Wildflowers with Driftwood

wildflowers with driftwood

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Sing Aloud! (another free Christian image)

Sing Aloud to God

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Sunset Bord de Mer

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Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing by Sören Kierkegaard

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Father in Heaven! What is a man without Thee! What is all that he knows, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if he does not know Thee! What is all his striving, could it even encompass the world, but a half-finished work if he does not know Thee: Thee the One, who art one thing and who art all! So may Thou give to the intellect, wisdom to comprehend that one thing; to the heart, sincerity to receive this understanding; to the will, purity that wills only one thing. In prosperity may Thou grant perseverance to will one thing; amid distractions, collectedness to will one thing; in suffering, patience to will one thing. Oh, Thou that giveth both the beginning and the completion, may Thou early, at the dawn of day, give to the young man the resolution to will one thing. As the day wanes, may Thou give to the old man a renewed remembrance of his first resolution, that the first may be like the last, the last like the first, in possession of a life that has willed only one thing. Alas, but this has indeed not come to pass. Something has come in between. The separation of sin lies in between. Each day, and day after day something is being placed in between: delay, blockage, interruption, delusion, corruption. So in this time of repentance may Thou give the courage once again to will one thing. True, it is an interruption of our daily tasks; we do lay down our work as though it were a day of rest, when the penitent (and it is only in a time of repentance that the heavy-laden worker may be quiet in the confession of sin) is alone before Thee in self-accusation. This is indeed an interruption. But it is an interruption that searches back into its very beginnings that it might bind up anew that which sin has separated, that in its grief it might atone for lost time, that in its anxiety it might bring to completion that which lies before it. Oh, Thou that givest both the beginning and the completion, give Thou victory in the day of need so that what neither a man’s burning wish nor his determined resolution may attain to, may be granted unto him in the sorrowing of repentance: to will only one thing.

 

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“Going Viral with the Gospel” conference will explore what it means to proclaim the gospel in today’s world.

The Institute of Lutheran Theology invites you for serious theological reflection on the topic of evangelism. Under the title, “Going Viral with the Gospel,” we will explore what it means to proclaim the gospel in today’s world.
Main Presenters

  • Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt
  • Dr. Eugene Bunkowske
  • Rev. Kip Tyler

Breakout sessions will be led by graduates from ILT!

  • Dave Wollan
  • John Lewis
  • Becky Hand
 
 

Pricing

  • $100 – Conference Registration
  • $50 – Student
  • $50 – Emeritus Pastor

(Any person who registers before September 1 will receive a free T-shirt.)

Are you unable to come in person? Order the DVD for yourself, or to share with your church! The DVD will include full conference coverage of the speakers and breakout sessions. Special features will include additional interviews and a sneak peak at future ILT events!

$25 – Conference DVD

Contact Info:
 
Or, visit us at  www.ilt.org
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Laurel

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“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3-5)

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Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice!

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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

-Philippians 4:4

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Mimosa blossoms, Cité de la démocratie, Libreville, Gabon.

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Lovely specimens of Hibiscus in Gabon

1-Red and Pink HibiscusHibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Wikipedia

Here are two lovely specimens from Gabon where they are found growing profusely everywhere you look. Notice the length of the stamen on the red bloom.

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