DEVOTION: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21
It's a fact of life: the meanings of words change.
For example, at Christmas we heard people sing, "Don we now our gay apparel." The word "gay" used to mean festive. In the musical West Side Story, Maria sings, "I feel pretty and witty and gay." In that number she was talking about her happiness, not her sexual preferences.
Recently, students in the Canyons School District in Utah named the cougar as their top choice for school mascot at their new school. Some people complained. They complained because the term "cougar," at least in some circles, is an uncomplimentary term to describe a woman, who is seeking a younger man.
Officials at the school district decided a better name for the school's animal representative would be "The Chargers."
It was a decision which garnered far more attention than if they had let matters be.
Still, it makes the point: words change in their meaning, including the word "Savior."
Most readers of the Daily Devotion will correctly acknowledge Jesus as their Savior. By that they mean Jesus is God's sinless Son, who was born into this world to take our place and rescue us from damnation. True Man and true God, He was our Substitute under the Law; He resisted all temptation to sin and then defeated death. All this He did to redeem our sinful souls. Now, all who are given faith in Him are forgiven and saved.
But that is not always what others mean when they use the word, Savior.
For some, Savior means Jesus is a leader, whose example we should follow.
For some, Savior means Jesus is a trailblazer and, if we do as He did, we can become our own savior.
For some, Savior means Jesus is a motivator, who inspires us to be better than we were.
For some, Savior means Jesus is a bringer of social change.
The list of variations and interpretations to the work and Person of Jesus of Nazareth are numerous, and they are, insofar as they disagree with Scripture, wrong.
These descriptions are put forth by those who bend, fold, spindle and mutilate the Word. As Isaiah said, they are those who "call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
To those who would try to cloud the clear message of salvation, God gives this verdict: "Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and shrewd in their own sight!"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant me the grace and faithfulness to follow the Savior of Scripture. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What did Moses do with the golden calf when he came down the mountain after he saw that his people had made it? He ground it all up, put it in the water and made the people drink it. (Dolores remains the champion.) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ TODAY'S QUIZ: Who were Bezalel and Oholiab? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CATECHISM: Close of the commandments Question: What does God threaten to do to all who hate Him and break His commandments? Answer: God threatens earthly punishment, physical death, and ternal damnation. ________________________________________________________________________________________________
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BIBLE 101: A NEW ONLINE "INTRODUCTORY" BIBLE STUDY IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF ST JOHN'S!!!
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What is it? Bible 101 is a new online product from Concordia Publishing House that increases Biblical literacy in adults.
It is for all levels of learning and knowledge. Even pastors learn things from this course.
Participants simply log into Bible 101 and enter an online learning environment. Members start out by learning essential Bible basics from "square one" and then build upon that as they progress through the course.
Here are som of the features of Bible 101
online- uses proven online educational strategies and models that facilitate retention among multiple learning styles.
videos- throughout the week, participants can access videos that relate to the lesson
discussion forum- participants are not left on their own as they are connected to a community where they can correspond, question, and encourage each other.
podcasts- daily devotional for each weekday
quizzes- test your knowledge and easily benchmakr where you are in your learning cycle.
printing- easily print the materials for even more easy access.
Please call or reply to this email to let me know that you want to sign up for this wonderful opportunity. I will sign you up! The congregation has already paid the annual fee so IT IS FREE for you!!!
Youth are selling dinner/auction tickets in the narthex after services. Tickets are $15 per person. Bid only tickets are $5.00. You may also contact Marilyn to reserve tickets.
In order to guarantee that you get to sit with a special group of family or friends, you may want to consider purchasing a table of 8 for $120.
The Youth Group Steak Dinner and Auction has been set for Saturday, February 11, 2012. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a night of fun and fundraising. We will be having the old favorites: silent auction and 50/50 drawing as well as the new favorites: live auction, dessert dash, wine raffle, and the WILD HEARTS JACKPOT DRAWING where there is a chance to win $500.00.
Tickets for the WILD HEARTS $500 DRAWING are on sale now. Please ask a youth group member to get yours. The tickets are 1 for $10 but for an additional $10 you can get 10 more tickets and have 11 chances at winning!
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