Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus,

During this Pentecost season, we recall Jesus’ words to His disciples before He was lifted up into heaven:

“It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:7–8)

We’re not in the business of figuring everything out, but we are positioned by our Father in heaven to trust Him and to bear witness to the risen Son.  “You WILL BE my witnesses,” Jesus said.  It’s a fact that is true for all times and seasons—even for this season.  The gracious truth from our Savior for all seasons of history and for our very lives is: God’s got this!

May Jesus continue to bless you as you serve God’s precious people, connect with your communities, and bear witness to Him locally and to the ends of the earth!

Thankful to serve with you,

Rev. Michael W. Newman, President
Texas District, LCMS

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