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January 19, 2018

Pastor StapfScripture tells us that God's nature is love. We've heard many times, "God is love". It's absolutely true, and He has demonstrated it to us in many ways. But some also tend to question that truth. People look at many of the tragedies we face is life and ask, "if God is a God of love why did this happen?" Some will read the Bible, running across difficult part of the Old Testament, and declare that the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath, but the God of the New Testament, as we see in Jesus, is a God of love. These questions and thoughts come from our sentimental and wrong understanding of what love is. We see love as sweet, soft, and nurturing. That is certainly part of it, but above all, love seek the very best for the beloved. And that best must follow certain values and standards God has established for the people He created. So, love must also mean correction and discipline when one ignores those values. Scripture says that God disciplines those He loves. We must be careful in trying to use this to explain all of the wrongs we see, but that involves a much longer discussion. For now we just understand that God's perfect love does seek the best for us, and He will do all that is needed to help us open our eyes to that best.

Pastor Irvin Stapf


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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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