Translating God's Word for a new generation
Going, not knowing, is the frequent feeling of a Christ-follower. It is inconceivable to be a Christian and not be going somewhere. This weekend, Pastor Seidler takes up this challenge in his message based on Luke 10, giving us confidence for the journey ahead in times of transition.
When people are confronted by the claims of Jesus, they sometimes reject Him. We see this in today’s Gospel reading as an entire Samaritan village rejects Jesus. The cost of following Jesus is high. We see Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem, to go toward suffering and death. As we follow Jesus, we must be aware that suffering and death may be where Jesus leads us. Following Jesus means denying ourselves, picking up our cross daily, and going where He leads. It may be sobering, but we trust that Jesus is for us, and whatever trouble we face in this world, we know that Jesus has overcome the world.
We are held captive by many things in this earthly life, but three main enemies emerge: sin, death, and Satan. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus encounters a man who is possessed by many demons. This man was chained so he wouldn’t hurt himself or others, but chains could not stop the demons. Jesus comes to this man in his captivity and sets him free. Not only is the man set free from Satan, but Jesus also sets him free to tell of Jesus’s mercy and compassion. By His death and resurrection, Jesus sets us free from our enemies, from sin, death, and Satan. We are also free to tell of His mercy and compassion.
Happy Holy Trinity Sunday. Happy Father’s Day. At the intersection of these days of blessing is the celebration of love generously and graciously lavished upon us. From “Our Father who art in heaven,” through the Son who loved us to death, and now with His Holy Spirit in us, the love of God is abundantly sown among us. Fathers and mothers help sow that seed and have the awesome responsibility of nourishing its growth. Pastor Meggers will till some soil this weekend with a view toward an abundant harvest in the Name of the Father and of the Son X and of the Holy Spirit.
While the Blues have painted St. Louis blue, this weekend is a weekend of Cardinal red. The celebration of Pentecost and the giving of Christ’s Holy Spirit is up to bat. The goal of our time together is to swing for the fences with the power of God at work in the team of his Church. Pastor Seidler will be preaching and the worship will be majestic--a world series of worship if there ever was. Look forward to seeing you!
As much of our nation celebrates a three day weekend, our thoughts this Memorial Day turn to Peace. A tremendous price for peace and freedom has been paid by those who laid down their lives for God and country. Pastors Meggers and Krueger will help us ponder a Peace that goes even deeper as we hear Jesus speak His Peace. This Peace cost our Savior His life and brings Peace for all. This Living Lesson encourages us to Take Heart in Him.
Take the crown of thorns from his head. Remove the nails from His hands and feet. Erase the welts, gashes and deep, deep bruises. Subtract several days and hear the jubilant crowd shouting, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Greet the King who comes to be beaten down. Welcome this God of flesh and blood. He is beaten down for you. He gives His flesh and blood to you.
“Oh Lord, how shall I meet you?”
For I am one who beats you.
I am one who needs you,
beaten down for me
Like Grandma's meatloaf or Mom's apple pie, some stories from Scripture are just good home cooking. The story of the Prodigal Son bursts beyond the Christian church and is known around the globe as a story of redemption and restoration. This weekend, we return to Scripture's dinner table to feast on this lesson of grace--a lesson sure to leave us satisfied for a long time. Pastor Seidler is looking forward to preaching this "Oldie but Goodie."
In a world of security cameras and alarm systems, there are millions of ways to keep your property secure from intruders who would seek to cause trouble. Lest we think that we are protected only by human inventions, this Sunday in worship we are reminded of what the Lord God said to Ezekiel: “Son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 33:7). The entire house of God, which has been watched over by the prophets of old, is now under the authority and care of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. In grace, He has appointed the church to proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth. Jesus, your ultimate watchman, guards and protects you from the threats of the evil thief who “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Place yourself under the watchful eye and merciful care of this watchman today! Watch Him, hear Him, and receive Him as He serves you in His Father’s house.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, countless people saw Him. But not everyone came to see Him by faith for who He truly is: the blessed One who comes and saves them in the name of the Lord. People today often “see” Jesus from a safe distance, but they refuse to see Him for the Savior He truly is, and they reject the work He has done to make the world right with God. Today we seek to be different than the majority around us. We long to see Jesus up close and personal, receiving Him in faith and acknowledging with heart and voice the redeeming work of His death and resurrection. Seeing Him now through His Word and Supper, and believing in Him by grace, we look forward to the day when we shall see Him face to face in the glories of heaven, singing forever with all of God’s gathered children: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”