DEVOTION: The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd. Zechariah 10:2
I am often amazed at how easily people are led astray by the devil into all manner of false thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. Please note, brothers and sisters, that the devil doesn't stand in front of you with pitchfork, horns, and a red suit. Instead he comes in enticing ideas. He comes in telling you that your brain (yes, the brain that God created) has the right to tell God what to do, or knows better than God and His Word given to us in the Scriptures. Remember what the devil told Eve, "You will not surely die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Her idol was her own will to be "like" God.
I said I was amazed at how easily others fall into temptation, but then I have to look at myself too. How easily I let the things of this world have control of aspects of my life instead of letting God have control of it. How easily I let my anger at others get the best of me. How easily I become jealous of others. How easily I let my pride get in the way. How easily I begin to think that I know better than God.
If Satan is getting the best of you lately, there is no better time that the present to repent! Turn from the idols that are speaking deceit, the diviners that lie, the dreams that are false, and the vain comfort you are trying to find in the world. Instead trust in the Lord for your peace, security, love, and joy! Depend on Him, not on yourself. Stop trying to be your own god and let God be God!
Let us pray: Lord help me to turn away from all that is false and turn to You, for You are the way and the truth and the life. Amen.
________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What does the word "Hallelujah" mean? Praise the Lord!
Thurs- Alzheimers group 1pm; Karate 5:30pm Sat- TFG Day trip to St Louis leaves at 7:45; Bible study 4pm; Worship 5 Sun- LWML Sunday worship 8:30; Bible Study and Sunday school 9:45; worship 11; Potluck and work day at noon __________________________________________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK Acolytes- 8:30- Patrick Schaumberg 11- John Pezold Altar guild- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean Up-- Pam Linke Greeters- 8:30- John and Joanne Hachtel; 11- Doug and Ruth Walters Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Sweet; 8:30- Rich Boeger; 11- Charlie Figura Lay Readers- Sat- Randy Sweet, 8:30- Betty Schirr, 11- Kailyn Blechle 8:30 Ushers- Coleen Bottorff, Linda Callies, Betty Schirr, Wanda Turnure Projectors- Sat-- Pam Bueltmann; 8:30- Terry McKenzie, 11- Cara Klaustermeier Pianists/organists Sat- Barb Dreyer; Sun- Melissa Pedersen 11am- Molly Hendershot ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEWS:
A NEW BEGINNER KARATE CLASS IS STARTING AT ST. JOHN'S TONIGHT AT 5:30!!! Come and check it out!
We have lots of work to do and lots of things to get done. Everyone can have a job to do! If you haven't signed up please still come!! Call the church office to let us know how many from your family are coming!
JUST SHOW UP AND ENJOY GOOD FELLOWSHIP, GOOD FOOD, AND GOOD WORK!
Below are the projects that we will be working on at church 1. Dirt work in the swaile between the Linke's property and the parking lot 2. Work on the lights at the north end of the building 3. Trim bushes around church building 4. clean out storage areas by pavilion 5. narthex flooring (pull up carpet, fix subfloor, and put down new flooring) 6. cleaning projects all around church (pews, shelves, closets, etc.) 7. Write "Thinking of You" and other encouragements to soldiers, college students, and shut ins. There are also some projects that we will be working on at Good Shepherd in Wright City 1. parking stops need to be lined up and pinned down to keep them from moving 2. landscaping in front of building 3. Removing weeds from playground
A NEW BIBLE STUDY ON HEAVEN WILL BE STARTING THIS WEEKEND!! COME AND CHECK IT OUT!
On Oct. 4 and 5 we will be starting a new study titled "What is heaven like?" This study will be based on the Scriptures first and foremost and we will talk about the glory we will experience and the face to face contact we will have with Jesus.
Get out of the dark and into the light when it comes to your knowledge about paradise! Come and get all your questions answered!
GROUP BUS TRIP FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 TO TOUR THE CATHOLIC RECTORY IN HERMANN AND GO TO OSAGE BEACH FOR DINNER AND A CHRISTMAS SHOW AT MAIN STREET MUSIC HALL!! They are in need of more people to sign up!! If they don't get enough people the trip will have to be canceled!! Anyone can go!
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