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October 19, 2018

Pastor StapfWe observed Columbus Day earlier this month. The day recognizes the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. It also highlights the quest for discovery. The actual record of what the new arrivals did when they got here is quite a mixed bag, but that's a whole other story. What is notable here is that there is something in mankind that drives him to discover. Whether it was the quest by sea to the west centuries ago, or our current desire to explore Mars, we are driven to discovery. One of the fairly recentĀ  Nobel winners received the prize for a microscope technique that allows observation down to the molecular level. What does all of this say about us? I think it is another of the many marks of being created by God and for God. Scripture calls us to use that drive to understand and know more about our God. We might also say that, because of sin, we are separated from God, and are seeking to discover our way to return. There are other answers, but it does leave us something to ponder as we think about who we are and who God created us to be. Even further, how do we use this drive to draw us closer to Him and bring honor to His name?

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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