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Martin Luther Bible School

Written by David Koenig | July, 2019
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Editor’s note: this article should not be taken as this magazine’s approval — tacit or otherwise — of the life and works of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, in his after-war life, became a devout Christian. Many are familiar with the motto attributed to him, “Get there firstest with […] Read More

Wrong Loyalties

Written by David Koenig | November, 2014
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ENCOUNTERS OF A SPIRITUAL KIND Last of a series of ten There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that […] Read More

A Difficult Mission

Written by David Koenig | October, 2017
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. Working with our brethren in the Nigerian Church of the Lutheran Confession (NCLC), our fellowship made a prolonged attempt to establish a mission in northern Nigeria. The NCLC sent a missionary, Patrick Johnny Ekpo, to the […] Read More

Vorwärts!

Written by David Koenig | December, 2020
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. As we approach Christmas, we remember that it is always the season of giving, especially giving of the Word of God to all. The Lord Himself said that it is more blessed to give than to […] Read More

The Invisible Hand

Written by David Koenig | December, 2015
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In the study of economics, I think it was Adam Smith who first coined the term “the invisible hand” to refer to the operation of economic markets in which thousands and thousands of decisions are made daily, buying and selling, supply and demand. The point is that no government or group of people could possibly […] Read More

From the Field

Written by David Koenig | November, 2014
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Missionary David Koenig gives behind the scenes looks at happenings in our overseas mission endeavors. The following report arrived under the date of October 2, 2014. Let us all be praying with the hymnwriter* of “Spread, Oh, Spread, Thou Mighty Word” (at the end of article) — Editor Grebenhain, Germany, Free Conference. This month yet […] Read More

Visiting the Congregations of the BELC (India)

Written by David Koenig | June, 2016
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. Dateline—July, 2015.  Pastor Thangavel is a member of the Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC), in southeastern India. He is also a grade school teacher. He has given over his upstairs as a monthly meeting place for […] Read More

Thinking Outside the Box

Written by David Koenig | June, 2017
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. Mann denkt, aber Gott lenkt, loosely translated from the German,  means that we think and plan, but God carries out. On this subject Scripture holds both a warning and an encouragement. “Many are the plans in […] Read More

The Willing Inquirer Attracted by Something

Written by David Koenig | August, 2013
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(Third of a Series) Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you […] Read More

Seventy Five Years in Nigeria

Written by David Koenig | December, 2011
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Original Lutheran mission work began in Nigeria with Danish missionaries in 1913. This then was later supported by American Lutherans. For those of our background in the Lutheran Synodical Conference, the work in Nigeria is dated from 1936, so that this year (2011) is the 75th anniversary of that beginning. Read More

Overextending?!

Written by David Koenig | August, 2014
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“For we are not overextending ourselves…”  (2 Corinthians 10:15). You would be hard pressed to find another Lutheran synod that has the outreach overseas based on per capita stateside that the CLC has. We need to thank our Lord that He has given us—who are so few—so very much to do beyond the national borders […] Read More

Looking in All the Wrong Places

Written by David Koenig | August, 2014
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(Ninth of a Series) Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep […] Read More

The Third Party

Written by David Koenig | April, 2014
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 (Seventh of a Series)  And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant. Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was […] Read More

The Shocked

Written by David Koenig | December, 2013
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Those shocked by love (Fifth of a Series) And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were […] Read More

Persecution of the Truth in India

Written by David Koenig | August, 2021
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. If there was ever a place where Paul’s words apply—“exchanging the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles” (Romans 1:23 RSV)—it is in India, with its over […] Read More

GOD’S CO-WORKERS

Written by David Koenig | September, 2013
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“I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8) Whisking across the ocean at 45,000 feet in a controlled and comfortable atmosphere with plenty of food and drink in a matter of hours to the final destination is not too hard to take. Luggage unloaded by […] Read More

ENCOUNTERS OF A SPIRITUAL KIND

Written by David Koenig | June, 2013
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Introduction  In the following examples from Scripture we try to learn ways and attitudes which will better enable us to witness of our Lord to others. These examples are drawn from the four Gospels and from the book of the Acts of the Apostles. These examples are by no means exhaustive. As with the basketball […] Read More

Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness

Written by David Koenig | June, 2013
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(First of a Series)  Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and […] Read More

Odisha State, India

Written by David Koenig | April, 2017
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NOTES FROM THE FIELD In this series, thoseinvolved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. Pastor Deepak Immanuel is one of the district chairmen in the Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC) in India. Pastor Deepak first went up to Odisha State to do exploratory work six years ago, in 2011. In […] Read More

Count It All Joy

Written by David Koenig | December, 2016
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What a joy it is to be able to again celebrate the birth of our Redeemer this December! We look around at a world gone haywire and then we look at the infant King and know why we celebrate His coming. Can there be any better answer to this world’s fears and worries than the […] Read More