19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being[a] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
This statement from Paul, "The Law and the Prophets bear witness to it", is very important. The "Law and the Prophets" is referring to the Old Testament which was already gathered together and would have been in almost every synagogue, but especially in the temple. Now the Israelites (Jews) would be able to understand what Moses, Isaiah and all the other writers of the Old Testament were really talking about.
The whole Old Testament was and is about Jesus! Everything, from Genesis through Malachi is about how we (as the people of God, the new Israel) fail and how the Lord has mercy on us and saves us. The pivotal point comes in Jeremiah 31:31-34 when God proclaims that he will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah and that he will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.
When we read the Old Testament, and the New Testament for that matter, with this new perspective, we begin to see things clearly, the way God intended. It strengthens our faith and give us peace. May you have peace today!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for revealing to us the purpose of the Holy Scriptures and for pointing the way to heaven through faith in Christ. Amen.
Wed- Oak Pointe Worship 10am; Teens talk to Teens Night at LHS 5:30-9pm; Choir 7pm
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30; Lutheranism 101 6:30pm
Fri- Newsletter assembly 9am
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Bible Study with Kelsey noon; WORK DAY NOON-5pm
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Abby Vossen 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Brett Nordwald, Erv Yoder
Altar- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt ; Clean Up- John and Anna Hoenig
Elders- Sat- Charlie Figura; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Tom and Pam Linke; 11- Dave and Lil Winter
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Amber Vossen; 11- Stephanie Owenby
Piano- Sat- Molly Hendershot; Sun 11- Rachel Fisher
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: No projection this week (Projector will be fixed this Sunday during the work day and will be ready for use for Nov. 6)
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Where is Capernaum?
From Pat King:
From Sandy Robine: Capernaum was a small city on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. It was the town that Jesus used for his "work place base". I got the impression that he wasn't crazy about this place though.
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 of preschool area
5. Clean the sink in the janitor's closet in the preschool area
6. Repair and/or replace exhaust fans in preschool bathrooms
If you have any questions or anything you'd like added to the list, please contact Brett Nordwald at 636-359-4400
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