Church Leaders Workshop: The annual Church Leaders Workshop will take place on March 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, MN.  This year the keynote speaker is Pastor Donn Dobberstein, the WELS Director of Discipleship.  In addition to the keynote, you can sit in on your choice of six workshops: Small Town Evangelism, Starting Small Groups, Leveraging Schools for Outreach, User-Friendly Worship, Special Ministries, Creating traction for Your Vision.  Speak to your pastor for more information. 

Men of Truth Conference—March 23, 2019. 

Come and join Men of Truth for the 2019 conference on March 23 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm.  This year’s conference is titled Man of God.  The conference will feature time in worship and encouragement.  Presentations will include Answer to Anxiety, Godly Men Among Us: Things I wish I knew in my 20s, 30s, 40s, 50, etc. as well as a presentation by Naomi Schmidt—Godly Man, A Woman’s Perspective.  Time: 8am2pm Price: $29/person online or via cash/check (until March 19, 2019) and $39/person at the door, $0/student – the price includes both a continental breakfast and lunch. Visit menoftruth.org for more information and early registration. 

Midweek Lenten Services: Three Words of Truth. 

In the gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, there are several striking three-word phrases, such as “Love one another,” “Watch and pray,” and “It is finished.” This Lenten season, come and gain understanding about powerful words like these during the Three Words of Truth Lenten Series.  The season of Lent begins with a special Ash Wednesday Service and will continue with midweek services until Holy Week. 

Join us for worship as we consider our Savior’s Passion. 

St. Matthew Flora Twp – 5:30pm & St. Matthew’s Danube – 7pm. 

Zion Morton – 7pm 

(Zion, Morton will be served by the pastors from St. John Redwood Falls)

{food and fellowship will follow each service and a special offering will be taken to support local ministries and projects—please watch for more information coming soon} 

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The Importance of the Family Altar

Imagine a 16-year-old WELS member. What are the chances that individual is still WELS when he’s 30? We have studied this multiple times in our church body’s history. My commission, Congregational Counseling, has churches who work with us measure that—the percent of young members who drop out of church.

The answer is about 50%. Approximately half of young WELS members drift away. Some drift into other Christian churches. However, most drift into nothingness. They stop going to church altogether. A few come back when they get married and have kids of their own. It is a very small percentage. The bottom line is about 50% of young WELS members eventually leave.

When we study a large sampling of WELS people and look at certain life factors, we can note things that seem to make the difference. For example, having a child attend a Lutheran elementary school and especially a Lutheran high-school can make a difference. If you have the opportunity to send your child to such as school, realize what a gift you have been given! However, understand that while Lutheran education does make a difference, it is a very small difference—just a couple percentage points. Most WELS congregations don’t have an elementary school. If that is true for you, do not despair! For there are other factors that matter much, much more than Lutheran education.

Do you know what is the bigger factor in whether or not young people stay in the church? This factor dwarfs everything else. The spiritual activity that takes place in the home.

When mom and dad talk about spiritual things at home, that impresses upon the children that life is about more than grades and sports. When family prayer is something done daily, it teaches the children that of all conversations they have in a day, none is more important than when they bring their cares and concerns to their true Father. When parents open up the Bible with their children, what blessings result! The Holy Spirit is given the opportunity to build your child up in their faith. More, the Spirit imparts the love and forgiveness Christ has shown to each family member, empowering them to show love and forgiveness to one another. Families need that! (Side note: It has been demonstrated that it is especially important that fathers be a part of this. The importance of dad providing spiritual leadership should not be surprising, as God wove that responsibility into the fiber of man’s being.)

However, in Congregational Services, we established a goal to give families the opportunity to restore the family altar.  And do not let the fact that you might not be able to do a family devotion every day keep you from doing them at all. I’ve had parents tell me things like, “It would be impossible for us to do family devotions. We all are so busy in the evenings. Half the evenings, we don’t even eat together.” My response? “You just told me you can do family devotions on half of the evenings of the week.” However, I’d encourage you to make time for this. No worldly accomplishment of your child is going to matter in the end. Your child pitches a no-hitter in little league. No one will care a year later. Even if your child goes on to play in the major leagues, what does that matter when the trumpet sounds, the skies rip open, and the angels begin to set things on fire? At that moment, what matters is what the Spirit has wrought in your child’s heart. Family devotions are a fantastic way to give the Spirit regular opportunity to give your child what your child needs to live… to really live.

A family devotional booklet is available online.  It is designed to go along with the online daily devotions. You can find it in the C18-Discipleship Resources HERE.

One of the things we hear in Congregational Counseling again and again is how hard it is to keep young people in church. Well, family devotions are something that seems to greatly increase the likelihood they stay. Ultimately, moving someone to see the importance of Christian community is the work of the Spirit. However, the Spirit typically works through us, through believers. So, let us give the Spirit more opportunities to do his good work by letting him have a place at our dinner table. When dinner is over, turn that table into a family altar.

Excerpts from blog post “The Importance of the Family Altar” 

Rev. Jonathan Hein

Director, Commission on Congregational Counseling

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The Importance of the Family Altar

Imagine a 16-year-old WELS member. What are the chances that individual is still WELS when he’s 30? We have studied this multiple times in our church body’s history. My commission, Congregational Counseling, has churches who work with us measure that—the percent of young members who drop out of church.

The answer is about 50%. Approximately half of young WELS members drift away. Some drift into other Christian churches. However, most drift into nothingness. They stop going to church altogether. A few come back when they get married and have kids of their own. It is a very small percentage. The bottom line is about 50% of young WELS members eventually leave.

When we study a large sampling of WELS people and look at certain life factors, we can note things that seem to make the difference. For example, having a child attend a Lutheran elementary school and especially a Lutheran high-school can make a difference. If you have the opportunity to send your child to such as school, realize what a gift you have been given! However, understand that while Lutheran education does make a difference, it is a very small difference—just a couple percentage points. Most WELS congregations don’t have an elementary school. If that is true for you, do not despair! For there are other factors that matter much, much more than Lutheran education.

Do you know what is the bigger factor in whether or not young people stay in the church? This factor dwarfs everything else. The spiritual activity that takes place in the home.

When mom and dad talk about spiritual things at home, that impresses upon the children that life is about more than grades and sports. When family prayer is something done daily, it teaches the children that of all conversations they have in a day, none is more important than when they bring their cares and concerns to their true Father. When parents open up the Bible with their children, what blessings result! The Holy Spirit is given the opportunity to build your child up in their faith. More, the Spirit imparts the love and forgiveness Christ has shown to each family member, empowering them to show love and forgiveness to one another. Families need that! (Side note: It has been demonstrated that it is especially important that fathers be a part of this. The importance of dad providing spiritual leadership should not be surprising, as God wove that responsibility into the fiber of man’s being.)

However, in Congregational Services, we established a goal to give families the opportunity to restore the family altar.  And do not let the fact that you might not be able to do a family devotion every day keep you from doing them at all. I’ve had parents tell me things like, “It would be impossible for us to do family devotions. We all are so busy in the evenings. Half the evenings, we don’t even eat together.” My response? “You just told me you can do family devotions on half of the evenings of the week.” However, I’d encourage you to make time for this. No worldly accomplishment of your child is going to matter in the end. Your child pitches a no-hitter in little league. No one will care a year later. Even if your child goes on to play in the major leagues, what does that matter when the trumpet sounds, the skies rip open, and the angels begin to set things on fire? At that moment, what matters is what the Spirit has wrought in your child’s heart. Family devotions are a fantastic way to give the Spirit regular opportunity to give your child what your child needs to live… to really live.

A family devotional booklet is available online.  It is designed to go along with the online daily devotions. You can find it in the C18-Discipleship Resources HERE.

One of the things we hear in Congregational Counseling again and again is how hard it is to keep young people in church. Well, family devotions are something that seems to greatly increase the likelihood they stay. Ultimately, moving someone to see the importance of Christian community is the work of the Spirit. However, the Spirit typically works through us, through believers. So, let us give the Spirit more opportunities to do his good work by letting him have a place at our dinner table. When dinner is over, turn that table into a family altar.

Excerpts from blog post “The Importance of the Family Altar” 

Rev. Jonathan Hein

Director, Commission on Congregational Counseling

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Little Lambs Birthday Party!

Little Lambs Birthday Party

Little Lambs will be celebrating it’s birthday with dinner and a show; Sunday, September 9th beginning at 5:00pm. We will hear a few songs from our students, participate in some classroom activities and enjoy some family fellowship time. If you are able to bring a dish to pass, it would be greatly appreciated.   Come join us as we celebrate another year of God’s blessings at Little Lambs!

 

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Announcements – May 6 – May 13

Refreshments after Ascension Service

After worship on the festival of Ascension we would like to offer refreshments to our    members and guests.  If you are able and willing to help us in this effort please write sign up using the sheet in the back of church.

Little Lambs Spring Program – May 6 @ 3:30pm

Little Lambs will be hosting a spring program this afternoon that will include a preschool “graduation service” as well as the children of Little Lambs singing songs and demonstrating some of the many things that they have learned throughout the year. You are all invited to come and support the children.  Light refreshments will also be offered.  Please join us at Little Lambs for our Spring Program, Sunday May 6 at 3:30pm.

Little Lambs Praying for Calls to be Filled

Little Lambs has extended a call to Mr. Stephen Pankow to serve as our director.  Stephen currently serves as a staff minister at St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, CA.  The board also filled out the necessary form to request a MLC graduate to be assigned as our toddler teacher.  Call Day will take place on Saturday, May 12.  The service will begin at 2:00pm  and it will be streamed live on www.mlc-wels.edu. Please pray that God would answer our prayers and fill these positions according to his good and gracious will.

Confirmand Recognition Sunday – May 6

Coffee and cake will be served after worship on Sunday, May 6 as we honor Holly Ferguson and Chandler Ferguson who are preparing for their confirmation on May 13.

Confirmation Practice – May 12 at 9am-11:30am 

A review of materials and a final preparation for Confirmation will be held on May 12 from 9am –11:30am.

Confirmation of Holly Ferguson and Chandler Ferguson – May 13

After  instruction in God’s Word, Holly Ferguson and Chandler Ferguson, will publicly confess their faith in a special confirmation service on May 13.  This service will find its focus on the six chief parts of the catechism.  During the service the confirmands will be asked to recite portions of the catechism and to answer questions concerning their faith.  May God bless Holly and Chandler through this experience as he strengthens and confirms them in the faith, and may he build up and edify the entire congregation through their confession.

Little Lambs Rummage Sale

The annual Little Lambs Rummage Sale will be held on June 8th and 9th.  You may start dropping off donations on June 4th. Volunteers are needed throughout the week to sort and arrange the donations as they come in. More specific instructions will be made available soon.  Please contact Beth Kuschel.  Donate your lightly used items to the Little Lambs Rummage sale, help our center raise funds, and maybe find a few treasures to take home.

 

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The Light that Never Fails

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6. 

Finally, the day had come.  The final touches were being put into place.  And then it happened. The lights went out and the church was suddenly covered in darkness.  The father of the bride checked the fuses, but the power was out throughout town.  The bride was nervous about how things were going to turn out, but there was only so much they could do.  And so they lit a few extra candles, invited the guests in, and had their service.  And wouldn’t you know it, after the scriptures were spoken, the sermon preached, after the vows and rings had been exchanged and as the assembled group of family and friends joined to pray the Lord’s Prayer the lights popped back on.   It didn’t go exactly as planned, but in the end God made all things work out for this couple in a memorable way.  And now God goes with this Christian husband and wife to bring the wonderful gift of his light to their life; for here’s the thing about the light of Christ, it never fails.

There are plenty of times when things don’t go quite right in our lives, but in his holy Word God promises that he is always there to comfort and to encourage us through his holy Word.  Maybe a few things this past year didn’t go as expected, or perhaps you didn’t get off to the kind of start you wanted for 2018, but God promises that even when the dark clouds fall the Son of God still shines upon us.  No hardship, no pain, no broken plan, not even a broken heart can change the fact that our Savior came and lived and died for us.  Jesus came to this world of darkness and sin and he brings his unfailing light.  He is our refuge and strength.  He forgives our sins.  He binds up our broken hearts.  He chases away our fears.  He guides his people through the troubles of this life until we are at his side in the unending light of heaven.  In his faithful care, the God who called all things into existence, encourages us to call on him and he will give us rest.  Through the cross and the empty tomb, our Savior reminds us of his undying love and his gift of eternal life.  Jesus is our light.  He is our salvation.  And his light never fails.

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Prepare the Way for the LORD!

What does Advent mean to you? 

Watch! Wait! Prepare the Way for the LORD!

Candles and decorations brought out of storage, Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, baking, sending out Christmas cards, caroling, all that and more, stuffed into 25 or so days before Christmas Eve.  Maybe you mark the days with an Advent calendar or some additional tradition.  All of this can easily become a bit much.  Year after year, as more and more is added to the list, it becomes all the more necessary that God yearly reaches out to us through the call of the famous forerunner, “Prepare the Way for the LORD!”

It is a call that is thick with both Law and Gospel.  Repent!  Turn from these distractions, turn from our natural apathy toward God, and watch, and prepare!  Advent is not just a time of busy preparation but like Lent it is a time for quiet repentance and renewal as we wait and prepare for a wonderous work of God.

The Lord calls us to keep watch! Prepare!  And while we recognize that this is something that we so often fail to do {both inside and outside the busyness of the pre-Christmas season}, this is also a call that is loaded with the Gospel.  A voice cries out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.'”  The king of heaven comes to us.  He comes for us.  He comes righteous and having salvation.  He came once in humility to suffer and die and rise again.  He will come again in glory.  Listen!  Don’t miss this wonderful thing that God does for you!  A Savior will come again on the clouds to bring you home!  He comes to you through Word and Sacrament!  He comes as a child, born for you!

What do we hear when we hear the directive… Meditate… Pray… Prepare the Way for the LORD?  Our flesh may react in a way that treats this as another list to check off during a busy season.  And so the guilt piles up as time is short.  Have I read enough of my Bible!  Have I spent adequate time in prayer? Have I truly considered how Jesus is the reason for the Season?  And so perhaps it is through some law based motivation that we find ourselves cramming our way through some Advent devotional, or trudging through a reading of the Christmas story, or racing through some prayers at the end of a busy day because we know we should.

But better than some law and guilt driven work of man, let us find a few moments this busy season to be still, be silent, as our Savior comes to us through his Word.  He comes to us to prepare us.  He comes to us to give us rest, to give us peace.   He comes with forgiveness, he comes with salvation, he comes to dwell among us as a child, he comes to live among us with his enduring word and Sacrament, he comes to comfort us and strengthen us with his gift and promise of heaven.

In the light of the Advent season, in light the goodness of God, we know that this is directive that is given for our good especially at this busy time.  This is a directive that is loaded with gospel…. Meditate… Pray… Prepare the Way for the Lord.  The Lord comes to you, to renew and restore.  To forgive and strengthen.  Meditate… Pray… Prepare the Way for the Lord. And know that the Lord is with you even as you go through trials and temptations before you enter the kingdom of God.

Let us pray:

In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirt. 

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have graciously kept me this day.  Forgive me all my sins, and graciously keep me this night.  Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things.  Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me.  

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Announcements Nov 19 – 27

GriefShare: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy:

GriefShare will meet in Danube at the Danube Community Center on Monday nights       starting in October and going through January. GriefShare is designed to be a friendly,    caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult    experiences. Built around a 13-week video curriculumGriefShare support groups meet weekly to help you face the challenges of grief and move from mourning to joy.

Pastor Kuschel Has Received a Divine Call: Pastor Kuschel has received a divine call to serve St. John’s Lutheran church in Stanton, Nebraska.  Pastor Kuschel asks for your prayers and your words of counsel during this time of deliberation.  May the Lord hold all the congregations involved in his gracious hands.

St. Matthew Flora Twp – Donation Drive for Renville County Food Shelf

A free will offering will be held following worship on Nov 12 and Nov 19 to support the Renville County Food Shelf.  Your donation will be used by the food shelf to stock needed items at a reduced cost to them.  May the Lord lead his people to care for those in need.

Parents Night Out: The 212 Teens for Christ will be hosting a Parents Night Out on Dec 1.  The teens along other volunteers will providing childcare for ages 0-12, at Little Lambs on Friday, Dec 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The night will give parents a night to themselves and perhaps offer a chance to do some Christmas shopping.  A meal will be included for the kids and they will have a chance to play at Little Lambs. The teens will also read books and play games with the children. Each child will receive a goody bag to remember their fun-filled night! The cost is $15/child or whatever  donation you would like to give.  Proceeds will support our local youth as they attend WELS International Youth Rally.   Sign up your child by contacting Beth Kuschel (320) 826-2280 or beth.kuschel@gmail.com. RSVP  by Nov 29.

Thanksgiving Worship Services: O give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his mercy endures for ever.” We pause and give thanks to the LORD for the great and many things that he has done for us during the festival of Thanksgiving.  Join us for worship as we express our gratitude to God.  St. Matthew    Flora Twp will host a Thanksgiving Eve worship service on Wednesday, November 22 at 6:30pm.  Following the service the members of St. Matthew’s will enjoy some refreshments before decorating the church for the Christmas season.  St. Matthew’s Danube will host a Thanksgiving Day worship service on Thursday, November 23 at  9:30am.

Poinsettias Sign-Up Sheet: For those who would like to contribute to our Christmastime display of poinsettias at St. Matthew’s in Danube a sign-up sheet has been placed in the narthex.  Follow the instructions for payment that are printed on the sign-up sheet.  Thank you.

Ladies Aid Christmas Party Invitation: Members of St. Matthew’s are invited to join the Ladies Evening Circle for a night of Christmas themed fun and games as we remember the true reason for the season.  Bring a fun inexpensive gift, as we participate in a bingo gift-exchange.  We will also enjoy a potluck.  We plan to end the night with the reading of the Christmas account from Luke chapter 2 and sing some Christmas hymns.  Come join us as we celebrate the birth of the newborn king on Wednesday, December 6.

212 Teens for Christ Meetings:: The next meeting of the 212 Teens for Christ will be on Nov 26 in the Danube Gym.  Join us as we enjoy an evening of fun and games, bible study, and fellowship.  We will also discuss upcoming fundraising events and the youth rally.

Jesus Cares Christmas Service: {see insert} You are invited to Zion Lutheran Church in Olivia on December 19 to join the local Jesus Cares program for a time of worship and song, along with a costumed pageant presenting the good news of Christmas.  Presenters will    include people from local group home, with family and independent living.  For more     information contact Pastor or Julie Luetke.  320-523-2026.

Little Lambs Christmas Program: Little Lambs will host a Christmas program at St.     Matthew’s Danube on Sunday, December 10.  The toddlers and preschoolers will put on a Christmas program for the families and friends of Little Lambs.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards.  If you are willing to bake some cookies for this event please contact Stephanie Smith.  May God bless Little Lambs and their efforts to share the good news of great joy that is for all people.

 

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Announcements Nov 12-18

GriefShare: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy:

GriefShare will meet in Danube at the Danube Community Center on Monday nights       starting in October and going through January. GriefShare is designed to be a friendly,    caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult    experiences. Built around a 13-week video curriculumGriefShare support groups meet weekly to help you face the challenges of grief and move from mourning to joy.

Pastor Kuschel Has Received a Divine Call: Pastor Kuschel has received a divine call to serve St. John’s Lutheran church in Stanton, Nebraska.  Pastor Kuschel asks for your prayers and your words of counsel during this time of deliberation.  May the Lord hold all the congregations involved in his gracious hands.

Kingdom Workers Presentation: Pastor Gerald Geiger will be with us after worship this morning at St. Matthew’s in Danube .  He will present a video explaining the mission of  WELS Kingdom Workers and the work that is being doing in our local chapter and beyond.  He will also explain ways that our congregation and its members may be able to get         involved with the exciting and helpful work carried out through this organization.

St. Matthew Flora Twp – Donation Drive for Renville County Food Shelf

A free will offering will be held following worship on Nov 12 and Nov 19 to support the Renville County Food Shelf.  Your donation will be used by the food shelf to stock needed items at a reduced cost to them.  May the Lord lead his people to care for those in need.

Parents Night Out: The 212 Teens for Christ will be hosting a Parents Night Out on December 1.  The teens along other volunteers will providing childcare for ages 0-12, at Little Lambs on Friday, December 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The night will give parents a night to themselves and perhaps offer a chance to do some Christmas shopping.  A meal will be included for the kids and they will have a chance to play at Little Lambs. The teens will also read books and play games with the children. Each child will receive a goody bag to remember their fun-filled night! The cost is $15/child or whatever  donation you would like to give.  Proceeds will support our local youth as they attend WELS International Youth Rally.   Sign up your child by contacting Beth Kuschel (320) 826-2280 or beth.kuschel@gmail.com. Please sign up by Wednesday, November 29.

Thanksgiving Worship Services: O give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his mercy endures for ever.” We pause and give thanks to the LORD for the great and many things that he has done for us during the festival of Thanksgiving.  Join us for worship as we express our gratitude to God.  St. Matthew    Flora Twp will host a Thanksgiving Eve worship service on Wednesday, November 22 at 6:30pm.  Following the service the members of St. Matthew’s will enjoy some refreshments before decorating the church for the Christmas season.  St. Matthew’s Danube will host a Thanksgiving Day worship service on Thursday, November 23 at  9:30am.

Pointsettias Sign-Up Sheet: For those who would like to contribute to our Christmastime display of poinsettias at St. Matthew’s in Danube a sign-up sheet has been placed in the narthex.  Follow the instructions for payment that are printed on the sign-up sheet.  Thank you.

Ladies Aid Christmas Party Invitation: Members of St. Matthew’s are invited to join the Ladies Evening Circle for a night of Christmas themed fun and games as we remember the true reason for the season.  Bring a fun inexpensive gift, as we participate in a bingo gift-exchange.  We will also enjoy a potluck.  We plan to end the night with the reading of the Christmas account from Luke chapter 2 and sing some Christmas hymns.  Come join us as we celebrate the birth of the newborn king on Wednesday, December 6.

Veterans Day Prayer: We thank you, Lord, for our military veterans.  Through them you have provided us with many blessings.  Lord, you have warned that wars and rumors of wars will continue until the end of time.  In your mercy, keep war from our shores, and frustrate the plans of all those who would cause us terror.  Lord of the Nations, we ask that you continue to bless our country with men and women who are willing to go to distant and dangerous places to protect us from those who would do us harm.  Be with our veterans as they continue their march through life.  Protect them from sin and Satan.  Give them the health the need to carry out their missions in life and bring them safely to their heavenly home.

212 Teens for Christ Meetings:

Nov 12 at the CCOC in Olivia starting at 6:30pm.

Next Meeting: November 26 at 6:30 in the Danube Gym

 

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Be Still and Know that the Lord is God

Rest is a good thing.  It is something that soothes and recharges and heals.  Maybe you were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation this past Labor Day weekend, or maybe it didn’t quite work out that way.  By now Labor Day has come and gone, the work week is in full swing, school has started, and the busy routine has left the holiday in its dust.

We live in a busy world, and even when we aren’t busy with work, or school, or running around from place to place, our minds are busy with the issues that are making many in our world today restless.  A piece of your heart goes out to those that have been affected by the hurricane in Texas, your heart pounds when you think about the increased signs of aggression between our country and a rogue nation, your thoughts churn when you read about all the other things threatening your world, your country, your friends, your family

And with all those things churning the background of our mind, there are the issues that are much more personal.  Issues at work, problems at home, a health scare, a mistake that haunts, a loss that stings; it all occupies our minds, makes our hearts race, and it is difficult to find the kind or rest that we crave.    Into that daily turmoil the LORD speaks to us through his word.  And he says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). God knows that rest is a good thing, he knows that you need it, he tells you to find that rest in him.

When Hurricane Harvey was about to hit, Pastor Andy Schroer, who serves Redeemer Lutheran church in Edna Texas, was preparing to preach a sermon on Jesus walking on water and calming the storm.  Pastor Schroer wrote in his blog, “God knew Harvey was coming.”  Pastor Schroer, was reminded by God’s Word how Jesus was with his disciples during such terrifying storm and how through the storms of life our God assures us that he is control and we can trust in him.

What storms are you facing?  Your Savior Jesus, who walked on water to calm his disciples, who died on the cross to take away your sins, who rose from the dead to give you victory over sin and death, and hell, says to you, “Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27).  Your God, who created the heavens and the earth calls out to you and gives you rest and peace that you need as he says to you, Be still, and know that the LORD is God.

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