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4 If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,[a] blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
There is nothing comparable to knowing Jesus as Lord. No amount of accolades, no prize, no wealth, no power.... nothing can compare.
Why? Because knowing Christ gives us:
1. Peace- When we know Christ and his forgiveness, we need not fear anything, even death. We may suffer for a time. We will certainly experience pain. We can't get out of this earth without experiencing death, unless Jesus comes back first. But we also know that even death won't destroy us. We know that there is no end to our life with Jesus! And so we have that peace that the world doesn't understand. We can go through anything, endure everything, and do everything through Christ who gives us strength.
2. Reconciliation- While the world keeps on fighting their fights fruitlessly and pointlessly, we are able to give and receive forgiveness. We don't have to hold on to grudges. We don't have to hate someone forever no matter how evil they were to us or to the people we love. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can let that sin go. We don't have to hold on to guilt either. As Paul says, "Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
3. the resurrection! We have the truth that Jesus is alive! Because Jesus has risen from the dead, and death has not held him, it can't hold us either! Praise the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us knowledge of you! Give that knowledge to others through us as we live our lives in your grace. Amen.
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: Who became the leader of the Israelites after Moses? Joshua (Thanks Don Nolte and Doug Herzog!)
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!!!