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July 2022,

Dear Friends,

25 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. For in this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill. And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.

26 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:1

Isaiah was given these words from the Lord to guide His people in a great day of turmoil to come. God let them understand that He would bring them through and though the times would be full of difficulty, yet He would deliver them.

Have you ever been asked in your life after making a bad decision or an error of some sort, “What were you thinking? Where was your head?” I know that honestly, I can answer that inquiry by simply saying, “I don’t know what I was thinking.” The gracious God, in times of trouble tells us where our thoughts and mind should always be. Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. We have no other hope of salvation. Thus follows the exhortation in 26:4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: When we read these verses above, we hear many echoes of them in the New Testament. They stand the test of time; the Faithful God remains faithful. Let us place our trust in Him and find His perfect peace even in our troubled times.

God’s Peace,
Jay Weidner

1 The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Is 25–26:4.


In honor of Gail Johnson’s birthday
From Barbara Worrall

In memory Joel Seppala
From Seppala Construction Co.


Have you considered taking a class at the seminary but live out of the area? Our on-line capability through YouTube makes it possible.

This fall the following classes will begin on Wednesday, September 7th. The Monday night class at 7PM in Hancock would begin on September 12th. For more information or if you are interested in taking a class, contact the office at 906-482-3337 or email:

Daily Classes:
Ephesians/Colossians (1 credit) – An exegetical study of the Apostle Paul’s letters to the congregations in Ephesus, Colossae.

Evangelism (2 credits) – A study of the principles and methods for Christian outreach in one’s own church and community, including home visitation.

Isaiah (2 credits) – An exegetical study of the book of Isaiah, theories of its development and its impact upon the New Testament.

New Testament Greek (6 prerequisite credits) – A course in the rudiments of the language of the New Testament.

New Testament Introduction (2 credits) – An introductory study of the origin, authorship, purpose and reliability of the New Testament writings with special attention devoted to their literary design and individual and corporate unity.

Monday night class:
Gospel of Mark (2 credits) – An in-depth analysis of the most concise Gospel with an emphasis on sound and segmentation.


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The Thrivent Choice® program offers a way members can recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes some of its charitable outreach funds. As a benefit member, your ownership of Thrivent Financial products and services help make this support possible.

Remember….If you are an eligible member 16 and older you can recommend how to distribute Thrivent Financial charitable grant funds thought Choice Dollars®. Member eligibility and the Choice Dollars designated are based on:
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The Inter-Lutheran Seminary has established an Endowment Fund through Thrivent Charitable Impact & InvestingTM (formerly InFaith Community Foundation). All earnings of the endowment will be used for the seminary’s needs thereby ensuring the continued existence of this funding source. This is the preferred method used by many non-profit entities, especially ongoing religiously focused organizations such as seminaries. To learn more about this organization, go to

We would love to grow our endowment into a major source of ongoing seminary support. Although the seminary still needs the financial ongoing regular contributions of our supporters, please consider the endowment fund for your planned giving needs. For more additional information, please contact Kirk Otto, Jr. at (715) 821-8574 or Cheryl Hendrickson at
(906) 482-3337.

As always, the Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary appreciates your continued support.

To make it more convenient for those that prefer online donations, we have just added a feature to our website to do just that through PayPal.

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