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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

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February 19, 2014
Spanish Daily Devotions family 9-23-13These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Garth Callaghan is battling cancer. This is his second go-around with the disease, and his doctors say he has less than an eight percent chance of living for another five years.

Five years is important to Callaghan.

Five years is important because that's how long it will take for his daughter, Emma, to graduate from high school. When his little girl was in kindergarten, Callaghan started writing messages to his daughter on her lunch napkins. Some time ago Callaghan promised he would continue to keep those precious thoughts and sayings coming.

And, in spite of his future prognosis, it is a promise which he intends to keep.

Callaghan did some investigating and found out his daughter had 826 school days before her graduation. With that figure as his goal, he began to write. As I am composing this devotion, I can tell you he has finished 740 of those brief epistles.

Callaghan says, "At the end of the day, these notes might be the only thing my daughter has left of me."

Callaghan seems like a standup kind of guy. I say that because he is a man who believes in keeping his promises. That alone is a pretty unique quality. Still, there's more to this story than that of a father who believes his word ought to mean something. Callaghan is also to be commended because he has actually spent some time thinking about what is important and what valuable truths he wants his daughter to know.

Among some of those valuable truths are sayings like

* "Dear Emma, Everything in moderation. Except Awesome. You can never have too much Awesome. Love, Dad"


* "Do or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda

There is no doubt that those are wonderful bits of wisdom. Still, I hope Callaghan, and every parent, also shares quotes such as these:

* "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

* "Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God ... giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:10, 12-14).

Yes, it would be good if Callaghan shared such things with his daughter. It would be good if we all did.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, among the many things which I share with others, may Jesus always be first on the list. In the Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor KlausIn Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
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TUESDAY'S QUIZ:  Who took over command of the Israelites after Moses?  Joshua
WEDNESDAY'S QUIZ: What city did the walls come a tumbling down on?
Wed- Ladies Aid noon; Choir 7pm; NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Fri- 30 Hour Famine Begins at 8pm
Sat- Bible class 4pm; worship 5pm; 30 Hr Famine ends at 6pm
Sun- worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school (The Story Chapter 6)
Acolytes- 8:30- need someone......; 11- Isabella Linstruth
Altar guild- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean up- Betty Schirr and Cheryl Bettlach
Greeters- 8:30- Bob Linke; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Communion Assistants- Sat- Don Turnure; 8:30- Randy Sweet
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; Sun- Randy Sweet;  11am- Emily Brunson
Sat. Pianist- Molly Hendershot
8:30 Ushers- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte

THIS WEEK:  THE STORY: CHAPTER 7  "The Battle Begins"
Come to Bible Study on Saturday night at 4pm or Sunday morning at 9:45 to get all your questions answered and to learn more about this very important time in our world history.
From Friday at noon until Saturday at 6pm a group of kids, and maybe an adult or two, will be fasting to raise money for those who have no food.    Just $35 will pay for food for one person for a whole month!  Consider giving to this cause this weekend!  We will have a special door offering for it!  Our goal is to raise $1,000 by Easter! 
Anyone can join us.  It is not just for the youth to participate.  If you want to participate in this Famine with us come up to church at 8pm on Friday and hang out with us!!  Let me know if you are coming!!
If you weren't at our voter's meeting this past Sunday you missed the vote to pay off our Good Shepherd mortgage!  This will save us over $10,000 this year and over $2,000 in interest.  It will also free up money to reduce our $17,000 deficit on our budget.
You may be wondering what is going on with that DCE Intern we voted on last year.  The application has been received and now the director of placement from Concordia, Seward, Nebraska will be here to visit with us next week (specific day is yet to be determined.)  We are drawing closer to the day when we will have more ministry help!
There is a $30 nonrefundable registration fee.  Students must be 3 or 4 years old by Aug 1.  Enrollment for the community will be gin April 1.  For more info call Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier.
A big part of The Story experience is that the whole family grows together in it as each person in the family reads it, you will all literally be on the same page.  yet, it may be hard to get discussion going or to help you get started together.   Are you looking for a way to connect with your kids as they and you read The Story together?  There's help!
If you click the link below you will find parent pages for all age groups that you can use to connect with your kids at least once a week.  Whenever your "together" time is, make it productive.  It is a .pdf file of parent pages that goes from lesson one all the way through 31.  Check it out and tell me what you think.  I think they are excellent!!

PRAYER REQUESTS:  (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
THOSE WITH CANCER, the many among our family and friends who are struggling with cancer.
MARY AUBUCHON AND FAMILY as they are mourning the loss of her brother Floyd.
Sandy Robine's friend Patrice who is recovering from hip replacement surgery.
JAYME VESSEL, an "almost" member of St. John's who is due to have a baby girl on the 17th, but it may come sooner due to frequent contractions.

COUGAR CLIFFORD, 15 year old who had an accident playing in the snow on Jan 7 and broke his neck.  He has undergone extensive surgery and is recovering but is still unable to move his legs.   

Terry McKenzie's cousin's sister-in-law who has a bad brain injury.
JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, as he continues to deal with cancer in his lungs.
DONNA HEITGERD recovering at Scott and Lani Heitgerd's from a broken hip.




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