Great devotion from LHM Daily Devotion - September 29, 2015 "Blessed Deliverance"

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By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

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Blessed Deliverance" 

September 29, 2015  

Spanish Daily Devotions Stained Glass 9-11-13(The Lord said) "And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Psalm 50:15

Most of the time pastors are trying to get people into their church.

Recently, Pastor John D. Johnson III of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church showed himself to be the exception to that rule. Pastor Johnson was occupied in a conference room, and other members of his congregation were in other locations. While Pastor Johnson was working, Rasheed Abdul Aziz came in and announced he was a "man of Islam."

Mr. Aziz also shared that demons were chasing him, and his god had authorized him to kill Christians and Jews. Now you may not know, but most of The Lutheran Hour speakers have received death threats over the years. After a while, we generally come to believe that most of these threats are "all blow and no show."

If Pastor Johnson had any thought of dismissing Mr. Aziz, he put that notion aside when he spotted the gun in Aziz's pocket. Using training received at another job, Pastor Johnson calmed Mr. Aziz and then made an excuse to leave the room for a moment. That moment he used to warn the others. He said, "We got a problem. Get everybody out."

The people, including Pastor Johnson, made a quick and calm retreat.

Later on, Mr. Aziz was found by the police with the gun still in his pocket. They arrested him and charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

As I read that story, it occurred to me that if Mr. Aziz had fired upon Pastor Johnson and the members of his church, it would have been picked up by every news service. Indeed, it would have been splashed all over the evening news and the front page of every newspaper.

But when a Christian pastor does and says the right thing and people are all delivered by God's hand, not much is said.

How sad.

It is right and proper for God's people to praise Him for His ongoing preservation and for having delivered us of evil. The psalmist is quite correct when he tells us the Lord's people are to call upon Him during evil times. And the psalmist is also correct when he adds after God has delivered you, then remember and glorify Him.

Sadly, but not so strangely, we're good at calling on the Lord for help, but we're pretty sad when it comes to thanking Him for services rendered. Yes, we should glorify the Lord for all of our earthly deliverances and, most of all, for our spiritual rescue.

Through the work of Jesus Christ, because of His life, suffering, death and resurrection, people of faith acknowledge He has saved them from sin's consequences and the Law's charges. That Jesus has done what we could not is a joy, which needs to be acknowledged.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I have no doubt that this day You have saved me many times without my knowledge. I thank You for that. Keep me always aware of the rescue, which has been done for me by Your Son. In His Name I pray 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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Daily Email: Monday, September 28, 2015

DEVOTION: Psalm 128 
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
    who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
    you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
    who fears the Lord.

The Lord bless you from Zion!
    May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life!
May you see your children's children!
    Peace be upon Israel


I have always had a healthy fear of my dad, still do even today.  I never wanted to make him mad.  I knew that making him mad would incur his wrath upon me.  That wrath made way its out in yelling, in an ear pulling, time in the corner, and even a spanking. 


What was even worse and would still be worse today is disappointing him.  I never want to disappoint him, because I value his honor of me and I want him to be proud of me.  I don't want to do something that would remove that honor and pride that he ahs for me. 


I know he will keep loving me no matter what.  I know he will always have my back.  So I'm not afraid of losing his love.  He always has and always will forgive me.  I know this without a doubt!


This is what makes me  want to do things and live a life that will make him proud.


That is the same "fear" that we should have for Almighty God.  When we do, then the things above are bound to happen.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE When we as fathers are good examples to our wives and children. 


THE CHURCH NEEDS AND HAS ALWAYS NEEDED MEN: fathers, husbands, workers, leaders,  who FEAR THE LORD!! 


We know that our heavenly Father will never stop loving us.  He will love us no matter what.  And when he sees us, he doesn't see our failures or are shortcomings.  He sees Jesus.  THANKS BE TO GOD! 


This fact is what makes us want to honor, serve, and obey our heavenly Father!  Do that Today!   Praise and thank the Lord for those who fear the Lord in your life, and follow their example! 


Prayer:  Lord, help me to have a holy fear of you so that I may be blessed as you have promised.  Amen.

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:  What was Daniel's last vision about?


Daniel 12   There will be a time of great distress, like no other.  Everyone whose name is found in the book will 

be delivered.  Many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and 
everlasting contempt.   Then Daniel saw two men one on this bank and one on the other.  One of them said
to the man wearing linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be before these amazing 
are fulfilled?   The man in linen lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and swore by him who lives
forever saying "It will be for a time, times and half a time.  When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all
these things will be completed.  God would not tell Daniel when that time would be.
Thanks Dianne Hance!


TODAY'S QUIZ: In what year of the reign of King Darius did Zechariah prophesy?
Mon- Confirmation 5-6:15;  Family Night 6:15-7:30pm (Marilyn is on vacation all week)
Tues- Quilting 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15
Wed- Choir 7pm
Thurs- Alzheimer's Support group 1pm; Karate 5-7:45
Sat-  Worship 5
Sun- SCRIP ORDERS DUE; Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45


Acolyte-  8:30- Jacob Cluver; 11- Alaina Heitgerd

Ushers-  Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Don Tate, Doug Walters

Altar- Set up- Ruth Walters; Clean up- Terry McKenzie

Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Sweet; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Charlie Figura

Greeters- 8:30- Doug and Ruth Walters; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine

Lay readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski 8:30- Betty Schirr 11- Kailyn Blechle

Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman

Organist-  Rachel Fisher

Projectionists: Sat. Pam Bueltmann, 8:30- Dawn Sherman, 11- Hannah Johnson


A NEW AND EASY FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY!!!  Place your order for, along with your check, made payable to St. Johns, in the "Bob the Builder" box. 
The order forms are on the table in the narthex!  Just about every store that you can think of is on the list!  Use the cards just like you would use a debit/credit card and help St. John's make  A LOT of money!
Bring your canned fruit by pastor's office if you want it included!!
Many children in our community are very poor.  They are able to get some of their meals at school during the week, but often go hungry on weekends.  Operation backpack is a way that our community has decided to help these kids. 
Every month throughout the school year, each church participating will take one food item and collect just that food item.  At the end of the month the food will be delivered to school.  The school officials along with volunteers will distribute the food to kids backpacks to take home.   
Throughout the month of September we will be collecting canned fruit . All size cans and even individual portions will be accepted.  The fruit will be delivered to the schools October 1.   We will have a box in the narthex for deposits.
If you'd like it to go to the DCE fund you need to mark it for that!  Please make sure you mark the ENVELOPE clearly for the DCE PROGRAM!

Register it online and have it swiped each time you shop to earn money for Little Lambs. 

For DON PANHORST who found out that he has cancer last week and is starting chemo this (MONDAY) morning. 
For JAMIE, a FRIEND OF CHRISTY WINN, whose daughter, KAYLA, died suddenly last night.
For BROOKS EBERT, infant son of Derek and Andrea, who finally, after a month, was able to eat his first bottle on his own on Thursday.   He may get to go home soon.
For PHYLLIS HOELSCHER who is recovering from knee replacement surgery at home.
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she is back in the Czech Republic to continue her mission work.
For DAVE AND CAROL KOHRS, who are BOTH on hospice care.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she continues to deal with the after effects of a severe stroke almost two years ago.