"The Truth Will Set You Free"
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 33 They answered him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?"
34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[a] to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
What does it mean to be free? I think it's harder for someone who has always been free to explain it, than it is for someone who hasn't. Imagine that you are locked up behind bars for something stupid and illegal you did. From the time you get up to the time you go to bed you are told what to do. You have to eat at a certain time and eat what is set before you. You can only take a shower when it is available and when the guards let you. You can talk to the ones you love, but only once in a while and through channels, not directly. The only way you are going to get out of it is to die.
Now think of the freedom you have compared to that. You have so many choices, yet because you are a sinful human being, you still often choose to be "enslaved" to sin. The sinful body that you have tells you what to do, tells you what you want, and tells you where to go. You are one of the "everyone who practices sin". At the same time, there will come a day that you will "remain in the house forever." The sin that enslaves you will one day be thrown off of you. In fact, it already has been. This is the freedom of Christ that you already have. By the power of the Holy Spirit you are able to "throw off that sin that so easily entangles and run the race set before you." You do this through daily confession, repentance and reception of forgiveness.
As you throw off that sin, your heart and mind are refreshed and you can truly rest in peace while you are still alive. Until Jesus comes back you are in this "already but not yet" state. You are already free indeed, but your body is still holding you this earth. On the day you die, or on the day Jesus comes back, you will throw off that sinful body and will receive a new sinless one that will stay that way forever.
So I say, quit practicing sin. Instead, practice confession, repentance, and forgiveness, because that is where true peace is found.
Prayer: Lord, help me to realize that Your Son has set me free and that I am indeed free, so that I may quit practicing sin and being a slave to it. Amen.
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30; Lutheranism 101 CANCELED UNTIL THURSDAY, JANUARY 5
Fri- Newsletter assembly 9am
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; WORK DAY NOON-5pm
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Leah 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)
TODAY'S QUIZ: What was Matthew's other name?
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