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An Open Letter from Religious Leaders in the United States to All Americans

Press Release: WELS President Joins 24 Religious Leaders in Signing Letter Supporting Religious Freedom
MILWAUKEE—June 22, 2012—Rev. Mark G. Schroeder, president of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), signed an open letter from religious leaders in the United States to all Americans protestingthe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’requirement that all health care plans cover contraceptives, as well as abortive drugs and medical procedures.
“While the signers of this letter represent many differing religious beliefs, we do have one thing in common:the recognition that the freedom to practice our religion is one of the most precious blessings enjoyed by all Americans.Those whose ancestors came to this country seeking religious freedom can’t remain silent when that freedom is threatened,” Schroeder says.
The letter entitled “Free Exercise of Religion: Putting Beliefs into Practice” was written by The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and approved by the office of th…

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Mark 4:26 He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain-- first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." 30 Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade." 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
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The Serpent Crusher, Dragon Slayer and Stronger Man

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Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" 10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." 11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me-- she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between …

Maximizing a gift through your estate plan

Tom and Joan have an estate made up of the following assets:
Asset:Amount:
Home$150,000
Life insurance$100,000
Individual Retirement Account (IRA)$200,000
Other estate assets$50,000
TOTAL$500,000

They wish to remember their Lord’s work with a gift of 10 percent of their estate, or $50,000, after they are called home to heaven. An attorney drafts their wills with 10 percent of their estate going to EpiphanyLutheranChurch. But Tom and Joan forgot that their life insurance and IRA already have beneficiary designations with everything going to family members. Therefore their church would receive only $20,000 (10 percent of the home and other estate assets) instead of the intended $50,000 gift.

Solution #1: Tom and Joan consult with their life insurance agent and financial advisor. They change the beneficiaries to coincide with their wills. Now 10 percent of the life insurance and 10 percent of the retirement accounts will also go to Epiphany, meaning a $50,000 gift will be made.
Solution #2: Tom…