DEVOTION: Romans 3:19-28
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being[a] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
I know a lot of proud Christians. They are proud of how they are better than other people. They are proud of how they don't sin as much or that their sins aren't quite as "bad" as others. They are proud of how they go to church more than most. They are proud of how they can look down their noses at the sinners all around them. I know them, because, too often, I am one of them. Are you? I bet you are. I know you are. It's part of being a human. Our basic human want is to be above everyone else. It is to be our own god, to have our own standards, to live by our own rules.
The trouble with that is that you aren't. You aren't your own god. You can't make up your own rules, you are no the one who says what's right or wrong for you. There is One who is much greater than you. He is the One who made you. He is the One who redeemed your life from the pit. He is the One who cares for you daily. He is the One who continually forgives your sins and gives you new life!
Thank God for that. Can you imagine if you really were in charge of the world? How messed up would it really be? I know that if I was in charge of the world it wouldn't be around anymore. I'm almost positive it would be gone with you too.
But we can be PROUD! We can be proud of our Jesus! We can be proud of Him, that He loves us, that he forgives us, that he rose from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity.
We can be PROUD of our church too! We can be proud that we believe, teach, and confess the TRUTH! We can be proud that we keep the focus on Jesus and His salvation. We can be proud that we have His love in our hearts.
Be proud of your church! Be proud of your Savior! And be proud that He loves you enough to die for you!
Let us pray: Lord, you have given us both grace and the ability to receive that grace through faith. Thank you! Make us to be proud of You and You alone. Amen.
Wed- Ladies Aid noon; choir 7pm
Thurs- no school in Warrenton; karate 6:15-7:45
Fri- no school in Warrenton; Newsletter assembly 9am
Sat- Worship 5; Hayride and Bonfire at Heitgerds 6-10pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Lydia Miller; 11- Hannah Johnson
Ushers- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze
Altar- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean up- Lynn Russell and Elaine Schauer
Communion Assistants- Sat- John Hachtel; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski 8:30- Roy Bohning 11- Steve Robine
Sat. Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat. Perricone, 8:30- Terry McKenzie, 11- Jack Bunge
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