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Transfer the Blessings

Do you have a will or a living trust? Have you named a legal guardian for your children? Who will act in your place if you ever become mentally incapacitated? How will the blessings that God has entrusted to you be distributed after you go to heaven? While nobody wants to think about death or incapacity, creating a plan to address these questions is an essential step you must take to protect yourself, your property, and your loved ones.

What is Saint John’s Transfer the Blessings Ministry?

Our Transfer the Blessings ministry is committed to providing our members the support and comprehensive expertise they need so they can wisely plan how they transfer their blessings to their families and the ministries they love through a Lifetime Plan for Giving. The wise transfer and stewardship of these blessings to family and ministries can have an impact today, tomorrow and forever. Our faith in Jesus gives us a certainty in eternity. With the help of Transfer the Blessings, we can be just as certain about the way we affect the future for our loved ones! Proper planning can also spare your loved ones of the expense, delay and frustration associated with managing your affairs when you pass away or become disabled.

Meeting with Jason Jones

Jason Jones is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s.

Jason begins each consultation by listening to understand each individual’s unique priorities. Using the information he gathers, he then guides and directs each individual in shaping a Lifetime Plan for Giving that fulfills personal and family goals. This confidential service includes discussion of family matters, the challenges involved in estate plan development and the opportunities. These conversations help you to understand how the benefits of charitable planning relate to your personal goals.

When you ask for Jason’s assistance, you can expect:

  • A prayerful approach to our work together.
  • A convenient meeting time and place, usually at your home or church.
  • No charge for Jason’s services.
  • Guidance and options to organize and implement your Christian estate/gift plan.
  • Complete confidentiality.

What is a Lifetime Plan for Giving?

Through our planned giving process, Jason will help you to establish a complete Christian estate/gift plan. We call this plan your Lifetime Plan for Giving. A Lifetime Plan for Giving is a method of assisting you by summarizing your stewardship and estate planning goals. This step by step process helps you prepare the best gifts for your family and the best gifts for the ministries you love. Here’s what’s included in a Lifetime Plan for Giving:

  • A will or a revocable living trust with a pour-over will.
  • A durable power of attorney for financial affairs.
  • A durable power of attorney for health care.
  • A review of ownership issues and beneficiary designations.
  • A gift plan to provide for your family.
  • A gift plan for your favorite ministries.
  • A statement of faith.

If you already have a completed estate plan, the Lifetime Plan for Giving process can still provide you benefit. During the process Jason will review your current plan. Often this reveals questions or details that need to be addressed. These questions may include:

  • Are your documents up-to-date and valid?
  • Does your plan include a personal statement of your faith that can be used by the Holy Spirit to encourage the faith of future generations?
  • Have you aligned your beneficiary statements with your plan?
  • Do you have a both a financial and a medical Durable Power of Attorney?

Lastly, this service provides the opportunity to have your plan reviewed from a charitable perspective. Jason may be able to provide you with some options that accomplish your goals in ways that you may have never considered.

Contact Jason

Having a completed a Lifetime Plan for Giving gives you peace of mind knowing that your wishes for the gifts God has entrusted to you are fulfilled. This service is free to you and there is no sales process involved. To schedule a meeting with Jason, click the link below:

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If you would like more information or would like to set up an appointment over the telephone, don’t hesitate to contact Jason. He can be reached at:
Phone: (970) 988-0305
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Preparations

Home decorations have transitioned from pumpkins to turkeys, and now to snowmen and sparkly trees. Children of all ages treasure year-end holidays. Memories kindle warmth of glowing fires etched in our family and emotional rooms.

Churches celebrated Reformation and Thanksgiving. Advent’s expectation is that the Savior of the World is arriving! With décor changes, God’s people prepare their hearts to receive their King.

Mary, chosen to bear God’s son in the flesh, was told to get ready. After the angel’s visit, Mary exclaimed, “all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me! Mary recognized the Giver and Gift.

“[God’s] good things are merely gifts, which last for a season; but His grace and regard are the inheritance, which lasts forever … the grace of God is eternal life, 1 ” wrote Martin Luther.

Year-end preparations include planning and arranging. Many organize their lives getting ready for what lies ahead. What else can we put in order besides tangible and perishable presents that adorn our Christmas trees and represent our human love?

Martin Luther also said, “God would not have [us] put [our] trust in His goods and gifts, spiritual or temporal, however great they be, but in His grace and in Himself, yet without despising the gifts. 2

The time-based clutter of life pulls us toward temporal concerns. Statistics indicate that less than 10% of Americans have included a charitable gift in their estate plans. One reason might be due to an uncomfortable visit with an attorney.

Have you considered allowing a fellow LCMS Gift Planning Counselor as a trustworthy guide to help you to prepare for expressing the enduring intent of your faith and love?

  1. Martin Luther, “The Sermon on the Mount and the Magnificat” in Luther’s Works (Concordia Publishing House, 1956), XXi, 324.
  2. Martin Luther, “The Sermon on the Mount and the Magnificat” in Luther’s Works (Concordia Publishing House, 1956), XXi, 325.

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit www.StJohnsFC.org/transfer-the-blessings, call (970) 988-0305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Harvest and Inheritance

Gathering is a natural activity, often accomplished without much thought to the effort. The “grasp reflex” of humans is alive and well. The evidence of harvest is obvious, whether gathered for others or for self.

Reaping, on the other hand, is more of a consequence, not easily gathered. For sure, what a person sows, they reap. What is important in sowing to obtain joy, meaning or blessing?

Inheritance is something that another person gives to, or for, another. For some it’s a birthright. For others it’s heirlooms with special meaning. For many it’s a natural inclination of familial love. God’s Word informs us that “God Himself is our inheritance.”

A plentiful harvest is a recurring reminder of God’s desire to give yields that produces sustenance among the living. Around the world, it’s a material ingathering that is enjoyed by the righteous and the wicked alike. Harvest reminds us of the spiritual legacy as well!

In collecting harvests from labor, Christian stewards return a portion to the One who provides all for use and enjoyment. Believers give their first-fruits to God as evidence of a First Commandment faith. When earthly life is complete, this giving can return a portion of the substance of a Christian steward’s harvest, so the Lord’s work is strengthened. A joyful tradition during biblical ages, it continues as a tradition in ours.

Truly an undeserved heritage is given in God’s yields! St. Peter wrote under inspiration, “[Jesus Christ] has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3b–4

The gift of eternal life has been endowed on the Cross as an inheritance waiting for all who are called by the Holy Spirit. Consider reflecting such inheritance in your own plans.

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit www.StJohnsFC.org/transfer-the-blessings, call (970) 988-0305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reforming Our Ways

John the Baptist differentiated himself from Jesus, saying “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” John’s purpose was to make straight the paths and encourage us to “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” (Luke 3:8)

Similarly, St. Paul proclaimed that “God wants us to turn to God and perform deeds in keeping with our repentance.” (Acts 26:20) Reforming our ways is not about outward alterations or a political viewpoint. Indeed, “God has granted repentance that leads to life! (Acts 11:18)

Martin Luther and the reformers experienced intense personal reforming of their ways. God used them to unlock handcuffs that were slapped on the Gospel message. Jesus said in speaking about repentance, “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7) The reformers discovered the Jubilee of forgiveness, and it caught fire.

Many in our times equate God’s kindness with prosperity, good looks, health or strong ability. However, if our ways aren’t reformed in the heart, where sin emulates, then it’s not likely to be a reformation that leads to Jubilee or eternal life. Paul asked the Romans, “Do you not know that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4b).

Reforming our ways also brings godly sorrow. St. Paul, inspired by the Spirit of Christ, informs us, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Is repentance reforming your ways? Jesus informs us, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32) “…God is wishing that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9b)

When our ways are reformed by the Holy Spirit, we recognize our spiritual depravity before God. We then notice the things we manage are not ours, but we are only ‘caretakers.’ The implications to our lives, and for our loved ones, also reform. The way we plan to distribute the worldly wealth we manage for Him will characterize blessings rather than curses.

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit www.StJohnsFC.org/transfer-the-blessings, call (970) 988-0305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Balancing Priorities

In economic thought, the “opportunity cost” of making decisions connects to planned benefits received. This is different than giving up something for preferences we choose. God tells us through the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows that will he also reap.

When people make determinations related to use of time, allocation of money or development of ability, they typically match choices with the driving motivations of behavior. Balancing priorities is not only driven by personal characteristics, but by the importance placed on desired outcomes.

It’s true that hardwired personality traits that make up psychological and social tendencies paired with parental influence, along with spiritual guidance, determine most of the inclinations that motivate us on how we approach life’s decisions. Today, options are available for unprecedented selection.

Beyond mere psychology, we understand our battle with our sinful flesh, recognizing our need to repent of inappropriate allocations. Only God’s grace in Christ can sort through the chaos of our poor decisions. We replace harmony with our Father for temptations to be like God, which bring disharmony. This reality is most obvious in how we often fail to keep God as first among earthly priorities and how life’s priorities blur our vision of our Father’s. We fail to balance decisions in faithfulness to the Giver of all good things.

Grace has forgiven our failures through the cross and Christ’s Spirit comforts and empowers us to realign priorities to reflect the primary purpose of life; to honor God first and share His kingdom on earth.

You can reflect this balance in your last will and testament, estate trusts or beneficiary designations. Including a witness to faith and support for the Lord’s work in these plans, we validate our priority’s balance to honor God, who Created, Redeemed and Sustains our lives, even as we desire to bless our children and our children’s children.

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit www.StJohnsFC.org/transfer-the-blessings, call (970) 988-0305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rejuvenation

Throughout our world, winds of restlessness bring change to cultural landscapes. These conditions are captive to corrupt hearts, leaders or cultural circumstances dictating the plight of masses.

Within the U.S., the debate seems centered on whether ingenuity and capital markets are just, or whether the government is obligated to intercede and reallocate wealth according to social expediency. Political transformation causes resulting innovation that is hotly debated. Does such struggle result in progress or regression?

Meanwhile, the daily patterns and responsibilities of homelife, work, social, emotional and spiritual concerns continue in a dynamic reconstruction cycle. Our lives circulate through a daily loop of replenishment or depletion. Although our bodies are subjected to the curse of our own refusal to follow God’s will, opportunities for regeneration and restoration are available from an infinitely kind Spirit.

Thanks to the work of Jesus Christ in God, who formed and redeemed all creation, the ever-present comfort of the Holy Spirit is ours. Those who live by faith in God’s Word, know that renewal and rebirth result in repair and restoration of the mind, body, and soul.

Despite differing motivations, people of faith recognize the undeserved favor given to reform their wayward tendencies. This miracle adds luster to the manna of time that transforms life’s experience with an inner conversion. Only when God’s reinvigoration occurs does a person find the restitution and revitalization that awaits in freedom’s Jubilee.

As summer vacations also provide a time to rejuvenate, it’s also time to consider renovating your own plans for when life’s final renewal transforms us to eternal life. A “Lifetime Plan for Giving” with a will, trust or beneficiary designations can communicate your intent clearly, signaling a renaissance to rebuild the future.

Family gifts well planned can regenerate their lives for God’s purposes. Renovation that remembers the Lord’s work gives opportunity to leave assets to advance the Kingdom of Grace.

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit www.StJohnsFC.org/transfer-the-blessings, call (970) 988-0305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Triangles

The One God of the Bible reveals Himself in three persons. A triangle of characteristics reveals the mysteries of creation, redemption and sanctification for a full life. Here we see perfect power matched with love and comfort that is beyond reason, yet true.

Life involves many triangles. A three-legged stool balances anything set upon it. Ancient cultures built sacred buildings with triangular forms. Our democratic constitutional government was built on the balance of three branches of authority; executive, legislative and judicial.

Emotional triangles govern relationships more than many recognize. For example, in emotional triangles, when any two parts of an emotional system become uncomfortable with another, they will “triangle in” or focus upon a third person, or issue, as a way of stabilizing their own relationship with each other. Any unresolved relationships will often be played out in another relationship.

This is often a playground for Satan, but it also can be a way for the Body of Christ in the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit to provide balm that heals and binds what is broken.

Emotionally, we can only change a relationship to which we belong requiring a third person to maintain a well-defined relationship with each, while averting the responsibility for their relationship with one another. This tenant is also true for tasks that allow stewards to faithfully manage many gifts provided by God.

Many people fail to protect life’s risks or to see the opportunity costs of decisions. Insurance can be an effective way to manage financial risks of loss, but the costs of relationship risks, or the opportunity cost of our decisions often remain unmanaged for many.

The LCMS Foundation helps people develop A “Lifetime Plan for Giving” with a clear Statement of Faith, and discussion leading toward preparedness to have attorneys draft a Last Will and Testament, a Revocable Trust, plus Durable Powers of Attorney for Financial and Health Care. These can provide protection for loved ones letting them know you want them to flourish even when you’re not here to help. As life swirls around us, a ‘Lifetime Plan for Giving’ can serve as a helpful triangle to allow our earthly management to remain more objective even about intense situations, protecting our position in helping. It’s a way to be thoughtful and giving, as our God has created us to be.

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit www.StJohnsFC.org/transfer-the-blessings, call (970) 988-0305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pentecost’s Promise

Jesus’ resurrection indeed glows with rays of love and hope. Pentecost’s Promise inspires every believer with confidence that God is with us, today and forever.

Our Creator’s consistency is remarkable. He formed the universe and planet for all people. His design’s unmatched grandeur and beauty is evident everywhere, as is His infinite kindness. For sure, breathing life’s breath in all living things proves a most compelling promise.

Perfection fashioned humans as the Crown of Creation, caretakers living in freedom. One limitation was communicated: “Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The warning’s intent was to keep us from the effects of disharmony, loneliness, inequity, immorality and wickedness. Human adherence to this command with every pass of the tree honored the God who had made it. Yet disobedience entered the world and with disobedience came death.

Sadly, we eat the forbidden fruit like our first parents did. Willfully disregarding the promises God gave, we fail to recognize the utter depravity in our nature. Rescue could not come from within us. Our deliverance had to be in our Savior, Jesus, given to us.

A promise of deliverance was given just as humans were banished from that temporal Paradise. Perfect Love couldn’t allow His Crown (humans) to live forever in horrible conditions of death. The history of God’s plan to rescue the world in Jesus is the purpose for which the universe was made.

No other God among gods entered human form to live among us, suffer the sacrifice of death to pay the price demanded of perfection gone wrong, fulfilling all prophecies and promises. Easter is documented proof that Jesus is God in flesh. His power over sin, death and the devil opened the way for us to live in the knowledge and doing of His will. That power comes to us by the Spirit.

Pentecost’s Promise gives comfort that God is with us always. Pentecost’s Promise gives us power from the Spirit of our Living God and the gift of faith to believe. We can now reflect His image, so others will know too. Does your life, and end of life planning, reflect Pentecost’s Promise?

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit www.StJohnsFC.org/transfer-the-blessings, call (970) 988-0305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..