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November 16, 2017

Pastor StapfGod had chosen the Hebrews to bring His truth to the world. Jesus was born of the Hebrews in the midst of a Greek culture. That's was a bit of a problem, and it is for us as well. There is a difference between Hebrew and Greek thinking. We need to approach the Bible as a Hebrew book. I was reading this morning in John 14 where Jesus was telling the disciples He was going to prepare a place for them, and that they knew the way.(vs.3f) Thomas objected, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Thomas was asking a Greek question. He wanted to know the details. He wanted step by step instruction. Jesus gave a Hebrew answer. "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." In other words, if you know Me, if you walk with Me, if you are willing to trust me, then I will lead you through all the steps you need to take. We so often struggle with the "what ifs" of life, trying to know in advance all that is ahead. Yet Jesus is extending His hand and asking us to walk with Him in trust. No, it's not always easy. We are Greeks and want the road map. But Jesus is always there, extending His hand, and saying, "Come."

Pastor Irvin Stapf

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A collection of Pastor Stapf's reflections has been published in . . .

Book ImageNot For This Life Only
A Study for Growth Into Maturity
as the Children of God

by Irvin F. Stapf , Jr.

"'What is your purpose in life?' Do you know where to begin in answering this question? If you are searching for a deeper purpose , Not for This Life Only will give you solid biblical truths to help you discover God's plan for you.

This insightful study will establish a firm biblical foundation as you prayerfully seek God's calling for your life. Through all of the circumstances of life, God is seeking to help us grow into Christ's example of sacrificial love. As a topic that can conjure up confusion, discover that God is not silent when it comes to the life he has called you to live.

Irvin Stapf weaves together common concerns such as purpose, family, suffering, and making mistakes and points them toward the focus and purpose in your life. Now is the time to start finding the answer to the question, 'What is your purpose in life?'

Irvin Stapf has been an ordained Lutheran pastor for thirty-eight years and is the Regional Pastor for the Eastern Region of the American Association of Lutheran Churches. Irvin, and his wife, Audrey, have been married for forty-three years and have five children. They currently reside in Mount Airy, Maryland."

148 pages - $11.99 (plus $3.00 S&H)

The book is published by Tate Publishing of Mustang,Oklahoma and can be obtained by going to the Tate website, or from the author at Christ Lutheran Church, 13903 Legion Court, Mount Airy, MD 21771.

The book can also be obtained through major book stores.

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