May 24, 2018
We are in the midst of a local election campaign for county commissioner and other offices. The very nature of our political campaigns is self promotion. Each person declares who he is, why he is the best person for the job, and what he or she is going to accomplish for the community. I know it is necessary for our democratic system, but it is one of the reasons I've never liked politics. And politics has worked its way of working into the church as well. Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church, "It is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends."(II Corinthians 10:18) It is why the leaders we read about in the Bible were chosen with much prayer, and with God's direction. Campaigns are already starting for national offices. In these we would also be wise to follow that same biblical practice of much prayer, and seeking God's direction.
Pastor Irvin Stapf
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A collection of Pastor Stapf's reflections has been published in . . .
Not 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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