October 17, 2017


Lutheran Hour Ministries and SAT-7: Partners in Middle East Outreach
As LHM seeks new and creative ways to find a hearing for the Gospel, it has teamed up with SAT-7, a long-time provider of quality television programming in 20 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In a region beset by oppressive poverty, unpredictable violence, religious tensions, and ethnic divisions, the television is both a refuge and a welcome diversion. Plans are in place now between LHM and SAT-7 to develop and distribute a television series for youth and young families that will be culturally relevant and will focus on sharing the message of God's love. Broadcast airing of this program is scheduled for early 2018.

This LHM - SAT-7 partnership has the potential to reach tens of millions with the Good News of Jesus. To get more details about this critical outreach effort, you can click here!

To find out more about SAT-7 and the good work they already do, click here!

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New Online Course Explores the Nature of the Gospel
What Is the Gospel? is the latest addition to LHM's catalog of online courses. It now joins the ranks with Intergenerational Mentoring, Sharing Your Faith Stories, and Christ and His Kingdom. In this new Gospel-insight course, users will get better acquainted with how the kingdom of God made its appearance in Jesus, and how this message, this Good News, is something that's meant for everyone.

As someone once said, "If the Gospel is true for one man anywhere, it's true for all men everywhere."

Online courses from LHM fall within five different faith-strengthening categories. 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)

To find out more about these thought-provoking courses and how to empower your faith and witness, click here.

Don't forget that each Wednesday LHM features a live webinar that explores additional content and gives participants the chance to interact in a real-time environment where they can ask questions and provide feedback.

The following are webinars scheduled through the rest of October until the end of the year. All courses and webinars can be accessed at the website above. And all courses are FREE. The only thing you need to do is register.

This is what's on deck for tomorrow:

18 - Following Jesus Today Q&A
Introduction to the Spiritual Reflections course, "Follow Me: The Call of Jesus"

25 - Reformation: Luther's Impact on Education
Introduction to the Christian Foundations course, "Watch.Read.Reflect: The Reformation"

1 - Seeing Jesus Throughout the Gospel Narrative
(Digging Deeper into the Outreach Essentials course: What Is the Gospel?)
8 - The Kingdom of God Is Here
(Digging Deeper into the Outreach Essentials course: What Is the Gospel?)
15 - Stress and Worry Around the Holidays Q&A
(Introduction to the Everyday Insights course: Managing Stress & Worry)
22 - Break for Thanksgiving
29 - Holistic Health and Wellness
(Digging Deeper into the Everyday Insights course: Managing Stress & Worry)

6 - I AM: The Identity of God in the Old Testament
(Introduction to the Spiritual Reflections course: I AM: The Statements of Jesus)
13 - Agents of Restoration
(Digging Deeper into the Outreach Essentials course: What Is the Gospel?)
20 - Holiday Outreach Q&A
(Open Discussion About General Outreach During the Holiday Season)
27 - Break for Christmas

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Reflect on a Love That Came Down ~ for You
With all the hubbub that attends the Christmas season, it's hard sometimes to pull back and consider the deeper themes of this wonderful time of the year. Helping you do that is what this year's Advent messages are all about. Love Came Down is written to help readers pause and think on the sublime wonder of Christmastime and all that God has done for us through His beloved Son. These devotions are now available online to download and distribute for the coming Advent season.

Of Love Came Down, author Kari Vo writes, "When I write devotions, I do the best I can to make each one a kind of window through which readers can see the God who loves and cares about them. That means trying to write as clearly as possible and always asking the Holy Spirit for help. God shows Himself in His mercy, goodness, and holiness in every passage in the Bible -- even in the 'begats' of Jesus' ancestry. I hope that through these devotions, people will be brought closer to Jesus Christ, their Savior, who is the Love that came down from heaven to make them His own."

Lutheran Hour Ministries' 2017 Advent devotions, Love Came Down, is now available for download and printing (large-font text, bulletin inserts, bulletin shells, and PowerPoint slides) in English. Our Spanish-language version, Llegó el Amor, is available for printing as well.

You can find the Advent devotions in English by clicking here. For the devotions in Spanish, click here. Both are excellent resources for your congregations to use (you may want to suggest them to your pastor or church secretary), and they're ideal for sharing with visitors and new members. Both the English and Spanish go live on December 3.

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Reformation Day Is Cause to Celebrate!
How often do we get a chance to really appreciate something that happened 500 years ago?

Not often enough.

Well, now's your chance.

In A Man Named Martin - Part 3: The Movement, viewers will see how the work of reformers like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others set in motion societal changes that altered their world and the world we live in today. Through circumstances both tumultuous and commonplace, God was at work, transforming lives and opening pathways for the Gospel to go forth in a way that touched every level of society.

In the years between Martin Luther's 95 Theses (1517) to the signing of the Peace of Westphalia (1648), there were huge changes in the social, political, and theological fabric of Europe. In this third Luther release, viewers will see how the Reformation accelerated the transformation of a world already in flux. While bloody wars and crises in the arenas of politics and theology put a strain on millions in medieval Europe, the march of the Reformation left its imprint on culture and citizen alike. Everything from education, politics, science, theology, marriage, and the family -- even extending to one's vocation and his or her relationship to God -- came under the seminal influence of the Reformation.

From our vantage point, Luther would have been mystified to see how revolutionary his action before the church door at Wittenberg turned out to be. "Luther starts small. It starts innocently, but God has other intentions for this. His intention is to bring truth back to His church, and that's what the real legacy is. The Gospel's being proclaimed again. The promise is there. The clarity of God's truth is there. That's the great heritage. And that, I think, is the responsibility that we who carry the name 'Lutheran' have today," said Dr. Joel Biermann, one of those interviewed for this Bible study.

A Man Named Martin - Part 3: The Movement features five sessions, along with a discussion guide. You can order your copy today by clicking here. You can also watch the videos and download the discussion guide for FREE online at the Men's NetWork.

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Heading to Luther's Stomping Grounds This Fall?
If so, put on your Men's NetWork gear (cap, shirt, or both) and get in the picture! Send us a suitable shot (you at Wittenberg, Eisenach, Eisleben, or your favorite biergarten), and you'll come away with a very nice enclosure for your prize laptop. It's our black and gray laptop bag, sporting a stitched LHM logo (in color), and featuring side pockets; Velcro slots; handy pockets for pens, pencils, and cell phone; zippered compartments; and a strap to make it your constant companion when you're out and about writing our own theses.

So as you're taking in the scenery this fall, keep two things nearby: your Men's NetWork cap and/or shirt, and your camera. Snap a shot with you wearing some MNW gear in a cool location, and we'll send you a bag. It's most definitely worth it.

Qualifying pictures for our WEAR in the World feature get posted to our website and will likely appear in our twice-monthly e-newsletter.

Here's how to get your laptop bag:

1. The photo must show you wearing a recognizable Men's NetWork item -- hat or shirt.

2. The picture must be of an identifiable and commonly accepted landmark location! We define this as the majority of the judges can view the picture and immediately recognize where the photo was taken. If the judges have to go to the internet to find the location, it's probably not easily recognizable. NOTE: standing by a sign naming the location in the picture may not make it commonly recognizable either, unless, of course, the pyramids are rising in the background.

3. To get your bag, you must include your full mailing information.

4. The decision of our esteemed and impartial panel of judges is final.

Click here for more information and the submission process. You'll see the box at the top right of the page.

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"Build Me a Son, O Lord"
Life is often described as a long walk. To reach your ultimate goal, you need to stay on the main path. But all along the road there are enticing little trails that lead off to the wilds, and we get curious where they go. Before you know it, you can waste days, weeks, months, years -- even decades of your life -- in a winding, dead-end trail. The last thing we want to do is get to the end of our lives and realize all our work, our efforts, our life have been in vain.

During World War II, General Douglas MacArthur was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific. Early in the war, the Japanese crippled the American Navy in their daring attack on Pearl Harbor. That enabled the Japanese to run freely through the Pacific. The American military was overrun, and MacArthur was driven from the Philippines. As he left, he made his famous promise: "I will return."

But before he could keep that momentous promise, he had to relocate his headquarters in Australia and wait for America to rebuild its Pacific Navy. That is where he wrote the following prayer for his only son, Arthur.

"Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

"Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee -- and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

"Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

"Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

"And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the weakness of true strength.

"Then I, his father will dare to whisper, 'I have not lived in vain.'"

This last line really stopped me dead in my tracks. General MacArthur is famous for keeping his promise, for leading the Marines to victory in the Philippines and across the Pacific Theater. But look at his priorities: for him raising a mature, godly son was more important than making a name for himself by his military exploits.

How do MacArthur's words ring?

Guiding and caring for another human being is a colossal task. Steering a son or daughter in ways that are good and healthy and beneficial is a full-time job with plenty of overtime. With our children, we can sometimes find -- even when we think we're being proactive in their lives -- that time just gets away from us, leaving us to feel helpless as our kids grow up right before our eyes.

We all have regrets. At the end of the day, what core idea, philosophy, belief, etc. would you like to impart to your son or daughter as they live their lives as adults?

You can share your thoughts by clicking here!

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