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Daily Devotion: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Daily Devos

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
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"Every Man for Himself"  
January 13, 2015

flowerJesus said to her, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26
Mary Dickson and Martha Dixon had names that sounded very similar.

But there was far more in common with the lives of these ladies than a comparable last name. Dickson and Dixon were sisters; more specifically, they were twin sisters. By God's grace they had come into this world together some 90 years ago.

But their sharing goes even deeper.

Having grown up together Dickson and Dixon eventually were married ... to brothers. Yes, I know the last names are not the same, but that is only because one of the boys, wishing to re-enlist in the armed services, changed his name. Sometime, years ago, Dickson and Dixon were widowed.

The last years of their lives were spent living with a granddaughter. She reports Mary and Martha "fought like sisters but loved each other like sisters." So there you have it: two sisters with biblical names and intertwined lives -- and one more detail that needs to be mentioned.

On Christmas Day, Mary and Martha, at the age of 90, died within two hours of each other.

Now it would be nice if I could say these sisters who had done so much together in life, also entered heaven hand-in-hand, Now it may well be that these ladies are in heaven with their Redeemer. I hope they are, but I don't know. On the other hand, I do know that if they are in heaven it is because both Dickson and Dixon had an individual and a personal faith in the Savior.

You see, not even twin sisters, women who have shared their days, their friends, and many of life's experiences, are able to provide assistance for the other at the moment of death. Mary Dickson and Martha Dixon had to believe on their own, and they had to die on their own -- just as you and I must believe and die on our own.

Now you may wonder why this devotion brings up such an obvious point. The answer is found in many congregations. There we can see a sizable number of people whose parents are pillars of the congregation but who have no active relationship with the Savior themselves. There we can see folks who count on their ancestors, founding fathers of the church, to get them into heaven.

These people are relying on an unfounded hope. The truth is this: nobody -- nobody, that is, except for Jesus, will be able to stand by our sides during the final moments of life.

And that's all right.

It is all right because Jesus is the one Person, the exactly right Person that we need. Jesus came into this world to live for individuals, to die for individuals, and to rise for individuals. Through the Christ's great sacrifice, the Lord's love and saving grace has been extended to each and every sinner, and it needs to be received by each individual.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks that while Jesus came to save the world, He has also come to save me. Grant that every soul may be brought to faith in the one and only Redeemer. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
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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YESTERDAY"S QUIZ ANSWER:    Who were Isaac's two sons from Rebekkah?  Jacob and Esau
TODAY'S QUIZ: To whom did Jacob flee after he had tricked, and angered, his brother Esau?
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15; Trustees 7
Wed- Choir 7pm; Pastors' Circuit meeting at church 9-3;  NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Thurs- Karate 5pm; Praise Band practice 6pm
Fri- Pastor gone at workshop all day
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Elder's meeting noon
Acolyte- 8:30- Patrick Schaumberg, 11- John Pezold
Ushers- Allan Dreyer, Lou Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klovver
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies  11- Joan Sexton
Lay readers- Sat- Kathy Fischer; 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Sandy Robine
Sat Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Do you like good, home cooked food?
Do you like to spend time with your church family?
Do you like to get into God's Word with your family?
Do you  find the time constraints of work, school, and other obligations squeezing out that God time?
We have the perfect thing for you!  We are starting family nights next Monday, January 19 at 6pm!
We will begin with a carry in/potluck supper from 6-6:30 and end with a devotion/Bible study time from 6:30-7.  The Bible study will be for all ages and all knowledge levels. 
Please bring a dish to share with the rest of the group.  Anything is welcome, salad, side dish, pasta dish, meat, dessert.... anything you think would be good for this kind of group.  There will be no main dish (meat)provided.
Tickets are $25 a piece!!

Raffle Tickets for the $500 drawing are also available.  1 ticket for $10 or 11 tickets for $20. 
It is always a BLAST!!!  Get your tickets this weekend before or after one of our worship services or contact your favorite youth to buy them from one of them. 
For years this event has become known as a great place to get good deals on things and help out our youth program at the same time!! 

I know a lot of you enjoy not having to flip through the hymnal and bulletin in order to participate in worship every week.  It is an extremely special blessing to visitors who aren't familiar with church and worship.  What a blessing technology can be.  Over the last few years there have been many who have volunteered to help keep this going by being projectionists. 
Unfortunately over the last couple years the number of volunteers has dwindled, down to five and they need YOUR help!!  All it requires is that you pay attention and follow along with the service and push a few keys on the keyboard.   I will give you a quick tutorial before you do it the first time.  And don't worry about making mistakes.  Everyone does, and most of the little hiccups and mistakes that happen with it are MY fault!   Please consider filling in some of the dates so that we can keep this going! 
I also want to publicly thank JOHN HACHTEL who faithfully, week after week, puts the whole service on the powerpoint for us.  This can take three hours or more a week depending on the service.  Thank you John!!  Please just hit reply and fill in the services you'd like to do.   If we don't have volunteers for a specific service we won't have it. 
Jan 17-
Jan 18-  8:30-  Julie                        11- Kailyn
Jan 24-
Jan 25- 8:30-    Terry                       11- Hailey
Jan 30- Jacob Winn
Feb 1- 8:30-                             11- Terry
Feb 7-
Feb 8- 8:30-   Zack                          11- Hannah
Feb 14-
Feb 15- 8:30- Terry                          11-
Feb 21-
Feb 22- 8:30-                           11-
Feb 28- Terry
Mar 1- 8:30-  Sophie                          11-
Mar 7-
Mar 8- 8:30-                            11- Jacob Cluver
Mar 14-
Mar 15- 8:30-   Julie                       11-  Terry
Mar 28-
Mar 29- 8:30- Terry                         11-
Apr 2- (Maundy Thursday) 7- Terry
Apr 3- (Good Friday) 7-
Apr 5- (Easter) 6:30-               10-
Apr 11-
Apr 12- 8:30-   Terry                    11-
Apr. 18-
Apr. 19- 8:30-  Julie                       11- Terry
Apr. 25-
Apr. 26- 8:30-                         11-
May 2- Terry
May 3- 8:30-                           11-
May 9-
May 10- 8:30-  Julie                       11-
May 16-
May 17- 8:30- Terry                        11-
May 23-
May 24- 8:30-  Kailyn                       11-  Hannah
May 30-
May 31- 8:30-  Terry                       11- Cara
June 6-
June 7- 8:30- Sophie                          11-  Terry
June 20-  Terry
June 21- 8:30-                         11- Kailyn
June 27-
June 28- 8:30- Terry                        11-  Devin

All kids in grades 1-12 are welcome to come along with their parents!!  Cost is $11 for members of St. John's and $22 for friends and other nonmembers. 
They will leave at 11:30 from church!  Depending on the number of people going there will be a big need for drivers. 
Deadline to register is Tuesday January 20!! 
For WLLIAM FISCHER, Randy Sr. Fischer's dad, who is hospitalized with many medical issues including congestive heart failure.
For DANIELLE MEINE, a senior at WHS, a friend to many kids at St. john's, and a rider on Karin's bus since kindergarten, who has a very serious form of cancer.
For ELTON TEMME, Harold Temme and Lois Frick's brother, who has had many seizures and is dealing with many other health problems.
For BEN HOELSCHER, who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and has begun treatment for it.
For the CALLIES Family at the loss of Dave's stepmom.
For the STEVENS and CALLIES FAMILIES as Sarah lost her unborn baby last Thursday.
For THE PEZOLD FAMILY as Lisa's dad passed away last week.

For CLAIRE JOHNSON who is recovering from a bad car accident at SSM Rehab/Nursing home in Wentzville. 
For TODD PONDER, former band teacher/director and friend to many at St. John's, who suffered a massive stroke and can't do anything but move his eyes.  He is unable to breathe on his own. Here is a link to a fund that was started to help the family as they will have astronomical hospital and rehab bills for a long time to come.   At the bottom of the page it also has updates as to his progress.

For OUR CONTINUED FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND SPEECH in the United States, that we would continue to be able to freely speak the truth even in the face of opposition.

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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