Victory Over Death-Resurrecton - November 10 -
"What Is The Question?"
Not an actual touchable monster with three heads that lurks around a nearby corner, but Scripture reveals for us three enemies that have come between us and our almighty God threatening to destroy the relationship God had intended to have with us from even before creation. The big enemies? – Sin, Death, and the Power of the Devil.
Scripture also makes clear that we no longer have to fear these enemies because of the victory won by our Lord Jesus Christ. Martin Luther in His explanation of the 2nd article of the Apostles’ Creed states: “I believe that Jesus Christ, true God,…has redeemed me…from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil.
But even as we anticipate Jesus’ return, it can be easy for us to lose sight of our Lord’s victory as we walk the difficult roads of our earthly life. Today’s Scriptures remind us of Jesus’ victory over death and His promise of our resurrection!
Sincere Hearts - November 3 -
"Playing Games Is For . . . Playing Games"
As people of God, living our lives through faith in Jesus Christ, we desire to have sincere hearts. We want His Words to guide our lives. We want to love others as Christ loves us.
But sinfulness can stand in the way of how we live out our identity. We can live our lives “going through the motions.” We can get good at being “pretenders.” We can find ourselves stuck in the trap of simply “playing games” with our calling as our Lord’s own people.
But the Lord God lovingly calls us out when “playing games” has become our way of life. While His words of warning are sharp, His gracious words of forgiveness gently restore us.
Together In The Body - October 27
Today at Memorial at our 8 and 10:45 worship services seventeen young people stand together to profess their faith and trust in our Lord God. But this profession isn’t really so much about their faith as it is about all that God has done to join Himself to them and call them His very own children. And we stand together with them - joined as one in the Body of Christ - each one of us with our own unique God-given gifts that blend with the gifts of other members of Christ’s Body as God reaches through us to the world with His Good News.
God's Good Reason For Us Being Persistent - October 20
Don't Give In To Giving Up
“Dream big, never give up!” You’ve probably heard that mantra come from the lips of motivational speakers. We probably need to be encouraged from time to time not to give in to frustration and disappointment. However, it can seem at times as if the world is stacked up against us and that there’s no use to push forward with the little bit of energy that seems to be slowly fading within us.
Jesus, however, has motivation for us that comes from another place – and takes living to a different level. What’s Jesus’ message? “Our compassionate Heavenly Father has our best interest always in hand!”
Faith Like A Mustard Seed - October 13
Moving Mulberry Trees
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ. Lutheran Women in Mission are women of faith, empowered for active service in Jesus’ name and bold support of missions through Mite Box offerings. As Christians, our faith propels us all into God’s mission and gives us confidence that God’s amazing grace will supply our needs and move His mission forward.