are likely to have the same question: Did I help my son or daughter navigate the rocky path to adulthood as best I could?

At such times, you might also remember how many other people and places have influenced-and will continue to influence-your child. There's the English course in junior high where he was introduced to a famous British poet for the first time, one he can't wait to study in college. There's the music class where she learned to play the trumpet: she's already signed up for marching band next summer.

Then there's the music he plays when he's hanging with his friends-and the door is closed. And let's not forget the friend who's grappling with drug addiction, the Cub Scout trip to the mountains, the Saturdays volunteering at the hospital, and the mission trip to Guatemala.

There are so many threads that weave the fabric of a person's life. As parents, ours is only one of them, though certainly one of the most important.

Your voice and influence won't cease to matter when they show up at their freshman orientation week. But they will be put to the test as perhaps never before. And in that way, the example you set may, ironically enough, be very important. Are you a person of your word? Are you generous-with praise, with money, with moral and psychological support? Are you a good friend?

Part of the fun (or so I'm trying to tell myself) of being the parent of a college student is watching what happens when you become the backbeat of your child's life, instead of the melody. I feel as though I'm cramming for a very important test ... and I'm not sure how I'll do.

Ask me in a year. I'll let you know how it goes.

Written by Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans

A kid going off to college can be traumatic—for both the kid and the parents. If this has been an episode in your life, how did you handle it?

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