DEVOTION: Zephaniah 3:14-20
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
"Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
19 Behold, at that time I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
20 At that time I will bring you in,
at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes," says the Lord.
What a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday I woke up cheerful and happy. I had gotten enough sleep and was ready and raring to go. Even though I was headed to do a funeral, which is a sad time, I was at peace knowing that David was indeed in the best place there is in heaven!
This morning I woke up crabby, because I didn't sleep well, and Gus was given me flack for me making him wear what he was supposed to wear for his basketball game today. Cara has a toe that's all black and blue under her toenail and hurts really badly. I forgot my phone at home and had to make the trek all the way back home to get it, because, as you all know, no one can live without a cell phone anymore. My attitude with all of it hasn't been the greatest either. I've been awful grumpy so far today.
Thank God that His promises don't change between those 24 hour periods. His mercies are new every morning and they continue throughout the day!
Check out the promises in this passage. Aren't they awesome? He has taken away our judgments! The KING OF ISRAEL, the LORD is in our midst and never again will we fear evil! How extremely fascinating is that?
These terrorists, these enemies of ours, these who would cause trouble, WE DON"T NEED TO FEAR ANY OF THEM! They may hurt us bodily, but that hurt will soon go away as we go into eternity with Jesus! That cancer may hurt for a while, but it will not last. Your loved one may go away from you into heaven for a while, but you will not be separated forever.
Have joy and rejoice in the promises of God! All is not lost! He has triumphed! He has won the victory! He is risen indeed!
Let us pray: Lord, turn our frowns upside down as we rejoice in your precious and most certain promises. Amen.
Tues- No quilting or Bible study today; Building meeting canceled; trustees meeting 7pm
Wed- Advent Supper 5:30; Advent Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15
Sat- Sunday school Christmas program practice 9-11; Little Lambs Christmas Program 3pm; Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45
Acolyte- Wed- John Pezold 8:30- Jacob Winn ; 11- Hailey Blechle
Ushers- Wed- Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klover; Sun- George, Gary, and ben Hoelscher, and Brent Davis
Altar- Set Up- Ruth Walters Clean up- Joanne Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Steve McDowell
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Lay readers- Sat- Jim Rahn 8:30- Jacob Nagel 11- Steve McDowell
Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman
Organist- Wed. Rachel Fisher; Sun- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: Sat. Pam Bueltmann 8:30- Terry McKenzie , 11- ?????
YESTERDAY'S DAILY BIBLE QUIZ: (Note: The rest of these for the rest of this year are in memory and in honor of Dianne Hance who faithfully answered this quiz daily!)
His name in Hebrew is Mal·'a·khi′, which possibly means "My Messenger." The Hebrew Scriptures, the Septuagint, and the chronological order of the books all place Malachi last among the 12 so-called minor prophets. According to the tradition of the Great Synagogue, he lived after the prophets Haggai and Zechariah and was a contemporary of Nehemiah. t
The theme of his book is that the people had not learned the lessons that they should have learned from the Babylonian Captivity that had taken place shortly before the time of Malachi. The people were sent into captivity as punishment for their sins, and now they were doing the same things all over again. But Malachi finds hope in the coming Messiah who will make all things right because He comes with the power of God.
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Below are the last names of families and individuals responsible for bringing food this Wednesday. Please bring two of the following: salad, side dish, dessert.)
PLEASE BE FAITHFUL IN THIS! It is a wonderful fellowship and worship opportunity!!!
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You can take them home with you after worship on Christmas Day!
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