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I have been chillin with “The Lutheran” magaizine this week.  The image given is Luther’s seal (excluding the ELCE and A.D text). 

Here’s what it stands for.

Cross
   First, there should be a black cross set in a heart, which should keep its
   natural colour. This will remind me that faith in the Crucified saves us.
   Because: “If you believe in your heart, you will be justified.”
   Even though it is a black cross, which kills us and causes pain,
   yet it allows the heart to remain its natural colour; it does not destroy
   the heart’s nature, that is, it does not kill the heart, but keeps it alive.
   Because “The just will live by faith” – but faith in the Crucified.


Heart    Now, although the cross is black,
   mortified, and intended to cause pain,
   yet it does not tend to change the
   colour of the heart, does not destroy
   nature, i.e., does not kill, but keeps alive.
   “For the just shall live by faith,”
   – by faith in the saviour.


Rose    But this heart is fixed upon the center
   of a white rose, to show that faith
   causes joy, consolation and peace.
   The rose is white, not red, because
   white is the ideal colour of all angels
   and blessed spirits.


Sky Blue    The rose, moreover, is fixed on a
   sky-coloured ground, to denote that
   such joy of faith in the spirit is but an
   earnest yearning and beginning of
   heavenly joy to come, as anticipated
   and held by hope, though not yet
   revealed.


Gold Ring    And around this groundbase is a
   golden ring, to signify that such bliss in
   heaven is endless, and more precious
   than all joys and treasures, since gold
   is the best and most treasured metal.
   Christ, our dear Lord, He will give us
   grace unto eternal life.


Luther's Seal

           Put them all together,
           the complete seal.

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The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” (Luke 4:5–8)

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. “…for they shall cry unto Jehovah because of oppressors, and he will send them a saviour, and a defender, and he will deliver them.” (Isaiah 19:20)(ASV)-BibleGateway “…At the time that God has already decided, he will send Jesus Christ back again.”(1Timothy 6:15)(CEV)-BibleGateway JESUS  DECLARED :”I have come in My Father’s nameand with His power…”(John 5:43)(AMP)-BibleGateway “I will come with the mighty acts of the Lord Jehovah…”(Psalm 71:16)(ASV)-BibleGateway

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  2. I recognize THEVOICE_1 as a xanga run by a member or by the actual organization of the Watchtower of the Jeahova Wittness and suppose the purpose of these verses- taken out of context and given in different translations- is an attempt to show that Jehovah is the true God and that Jesus is not God. 
    Lets take a look at the word Jehovah according to definition. 
    “Je·ho·vah (jĭ-hôvə) n.
    God, especially in Christian translations of the Hebrew Scriptures.
    [Blend of the letters of the Tetragrammaton and, with modification, the vowels of ADONAI.”
    So is Jehovah an authentic name for God?  Yes.  I even sing the song “In the Presence of Jehovah” for worship.  It refers to God as revealed in the Old testement which Christians know today as God the Father.  But the One True God has revelaed himself not only as Jehovah- Father- but as Son and Holy Spirit. 
    “The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”- (Statement of Fundamental Truths, 2. The One True God). 
    “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4, NIV)
    “”You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,        “and my servant whom I have chosen,        so that you may know and believe me        and understand that I am he.        Before me no god was formed,        nor will there be one after me.
      I, even I, am the LORD,        and apart from me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11, NIV). 
    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19,NIV)
    “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22,NIV)
    “The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.” (Statement of Fundamental Truths, 3. the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ). 
    Clearly both Father, Son and Holy Spirit are each persons since they are named.  Since God is one they bust also be one.  Thus the One True God is Triune (Tri-three, une-one) three in one.  This is a Fundemental Truth of the Assemblies of God.  It is also the teaching of all orthodox Christianity.  Unorthodox Christianity is not true Christianity.  The Jehovah Wittness is not true Christianity for the divinity of Christ is denied and also the Trinity. 
    I will provide the verses given in a single, balanced, translation in context. 
    “In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the LORD at its border.  It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.  So the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the LORD. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and keep them.”- Isaiah 19:19-21 (NIV)
    “to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.”- 1 Timothy 6:14-16 (NIV)
    “but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God”- John 5:42-44 (NIV)
    “My mouth will tell of your righteousness,        of your salvation all day long,        though I know not its measure.
      I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD;        I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
      Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,        and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.”- Psalm 71:15-17 (NIV)
    Peace and may God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- bless you and keep you in His grace.
    Amen. 

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