"The Pharisee and the Tax Collector"
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
"Let the Children Come to Me"
15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
What kind of a faith do you have? Is it one that, even just a little bit, trusts in yourself? If it is, then you have the wrong kind of faith. Faith in self is misplaced faith. Faith in the Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a real and solid faith.
You fail every day. The Lord doesn't fail every day. You disappoint every day, because you could always do better, you could always be better at something, you could always serve God more, you could always do more. You will never do enough.
That's why we REST in Jesus. We don't work for Jesus. We don't work for our own salvation. We trust in Jesus for our salvation, and because we have that rest, we are free to serve God by the power of the Holy Spirit!
One of my most favorite things, and something that I miss a lot, about when my kids were little is when they would fall asleep on my lap or in my arms. They felt safe and secure with me. They knew they could trust me to take care of them. They had faith that I was going to bring them to bed and keep them safe through the night.
We can rest in the lap and arms of Jesus in the very same way. He will keep us safe from Satan. He will bring us to eternal life with Him. Though this world, and Satan destroy our body, our souls are safe in the arms of Jesus.
That's what Jesus means when he says "....receive the kingdom of God like a little child."
Prayer: Lord, help me to receive your kingdom like a little child and to rest in your arms forever. Amen.
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30; LUTHERANISM 101 IS CANCELED FOR TONIGHT; Nov/Dec Newsletter items due
Fri- Basement reserved 5-10pm; Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- Fischer/Sellman Wedding 2pm; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Bible Study with Pastor 6-7:30
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Dawn Sherman 11- Luke Rausch
Ushers- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte
Altar- Set up- Ruth Walters ; Clean Up- Lynn Russell and Elaine Schauer
Elders- Sat- Dave Winter; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Bob and Marianne Linke; 11- Joan Sexton
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone 8:30- Lois Boeger; 11- Jim Rahn
Piano- Sat- Molly Hendershot
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: No projection this week
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What is the diaspora? (Thanks Pat)
- Deuteronomy 28:25, in the phrase ἔσῃ ἐν διασπορᾷ ἐν πάσαις ταῖς βασιλείαις τῆς γῆς, esē en diaspora en pasais tais basileiais tēs gēs, translated to mean "thou shalt be a dispersion in all kingdoms of the earth" and secondly in
- Psalms 146(147).2, in the phrase οἰκοδομῶν Ἰερουσαλὴμ ὁ Kύριος καὶ τὰς διασπορὰς τοῦ Ἰσραὴλ ἐπισυνάξει, oikodomōn Ierousalēm ho Kyrios kai tas diasporas tou Israēl episynaxē, translated to mean "The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel".
There will be plenty to do on that day for everyone.
1. Remove wooden enclosure that houses aluminum recycling
2. Trim bushes around church building
3. Cut down tree in the playground area
4. Replace bulb and/or ballast in light by back door into preschool area
5. Clean the slop sink
6. Repair and/or replace exhaust fans in preschool bathrooms – one hums, one does nothing
If you have questions on any of these items, please contact any of the trustees.