DEVOTION: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23 English Standard Version (ESV)
While it is true that we, as the church, need to remain relevant, and take on today's issues with love, peace, and forgiveness, we also need to be sure to remain true to the foundation of our faith, which is Jesus Christ. We can't be something we're not.
We can't both support the world and all the world's ideas and thoughts, and still remain true to God's Word. Or as Paul puts it here, "18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise." Our allegiances cannot be divided no matter how uncomfortable it might make us.
Let me put it this way, as I live longer in this world, the more I feel as though I am being separated from the world and am becoming a stranger to it. This is because the things that Scripture says are sinful, the world has now, in many and various ways, said are right, good, and should be celebrated.
Our reason, our foundation of faith must remain centered in Christ and His Word. We need to know what the Lord God calls sin in His Word and stick to it. We cannot change or shape God's Word into saying what we want it to say. If God, in His Word, calls homosexuality sin, we must agree with His Word. If God says that living together and having sex before marriage is sin, we must agree with God's Word. If God says that I have sinned against Him in my thoughts, words, and actions; I must agree with God. Otherwise, when the day of the Lord comes and the fire destroys everything that is sin and sinful, we will be in danger of being annihilated.
So we call sin what it is, and we call grace what it is. Sin is rebellion against God's will. Grace is what God gives us freely because of His Son Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Let us pray: Lord, you have made known to me what is real and true. Help me to live by it, and not to get caught up in the world's wrong ideas. Amen.
Wed- Ladies Aid noon; Choir 7
Thurs- Newsletter deadline; Lutheranism 101 6:30pm
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershots 7
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Voters meeting 9:45
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Gus Klaustermeier 11- Lydia Miller
Ushers- Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klover
Altar- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean up- Sandy Robine
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Al Benton; 11- Steve Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Jim and Vickie McRae; 11- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Erv Yoder??? (Erv is out of town. Anyone want to take this for him?); 11- Steve Robine
Piano- Molly Hendershot