Thursday, July 22, 2021

A Note from Pastor Al -link - The Cross and Anchor

 

Encouragement from Pastor Al

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. // Mark 8:34

Thursday, July 15, 2021

A Note from Pastor Al-The Three Crowns

The three crowns. 

Revelation 19:11-16 states, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

There is a window in the Nave at Mt. Olive that has three crowns on it. The top crown represents Jesus as Lord and King. The combined [three] crowns honor Christ as Lord of lords, King of kings and heavens Eternal King.

In the Old Testament, there was an event that shows the ancient concept behind the phrase, “king of kings.” It betrays the world’s way of demonstrating control and power over another nation. Saul was Israel’s king. Saul was instructed, in 1 Samuel 15, to destroy a very vindictive and hateful nation (the Amalekites) who had taunted Israel’s weak and vulnerable population. They were sneaky, deadly and wicked in their attacks against Israel when the nation of Israel ventured out of the Exodus and moved toward the Promised Land.

Because of their historically evil nature, God called on Saul and his troops to completely destroy them, down to the last person and animal among them. Saul verbally complied but practically sidestepped complete obedience to God’s command. Saul did not kill their king. He kept Agag, the king, alive.

Why did Saul do that? There was a cultural custom that Saul adopted. If one king defeated another king, the victor would not kill the king but rather keep him alive and imprisoned so that he himself could be known as a king over another king (or “king of kings”). It appears that Saul was hoping to gain this title by keeping Agag alive. God did not approve.

God did not approve because this “human logic” was in complete defiance to God’s command. Such logic in the face of a direct precept of God is very common among human followers of God. We can love God but divert our actions from completely following what God prescribes. Often such detours are pursued because of human logic or human desires. After all, what would this one little disobedience really do to hurt God’s people?

If you have ever read the book of Esther, you realize that the villain in the historical account of Esther is from the family of Agag. The villain arose hundreds of years later as a result of God’s command being partially ignored. What a lesson for us! This should cause us each to examine our own hearts and our own conduct. Are we so bent on doing what makes sense to us even though it knowingly belies God’s will?

Saul’s actions made human sense at the time. But human logic and insight is so short sighted. God knew the long term effects of disobedience. If Saul would have followed God’s direction, he would have been spared from a lifetime of torment and would have also protected Israel’s future.

On an even bigger level, if Jesus is really King of kings, then we have a call to listen and obey his loving direction. His title, King of kings, is not in the process of being procured. His title is already fully realized. There is no nation or prince or president, dictator, or pompous leader who is above Jesus. Jesus reigns as supreme and unstoppable King.

As our King, he secures our future by being King over every power, every president, every dictator and regent. Our King of kings seeks to rule our hearts by being committed to us, his subjects. Our King has already shown us his faithful allegiance; he did this, not by the death of a nation or another king. As our King he became the victim so that he could, by his death, reclaim our allegiance forever. His own shed blood is proof of how far he will go to save us. His brutal death is evidence of his allegiance. His willingness to die is the security we need to know that we now will live with him forever - our debt to God was paid by his death.

Bless our eternal King of kings!

Encouragement from Pastor Al

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. // John 15:10

Thursday, July 8, 2021

A Note from Pastor Al-The Fish


Encouragement from Pastor Al

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. // Matthew 24:35

NPH Leadership Opportunity

Northwestern Publishing House Leadership Opportunity — NPH connects people with God’s Word through the publishing and sales of trustworthy Christian books and gifts. NPH is currently seeking an experienced business leader to serve as its President.  This is a full-time, salaried position, located at NPH’s office in the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, WI. If you would like more information or are interested in being considered for this position, please visit https://online.nph.net/about-us. There is a poster on the bulletin board with more details.

 

SCLA Announcements


 Job Openings

Looking for an impactful ministry opportunity? St. Croix Lutheran Academy has immediate openings for:

  • Afternoon/evening full-time or part-time maintenance
  • Middle School volleyball coach
  • C-team volleyball coach
  • Tennis Club coach
Learn more and apply at StCroixLutheran.org/jobs


Festival of Seasons Boutique
The annual Festival of Seasons craft and bake sale is back for 2021 and scheduled for Saturday, November 13. Vendors are currently being accepted and volunteers are needed. Visit StCroixLutheran.org/fos for more information.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Encouragement from Pastor Al

The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. // Zechariah 14:9

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

A Note from Pastor Al-Water Quenching Flames

Romans 7:14-25

English Standard Version

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. There’s an old legend about how to deal with criminals who have committed homicide. The suspected guilty party was literally tied hand to hand and foot to foot with the person whose life they had eliminated. This was meant as both a deterrent for future crimes and a punishment for the actual crime. When the apostle Paul describes his wrestling match with his own sinful desires in Romans 7, it sounds a lot like this ancient legend. He says (Romans 7:24)”Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Paul was relating something to the Roman Christians which felt like dragging around a corpse. Paul is letting us all know the very real wrestling match that he has going on in his life.  He carries the desire to do the right thing but also has a very strong desire to NOT do the right thing. This does not go away. 

 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. (Romans 7:21-23)

This negative and sinful bent is tied to him while he remains on this earth; some days its hideous nature grows and some days it is pushed down. But it is always present. And this is the apostle Paul. If he has such struggles, then we can take confidence in the fact that our own private wrestling with good desires and unhealthy desires is a part of the fallen human condition in the Christian’s life. This is what every believer in Jesus faces. Just because we believe in Jesus does not mean that all impure thoughts and notions disappear; they may, at times, rise up as a deadly scourge to lure us away from holy resolve.

Paul laments this agony but then he points to Jesus as the one who rescues him. “ Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25). Jesus is the answer!  Jesus is the power to daily rid our thoughts, our motives, and our actions from negative and deadly weight. Jesus brings us life out of death.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)


Dear Jesus, by your resurrection we have the power to walk in the newness of life. Let our Old self be drowned daily so that the new believer in us would rise and live for your glory. In your Holy name, we pray, AMEN.

In-Person Worship Link-June 27, 2021


Friday, June 18, 2021

Virtual Bible Study

Saturday Virtual Bible will return in the fall!

Pastor Al has a request

Hello dear members of St. John,

Pastor Al has a request from his Nigerian pastor associate, Daniel Mazuri. Daniel is in the process of working with our Synod, the WELS, for becoming a pastor in the WELS. This is a long process and we are just starting to  head down that road right now.

As we go forward to work with Daniel, one of the pressing needs he/we have is to find him a place to live for the next year (July 1, 2021 - June15th 2022.) If you or someone you know has a room in your home or apartment that you would be willing to share with Daniel for all those months or even part of that time, please let Pastor Al (651-202-1924), Jan or Tony know about this. Thank you so much for considering this.

Above all, we ask for your prayers on this undertaking. There will be many hoops to jump through and "i's" to dot, "t's" to cross, etc. Your prayers for the saints, including our brother in faith, Daniel, are greatly appreciated!

Blessings to you all!

Pastor Al

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

TILM - "Truth in Love Ministry" - How St. John is helping.

 

Pastor Jon Leach leads an Outreach Ministry called “Truth in Love”.  The purpose of this ministry is to bring the truth about our Savior to Mormons in Idaho and Utah.  They are based in Idaho and do not receive any funding from the WELS for this ministry work. Last week we received a letter from Pastor Leach asking if we would be willing to support this Outreach Ministry.

The council met last week and decided to send them $500 from our budget offerings.  If you would like to add to that amount, please make a check out to St John and enclose it in one of the special offering envelopes marking it as “Truth in Love Ministries”.  A copy of Pastor Leach’s letter is on the table as you enter.  We would like to send them our gift by the end of June.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Pastor Al on Vacation

Pastor Al will be on vacation on the following dates. On-call pastors can be found below.  

  • Sun, June 20 (following worship) - Fri, July 9
    • June 21-30: Pastor Matt Hennig (Christ NSP) - 651.249.1617
    • July 1-9: Max Kerr (pastor-in-training) - 507.304.3999
  • Mon, July 12 - Mon, July 19 
    • July 12-19: Jon Brohn (Salem Stillwater) - 651.246.6856 (personal) & 651.439.7831 (work)

Encouragement from Pastor Al

 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. // Psalm 130:4

Voters Meeting June 27th, 2021

A Semi-annual Voters meeting will be held on June 27, at 9:45 AM, in the Fellowship Hall. We will present the budget to our members for approval.

St. John Mask Requirement Update

Masks are no longer required at St John but are optional. If you have not been vaccinated we encourage you to continue to wear a mask for your safety. Anyone not yet comfortable de-masking is also welcome to continue wearing one.

A Note From Pastor Al - Shield of Faith

Pastor’s Note

Ephesians 6:15 take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.

Anyone feel like they are in a battle? Do you ever feel like that battle is rather lengthy - maybe fighting for years on end? The apostle Paul encourages us with the truth that we are in a lifelong battle against the forces of Satan. We are being attacked daily if not even by the minute.

Ephesians 6:15 encourages us to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.”

Who is the evil one? What are his arrows? And what is the shield of faith? How is it that we take up this shield?

Who is this spiritual evil?
The evil one is your enemy. You see this in the illustration because Paul is talking about battle armor. There is a battle and you have an enemy. This means that your whole life whether or not you know you are in a battle, you are in a battle. And your faith is being constantly attacked by this enemy. Who is it?

The enemy is Satan. But he does not [often] come out and display himself as the enemy. He’s hidden, he’s subversive, he’s duplicitous, he takes on many disguises including friend and counselor. But he is never a friend. And he is never a good counselor.

We see his scheming with Adam and Eve in the Garden. He creates a deceptive web disguised as friendship. This extremely intelligent being feigns interest in these two children of God. He pokes at God’s generosity and providential garden. His scheming sounds like this, ”Why does God prohibit you from having that one thing? Why does he keep this from you? Wouldn’t you be more complete if this was yours?” All this was used to make a pretense that he actually cared about Adam and Eve.  

This enemy will also appear as your friend and counselor, your compatriot and ally, until just the right time when he can pounce to devour,  steal, kill and destroy. Why?Because he’s your enemy and this is a war.

What are his arrows?
In this war, what are the arrows of the evil one? How does he attack your faith? He attacks us with deception and drives us to believe things to be true that are not true. Satan is biblically known to be a liar.

He shoots flaming darts of doubt which cause us to question God’s promises and God’s holy and good character. Satan loves to build doubt out of small seeds planted in our thinking.

Satan lures us toward disappointment when we put more weight on human performance than on God’s perfect record and find that we can’t always trust humanity. This happens when significant leaders fall under moral pressures. 

Our evil enemy is also a master of diversion. This happens when a godly focus on the right things gets sidetracked toward what is, on the surface, a seemingly good thing but it takes us away from the right things. Some would point to the degrading of the nuclear family by a system that promotes single parent families over biblically sound families.

Defeat is another tactic by the evil one. He wants you to think that you are defeated. He often pushes this notion when you have failed at a certain task or fallen prey to temptation. He wants you to identify with your failure instead of remembering that you are a child of God.

It Satan can’t prevent you from doing the right thing, he may seek to delay a project or put off a kingdom endeavor. If he can delay you long enough, then defeat may also prevent you from acting appropriately.

Division is a scheme that Satan is using with ferocity today. If he can divide a nation into this side and that. If he can create tension or extreme animosity between people groups, he is winning a battle. It’s no wonder Jesus prayed that we may be one or unified instead of divided. Creating human divisions, especially ones that come with anger and hatred and fear, are part of his arsenal and strategy.

What is the Shield of Faith?
The shield of faith is a shield based on trust in God’s promises, God’s forgiveness, God’s directions, God’s family and church structure, God’s purposes for humanity and ultimately on God’s desire for all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

Do we trust what God says or do we form our own path in life? Do we live by faith or do we live by what the crowd is saying? Do we trust God or do we put more trust in science, current trends, marketing schemes, popular appeal? The shield of faith calls us to trust and to know what God says about the family, the church, the future, the kingdom, the human heart and so much more. Do we trust?

When we trust what God says, then we are putting out the flaming arrows of the evil one. May God lead us to trust him more and more. We trust him for salvation, why wouldn’t we put our trust in him with finances, with serving others, with making disciples? Take up the shield of faith.

Blessings to you all.

SCLA Golf Classic!

 

Get your tickets for the
St. Croix Lutheran Academy Golf Classic!
 
Monday, July 19, 2021
Troy Burne Golf Club
Hudson, WI
 
Online registration now open!
 
Want to sponsor a hole? Contact us at Advancement@StCroixLutheran.org
 
Purchase Tickets
Registration Includes:
 
18 holes of golf (scramble) with two golfers per cart
Sandwich boxed lunch from Blue Ox Sandwich Factory
Burger dinner by Troy Burne catering in the clubhouse
On-course contests & prizes
1 beverage
Schedule of Events:
 
10:45 a.m. Check-in, open driving range and putting green, putting contest. Boxed lunch provided.
11:45 a.m. Welcome, move to starting tee
12:00 p.m. Shotgun start (scramble)
5:00 p.m. Clubhouse dinner and awards
 
proceeds benefit SCLA students through tuition scholarships, academic programs, fine arts, athletics, and more.
 
The event is limited to 144 golfers, so register now!
 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

In Person Worship via YouTube-May 30, 2021- link

 In Person Worship-May 30,2021

A Note From Pastor Al link - Ark of Salvation

A Note from Pastor Al 

Encouragement from Pastor Al

So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. // Hebrews 9:28

Reminder - Congregational Open Forum - June 6th following worship

 Notice of Congregational Open Forum on June 6th

Please make every effort to attend

As the next step of the Mission / Vision Setting phase in our Crossroads Consulting program,
you are encouraged to join the upcoming open forum discussion on Sunday, June 6th at
9:45AM following the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.
The forum will explore the second option determined in phase two of the Crossroads Consulting
Program: Stay and, with the help of a partner, pursue a future together.
Specifically, we will explore a potential merger of Immanuel Hmong Lutheran Church and St.
John Ev. Lutheran Church. In February, the senior leadership of both congregations met to
discuss a potential merger. It was agreed there that both congregations would carry this idea to
their respective members for feedback. Immanuel Hmong has done this and returned positive
feedback to the idea, so now it is our turn to further explore this idea among the St. John
congregation.
The open forum is set for Sunday, June 6 at 9:45AM following the worship service to discuss
what a potential merger might look like and to gather your thoughts and questions going
forward:
• How does this happen?
• When would this happen?
• Would we still call a pastor?
• What would the name of the congregation be?
• Will this strengthen outreach programs?
• Would this bring additional souls to God’s Kingdom?
• Would this strengthen our presence in the community?
• How can I help?
• Along with any other questions you may present.
This is simply a conversation to develop additional questions as well as work to provide
answers to the congregation. No official votes will take place during the forum.
Your input is vital to the future of St. John, we need as much feedback as possible, and
sincerely encourage your participation in whatever form is most comfortable for you.
If you are unable to attend, we still very much welcome your comments to Vice President, Jeff
Abrahamson at jeffreyaabrahamson@gmail.com or 612-616-9050. If you prefer to mail written
comments, please send them to the church office: 765 Margaret St., Saint Paul, MN 55106
Additionally, if you feel more comfortable speaking with another member of the Council, please
reach out to them.
We, the Council, look forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you on Sunday, June 6th

Thursday, May 27, 2021

A Note from Pastor Al - Converted by Love

The link below will take you to this week's Note From Pastor Al!

A Note From Pastor Al 



Encouragement from Pastor Al

 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. // 
 John 3:17

Thursday, May 20, 2021

A Note From Pastor Al

 


Please use the link below to read this week's note.

Encouragement from Pastor Al

 The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. // Psalm 121:7-8

SCLA Event Update-Revision regarding mask requirements.


 

Congregational Forum-June 6th

Notice of Congregational Open Forum on June 6th
Please make every effort to attend
As the next step of the Mission / Vision Setting phase in our Crossroads Consulting program,
you are encouraged to join the upcoming open forum discussion on Sunday, June 6th at
9:45AM following the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.
The forum will explore the second option determined in phase two of the Crossroads Consulting
Program: Stay and, with the help of a partner, pursue a future together.
Specifically, we will explore a potential merger of Immanuel Hmong Lutheran Church and St.
John Ev. Lutheran Church. In February, the senior leadership of both congregations met to
discuss a potential merger. It was agreed there that both congregations would carry this idea to
their respective members for feedback. Immanuel Hmong has done this and returned positive
feedback to the idea, so now it is our turn to further explore this idea among the St. John
congregation.
The open forum is set for Sunday, June 6 at 9:45AM following the worship service to discuss
what a potential merger might look like and to gather your thoughts and questions going
forward:
• How does this happen?
• When would this happen?
• Would we still call a pastor?
• What would the name of the congregation be?
• Will this strengthen outreach programs?
• Would this bring additional souls to God’s Kingdom?
• Would this strengthen our presence in the community?
• How can I help?
• Along with any other questions you may present.
This is simply a conversation to develop additional questions as well as work to provide
answers to the congregation. No official votes will take place during the forum.
Your input is vital to the future of St. John, we need as much feedback as possible, and
sincerely encourage your participation in whatever form is most comfortable for you.
If you are unable to attend, we still very much welcome your comments to Vice President, Jeff
Abrahamson at jeffreyaabrahamson@gmail.com or 612-616-9050. If you prefer to mail written
comments, please send them to the church office: 765 Margaret St., Saint Paul, MN 55106
Additionally, if you feel more comfortable speaking with another member of the Council, please
reach out to them.
We, the Council, look forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you on Sunday, June 6th

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

In-Person Worship May 16, 2021


If you were not able to worship in person on Sunday, you may view it on the link below. 

In-Person Worship- May 16

SCLA Events Update





HS Spring Concerts OPEN to the Public
The HS spring band concert is Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. The HS spring choir concert is Friday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. Seating is now open to the public! Masks are required inside the building. Both will be live-streamed StCroixLutheran.org/springconcert

HS Graduation OPEN to the Public
The high school graduation service for the class of 2021 is Sunday, June 6, 2021, in the SCLA gymnasium. 112 graduates including 38 international students will graduate. Seating is now open to the public! Masks are required inside the building. The service will be streamed live at StCroixLutheran.org/graduation

SCLA Summer Camps
Registration is open for SCLA’s academic and sports camps for students entering grades K- 9. Find out more and register at StCroixLutheran.org/Camps

Job Opening - Maintenance/Custodian
Immediate opening for afternoon/evening full-time custodial/general maintenance position with either a full-time position or two part time positions. More info and application at StCroixLutheran.org/jobs.

Thank you for your continued partnership in Christian education. Please contact me if there is anything I can help with!

Kristina Lewerenz
Communications Director
St. Croix Lutheran Academy

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LWMS 2021 Virtual National Convention Information

 

 
Convention Registration
 
Just a reminder to REGISTER for FREE by June 7. While you register you will be able to sign up for the Annual Business Meeting, our interactive IGNITE session, and virtual chat rooms to bring us together for some virtual fellowship. We look forward to seeing you online June 24-27, 2021!
 
Speaker Information
Home Missions:
Rev. Allen Kirschbaum, Spirit of Life, Caledonia, Michigan    
Rev. Ryan Kolander, Palabra de Vida, Detroit, Michigan   
Rev. Bradley Wright, Risen Savior, Mansfield, Ohio
 
World Missions:
Gary and Beth Evans, Central Africa Medical Mission   
Stephen Wiesenauer, East Asia  
Abram Degner, Paraguay
Matthew Doebler, East Asia
 
Devotions:
Rev. Joel R. Voss, Resurrection, Centerville, Ohio
Rev. Troy Jacobs, Abiding Word, Maineville, Ohio
Rev. Robert J. Krueger, Immanuel, Findlay, Ohio
Rev. Alex Groth, Beautiful Savior, Cincinnati, Ohio
Rev. Paul Schulz, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Grace, Safford, Arizona
Rev. Jonathan Zietlow, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Grace, Critvitz, Wisconsin
Rev. Snowden Sims, Michigan District President, St. Paul, Columbus, Ohio
 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Bible Reading Challenge 15/31 - Music Video

 


HE CALLED YOU TO THIS

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; 3:1-5
13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

 

HE'S ALWAYS BEEN FAITHFUL
Sara Groves

Friday, May 14, 2021

May 2021 Good Newsletter

 

Our God is…GOOD

Have you ever felt like the guy in the cartoon with a rain cloud over his head? Wherever he goes, the rain cloud follows, but he’s the only one getting wet.

When your relationships are stressed, your 401(k) tanks or your job is on the line, it feels like that rain cloud is following wherever you go. You see your friends or neighbors and you wonder, “Why am I the only one getting wet?”

At times like that, it’s easy to wonder if God is good. It may feel as if God is good to some people, but right now he’s skipping you. Sometimes it seems as if God plays favorites.

We can learn about God when we look at the way this world works. Aside from cartoons, the rain never falls on just one person. If God really played favorites, only the people of his choosing would be blessed with sun, rain, and the bounty of the earth.

Look outside. It is spring! Good people and those not so good can enjoy the freshness.
 
God doesn’t play favorites with sunshine and rain. That gives us insight into the way that he acts. The Bible says, “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (Psalm 145:9).

Just as God sends rain and sunshine on people who believe in him and on people who don’t, he sent his Son, Jesus, for every man, woman, and child on this earth. It doesn’t matter whether people believe in him or not, he still sent Jesus here to save them.

Look outside again. Whether you know it or not, spring has come. The sunshine and rain tell us that God is good.

Whether you know it or not, God cares for you. Jesus’ life and death tell us that God is good.

Come and hear about it. Through faith, you will learn that no matter what rainstorms come your way, the Son will still shine in your life.Join us as we worship our Lord.  Together we can rejoice in God’s almighty power.

Upcoming Events at St. John:
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Adult Bible Study 9:45 AM.
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Bible Reading Challenge 14/31

 

PROMPTED BY FAITH


2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.