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God’s Kingdom Is Great In 2-0-1-8

“The kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 14:17

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     The Lord be with you this month of October!  As my family and I—and you, my church family—have recently marked the 20th anniversary of my ministry here at Cross, there is one particular verse on my mind right now.  It is James 4:6, and reads, in part:  “But he gives more grace.”  Wow.  What a dynamic and tremendous promise of God.  And how I need more grace—every day!  

     Part of the way that I am “wired” is to look back.  Not to re-live the past, but as a way of marking time.  I like to recall what was happening a week ago right now.  Or, where we were a month or two ago today, last year at this time, that sort of thing.  In fact, this month marks the fifth year of my dad going to heaven.  

     In 1998, when we arrived in New Braunfels, Rachel was going into 8th Grade.  Now, as a pastor’s family in Iowa, Mike and Rachel are in their 10th year of ministry, and their oldest of four is in 3rd Grade.  Back then, Tim was going into 5th Grade.  Now, in their fifth year of pastoring in Weatherford, Texas, he and Darci have two children.  As we started in 1998, Jon was going into 2nd Grade—here at Cross Lutheran School, which went just to 3rd Grade that year.  He and Emily are in their sixth year of Jon teaching at Zion Lutheran School in Walburg, Texas, and their second child is due this month, Lord willing!

     With its theme of Time, I encourage you to read the September issue of The Lutheran Witness.  Especially the first article, by Synod President Matthew Harrison, as well as “To Number Our Days”, by the Rev. Dr. Tim Saleska—a professor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis—and a friend from my own college and seminary days!

     Our gracious and loving Lord invented time.  When He spoke:  “Let there be light” in Genesis chapter 1, time began.  When our Lord Jesus returns to take us home to heaven, time will end.  Even now, He isn’t affected by time.  He’s never in a hurry; never out of time; He’s got all the time in the world to spend with each of us.  He does so in His Word, and in Baptism and Communion.  That is why time spent with Him in His house, on His Day, being fed on His Holy Word is time well spent!  Because, according to His Word, that is the chief place that “He gives more grace” through those means of grace!  And, for 20 years past, and for however many more we have together, it’s the chief reason I say:  See you in church!

     In the name of Jesus, Who makes us one in Christ—one in Ministry—one in Mission,    Pastor Don Fraker

Commending of Self Prayer

Blessed Lord Christ, I commend myself to Your direction and care today.  May I speak with Your tongue, work with Your hands, walk with Your feet, feel with Your heart, think with Your thoughts and breathe with Your Spirit.  Amen.

(by John Baillie – 1886-1960)



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