This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:5-10
I am at the 61st Triennial Texas District Convention of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Irving, Texas. It has been a full day with insightful presentations, worship, Bible studies and devotions, together with elections of new leadership for our District. Rev. Mike Newman was elected District President on the first ballot. He is a dedicated servant leader and gifted author, speaker, and colleague. I am thankful in anticipation of his leadership of our District. He succeeds Rev. Ken Hennings who served 12 years as our District President. Ken is a dedicated leader, churchman, mission-minded, and well-respected servant leader. I am thankful for both of these men.
Rev. John Davis was elected as First Vice President of our District. For that I am doubly thankful. He and I were both nominated for Vice President of our area of the state. At a meeting of mission-minded pastors John was selected as the one we would support for our area vice president, and as First Vice President of our District. Our group, Great Commission Advocates of the Texas District, prayerfully considered all the candidates and when the selection came to John rather than to me, I was thankful to have been considered, and grateful that John was chosen. I have plenty to do, and will continue to serve the larger church through my involvement with PLI as well as future possible synod-wide service – if the Lord so leads.
All this is good news…relative to the news of the world in which we live. This good news – of leaders whom I trust and respect being elected – pales in comparison, however, to the Good News of Jesus Christ who forgives sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Thankfully all who were nominated for the various offices, boards, and committees of our District believe, teach, and confess this truth. It is the basis for our fellowship and the focus of our mission efforts. It is our prayer that all would come to faith in Jesus and enjoy the rich, eternal, joyful, and enlightened fellowship founded in our faithful walk with Jesus in the light of his love.
May we ever walk in that light!