DEVOTION: Malachi 3:13-18
13 "Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, 'How have we spoken against you?' 14 You have said, 'It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.'"
"The Book of Remembrance"
16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 "They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
The distinction is quite simple today. Do you fear the Lord or don't you? Do you love the Lord or do you reject him? Are you the Lord's or aren't you?
We tend to make it too complicated as human beings. We think that it's all about us, how we live, how we worship, where we worship, with whom we associate, and all manner of other things. It's all very clear what God wants. He wants us to be for Him, with Him, and in Him.
Being the Lord's doesn't mean everything is going to be right for you on the earth. In fact, it's just the opposite. Since the world is sinful, Christ is at odds with the world, and since you are in the world, you will suffer. At the same time, there is peace with Christ and Christ blesses us in many ways here on this earth. The Holy Spirit lives in us and so we have all of those fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Because we can't go to God, God comes to us.
Live in that fruit of the Spirit today, knowing that one day we will live eternally with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit face to face.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for coming down to us and dwelling in us so we can experience a bit of heaven on earth. Help us to continue to be in you and with you. Amen.
Tues- Quitling 9-2
Wed- Ladies Aid noon; Choir 7
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; THANSGIVING SHARING MEAL IS CANCELED; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Voters meeting 9:45; Chapel 11
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Loren Howard 11- Luke Rausch
Ushers- Scott Heitgerd, Alex Heitgerd, Tom Linke, Bob Linke
Altar- Set up- Don Hance; Clean Up: Sandy Robine
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Don Turnure ; 11- Steve Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Terry and Lynn Russell; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Steve Robine
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricones; Sun- Yoder