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Welcome to the Vol 06 Num 01a EDITION of:
Here I Stand - A Lutheran Perspective Web Magazine.



Lent 2004 -



Contents:

1. A Statement of Purpose

2. Editorials (Coming SOON!)

3. Links

4. Devotions

Why a "Web Magazine"? ---- A Statement of Purpose

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. JOHN 1:1-5

With those words, John describes the Son of God, the Word. True Man and True God. And with those words we begin a new year with a new vehicle to bring Christ, the "light that shines in the darkness," to a world which knows him not. A new year --- a new beginning --- a new means of proclaiming Christ. We begin this web magazine knowing full well that Christ is the light that shines in the darkness, we cannot be the light, we may not even be as much as a candle. But if we are only a flickering spark in the darkness, we will have been successful.

"Here I Stand" is a web magazine, one of the first (if not the first) to use the INTERNET solely to bring a Lutheran perspective to the issues of the day, continually updated, with major updates at least monthly. It began as a "Preview Issue" in December, 1998 and continues today as an ongoing experiment. We will be testing different formats and types of articles and relying on YOU, the reader, to give direction to this web magazine. Your feedback is vitally important. One of the advantages of a web magazine is its nearly instantaneous feedback potential. The web format means that each issue can be continually updated with additional articles, editorial content and letters to the editor. "Here I Stand" can only be a living document as you give it life through your positive criticism and can only survive with Godís help and your assistance. We ask for your ideas, your feedback and your prayers for Godís help and guidance.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Here I Stand.

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Regardless of the season, please remember in your prayers the members of our military services - the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard - who put themselves at risk so we can enjoy, even take for granted, the freedoms we have. Remember also, the families of these brave men and women:

God, Who dost still the restless foam,
Protect the ones we love at home.
Provide that they should always be
By Thine own grace both safe and free.
O Father, hear us when we pray
For those we love so far away.

Hugh Taylor (date unknown)

In honor of Martin Luther and the Reformation, this site's official "Theme Hymn"* is a version of Luther's hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God".

To hear this hymn* - click HERE



HERE I STAND! AN EDITORIAL PAGE -


To go to the editorial section Editorials will be Coming SOON .



While I have a "Links Page" (Click here to go to the links page) and a {CrossWalk}

links page , here are three links that remain on this Home Page for easier access (use them for your daily devotions!):

Click here for "The American Bible Society" web site
Daily Bible Readings



Portals of Prayer
Daily Devotions


Project Wittenberg

Project Wittenberg is home to works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. Here you will find all manner of texts from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live.


Use the following to search for (and purchase, if you wish) religious books, CD's etc.
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A SPECIAL MESSAGE:

Important

Long-term readers of this web magazine will recall several occasions when we have called for renewal, for a reformation of our Lutheran Church.† We renew that call today.† Our churches are drifting from their roots in the scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.† Over the next year, we will report on some of the efforts of groups which we believe could affect the Lutheran Church for years to come.

We agree with those who have stated that a major part of our church's problem is that we, as a church, do not study the scriptures or the Lutheran Confessions as we should.† We challenge local churches to look closely at their education programs at all levels to see if they are truly based on the study of scriptures and confessions.† We do not call for "re-education camps."† We DO suggest that far too many churches have deprived the members of their congregation, both old and young, of at least the opportunity to make an acquaintance with the documents which determined the direction of their church.†† We challenge all churches to† make† the Lutheran Confessions a part of their Education programs - from pre-confirmation to adult education church members should at least know that the Lutheran Confessions exist!


EASTER- A Season of REJOICING!!!


Matthew 28:01-20 NIV

28:1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: `He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." 8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." 11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13telling them, "You are to say, `His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.' 14If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." 15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day. 16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inA the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." --------------------------------------------------------- Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved ---------------------------------------------------------

Easter - A Season of REJOICING!!!


Our hymn of the day is "Halleluia Chorus"

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