Thursday, July 22, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Thursday, July 8, 2021
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.
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
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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 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)
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.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Notice of Congregational Open Forum on June 6th
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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
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
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.
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Speaker InformationHome Missions:Rev. Allen Kirschbaum, Spirit of Life, Caledonia, MichiganRev. Ryan Kolander, Palabra de Vida, Detroit, MichiganRev. Bradley Wright, Risen Savior, Mansfield, OhioWorld Missions:Gary and Beth Evans, Central Africa Medical MissionStephen Wiesenauer, East AsiaAbram Degner, ParaguayMatthew Doebler, East AsiaDevotions:Rev. Joel R. Voss, Resurrection, Centerville, OhioRev. Troy Jacobs, Abiding Word, Maineville, OhioRev. Robert J. Krueger, Immanuel, Findlay, OhioRev. Alex Groth, Beautiful Savior, Cincinnati, OhioRev. Paul Schulz, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Grace, Safford, ArizonaRev. Jonathan Zietlow, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Grace, Critvitz, WisconsinRev. Snowden Sims, Michigan District President, St. Paul, Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Our God is…GOODHave 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.
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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.