The Christian church has a deep respect for its blessed dead. They are gone from our sight, but they exist in the presence of the eternal God and see Jesus face-to-face (1 Corinthians 13:12). They are as much part of the church as we are, and now even more! This is why the church remembers her blessed dead, because they are not gone but unseen. Think about how we sing, "Therefore with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven..." Who is this company of heaven other than the blessed saints that have gone before us? This is why the ancient church surrounded itself with the remains of the blessed dead in the catacombs, and later in the church yards filled with the graves of the saints. Our blessed dead are not the Ghouls and Ghosts of Halloween, but the shining sons of the morning. Have a blessed All Saints Day!
The Luther Academy, which our congregation has supported for many years and of which Pastor Murray has been the chairman of the board 2010-2015, is continuing its support of Lutheran education for a growing confessional Lutheran church body in eastern India, near the city of Guntur, called Bible Faith Lutheran Church. Every year the Luther Academy sponsors a seminar for more than 400 pastors from around the eastern part of the subcontinent. Pastor Murray taught there four years ago. This year Pastor Pilli and Pastor Murray will be going in January to teach again. Pastor Pilli will teach his own course and will also be available to translate for Pastor Murray when he teaches. It costs about $1200 to fly from Houston to Hyderabad, India. If you could support this mission outreach by helping to supply travel resources, you would know that your gifts are supporting a wonderful mission project sponsored by the Luther Academy. If you'd like to contribute to this mission project, please put on the memo line of your check Luther Academy: India. May God bless you!
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