After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Judges 2:10
It's the parent's fault. That's all I can say. They didn't teach their children to know the Lord. They didn't make a discipline out of attending God's house for worship. They didn't pray regularly. They didn't talk about God when they sat down to eat, when they got up, when they walked on the road, or when they went to bed. That's what happened.
I hate it when parents decide to let their children make their own decision when it comes to God, Religion, or faith. Do you let them make their own decision when it comes to brushing their teeth, going to grandma's house, cleaning up their room, or eating their vegetables. Heck no! So why would you let them make up their own minds with something of so very much more importance. Excuse my French, but that's just plain stupid and irresponsible.
A high school classmate of mine died yesterday while on vacation in California trying to rescue his son. His son had slipped on a rock and fell into the ocean. He jumped in and actually was able to push his boy to safety, but just as he was trying to get out himself a huge wave came and pulled him back into the ocean. He drowned. He is in heaven now! Why? Because his parents introduced him to the Lord and made sure that he knew the Lord!! he grew up knowing Jesus as Savior!
What if his parents had decided to let him make up his own mind and never talked to him about Jesus? What if they had never taken him to the waters of Holy Baptism? What if it is was left up to him?
To be sure there are thousands of people who came to faith without their parents help. There are millions who never heard a word about their Savior from the people who raised them BUT WHY WOULD YOU, WHO KNOW THE LORD, TAKE THAT CHANCE, when you know that the child's eternal life is at stake?
I'm speaking to parents today when I say, MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN KNOW THE LORD! If you do one good thing in your life, make it this one! Bring them to church! Bring them to Sunday school. Go to Sunday school yourself so that they see, know, and understand how important knowing the Lord is to you! KNOW THE LORD YOURSELF TOO! You won't be disappointed!
I'm so thankful that I was born to parents who made sure that I knew the Lord, that they made me go to worship even when I didn't want to go. That they spent time with me memorizing the Scripture, that they sent me to Lutheran school, and that they continue to care deeply about my spiritual life!
My prayer is that your kids have parents like mine!
Prayer: Lord God, help parent to make good decisions in raising their kids to know you. Amen.
UP in God's Word and Sacraments
OUT into the community by caring for physical and spiritual needs
TOGETHER in fellowship to build lasting relationships in Christ.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: How old was Joshua when he died? 110
Thurs- Karate 5:30
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Pastor Jim Prince is here to preach and lead worship and Bible study this weekend.
Acolyte- Wed- Dawn Sherman 8:30- Dustin Toedebusch, 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Wed- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure: Sun- Scott Heitgerd, Alex Heitgerd, Bob Linke, Tom Linke
Altar- Wed Candles Terry Mckenzie; Sun Set up- Ruth Walters, Clean Up- Betty Schirr and Cheryl Bettlach
Communion Assistants- Sat- John Hachtel; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Don Nolte 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay readers- Sat- John Hachtel 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Jennifer Figura
Sat Pianist- Tim Sherman
Organist: Melissa Pedersen
Projectionists: Sat- No projector this weekend
Menu: Mostaccioli, garlic bread, salad, and DESSERT
Worship Theme: "Calling Us Home..... Suffering"
Invite your friends and neighbors!! Enjoy some good food, great fellowship, and God's Word all in the span of two hours!!
CHURCH WORK DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 28 8am-noon!!
Here's what we have so far:
Mar 22- Luebkes
Apr 5- EASTER BREAKFAST
Apr 19- ???
Apr. 26- ???
ST. JOHN'S YELLOW PAGES
If you didn't get your business card in this month's newsletter get them in to the office for the April newsletter!! This advertising is free to members. Many times members call and ask if there are members who are in a certain business or profession. People would always rather do business with fellow church members when they can.
DO YOU HAVE A KROGER CARD? ENROLL IT IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM!!!
Register online and have it swiped each time you shop.
SAVE THE DATE!!!! OUR FIRST ANNUAL FALL CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 12, 2015!!!
We are looking for ideas for carnival games and also donations of carnival game prizes for the vent. Please donate prizes into the cardboard box in the narthex. Also, if any one has an idea for a carnival game, or a game itself they would like to donate please contact Joanna Hoelscher at 636-485-0635 or Karla Christophene at 314-397-1375.
TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP GROUP TRIP TO THE CLYDESDALE FARM AND THE JEFFERSON CITY STATE PENITENTIARY ON SATURDAY APRIL 11!!
We will visit the Warm Springs Ranch, World headquarters of the Budweiser Clydesdale OPERATION. After the tour of the ranch and some refreshments compliments of Budweiser, we will enjoy lunch at Settler's Inn. After that we are on to Jeff City for a tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary. An ICE CREAM BREAK us scheduled at Central dairy to round out the day. Reservations and tickets have to be purchased so it is NECESSARY that you SIGN UP NOW!!! Complete cost will be determined by number of people going.
For OUR CONGREGATION AS WE SLOWLY MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUILDING PROGRAM!!
For OUR DCE, KELSEY OVERBECK, that the Lord moves a congregation in need of her abilities to call her into full time DCE ministry.
For DAVE KOHRS who began chemo treatment last Tuesday.
For DAVE TINNIN'S MOM, JANE, as she continues to recover from several strokes and seizures.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she is having a lot of difficulty with congestion and possible pneumonia. .
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 DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she continues to work hard to bring the people of the Czech Republic to Christ. .
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