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June 17, 2019

Pastor StapfAt one time Jesus prayed, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure."(Luke 10:21) Jesus was always reversing things. The world exalts the powerful. Jesus looked to the weak. The world regards the wealthy and accomplished. Jesus looked to the poor and humble. The world wants to be with the respectable. Jesus spent His time with the sinners. Who was right? Was Jesus missing something? In the beginning of his ministry the devil tempted Jesus with all the glory of the worlds kingdoms, and with a spectacular miracle that would make many believe in Him. He rejected both.(Matthew 4) Yet He is the One of whom Scripture tells us that "every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."(Philippians 2:10-11) No, Jesus was not wrong in the company He kept, and it is a lesson for us in the ones we look up to in this world. 

 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 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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