DEVOTION: Hebrews 3:12-19 English Standard Version (ESV)
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,
"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
Mark 10:17-22 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" 20 And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth." 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
I was at Good Shepherd daycare in Wright City for a while yesterday and I noticed something about the kids. They all like to do things themselves without any help, until they figure out that they can't do it, and then they want your help and they want it IMMEDIATELY. Then, when they can't do it themselves and you can't help them immediately, they cry and pout till they get what they want.
In our Gospel reading we see a person that is described as a "rich young man". The young man wanted to do it himself, for we see him ask, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" We all know that there is nothing you can do to "inherit" something. You have to be born into a family or the person with the thing you want to inherit has to give it to you. Since neither of those were going to work for the young man he figured there must be something he could do to inherit it. But there wasn't anything he could do, at least anything he was willing to do. Jesus told him that he should "sell all he had and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
"An evil, unbelieving heart" as the writer of Hebrews describes it, wants to hold on to worldly possessions, when in essence, those worldly possessions are holding on to that person. An evil and unbelieving heart doesn't want to follow Jesus and live in Him, that kind of heart is like an obstinate, stubborn child who wants to do it all himself.
Jesus wants us to realize that we can't do it all ourselves. In fact, we can't even start the process of salvation. All we can do is run to Jesus and plead with him to open the doors of heaven for us, which He gladly and freely does. All we can do is surrender to him and let him pick us up in his arms like little children and carry us through this life to the eternal life to come.
Quit being stubborn and obstinate children. Quit trying to do it on your own. Independence is good for some things, but it has no place in the work of salvation. That is all dependent on Jesus! Be dependent on him!
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; ELDERS MEETING noon
Acolyte- 8:30- Zack Hoelscher; 11- Sarah Cluver
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean up- Joanne Hachtel
Communion Assistants- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- ??????? Anyone want to take this? (Erv Yoder is out of town.); 11- Joan Sexton
Lay readers- Sat- Steve Robine 8:30- Allan Dreyer 11- Christine Winn
Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat. Perricones, 8:30- Terry McKenzie, 11- Jacob Winn
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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.
UNMARKED BLUE ENVELOPE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE GOING TO THE BUILDING EXPANSION PROGRAM
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!
DO YOU HAVE A KROGER CARD? ENROLL IT IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM!!!
Register it online www.krogercommunityrewards.com and have it swiped each time you shop to earn money for Little Lambs.