Dear Friend of Life,
I know that you’re still observing the season of Lent—so we must whisper our “alleluias.” However, even as we repent, we rejoice. Indeed, we repent because we rejoice. Christ is never unrisen. He cannot be uncrucified. Our sins will not be unforgiven. We repent because guilt and grief and dread and death already possess no power over us—so strong is the promise and hope of heaven even amid sin and the grave. No matter our season, location, or situation, regardless of our emotional state and despite our world’s condition, our Heavenly Father, “According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3)!
The Good-Friday God abides with us as the Easter Jesus. Every crucifixion will have its resurrection. This is the hope you and I enjoy and proclaim. As the prophet Jeremiah declared, “If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jeremiah 20:9). The apostles Peter and John agree: “[W]e cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20 NIV), and St. Paul adds, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16)! Jesus also exclaims: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40).
Would you like to give voice to your joy? Do you want to put your hope in motion? I invite you to consider teaming up with Lutherans For Life. Your special financial gift to Lutherans For Life shouts your hope with ours and shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with wounded individuals and a confused culture. I eagerly desire for you to join with us in our rewarding mission equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life!
Hope Instead of Hate
In fact, “even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience” (1 Peter 3:14-16).
In January, I was accompanied by Lutherans who were overflowing with this hope at the 2016 Washington, D.C., March for Life. The organizers invited us to lead the thousands of life-affirmers from the National Mall up Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court. For two hours we sang, confessed, prayed, and recited our hope in words of Christ, the Life of all the living. (The march directors named us their “joyfulest” banner-bearers yet.)
The victory is great because the battle is great. For centuries Christians have sung on Easter:
The Lamb the sheep has ransomed: Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciling sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended
In that combat stupendous: The Prince of life, who died,
There are many ways you can support LFL!
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Lutherans For Life
1101 5th Street
Nevada, IA 50201-1816
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Owen’s Mission is a very special project of Lutherans For Life. The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. (That’s 1078 schools affecting 139,000 students!) We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception. We want students to be motivated by what God has done as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier that gives value to life. We want students to value themselves and to value others as persons because of this God-given value.
Abundant Life Giving Society - The Abundant Life Giving Society recognizes individuals, families, congregations, church groups, and businesses that donate $1,000 or more annually to support the mission of Lutherans For Life.
Life Legacy Society - The Life Legacy Society is our way of recognizing dedicated donors who help LFL share the Life message. There are several gift-giving opportunities that allow you to make a lasting impact on LFL.
Real Estate for Life makes it easy for you to help Lutherans For Life by using funds a real estate company has already earmarked for commission fees at no extra cost to you.
Wish List - Most of these items are not included in our annual budget. Please prayerfully consider how you could support one of the projects. A gift of any amount is welcome. We also encourage you to organize a fund raising project with your Bible study, state federation, chapter, Life Team, or another group from your congregation to assist us.
Combined Federal Campaign (for federal employees and military personnel)
The CFC identification number for LFL is 11508.
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LFL Endowment Fund - The interest income from LFL’s Endowment Fund will be used to educate through printed and published materials, production of videos, and provision of speakers; to provide scholarships to pastors and lay people in order to attend LFL conventions; to help advance our use of technological opportunities through audio-visual equipment, computers and the internet; and to reach out through Word of Hope to women and families after an abortion with the hope of Jesus Christ. You are free to specify a particular area of outreach.
Planned Gifts and Estate Planning - The work of Lutherans For Life—equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life—can be helped through various planned gifts, life-income agreements, endowments and memorial funds.
Bulletin insert - Special Offering Bulletin Insert with text box - (offering this month)
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GuideStar (report includes most recent 990 -- you will need to register)
Christian Preamble - Include a Statement of Faith In Your Will or Trust (LCMS Foundation)
5 Myths About Wills, and What You Should Do (USA Today)
Thank you for your ongoing and often sacrificial support of Lutherans For Life! Your prayers, volunteer efforts, and financial support allow Lutherans For Life to continue to Bring the Good News For Life to children, youth, and adults. You are examples of Christ’s love in action. Your partnership with Lutherans For Life is needed today more than ever before.