DEVOTION: Isaiah 43:16-21
16 Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings forth chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18 "Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.
We all like new things, don't we? Well, not always. If this new thing is a new job because the old one that we loved went away, we might not like it too much. If it's a new diagnosis the next time you go to the doctor, it may not be something you enjoy too much. If it is a new hymn in church you definitely won't like it, it's just a proven fact.
The new thing that the Lord is doing and will do is something we will definitely like though. He will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
When we are burned out and just dusty, dirty, dry, and done with life, the Lord will provide the water we need to wash ourselves, to drink, and to be refreshed. The waters of baptism do just that. In them we are renewed day by day as we remember what the Lord has done for us. He has washed away all that hinders and holds us down.
The old way of things was dependent on the people. God promised that if the people did all that he commanded and lived lives worthy of Him, they would live long in the land that he had given them. If they disobeyed the Lord and did what is evil in his sight, they would be taken away and would no longer live in the promised land.
The new way is that the Lord sent his perfect sinless Son to live the perfect life we couldn't live and die the sacrificial death we couldn't die all in our place and for us. This new way doesn't depend on us. It only d3epends on Almighty God! It is the only way that will work, because He is able to do it. We aren't!
What a new and wonderful way it is! Praise the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for making your Son Jesus the new way in this wilderness we call life so that we can make it through to the end which is you and eternal life. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15; Trustees meeting 7pm
Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15
Thurs- Board of outreach meeting 5pm; Gun club organizational meeting 7pm
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Elder meeting noon
Acolyte- Wed- Zack Hoelscher 8:30- Hannah Johnson 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Wed- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbbert, Don Turnure; Sun- Scott and Alex Heitgerd, Bob and Tom Linke
Altar- Wed Candles- Terry McKenzie; Sun Set up- Terry McKenzie ; Clean up- Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Don Turnure
Greeters- 8:30- Allan and Barb Dreyer; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Tim Linke; 11 - Kailyn Blechle
Pianist- Sat- Barb Dreyer
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- Kalene Masters
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: What is the "Ceremony of Reminder" in Deuteronomy? Deuteronomy 27:11-26
15 "'Cursed be the man who makes a carved or cast metal image, an abomination to the Lord, a thing made by the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen.'
16 "'Cursed be anyone who dishonors his father or his mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
17 "'Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor's landmark.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
18 "'Cursed be anyone who misleads a blind man on the road.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
19 "'Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
20 "'Cursed be anyone who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's nakedness.'[a] And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
21 "'Cursed be anyone who lies with any kind of animal.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
22 "'Cursed be anyone who lies with his sister, whether the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
23 "'Cursed be anyone who lies with his mother-in-law.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
24 "'Cursed be anyone who strikes down his neighbor in secret.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
25 "'Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
26 "'Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
4. The first 15 minutes of our gatherings would be devotion/Bible study time.
Unfortunately over the past several years, they have barely broken even on these dinners. The parents usually donate the desserts and even much of the other food out of their own pockets. Without that the youth would probably lose money.
It is especially important that they make money this year, as they will need all they can get to make their goal for the National Youth Gathering in new Orleans.
I want to encourage you all to attend these dinners, and, while there is no set price per person for these dinners, a generous free will offering is strongly encouraged!!
Below is the Menu for each week:
As always, thank you for your continued support of the future of Christianity!!!