All are welcome to our Kids' Ministry this Sunday, 9/26!
- Elementary-age kids will meet from 9am - 9:50am every Sunday before church
All are welcome to our Kids' Ministry this Sunday, 9/26!
Do you want wisdom? Do you want to be wise? I can’t imagine anyone saying, “No, not interested!” Is wisdom an option for only the intelligent? Is wisdom limited to a certain geographical location or a certain ethnic group? And what is wisdom?
This weekend we are going to address wisdom as one of the foundational concepts in the Bible and therefore, in the life of a Christian. The Bible asserts that wisdom is beautiful and wisdom is more valuable than chests pouring over with gold doubloons. Wisdom is available to all.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (Proverbs 9:10)
One writer defined wisdom as the “capacity of the mind that allows us to understand life from God’s perspective”. If fearing God is the beginning place of wisdom, then the more we develop in our awe of God and our respect for his power and intellect and love, wisdom WILL grow. To fear God is to crack open God’s storehouse of insight on life.
Another way to approach the word wisdom is this: to be wise means that the knowledge we have, as it fits God’s understanding of life, will be applied to all our actions, words and thoughts. This means that wisdom becomes practical in how we do life. Wisdom climbs aboard God’s eternal perspective and oversight in order to speak when necessary, hold tight to what is important, strive for the things that really matter and let go of all excess that does not connect with the fear of the Lord.
There are four basic steps to acquire wisdom: Fear God, desire wisdom, pray for wisdom and study God’s Word.
This is not the fear that exists when a slave or servant cringes at the one who dominates and controls their life. That is called servile fear. True fear of God is filial fear; this is fear and awe which a young child has for their parents. They trust the parent. Do we trust God as a father or a mother? We might not, but that can be fixed and altered appropriately with study of the Word of God.
Is wisdom a desire of yours? Do you desire to speak only in ways that will increase the respect others have for you or do you simply speak your mind and “don’t care what others think?” That true grit American attitude of not caring what others think may work once in a while but it can easily ostracize is from neighbors, friends, co-workers and family. To desire wisdom means that you have examined the minefield of your past and noticed numerous mistakes, things you would love to redo, knowing what you know now.
To desire wisdom is to recognize that you have room for growth in this arena.
Pray for Wisdom
Jesus’ little brother James tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). Once you have a desire for godly wisdom, ask God to grant you this desire. True humility is a gift from God AND so is wisdom. God is a doting Father who simply and truly loves it when his kids go to him and ask for good things. Ask!
Study God’s Word
The Word of God will enable any interested soul to fill their being with wisdom. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;” (Psalm 19:7). Every drop of silver that pours off of the Lord’s tongue becomes a treasure of wisdom for my simple mind and yours. It transforms us. It alerts us to things that really matter (our eternity, the trajectory of our children’s lives, the folly of worldly pursuits which push God down or even out).
Psalm 19:7 is not teasing us with a “maybe”. It is fact. God’s testimony is sure and it WILL make wise the simple.
In the end, what value is there in wisdom? It will directly stimulate richer relationships with my sphere of influence, my current and future networks. It can pander to my thirst for a life worth living. And in the end, true wisdom shows up in the person of Jesus. God’s wisdom must be seen and experienced. With every action of God’s Son, we see wisdom lived out. With all his interactions with children, with vagrants and chieftains, with political powers and lost, lonely souls, Jesus personifies and displays God’s wisdom for our enjoyment and relief.
True wisdom finds its greatest achievement in outwitting evil. On the cross, Jesus Christ lived out God’s wisdom by paying my eternal debt to THE Holy God. But Jesus’ death also linked each believing heart to the love of God. Wisdom was able to live and die and thereby crack the greatest conundrum ever: How can a Holy God reconcile his love for humanity and satisfy his justice and remain holy. The Cross is a display of such wisdom. Wisdom wins the day in Jesus. Praise be to his
VIRTUAL Fall Rally on October 3rd, starting at 2:00 p.m. The Rally will be live-streamed on You Tube courtesy of Trinity Lutheran in Osceola, WI. Here are the details available at this time:LINK to the Trinity Lutheran You Tube site: Trinity Osceola - YouTubeDATE/TIME: Sunday, October 3rd; Rally will begin at 2:00 p.m.AGENDA:1) The Rally will begin with an opening devotion by Pastor Timothy Blauert of Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Croix Falls, WI.2) The featured speaker, retired Pastor James Aderman, will do a presentation on the work of the organization 316NOW, in particular how they are continuing to deliver the Good News since missionaries have been recalled for health/safety reasons. Website: Who We Are — 316NOW .3) The business meeting will be held.4) Closing devotion by our Circuit's Pastoral Advisor, Pastor Jim Roecker of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, St. Paul Park, MN.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. // Philippians 2:1-2
Thank you to all who helped with the 150th Anniversary celebration. A lot of work needed to be done and we thank those who were involved with the planning, mailings, history boards of St John, food distribution and clean-up, wood chip distribution, floor scrubbing, and general cleaning. We had a great turnout with 121 members and visitors in attendance.
Fine Arts Addition Dedication
Join us for the dedication and open house of the new fine arts addition on Wednesday, September 15 from 6:30-8:30. The service will take place in the chapel followed by an open house with tours of the new front commons, band, choir, and practice rooms. Student musicians will share their talents with you in the new spaces. RSVP at StCroixLutheran.org/Dedicationi
The foundations of America are shifting. Time will tell if this is a shift for the good or for our peril. A foundation is the basis on which a building stands, is founded, or is supported. When it comes to foundations of a nation, foundations of a church, or foundations of individual human lives, we are referring to moral principles, guiding truths, fundamental beliefs, and supporting values. These determine if a country will stand or fall. They arbitrate the outcome of a church’s future and they decide whether an individual Christian [or non-Christian] will stand or fall.
WHere must our foundations be as a church and as the people of God? Psalm 11 gives us some good insight.
In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
3 if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord's throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
5 The Lord tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
6 Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.
Verse 7 gives us hope as believers: “For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.” God loves what is right. His eyes are forever seeing and testing humanity. He’s looking for those who are upright in thought, in actions and in words. He knows who is righteous; He knows who does the right thing even if the right thing is difficult. If we do what is right, we shall behold his face.
But aren’t we all sinners? (YES!) And don’t we all fall short of the full list of righteous requirements of God? (Yes again) In last week’s message we heard briefly about the progress that is to take place: we are to make progress from immature believer to mature believer. Ephesians 4:13-14 stresses a development that grows us; we are no longer infants or children but have progressed and matured. in the life of a Christian church and in the lives of its individual members, we are to grow up into the fullness of CHrist. We are to live, speak, work, walk, surf the internet, react to my neighbors, more and more the way Jesus would. This is the Sanctified life of a believer. We have been saved by grace but not for the purpose of stagnant living. Jesus’ death saved us from the pit of hellish debris and bad, sinful decisions - now we can walk in a new way of life (Romans 6:4). We can progress as a believer. This is by God’s design. Are we making progress?
So what are those foundational stones of our faith, on which we build for the sake of maturing in the faith? This weekend we will focus on the necessity to closely listen to all the laws and counsel of God AND obey His direction for life (Sanctified living). This, of course, must build off the one essential foundational stone, Jesus Christ!
The Church’s One Foundation CW 538
The Church’s One Foundation
is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is His new creation
by water and the Word.
From heav’n he came sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life, He died.
May God bless us as individuals, building on His foundation. May God bless us as a church, building on the bedrock of Jesus Christ. May God bless us as a nation.
Blessings to you all,