DEVOTION: Mark 10:23-31 (ESV)
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" 27 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." 28 Peter began to say to him, "See, we have left everything and followed you." 29 Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
If you have money you can do anything, right? You can buy what you want when you want it. You can go where you want when you want to. You can live how you want when, where, and how you want. Everything is great, isn't it?
Not so fast. Jesus says, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle that for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." I thought rich people could do anything. Why can't they enter into heaven?
Well, turns out that the price for entering heaven is perfection and no one can buy that, nor is it for sale. Just last week we heard a rich young man who wanted to do something to inherit eternal life. Jesus gave him something impossible to do to show him, and us, that it is impossible to do anything to inherit or earn heaven.
Heaven is unattainable by mere humans doing mere human things. You can't do enough or pay enough and neither can I. There is no such thing as enough. A camel can't go through the eye of a needle. It's impossible. The rich man didn't have the will or the mental capability of selling everything he had and giving it to the poor. You, as willing as you may be, cannot and will not ever be perfect on this side of heaven.
On the other hand, there was someone who took your place when it came to all of these things. He lived as perfect life for you. He died the death you couldn't die for you. And he has risen from the dead.... also something you can't do on your own. YES! Jesus is your ultimate superhero. All things are possible with God. Let him be your superhero today!
Let us pray: Lord, as I try to do it all myself and as I worry about how good I am and take too much pride in the small amount of things I have accomplished and how I am better than everyone else, humble me, and show me that with me it is impossible, but not with you. All things are possible with you. Amen.
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; SCRIP orders due
Acolyte- 8:30- Hannah Johnson; 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Scott and Alex Heitgerd; Bob and Tom Linke
Altar- Set up- Don Hance; Clean up- Sandy Robine
Communion Assistants- Sat- Dave Winter; 8:30- Steve McDowell; 11- Steve Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Jim and Vickie McRae; 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone 8:30- Jacob Nagel 11- Hannah Johnson
Sat. Pianist- Barb Dreyer
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat. Pam Bueltmann, 8:30- Lydia Miller, 11- ?????
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(Note: I may cook some hotdogs along with it.)
The potatoes are already here:
Some of the toppings have already been spoken for including: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives.
We could still use broccoli, and chili if you'd like to bring it. Please let me know if you are.
Also, we need some salads and desserts to round out the meal. Let me know you are bringing those as well.
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.