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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 »Martin Luther Bible School 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 »Wrong Loyalties 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 »A Difficult Mission Read More

STUDIES ON ‘FELLOWSHIP’ —

Written by David Koenig | September, 1998
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Part Three: Koinonia Means Sharing Of the church in Jerusalem we are told that they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers (cf. Acts 2:42). This showed that they had a splendid unity in Christ. The common denominator among them was Jesus, their unifying, sharing factor.… Read More »STUDIES ON ‘FELLOWSHIP’ — 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 »Vorwärts! 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 »The Invisible Hand 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 »From the Field Read More

STUDIES ON THE BIBLICAL WORD “FELLOWSHIP” —

Written by David Koenig | October, 1998
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Part Four: Partnership — Our Fellowship Should Be A Very Personal Relationship Remember the sharing, the communion, the oneness in Christ? Who is in the hospital, and we do not remember to pray for him? Who does not have joy in his heart over a brother who undergoes successful surgery? Who does not sin and… Read More »STUDIES ON THE BIBLICAL WORD “FELLOWSHIP” — 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 »Visiting the Congregations of the BELC (India) 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 »Thinking Outside the Box 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 »The Willing Inquirer Attracted by Something 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

“The Number of the Disciples Multiplied Greatly!”

Written by David Koenig | February, 2022
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In this series, those involved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. Growth Three times in Acts there are indications as to the growth of the church as the Word went forth. There is the title of this article from Acts 6:7. It is the Word in hearts that grew and… Read More »“The Number of the Disciples Multiplied Greatly!” 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 »Overextending?! 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 »Looking in All the Wrong Places Read More

A FRAGRANCE FROM LIFE TO LIFE

Written by David Koenig | December, 1996
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On the compound where our missionary lives in Nigeria there is a tall and stately tree called the “Queen of the Night.” It’s a name well-deserved. Once the sun has set and the countryside is enshrouded in night, the large flowers on the tree release their fragrance. The lovely aroma is refreshing in the midst… Read More »A FRAGRANCE FROM LIFE TO LIFE 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 Third Party 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 »The Shocked Read More

Proverbial Ponderings

Written by David Koenig | August, 2022
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In this series, those involved with CLC foreign missions profile one aspect of our overseas endeavors. (Photos are from the early days of the author’s time in Nigeria) “Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” This is a proverb from Nigeria. Palm oil, drawn from palm fruit, is used for cooking food.… Read More »Proverbial Ponderings 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 »Persecution of the Truth in India Read More

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