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April 19, 2018

Pastor StapfSomeone asked Jesus "What must we do to do the works God requires?"(John 6:28) After all God is Almighty. He is the creator of everything. There must be certain things we have to do to please Him. I guess they expected Jesus to give a list of duties that would please God, but He didn't. He simply answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." But it can't be that simple! I must have to do something to earn God's favor. Didn't He give us the Ten Commandments and all that? Yes He did, and they are important, but they are not the central thing God is looking for. The message from both Old and New Testaments is that God is looking for a people who are willing to trust Him, to put Him first in their lives. Yes, God is pleased with out good works, but they are not the basis for our life with Him. We come before God in righteousness given to us through faith in Jesus Christ.(Romans 3:22) Our life in God is a pure gift of grace to all who believe. So it really is that simple, but it is also completely life changing.

Pastor Irvin Stapf

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artin Luther encouraged people to be regular in their daily devotions, and gave some instruction about a pattern they might use. He said that one should begin by making the sign of the cross over themselves. As the Protestant Reformation continued this practice decreased in use, or was considered too Catholic for protestant use. This is unfortunate. Or course, like anything else, it can be over used and misused, but that doesn't change the fact that it can be a very meaningful devotional sign. It is not made as a law that everyone must do it. If it is personally meaningful then it should be used. But more than this, whether one chooses to personally use the sign of the cross or not, we do remind ourselves that as Christians, as believers

A collection of Pastor Stapf's reflections has been published in . . .

Book ImageNot For This Life Only
A Study for Growth Into Maturity
as the Children of God

by Irvin F. Stapf , Jr.

"'What is your purpose in life?' Do you know where to begin in answering this question? If you are searching for a deeper purpose , Not for This Life Only will give you solid biblical truths to help you discover God's plan for you.

This insightful study will establish a firm biblical foundation as you prayerfully seek God's calling for your life. Through all of the circumstances of life, God is seeking to help us grow into Christ's example of sacrificial love. As a topic that can conjure up confusion, discover that God is not silent when it comes to the life he has called you to live.

Irvin Stapf weaves together common concerns such as purpose, family, suffering, and making mistakes and points them toward the focus and purpose in your life. Now is the time to start finding the answer to the question, 'What is your purpose in life?'

Irvin Stapf has been an ordained Lutheran pastor for thirty-eight years and is the Regional Pastor for the Eastern Region of the American Association of Lutheran Churches. Irvin, and his wife, Audrey, have been married for forty-three years and have five children. They currently reside in Mount Airy, Maryland."

148 pages - $11.99 (plus $3.00 S&H)

The book is published by Tate Publishing of Mustang,Oklahoma and can be obtained by going to the Tate website, or from the author at Christ Lutheran Church, 13903 Legion Court, Mount Airy, MD 21771.

The book can also be obtained through major book stores.

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