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June Prayer Warrior Newsletter 2014

June 2014

Dear Prayer Warriors,

The other day I had a conversation with a friend of mine about evolution and creation. Now knowing he had been with the church for a long time, it surprised me when he said he was not sure that creation was in six days. He didn't necessarily think it was millions of years, but not sure he could believe that everything was created in six days.  Now I have heard many people say, "We don't know how long the days of creation were, they could be millions of years, but it doesn't matter because it doesn't effect the gospel."  Personally, I disagree. (..there was evening, and there was morning -- the first day. Gen. 1:5) I believe that every word in the Bible is the true Word of God.  Let me leave you with a couple of thoughts. First of all, if anything in the Bible is in error, or exaggerated, then none of it can be believed. Secondly, evolution is based on time (millions of years) and death. There was no death before the fall. The first death didn't happen until after the fall. In Gen 3:21, God made the first sacrifice killing an animal to clothe Adam and Eve in skins. If we try to make evolution credible, then logically death was before the fall. The fall caused death for everything. Where evolution gives reasons for death, it discredits the fall of man. If there was no "fall", then there is no need for forgiveness, Christ's death, and resurrection. We have nothing, and our faith, hope, and salvation is in vain.

17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.    I Corr. 15:17-19

Yours in Christ,

Stephen Ministry

In This Issue

Prayer Requests

Those Serving in the Military: Greg Kassel; Mike Leonas
Health Concerns: Jack Volz, Della Brown, James Standridge, Erwin Eckhoff, Tom Bolland, Ray Smith, Bob Dustman
Recovering from Surgery: Jenny Brown, Ruth Wurdeman, Mary Lou Rowland
Cancer: Rev. Scott Lemmermann, Joyce Buckner, Cathy Bondy, Dale Newland, Dick Troester, Paul Gregg, Vickie Wisner, Peggy Clay, Kiers Rowley
Hospice: David Creasy Sr., Joan Simpson, Justine Rein, Donna Wagner, Liz Miller, Barbara Brown
Those in Care Centers: Norma Sadler, Elnora Dammerman, Willa Davis

For those suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and mental illness.

For all expecting mothers and their children; Heather Pijanowski, Rachel Micheel.

For all who grieve

For the unemployed and underemployed; the hungry; the poor; the homeless

Four our nation, and for all the nations on the earth.

For all who are travelling, especially Lisa Lisec, who is in Uganda to provide mercy ministry

For the youth and adults at Lutheran Valley Retreat.

For all those celebrating anniversaries

For those having marital problems and/or are facing divorce

 

For Dana Zluticky and Brandon Metcalf who were united in marriage on Saturday (May 31).  For Rachel Timmons and Johnny Runyon, who will be united in marriage on Saturday (June 7).

For God’s blessing upon the work toward BSLC’s strategic goals, for a spirit of peace, unity, and togetherness as we work as one in God’s Kingdom.

That God would bless all our efforts to reach out and encourage inactive members.

That God would bless the 12 students in our Christian Essentials Class that began last night.

That God would provide for faithful stewards that together we would be effective in Boldly Sharing the Love of Christ.

For Pastor Schwartz and family, for BSLC, for Trinity Lutheran, Rochester, MN – as Pastor contemplates the call he has received to serve at Trinity.

For the children and youth in this congregation, that they would learn and grow in the faith, and have the protection of God.

Thanksgiving for the Abounding Love school year now come to a close, and for its wonderful closing program.  For God’s blessings upon the first week of “camp” now underway.

That God would bless Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with success as they rebuild, and their pastors (Zerkel and Sanchez) with strength and wisdom for the ministry.

That God would richly bless our local and international partnerships in mission:

Rev. Bob Malone at Peace Lutheran in Kansas City, MO – especially during their vacancy
Rev. Bob Roegner at Peace Lutheran in O’Fallon, MO
Rev. Ted Krey and the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission

God in Three Persons

READ | Matthew 28:18-20

Years ago, after I preached about God's Spirit, a woman came up to complain, "Why do you talk about the Holy Spirit when people need to hear about Jesus and God?" Sometimes even those who have been Christians for a long time regard the Trinity as a hierarchy. To their way of thinking, the Father is God, Jesus is slightly beneath Him in rank and seniority, and the Holy Spirit is their servant. While this may conform to human models of authority, it is not biblical.

 

 

According to the scriptures, all three members of the Trinity are fully God:

  • 1. God the Father—Jesus Christ referred to His Father as God (John 6:27).
  • 2. God the SonJohn 1:1 identifies Jesus as divine. While Christ never specifically called Himself "God," His Father did apply the title to Him (Heb. 1:8). Furthermore, Jesus acknowledged having unlimited power—an attribute possessed only by the divine Creator (Matt. 28:18)—and also accepted worship (Matt. 14:33; John 9:38).
  • 3. God the Holy Spirit—After declaring that God raised Christ from the dead, the New Testament goes on to credit the Holy Spirit with the resurrection (Acts 4:10; Rom. 8:11). Jesus reinforced that idea when He commanded the disciples to baptize new believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Bible confirms that each member of the Trinity is equally God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit function as a unit—no one is more important or less essential than the others. All three are focused upon their plan for mankind: salvation, transformation, and glory for God.

Copyright 2014 In Touch Ministries, Inc.

A Prayer of Living Hope

Father, help me to fix my thoughts upon the living hope I have in Jesus Christ my Lord. I anchor my soul in the bedrock of Your Holy Word so that when other viewpoints counter the truths prescribed in Your Word my anchor remains firm. When difficulties appear insurmountable remind me that I serve an extraordinary God who does not rely on natural solutions but works in the supernatural realm to meet each one of my needs. I am not tossed to and fro by wishful thinking but I am firmly grounded in the living hope of our resurrected Savior and it is in His name that I pray. Amen.

Holy Spirit – According to Luther

Posted on June 8, 2011 by Pastor Geoff Sinibaldo

I’ll be honest and declare that most of the time I don’t think about the Holy Spirit that much, unless it is getting near Pentecost, which it is this week.

The question remains: What do we really think about the Holy Spirit, since we don’t think about the Spirit much?

Here is Martin Luther’s explanation in his Small Catechism,

“I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Christ in the one common true faith. Daily in this Christian church the Holy Spirit abundantly forgives all sins – mine and those of all believers. On the last day the Holy Spirit will raise me and all the dead and will give me and all believers eternal life. This is most certainly true.” (Martin Luther, “Small Catechism.” The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. ed. Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert. [Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000], Third Article to the Creed, 355-356.)

Luther is saying are these things about the Holy Spirit –

“I believe…I cannot believe.”

It is a strange statement, but ultimately if we trust that God saves us and calls us to faith, even faith itself is God’s gift to us. The Spirit gives us that faith, as a gift. Faith is not something we make or do for ourselves. It is not being “spiritual without being religious” nor is it simple religiosity. Faith is a relationship with God, just as God is a relationship we are invited into sharing. (John 14:1-31)

“Called”

There are a variety of ways faith comes to us – we are experiential beings. But the way we can be certain of our faith is that the Spirit calls us to faith “through the gospel” – the good news of Jesus Christ in his life, death, resurrection and new life promised among us. Just as Jesus called the disciples to “follow” our daily call points us to the word that is Christ himself. Later on Luther further explained the gospel is given to us in God’s word of forgiveness, holy baptism, holy communion, confession and forgiveness and (my favorite) the mutual consolation of believers, ‘where two or three are gathered’ (Matthew 18:20). (Luther, “Smalcald Articles,” Book of Concord, III.4, 319.)

“Gathered”

The Spirit gathers us into a community, the church. The church as Luther once said is a “mouth house” where we hear God’s word and live it, reflect on it, cultivate it, nurture it, and are changed by it (Faith and Freedom: An Invitation into the Writings of Martin Luther. ed. John F. Thornton and Susan B. Varenne. Vintage Spiritual Classics. [New York: Random House, 2002], xxiii.). We do this in any number of ways that bring us together from worship to fellowship to study to service, and wherever else we intentionally come together.

“Enlightened me with his gifts”

The Spirit gives us gifts for the fruit of ministry; every single one of us is called, gathered and enlightened for faithful service. Read 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12 and Ephesians 4 sometime and you will hear several lists and the variety of things given to the entire body of Christ. My favorite are the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 that we receive in Christ, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against such things.”

“Made me holy (or sanctified)”

A verse in seminary that was continually pointed out to me was 2 Corinthians 3:6, “The letter kills, the Spirit gives life.” To be holy is to have life, the life of Christ – but we first must die to ourselves so that we may be raised. However we might explain that – it is what the Holy Spirit does – kills us under the law and raises us to new life in Christ through the gospel. It is a reminder that no matter how much good we do, holiness is not dependent on our “understanding or efforts” but on the Spirit who gives life.

“Kept me with Jesus Christ in the one true faith”

The Spirit keeps us on track, focused on Jesus, as we are sent into the world. Lest we think the Spirit is just out there and unknowable; the Spirit shows us a glimpse of the world to come as we go out and serve others through our daily vocations and roles we play in this world. The Spirit does this by keeping us connected to each other and the God’s word. Luther concludes in his Large Catechism, “Therefore we believe in him who daily brings us into this community through the same word and the forgiveness of sins. Then when his work has been finished and we abide in it, having died to the world and all misfortune, he will finally make us perfectly and eternally holy. Now we wait in faith for this to be accomplished through the word.” (Luther, “Large Catechism,” Book of Concord, Third Article to the Creed, 439.)

Other traditions see the Spirit in other terms, and I do not want to take away from them or engage them here. However, I find Luther’s approach both practical and helpful. The Spirit’s role among us is to show the word, Jesus the Christ, alive among us. Surely the Spirit can operate outside that truth and call people to extraordinary things. But we can speak with clarity too – that when we encounter the word, the sacraments, and each other the Spirit is at work, calling, gathering, enlightening, sanctifying and keeping us in the life of Christ, now and always.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Author:   Reginald Heber             Music:     John B. Dykes    

Reginald Heber wrote "Holy, Holy, Holy" while serving as vicar of Hodnet, Shropshire, England. He was the first to compile a hymnal ordering hymns around the church calendar. Wanting to celebrate a triune God, Heber wrote "Holy, Holy, Holy" for Trinity Sunday--a day that reaffirmed the doctrine of the Trinity and was observed eight Sundays after Easter. The hymn was first published in 1826.

Text and tune were first published together in 1861. Since that time, this popular hymn has appeared in hundreds of hymnals and been translated into many languages.

Heber was impressed by the holiness of God. Whether in England, with the prevalence of vice, or in Calcutta, where people worshiped idols, he would often write "Only Thou art holy." Based on the words of Revelation 4:8, he used the symbolism of three repeatedly throughout his hymn: God is "holy, merciful and mighty," he's "perfect in power, in love and purity," he's worshiped by saints, cherubim, and seraphim, and he's praised "in earth and sky and sea."

Through these consistent units of three, this hymn describes and worships God in three persons. Alfred Lord Tennyson felt "Holy, Holy, Holy" was the world's greatest hymn. It truly does call us to worship our God, falling down before him with those who sing in Revelation 4:8, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.

Bible Verse

Isaiah 6:3 - “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.”

Revelation 4:8 - “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”


LSB    507   Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Beautiful Savior
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Lee's Summit, MO  64063
Phone:   (816)  524-7288 
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