God in the Raging Waters: Stories of Love and Service Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

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Augsburg Books - 93 pages
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused enormous damage and loss of life in the Gulf Coast region in late summer and fall of 2005. Lutherans living in the region and church buildings near the destruction were hit with great losses. The crisis called forth an outpouring of aid and service that continues even today. The book tells the story of how the Lutheran church and its people have responded to the suffering of those most affected by the storms. Following Jesus' admonition to love and serve those in need, the church has worked in partnership with synods and congregations to bring hope and healing to many in the region. Included are powerful firsthand accounts, insightful theological reflections, questions for group use. A portion of the proceeds of each book will be donated to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Relief Fund.

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The Beginning Storms and Sudden Changes
17
Rescue and Exile The Body of Christ Is Wounded
31
Relief and Grief The Body of Christ Is a Wounded Healer
45
Recovery and Renewal The Body of Christ Organizes for Recovery
61
Resurrection and New Life The Body of Christ Reaches Out and Rebuilds
79
Additional Resources
91
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Page 61 - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Page 45 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Page 88 - No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Page 88 - ... withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God's elect?
Page 88 - For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Page 27 - We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
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Page 79 - Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Page 42 - My heart throbs, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes it also has gone from me.

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