Fri. Mar. 14 , 2014

This is the last daily email and devotion till Monday, March 24.
Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

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"Witnessing for Christ"
March 14, 2014
Sri Lanka, Sath(Jesus said) "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.

In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

In the book of Acts we see after the disciples had received the Holy Spirit they began to use their lives to witness boldly for the Christ.

Luke, the author of this book, recorded the most important factors that brought about growth in the early church. The individual who studies this book will understand that the Lord used ordinary people to build His Kingdom on this earth.

In 1 Corinthians 1:28 Paul says, "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." God used sinful and pathetic people to spread the Gospel by enabling them by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We see wonderful changes in Peter, the disciple who doubted the Lord when he attempted to walk on the Sea of Galilee; the same disciple who denied Jesus three times in the high priest's courtyard is transformed. After he had received the power of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day, Peter stood up with the other remaining disciples, raised his voice, and addressed the crowd.

For the first time the world heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached. This was the first Gospel meeting held in the early church.

Truly, God has called each of us to a purpose. We have become His children not by an accident but according to His will and heavenly plan. In our Baptism we received the power of the Holy Spirit to witness for Christ in our family, church and community. God wants our faith to be a living, active thing. He knows that faith without any kind of expression is a dead thing.

Recently, we heard a sad news story from the media about the killing of three people in a house in Colombo. They were all from the same family.

The police investigated this incident and finally found the killer. The fellow who was caught had murdered his own father, mother and his sister, so he might collect their insurance money to help him escape some financial problems. This is the kind of thing which happens every day. Look around and you will see people are becoming very cruel. We are living in a very dangerous world.

All of this gives evidence to the fact that people need Jesus to provide salvation and forgiveness from their sins. They need the Savior. Understandably, if they do not know the Gospel, they will never receive the Holy Spirit, who can lead them to faith and forgiveness.

To reach out to them is why we do our best to share the Savior. He came to seek and save the lost, and now He has asked us to share that news with every time and every nation.

My brothers and sisters, now is the time for sharing the Christ of our lives. In this endeavor we are servants of the Holy Spirit. As the Lord has said, "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord Almighty" (Zechariah 4:6b).

May God bless you to be His witness in this world.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we thank You for calling us as Your children and trusting us to be witnesses for You in this world. Lord, please help and guide us, so we may show Your love to others in every aspect of our lives. This we ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Biography of Author: The author of today's devotion is Mr. Sathiyabalan who has served as director for the Sri Lankan office of Lutheran Hour Ministries since it opened in 2001. Over the years hundreds of non-Christians have been reached by our programs amongst which are listed, Weuses, a Bible Correspondence Course (BCC) in Sinhalese, Tamil and English languages; Equipping the Saints (ETS) workshops; youth gatherings; and special events in fellowship with local congregations. Known in-country as Lanka Hope Media, this ministry center operates in Colombo. It uses literature displays and rallies as an effective way to reach people in this country of more than 20 million people. Staff and volunteers also use videos, musical events, and puppet shows to promote their programs and to teach people about Jesus Christ. You can check out what's happening in Sri Lanka by going to its blog at

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Pastor KlausIn Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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THURSDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Boaz's mom?  Rahab the prostitute
Fri- Bible Study and Fellowship at Hendershots 7pm; Pastor and family leave for vacation
Sat- NO BIBLE CLASS at 4pm; worship 5pm; DARBY DAY at 6PM! 
Sun- worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and Adult Bible Class 9:45
Acolytes- 8:30- Patrick Schaumberg; 11- Ryan Spoede
Altar guild- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean up- Sandy Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Don and Donna Sherman; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Communion Assistants- Sat Rich Talbert; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Dave Winter
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Sandra Perricone;  11am- Sophie TInnin
Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman
8:30 Ushers- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze

Come enjoy some fun and fellowship!  Men, get your top hats and women come in the most outlandish, biggest, most decorated hats you can find!!  Please call 456-2888 if you are coming!_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

A big thank you to the Robines, Brunsons, Sutherlands, and Landwehrs for doing such a wonderful job on our dinner on Wednesday!  These families work very hard to make these dinners enjoyable for you all!  Give them a big thank you!
Come on Wednesday, March 19 at 5:30 to enjoy Turkey, stuffing, green beans and dessert!!!!

Come for worship at 6:30 to hear Pastor Grund preach on David's Psalm 121  "My Help Comes from the Lord"
DENISE SCHLESSELMAN WILL HAVE THE PETITION PAPERS TO SIGN THIS WEEKEND FOR THE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION INITIATIVE!!!  Please stop by the table after worship to sign them!___________________________________________________________________________
There is a $30 nonrefundable registration fee.  Students must be 3 or 4 years old by Aug 1.  Enrollment for the community will begin April 1.  For more info call Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier.
I will be biking across part of Kansas, about 250 miles in all, on June 7-9 to raise money for  Lead a Child is a LCMS recognized service organization that provides funding for kids to attend schools, many of them Christian schools, in third world countries.  It has provided A LOT for ministries and missions to help kids who would otherwise have NO EDUCATION in places like Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, and many other places.  Please consider supporting me so that we can continue to support children throughout the world!  As of January 1, I am also on the board of directors for this organization.
Pastor Terry Grund will be here to preach and lead Bible study!  He will be having a Bible study on the GOSPEL reading- John 3:1-17.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)FOR THE FAMILY OF JACOB BOEDEKER who lost his life tragically in the motorcycle/bus accident yesterday.  The Boedeker family has had several kids that have and will be attending Little Lambs.
For SCOTT CLARK who has an infection in his finger that has gone all the way to the bone after a severe cut from a saw.
For CAROL HINKLEMAN, a friend of Cheri Verme (Lil WInter's daughter) who is in ICU with spinal meningitis.
For ED AND MARGARET KOHRS who are mourning the loss of Margaret's son in law.  

FOR NANCY SPINIOLAS who fell and tore a muscle in her arm and had to get 21 stiches in it.
FOR ERNA VAN HORN who was put on hospice care yesterday due to inoperable and untreatable cancer.

FOR WENDELL AND MARY ANN ROEHRS who have decided to move down to the Lake of the Ozarks after losing their home to a fire.
THOSE WITH CANCER, the many among our family and friends who are struggling with cancer.


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.  
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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