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Sunday
Jun262011

Bible Study - Lutheranism 101

On May 29th we began a new 12 week study of Lutheran doctrine.

We will be using Luther's Small Catechism as well as a new resource from Concordia Publishing House titled Lutheranism 101.

Please join us at 9:30 AM each Sunday in the basement fellowship hall.

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Plant a Seed -
In the early 60's my father was transferred to Kansas City. I was beginning the second grade and my parents were not familiar with any of the areas or schools, and as the approaching new school year grew closer, my parents decided to enroll my brother and me in the Emmanuel Lutheran school.
While we only spent one year at Emmanuel Lutheran, there was a seed planted while I was there. It was a seed that took many years to bloom, but over the years the memories of Christian lessons learned stayed with me to act as a compass in a corrupt world. Ruth Geisner was my teacher, and while I remember few teachers in my life, Mrs. Geisner is one that I will never forget. Mrs. Geisner was the epitome of a child of and follower of Christ; a woman of integrity; a true lady; a gardener for the Lord, planting seeds in the hearts of all of the children's lives that she touched.
In 2009, the Lord led my path back to Kansas City, and my memories went back to my boyhood home and that memorable year at Emmanuel Lutheran. I considered the years of my life and the seeds that were planted along the way that lead to where I am today; those seeds of Christian love and compassion that instilled in me the need to plant the seeds that God has entrusted to my care for planting in others lives that He places along the path of my journey.
Many too often fail to realize how important their life is in regards to those that they meet from day-to-day. As a child of Christ we are all given seeds to plant in the hearts of others. They are the seeds of love, forgiveness,compassion, faith, and understanding; they are the same seeds that Christ planted in the hearts of the believers. I would even say that they are the seeds of wisdom; wisdom to realize that our journey here on Earth is not to be one of self-centeredness and selfishness, it is one with a responsibility to share the Love of Christ with all that we meet, and serving where ever there is a need.
When I think of Mrs. Geisner and Emmanuel Lutheran, I remember the account found in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9:

5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task.
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.

I thank God for Emmanuel Lutheran and the obedient servants that were there when I was a child, and pray for the church and the obedient servants of today, that they too may touch the lives of many, or even one child, in such a way that Christ will grow there one day. I realize that the school is long since gone, but the world is a classroom; a classroom in need of faithful Christian teachers on every corner and every home.

HHS,
Rev. Dr. Charles L. Rogers Sr.

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