Haters always gonna hate. For those of you who don't speak teenage language, what this translates to is "There is always going to be opposition in your life." Whether it comes from within or without, haters are always going to hate! Sometimes it comes from the devil himself. Sometimes it comes from a person through whom the devil works. There may be someone who just likes to stir up controversy in everyones life. It may just be someone who is jealous. It may just be an annoyance, like a fly that you just can't seem to swat, or it may be something that has taken over your whole existence. Whatever the case, haters gonna hate, the key is how you deal with it.
The Israelites had that same problem. First it was Egypt, then it was Assyria, then it was Babylon, then Persia. Their troubles were mostly their own fault for turning away from God, so they had to suffer the consequences. But those consequences caused them to turn back to God and to fully rely on Him for their very lives. When Rehum and Shimshai filed a complaint against the Israelites because they were rebuilding Jerusalem, the Israelites had to stop building and be patient. God taught them patience so that when Darius came to power, they were able to resume rebuilding.
How do you deal with the haters? Do you quit? Do you get frustrated and angry? Or are you patient and full of grace and love? DO you look at it as an obstacle and a problem or as a challenge and a way that God will help you grow?
Jerusalem eventually got rebuilt and the people of Jerusalem were able to live in peace for quite a few generations afterward. What is God going to build through and with you?
Prayer: Lord God, help me to deal with the haters with love, mercy, grace, peace, and patience so that Your name might be praised and Your kingdom built up! Amen.
MONDAY'S QUIZ: What happened to Daniel in the third year of Cyrus king of Persia? He had a vision (His last one)
Question: Why do you close this article with the words, "This is most certainly true"?
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11am
The topic is Mental Health for Volunteers. Guest speakers will be Ralph Hellebusch, Warren County Ambulance District and Denny & Jenny Quinn, Charrette Baptist Church. The Quinns have been involved in emergency and disaster relief for some time and have many interesting and helpful experiences to share. We hope to see everyone there to learn from their experiences.
Tuesday, September 25. Dinner at 6:00 pm, Discussion 6:30 – 7:30. Please call 456-7474 to let them know you are coming asap!
I (pastor) am going! I wouldn't miss it for the world. Let me know if you want to go.
PARENTING CLASS EVERY SUNDAY AT 9:45
Could you use some help in learning how to deal with your children? Want to have fun, laugh, and get some encouragement at the same time? Come to the "From Me to We" class in the Sunday school room closest to the closet this Sunday and grow!
STEWARDSHIP SPOLIGHT FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IS LCMS Global Missions
Go to LCMS.org to learn more about what our Synod is doing in the way of spreading the Gospel globally!!
For ERNA VANHORN who has been moved to Warrenton Manor Nursing Home.
For BOB LAMPEN, Karin Klaustermeier's dad, as he is doing quite poorly with his cancer.