DEVOTION:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! Galatians 1:6-8
You can believe anything you want, but believing it doesn't make it true. You can believe that the earth is flat or that the moon is made of green cheese. Believing it doesn't make it so.
Yet, that is exactly what people try do when it comes to God. Whatever you believe is true for you...... But like I just said just because you believe it, doesn't make it true. In a pluralistic society where we must agree to disagree and live with people who believe differently than we do, this has become the mantra, "Believe what you want to believe". This is a good thing in that we are not forced to confess something else or to bow down to a false god like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It is good that we live in a free country where we are able to worship how, when, and where we want, and that we are able to speak freely about Jesus wherever we are.
At the same time it has its downfalls as well. Jesus becomes just another god among many gods instead of being who He claimed to be, the one true God. People can also get offended when we claim what Jesus claimed about himself and even more offended when we claim that all other religions are wrong.
As with everything else on this earth, you have to take the good with the bad. You have to be able to put up with some things that you really don't like in order to keep the freedom for all that you have. Don't think that just because all religions are considered equal here in the USA that they are all true. They aren't! Jesus' claim that he is the way, truth, and life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him is and will remain true!
Christianity has more physical and historical proof for it than any other religion in the world. We have a Jesus who, historically, rose from the dead and there is no proof anywhere that He didn't. We have a Bible that, despite many claims to disprove its infallibility, has stood the test of time and scrutiny. We have thousands of years of Christians, and thousands of years of Israelites before that who all have the same creation account AND MANY STILL HOLD TO IT AS THE TRUTH DESPITE WHAT YOU HEAR! You can be sure and certain of the faith you have. It's not based on one man's opinion or a bunch of philosophy. It is based on a truth that has stood from the beginning!
Let us pray: Holy Spirit, thank you for the confidence you give to us in faith! Help us to believe in You more each day and let our confidence flow to others. Amen.
________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Why were the musicians and priests able to stay in the rooms of the temple and why were they exempt from other duties? Because they worked in the temple day and night. (Their job was a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week job.)
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershots 7pm Sat- Men's Breakfast 8-9:30; Worship 5; Hayride and Bonfire at Heitgerds 6pm Sun- worship 8:30; Bible Study and Sunday school 9:45; worship 11 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK Acolytes- 8:30- Dustin Toedebusch 11- Jacob Winn Altar guild- Set up- Don and Dianne Hance; Clean Up-- Sandy Robine Greeters- 8:30- Bob Linke; 11- Joan Sexton Communion Assistants- Sat- John Hachtel; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Dave Winter Lay Readers- Sat- John Hachtel, 8:30- Amer Vossen, 11- Sandy Robine 8:30 Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tom Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure Projectors- Sat-- Pam Bueltmann; 8:30- Schaumbergs, 11- Ian Brunson Pianists/organists Sat- Tim Sherman; Sun- Melissa Pedersen 11am- Molly Hendershot ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ MORE NEW NEWS:
FAMILY HAYRIDE AND BONFIRE AT THE HEITGERD'S THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 BEGINNING AT 6PM!!
We can still use a few more people to bring chili and other snacks or desserts!!!!
A NEW GROUP IS STARTING CALLED "CARING FOR INACTIVE MEMBERS"
DO you have a heart for those who have strayed from the fellowship and have not been attending worship? Do you want to pray for and care for those loved ones? Do you think that Jesus still loves them as much as everyone else at St. John's. This group is definitely for you! We will begin with some training as to how to best care for these members as soon as we can get two or three more people who are interested. Sandy Robine is already a part of it, and we are both excited about it.
Bring your kids, bring a pot of chili, and your carved pumpkins to our 3rd annual Trunk-or-treat!! THis is a fun and safe environment to have your kids go trick-or-treating and it's fun for the whole family. We will also be having a chili cook off and a pumpkin carving contest! There will be prizes for thw inners. Event starts at 5pm with chili judging and then we will serve al the chili till 6:30. If you plan on being in the chili contest; please calling the church office, or emailing Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trunk or treat will go until 8pm.
PATRIOT PACKAGES WILL BE PACKED AT THE WARRENTON ARMORY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15!!
You may donate small travel size personal hygiene items, gum, comic books, magazines, or cash. A full list of needed items will be available soon. These packages are sent to troops out on the front line and battle fields around the world.
PRAYER REQUESTS: (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For THOSE IN BELLEVILLE, IL AND SURROUNDING COMMUNTIEIS who are recovering from tornado damage.
For DONNA HEITGERD as she had successful surgery and has been moved to the rehab section of St Joe's, St. Charles.
For SCOTT CLARK who is recovering from back surgery.
For DERIK ROLOFF, grandson of the Tamelers, who has breast cancer (yes men can get breast cancer). He is having surgery on Friday to remove it and then after the results he will have to spend some time in Children's Hospital.
For THOSE IN DANGER, THOSE SUFFERING, AND THOSE MOURNING THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES DUE TO EBOLA, that the Lord would find a cure and an antidote for it.
For our NATION'S MILITARY LEADERS AND SOLDIERS as they figure out what to do about the imminent threats from ISIS.
For MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, who are being persecuted to the point of death for their faith.
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