A Great Multitude from Every Nation9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?" 14 I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 "Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Who are these clothed in white robes? They are YOU and ME if we are believers in the One who died and rose for us. CHRIST IS RISEN!!!! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
On this earth all Christians will have their differences. Right now we go by our interpretation of the Scriptures, and there are many interpretations, believe me. We can and will get into all manner of discussion and disagreement when it comes to things like baptism, the Lord's Supper, and all manner of other doctrinal differences. Yet, when the end comes it all of us who have "washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
How do we wash our robes in the blood of Jesus? We do so in the way He has told us. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life."
Right now we are going through this "great tribulation" called life. It is filled with all manner of good things, but quite a bit of bad stuff too. We get tired. We are constantly tempted. We fall into that temptation. We hurt others, ourselves, and especially God with our words, thoughts and actions. Need I go on?
My family is going through some tough times right now. My sister's father in law is on life support and isn't expected to make it. My dad is dealing with gall bladder problems, and my mom is having hip replacement surgery in a week and a half. PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM ALL!!
All of this makes me long for Jesus to return. It is hard to have patience and to wait for it. The good news, actually the BEST NEWS is that there will come a day when this tribulation will end. We will "come out of the great tribulation" with our white robes on singing praises to the Lord and enjoying His perfect presence and our perfected souls forever and ever!
Again I say, "CHRIST IS RISEN!! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Prayer: In the middle of this tribulation help me to constantly remember that I have washed my robe and made it white in Your blood and there will come a day when I will get to wear that robe for all eternity and it will never get old or uncomfortable. Amen. __________________________________________________________________________________________
Wed- Choir 7pm
Thurs- Medicare Workshop 6:30; Lutheranism 101 7pm
Fri- Newsletter deadline; Parent's night out babysitting 5-10pm; Bible study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Bible Study 9:45; Worship 11
Acolyte- 8:30- Zack Hoelscher 11- Alaina Heitgerd or Hannah Johnson????
Ushers- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze
Altar- Set up- Terry McKenzie; Clean Up- Terry McKenzie
Elders- Sat-- Randy Sweet?; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Randy Fischer
Greeters- 8:30- Paul and Cindy Klover ; 11- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay Readers- Sat- Randy Sweet? 8:30- Derek Ebert ; 10- Steve Robine
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Sat Piano- Barb Dreyer
Projectionists: Sat- Kathy Fischer; 8:30- Dawn Sherman 11- Masters family
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: Who was Amnon and what did he do that caused his half brother Absalom to kill him?
(A fantastic and thorough answer from Pat King. Thanks Pat)
You deserve a kid free night out! Friday, April 15th from 5pm - 10pm. Miss Kelsey and Mrs. K along with some great babysitters from our youth will be hosting our 2nd Parents' Night Out. This is a fundraiser for our church youth group. $20 for the first child $10 for the 2nd and $5 for each additional kid. Little Lambs and church kids get first dibsCall Kelsey @ 573-803-7826 or Karin @314-691-7283 to reserve your spot today!
_________________________________________________________________________________INSIDE SPACES ARE SOLD OUT!!
Join us as a vendor inside, have a tag sale on the parking lot, or craft items for sale. Outside spaces are available for $10 for a double parking spot.There will be a sale under the pavilion if you would like to donate items. The youth will be raising money for their National Youth Gathering trip under the pavilion and at the concession stand.St. John's Lutheran Church, 950 S Hwy 47 in Warrenton. Please call the church office for more info. 636-456-2888.
Vendor spots are being held for: Tupperware, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, 18" doll clothes by PJ'S Patterns, Perfectly Posh, Paparazzi, Damsel in Distress, It Works Global, Mary Kay, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Pink Zebra, Lilla Rose, Usborne Books & More, Cindy Rust handmade Jewelry, Avon, Park Lane, scroll saw art, Young Living Essential oils, Amy Flores Handmade Jewelry and custom / personalized key chains. More to come...THE QUILTERS WILL ALSO BE RAFFLING OFF THE QUILT THAT IS HANGING DOWNSTAIRS!!____________________________________________________________________________________________________LITTLE LAMBS PRESCHOOL IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR FOR CURRENT STUDENTS AND ST. JOHN'S MEMBERS!!! OPEN REGISTRATION FOR EVERYONE STARTS APRIL 1.Registration forms are available from Little Lambs or the church office. All registration forms must accompany the $45 nonrefundable registration fee. Children should be 3 or 4 by August 1. For more info talk to Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier._____________________________________________________________________________________DO YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM RECEIVING THIS DAILY EMAIL?If you know of someone who isn't currently receiving my daily emails but would like to, please reply to this email with their email address and I will add them to the list. THANK YOU!_____________________________________________________________________________OPERATION BACKPACK FOR APRIL IS CANNED SOUP AND RAMEN NOODLES(Remember this is for the poor and needy children of our community and county that often receive two breakfast and lunch at school, and have very little or no food at home.)___________________________________________________________________________________GENERAL PRAYERS:For LYNN FIGURA who is recovering from knee replacement surgery at Delmar Gardens in Florissant. .For EVELYN TOEDEBUSCH, Lois Boeger's mom, who is dealing with severe back pain and has been moved to a rehab nursing home. .For PASTOR'S SISTER'S FATHER IN LAW, CLARENCE SICKMANN, who is having seizures and tremors after an aneurysm and surgery to fix it.For PASTOR'S DAD, ROGER KLAUSTERMEIER, who is awaiting word from the surgeon as to what to do about his gall bladder.For PASTOR'S MOM, who is having hip replacement surgery on April 25.For DON BRAZEE as he has been moved to Breeze Park in Weldon Spring for rehab and to receive his cancer treatment.For PASTOR PIPER, from St. Paul, New Melle, as he recovers from a heart attack he had while running a 5K in Florida.For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she is in need of more funding to continue her mission work in the Czech Republic.
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