Dear Prayer Warriors:
Driving along a busy street, a man became aware of an impatient woman who was tailgating him. She was so close that when he had to brake to allow some children to use a pedestrian crossing, she almost crashed into him. Furious at being delayed, she sounded her horn and began waving her fists in a disgraceful exhibition of a road rage. Before she could move off, she felt a tap on her window. It was a police officer who ordered her to step out of the car. He then asked her to come down to the station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and put in a cell. A couple of hours later, after vehicle checks had been carried out, she was told that she could collect her valuables and that she was being released without charge. The woman was extremely indignant at her arrest and demanded an apology. The officer responsible explained the reason for the mistake. "You see, madam, I pulled up behind your car while you're sounding your horn and loudly cursing the driver in front of you. Then I noticed the 'Follow Jesus, Not Me' sticker on the rear window, the 'God Is Love' sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally, I assumed that you had stolen the car..."
Let our gentleness be evident to all. Paul’s Command for God’s people is be characterized by a gentle, forbearing, gracious spirit. Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.” So this happy flexibility, this temperate gentleness, this patient forbearance, this willing surrender of our own rights, and this joyful contentment is to be made manifest not only to our families, not only to certain group of Christian friends who are very easy for you to get along with; not even only to our fellow brother and sisters in Christ. But your gentle spirit is to be made obvious and evident to everybody. That means unbelievers too.Your life, no matter how holy and chaste and praiseworthy, is not the Gospel. However, there is no greater way to undermine your own preaching of the Gospel to your family, friends and co-workers, than to un-say with your lives what you say with your lips. And so all of the flexibility, all of the gentle demeanor, all of the patience and surrender and contentment—all of that must be consciously aimed at them. After all, we want to make it plain to them that the Gospel has the power not only to justify, but also to sanctify; that it’s not just talk, but that Christ really has the power to transform sinners’ lives.
But here’s the thing: Unbelievers whether family, friends or co-workers, they expect narrow-minded bigots to be inflexible, harsh, aggressive, and always insisting upon their own way. But when they see people who stand immovable upon their convictions on the one hand, but on the other hand respond to trials with joy and thanksgiving (James 1:2), who when they are reviled don’t revile in return (Rom 12:14), who turn the other cheek (Matt. 5:39) and even repay evil with good (Rom. 12:17) – when they see those people, they have no idea what to do with them! They see they are gentle, flexible, patient, always in control of their temper, content even in the midst of mistreatment. Now, there’s a way to shine like stars in the darkness of the night sky! (Phil 2:15)
Yours in Christ,
Those Serving in the Military: Greg Kassel; Mike Leonas
For those suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and mental illness.
For all expecting mothers and their children; Heather Pijanowski, Rachel Micheel, Betsy Cochran.
For all who grieve, including Pastor Robert Huelse and family at the death of his wife, Barbara
For the unemployed and underemployed; the hungry; the poor; the homeless
For our nation, and for all the nations on the earth.
For all who are travelling.
For the youth and adults on the Mission Trip
For all those celebrating anniversaries
For those having marital problems and/or are facing divorce
For Nicole Keller and Daniel Volz who were united in marriage last Saturday, June 28.
For the Board of Elders and the Call Committee, that God would give them wisdom and guidance, and bless their work.
For BSLC during the vacancy and on into the future, that God would grant us to remain the truth, be faithful stewards, effective witnesses, and united in the work of the Gospel.
That God would bless all our efforts to reach out and encourage inactive members.
For Pastor Schwartz and Gretchen, and for Gretchen’s parents, as they prepare to locate to MN. For Pastor and Trinity in Rochester, that God would do mighty things through them in the Church.
For the children and youth in this congregation, that they would learn and grow in the faith, and have the protection of God.
For Abounding Love Preschool, for God’s blessings upon the third week of “camp” now underway and the preparations for the coming school year.
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
Written by Pastor Em. Daniel Feischer | June, 2014
The pastoral ministry is, of course, broader in responsibility and scope than preaching. But there is no more important responsibility or privilege that a servant of God has than to preach! It is to be regretted when a pastor becomes so busy or otherwise occupied that he cannot put his best effort into sermon preparation.
In the preface to Preaching to Preachers Norman Madson wrote, “While there must ever be the seriousness of eternity about our preaching, let it be the seriousness which is ever concerned about bringing sin-burdened souls to see the glories awaiting them in the realm of full gospel liberty, where ‘the winter is past, and the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land’” (Song of Solomon 2:11,12).
Where God’s all-exacting law is preached without reservation, there weeping (whether evident to the eye or not) will naturally result. And where the gospel is proclaimed in all its saving grace and accepted in child-like faith, repentant weeping will give way to mouths filled with laughter and tongues with singing. Yes, sermon work—and it is work—and the privilege to share the fruits of one’s labor in preaching the gospel is a joy!
Most preachers enter the pulpit for 45-50 years in the span of their ministry. Except for a vacation or illness, normally fifty-two sermons a year are preached. Add to that the special services—Advent, Lent, and other services such as Thanksgiving Day and Ascension; add to those the weddings and funerals. That is a lot of sermons (even if in the course of a long ministry some are recycled)!
Every opportunity to prepare a sermon and to bring the Word of God to the flock is a privilege for which one thanks the Lord. There is no greater expression that a person can give the pastor than a “thank you” for the message heard.
When a pastor brings the Word of God to the flock Sunday after Sunday, he is, we might say, “preaching to the choir”—to members of the congregation. He should never dismiss the importance of that, for the members are in need of the law by reason of their flesh, and of the gospel for the healing of penitent, broken, and troubled hearts. The “choir” needs the song of forgiveness and the balm of salvation! Furthermore, the pastor’s first responsibility is to the flock under his care (Acts 20:28). He is to feed the Church of God.
For this retired preacher the joy of preaching was never greater than when presented with the opportunity to bring the Word to a bridal couple at their wedding, or the necessity of preaching a funeral sermon. Why is that? Because at such occasions there are frequently more strangers than flock! Many to whom we speak may be unchurched, not knowing the first principles of the Christian faith. To such we have the opportunity to share the precious Word of God.
We bring the gospel for the comfort of congregation members who have lost a loved one. But what a privilege and responsibility to be able to bring a law-gospel sermon to extended family or to strangers! It has happened more than once that a total stranger approached after a funeral and expressed thanks, saying, “We never heard a sermon like that.” Just recently upon preaching on the text, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23) at a funeral (with the theme, “The Truth Hurts, but it also Heals”) a couple said upon leaving the cemetery, “That was a good sermon.” To this we responded, “It is the truth.” They in turn said, “Yes it is. Thank you.” Who knows how the Spirit of God works in a heart because a pastor brings the truth concerning the cause of death, and the comfort of the gospel which witnesses to eternal life in Christ.
“Preach to the choir” faithfully, but thank the Lord for every opportunity the Lord presents to bring the Word to those not yet in tune with the truth! Thank the Lord for your pastor who faithfully feeds the flock, and pray for the success of the Word in whatever forum he is privileged to share that Word.
Father, we’re grateful for those who served Your purpose in their generation. We also want to serve Your purpose in those throughout history who chose to be men and women of faith, whose hearts were fashioned in Your image, for our generation. Help us to stay steadfast and strong as we run this race set before us. Thankfully, in this race, we’re not in competition to be the only prizewinner. Instead we take hold of the hands of those who run with us and invite those on the sidelines to join us. We want to cross the finish line together so that we will all receive the grand prize of life eternal with You. May we never give up! Amen.
Written by Katherine Lee Bates Music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A Ward
In 1893, at the age of thirty-six, Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College Several of the sights on her trip inspired her, and they found their way into her poem, including the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the "White City" with its promise of the future contained within its alabaster buildings; the wheat fields of America's heartland Kansas, through which her train was riding on July 16; and the majestic view of the Great Plains from high atop Zebulon's Pikes Peak.
On the pinnacle of that mountain, the words of the poem started to come to her, and she wrote them down upon returning to her hotel room at the original Antlers Hotel. The poem was initially published two years later in The Congregationalist, to commemorate the Fourth of July. It quickly caught the public's fancy. Amended versions were published in 1904 and 1913.
Breaking News: Red Heifer Discovered!
Major Obstacle To The Rebuilding Of The Jewish Temple Removed?
by Michael Synder
Up until now, one of the major barriers to the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem has been the lack of a red heifer. A qualified red heifer has not been seen in the land of Israel for nearly two thousand years, and without one it would not be possible to resume Temple worship. But now a candidate has been found that could change everything. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has released stunning video footage of a red heifer that they believe meets the Biblical requirements. This red heifer was born in the United States, and the owners of the red heifer contacted the Temple Institute in order to receive instructions about how to care for it. It is hoped that this red heifer will eventually be transported to the land of Israel and be used for the purification of the priests and the vessels that will be used in a rebuilt Jewish Temple. This is a very big deal, because without a red heifer the Temple would never be rebuilt Without the ashes of a red heifer, all of those preparations are in vain.
Before the Temple can be rebuilt and Temple worship can be resumed, a perfect red heifer must be found. And now one has been discovered. According to Orthodox Jewish authorities, a suitable red heifer cannot even have a single black hair. So finding such a creature is not easy. According to Jewish tradition, only nine such red heifers were found during the entire time when the first two temples were standing. And if this current red heifer ever does any work or ever mates it will be disqualified.
All of this has huge implications for world events. Traditionally, many Orthodox Jews have believed that the spotting of a red heifer would herald the coming of the Messiah. And if this red heifer does indeed turn out to be a suitable candidate, one of the biggest obstacles to rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem will have been removed.
For Christians, this is an extremely exciting development as well. The Bible tells us that there will be a Temple standing in Jerusalem in the last days, and that the Antichrist will defile it. But that Bible prophecy could never be fulfilled until a red heifer was found.
Yes, there are still many more obstacles standing in the way of the Jewish people rebuilding the Temple. For one, the Islamic world would go into convulsions if Israel tried to build anything on or near the Temple mount at this point. However, the Temple Institute and a whole host of Orthodox Jews are absolutely determined to make the rebuilding of the Temple a reality, and now they appear to be one giant step closer to achieving that dream. Go to: https://www.templeinstitute.org/red_heifer/red_heifer_contents.htm
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