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Notes from a presentation by the Rev. Christopher S. Esget
Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia
Sixth Vice President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Who should be baptized?
“‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
What does baptism do?
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:3-5)
What promises are attached to baptism?
“‘He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.’” (Mark 16:16)
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.’” (Acts 2:38-39)
“There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 3:21)
But isn’t faith an action of a person’s will and intellect?
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands — that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:1-13)
“For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)
Surely this cannot apply to children?
“But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
You have been My God.” (Psalm 22:9-10)
“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5)
“The fool has said in his heart,
‘There is no God.’
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.
God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
Every one of them has turned aside;
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.” (Psalm 53:1-3)
“The wicked are estranged from the womb;
They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:3)
“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
“And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.’” (Luke 1:41-44)
“‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea…Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.’” (Matthew 18:3-6, 10)
“Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:11-14)
What does baptism have to do with the rest of my life?
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:1-14)
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)
“[L]et us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.’ Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?’ And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” (Revelation 7:9-17)
Appendix: Evidence for Infant Baptism in the Church Fathers and Inscriptions
(Original source here.)
The following is intended not as irrefutable evidence, nor as the first line of an apologetic for infant baptism. It is certainly neither. The Scriptures themselves, especially the Scriptural teaching of sin, grace, and faith, form the clear basis for the practice. However these passages do present the clear practice of infant baptism in the ancient church of the second through the fourth centuries.
Irenaeus: “For he came to save all by means of himself—all, I say, who by him are born again to God—infants, children, adolescents, young men, and old men.” (Against Heresies II.22.4)
Hippolytus: “And they shall baptize the little children first. And if they can answer for themselves, let them answer. But if they cannot, let their parents answer or someone from their family. And next they shall baptize the grown men; and last the women.” (Apostolic Tradition 21.3-5)
Origen: “I take this occasion to discuss something which our brothers often inquire about. Infants are baptized for the remission of sins. Of what kinds? Or when did they sin? But since ‘No one is exempt from stain,’ one removes the stain by the mystery of baptism. For this reason infants are baptized. For ‘Unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.’” (Homily on Luke 14:5)
[After quoting Psalm 51:5 and Job 14:4] “These verses may be adduced when it is asked why, since the baptism of the church is given for the remission of sins, baptism according to the practice of the church is given even to infants; since indeed if there is in infants nothing which ought to pertain to forgiveness and mercy, the grace of baptism would be superfluous.” (Homily on Leviticus 8:3)
[After quoting Leviticus 12:8 and Psalm 51:5] “For this also the church had a tradition from the apostles, to give baptism even to infants. For they to whom the secrets of the divine mysteries were given knew that there is in all persons the natural stains of sin which must be washed away by the water and the Spirit. On account of these stains the body itself is called the body of sin.” (Commentary on Romans 5:9)
Cyprian: “In respect of the case of infants, which you say ought not to be baptized within the second or third day after birth, and that the law of ancient circumcision should be regarded, so that you think that one who is just born should not be baptized and sanctified within the eighth day, we all thought very differently in our council. For in this course which you thought was to be taken, no one agreed; but we all rather judge that the mercy and grace of God is not to be refused to any one born of man… Spiritual circumcision ought not to be hindered by carnal circumcision… we ought to shrink from hindering an infant, who, being lately born, has not sinned, except in that, being born after the flesh according to Adam, he has contracted the contagion of the ancient death at its earliest birth, who approaches the more easily on this very account to the reception of the forgiveness of sins – that to him are remitted, not his own sins, but the sins of another.” (Letter 58 to Fidus)
Augustine: “For from the infant newly born to the old man bent with age, as there is none shut out from baptism, so there is none who in baptism does not die to sin.” (Enchiridion; ch. 43)
Here the words of Everett Ferguson are appropriate: “Early Christian inscriptions, which in the largest numbers come from the environs of Rome, furnish some instances of child and infant baptism for the third century . . . Nearly all the early Christian inscriptions are epitaphs. A considerable number of these are for the graves of children. The vast majority give no evidence whether the child was baptized or not . . . Actually the word ‘baptism’ is seldom used. The idea is expressed by ‘received grace,’ ‘made a believer’ or ‘neophyte’ (‘newly planted’ used to mean ‘newly baptized’).” Everett Ferguson, Early Christians Speak: Faith and Life in the First Three Centuries; Revised Edition (Abilene: ACU Press, 1984)
To the sacred dead. Florentius made this monument to his worthy son Appronianus, who lived one year, nine months, and five days. Since he was dearly loved by his grandmother, and she saw that he was going to die, she asked from the church that he might depart from the world a believer. (Inscriptiones Latinae Christianae Veteres I:1343, from the third century; E. Diehl, ed. [second edition; Berlin, 1961])
Postumius Eutenion, a believer, who obtained holy grace the day before his birthday at a very late hour and died. He lived six years and was buried on the fifth of Ides of July on the day of Jupiter on which he was born. His soul is with the saints in peace. Felicissimus, Eutheria, and Festa his grandmother to their worthy son Postumius. (ILCV I:1524, from the early fourth century)
Sweet Tyche lived one year, ten months, fifteen days, Received [grace] on the eighth day before the Kalends. Gave up [her soul] on the same day. (ILCV I:1531)
Irene who lived with her parents ten months and six days received [grace] seven days before the Ides of April and gave up [her soul] on the Ides of April. (ILCV I:1532)
To Proiecto, neophyte infant, who lived two years seven months. (ILCV I:1484)
“Flammarion engraving,” author unknown; first documented appearance was in Camille Flammarion’s 1888 book L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire (“The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology”)
TLS Touchstones #10:
A Tale of Two Sciences
In its most literal denotation the word “science” comes from a Latin verb (a fourth-conjugation verb, to be precise— as our Second & Third Form Latin students could tell you). The verb is scio, scīre, and its lexical meaning is very simple: “to know.” It’s a short verb with a short meaning, and yet it contains multitudes. Little wonder it is that the term “science” properly speaking applies to every human endeavor after knowledge. Writers on education (i.e. classical education) such as John Henry Newman and R. W. Livingstone (who wrote in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, respectively) speak of “the sciences” in reference to what we would likely nowadays call different “subjects”: history, geography, chemistry, mathematics, etc. Though the object of study in each of the aforementioned is different, they are all united in this: each is an attempt to gain or obtain knowledge. Newman famously referred to theology as the “Queen of the Sciences” (though he was not the first to do so), inasmuch as it governed all of the other human endeavors after knowledge, establishing for each one its proper relation to all of the others and, more importantly, its proper relation to the whole.
In the current pedagogical era, which is still largely “progressivist” in its understanding of the human person and the educational task, an understanding of science has gained ascendancy which is much narrower than what I’ve just described. This understanding is not wrong so far as it goes; however, it does not go far enough. At its heart is one kind of reasoning…but only one, unfortunately. God’s gift of reason has a twofold aspect (at least twofold— I’m oversimplifying a bit), and the higher and more advanced form of reasoning requires a firm grounding in the basic and more fundamental form. As methods, both can properly be called “science.”
Deduction is the science of deriving conclusions which necessarily follow from certain premises, and thus also the science of distinguishing valid arguments from invalid ones. Induction is the science of forming hypotheses based on observable data. Deduction is concerned with validity and certainty; it is the more fundamental of the two. Induction is concerned with probability and functionality; it is more advanced. As we exercise and develop our God-given gift of reason, we ought to work at becoming competent scientists with respect to both. Unfortunately, however, the progressivist model of education has entirely neglected deduction— which (I will now let slip) is what we usually call “logic”— and gone whole-hog in the direction of induction— which alone receives the blandishment “science” in its taxonomy. This is a little like attempting to frame walls for a house without ever bothering to lay a foundation. A house most certainly needs walls, but it needs a foundation, too. More to the point, it needs a foundation first!
Progressive education’s neglect of deduction at the expense of induction has not resulted in “no logic, but great science”; it has resulted in “no logic, and poor science,” in the same way that walls framed overtop bare earth are simply not good walls, no matter what virtues they might have by themselves. Moreover, modern “science” cannot help but encroach on the territory of logic: when you learned the “scientific method” as a child, what did you learn as the last step? “Conclusion”— after you test your hypothesis, you “conclude” regarding the matter. While this is a fun way to go through a Janice van Cleave book of chemistry projects, the truth is that science as induction cannot conclude; it can only hypothesize. Only deduction can conclude, and only when certain conditions are met. If nothing else, this goes to show how we look for certainty in the wrong places!
In conclusion (or something like it): let it never be said that Trinity Lutheran School is “anti-science”! We are pro-science, and to a degree that the public schools will never attain— never, at least, unless they adopt a classical curriculum (even then, they wouldn’t have the Queen of the Sciences). The fact that a smaller percentage of time is devoted to the natural sciences in our class schedules— and in our curriculum map— is by no means an indication of antipathy toward these subjects. On the contrary! Every day here at Trinity, we improve upon the foundation which will firmly ground and equip students to engage in the task of higher reasoning in due time. With that said, our students are sampling its first fruits even now: our sciences classes are thick with wonder-inducing observation, fun and engaging lessons, and exciting experimentation. Our schoolchildren engage God’s creation with their senses and are led to contemplate with their minds the wonderful way in which all things hold together in Him. And because we actually teach the basic, more fundamental form of reasoning here at Trinity— our upper school students take a class in formal logic— they will be better off when it comes time to engage more fully in the inductive “scientific” task. There is no rush here— indeed, there is the opposite of a rush— for, as our students know from Aesop, “Slow and steady wins the race.” Or, to use the maxim of Carl Jung: omnis festinatio ex parte diaboli est, “All haste is of the devil.” (I wish I had a different source for that one, but even a broken clock is right twice a day…)
The Latin phrase which serves as the title of my column this month (which is a little bit late to be the first one of the year— mea culpa!) originates with some of our fellow Christians who lived in the first few centuries of the New Testament Church. It means, roughly, “the law of praying is the law of believing.” At times it has been taken to mean too much and put into the service of some rather dubious theology. With that caveat made, however, I’d like to consider the truth contained in this phrase in connection with our chapel program here at Trinity Lutheran School.
Every day at TLS, God’s Word is heard, sung, and prayed by our students in chapel. The Bible is read, psalms and hymns are sung, and prayer is offered. These three things together make up the “daily office,” which is what the daily prayer services of the Church have been called from ancient times. “Office” comes from the Latin word officium, which means “duty.” Thus the “daily office” is a way of doing our Christian duty— but let us understand this aright! Yes, it is our duty to worship God, but we do not perform this duty out of fearfulness and servility, as though we were trying to appease God’s wrath or earn His favor; rather, it is a duty which is also a joy, one which we perform with thanksgiving for the blessings of both body and soul that God richly and daily provides us. “For all this,” the Catechism says, “it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.”
And that’s precisely it: at Trinity the “law of praying”— that is, our practice of the daily office— forms our schoolchildren in the Christian faith— that is, in the “law” or “way” of believing. Believing what? God’s Word, which tells our students what God has done for them in creating them, redeeming them, and sanctifying them. The text of the “daily office” cannot do otherwise, because it is all God’s living and active Word, which never returns to Him void.
What better way to start the school day than to praise and thank the Author of all that we are about to learn throughout the rest of it? Every subject, every class, every topic, every lesson is illuminated by the light of the Incarnate Word of God, Jesus Christ— indeed, only in the light of His splendor can any of these things be seen or known as other than vanity. “Yea doubtless,” writes St. Paul, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8). God grant that it would be so with us as well.
And so it is that the “law of praying” commends “the law of believing” to us here at Trinity Lutheran School. We are very blessed to have chapel every day thanks to the generous and faithful service of our local Lutheran clergymen who are assisting Trinity during our pastoral vacancy. Please take the time to read a bit about each of them in the main newsletter feature this month, and please keep them in your prayers as they assist the school this year.
Your servant in Christ,
You can view and learn about this magnificent (and mysteriously anonymous) painting in greater detail during student pick-up or drop-off: just stop by the bulletin board outside Mrs. Brown’s office in the main school hallway. Mr. Matthew Carver, the same gentleman who designed our school seal, is the author of the English translation from the German.
AND DAVID SPAKE unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: and he said,
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
the God of my rock; in him will I trust:
he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour;
thou savest me from violence.
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
WHEN THE WAVES of death compassed me,
the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
the sorrows of hell compassed me about;
the snares of death prevented me;
in my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God:
and he did hear my voice out of his temple,
and my cry did enter into his ears.
Then the earth shook and trembled;
the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,
and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
HE BOWED THE HEAVENS also, and came down;
and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly:
and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
And he made darkness pavilions round about him,
dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
The Lord thundered from heaven,
and the most High uttered his voice.
And he sent out arrows, and scattered them;
lightning, and discomfited them.
And the channels of the sea appeared,
the foundations of the world were discovered,
at the rebuking of the Lord,
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
HE SENT FROM ABOVE, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters;
he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me:
for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity:
but the Lord was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place:
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness:
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his judgments were before me:
and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
I was also upright before him,
and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness;
according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
WITH THE MERCIFUL thou wilt shew thyself merciful,
and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure;
and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
And the afflicted people thou wilt save:
but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
For thou art my lamp, O Lord:
and the Lord will lighten my darkness.
For by thee I have run through a troop:
by my God have I leaped over a wall.
AS FOR GOD, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
For who is God, save the Lord?
and who is a rock, save our God?
God is my strength and power:
and he maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet:
and setteth me upon my high places.
He teacheth my hands to war;
so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
THOU HAST ALSO GIVEN me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me;
so that my feet did not slip.
I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them;
and turned not again until I had consumed them.
And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise:
yea, they are fallen under my feet.
FOR THOU HAST GIRDED me with strength to battle:
them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies,
that I might destroy them that hate me.
They looked, but there was none to save;
even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth,
I did stamp them as the mire of the street,
and did spread them abroad.
THOU ALSO HAST DELIVERED me from the strivings of my people,
thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen:
a people which I knew not shall serve me.
Strangers shall submit themselves unto me:
as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
Strangers shall fade away,
and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
THE LORD LIVETH; and blessed be my rock;
and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
It is God that avengeth me,
and that bringeth down the people under me,
and that bringeth me forth from mine enemies:
thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me:
thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen,
and I will sing praises unto thy name.
He is the tower of salvation for his king:
and sheweth mercy to his anointed,
unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
David the son of Jesse said,
and the man who was raised up on high,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
The Spirit of the Lord spake by me,
and his word was in my tongue.
The God of Israel said,
the Rock of Israel spake to me,
He that ruleth over men must be just,
ruling in the fear of God.
And he shall be as the light of the morning,
when the sun riseth,
even a morning without clouds;
as the tender grass springing out of the earth
by clear shining after rain.
Although my house be not so with God;
yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things, and sure:
for this is all my salvation, and all my desire,
although he make it not to grow.
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away,
because they cannot be taken with hands:
but the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron
and the staff of a spear;
and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.
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Interested in helping out with future fundraising at TLS? On Wednesday, May 16, Thursday, May 17, at 3:45 PM there will be an informational meeting in the 7/8 classroom with Mr. Justin Lambert of Boosterthon. Mr. Lambert will be telling us about a great fundraising opportunity for this fall or next spring. Early is on-time, so we’re laying groundwork now! Here is Boosterthon’s website; and here is their Facebook page. Send Mr. Demarest an email if you have questions ahead of the meeting. See you Thursday!
The countdown clock is ticking — May 19 is a mere ten days away! If you’ve donated an auction item for the Gala & Auction, please bring it on in to the school. If you need assistance transporting or unloading, please contact Pastor Hinton by calling the church & school office or sending him an email.
We also need a few more volunteers to help load, transport, and unload auction items at the Red Lion. If you’re interested, please contact Pastor Hinton.