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Ruth- The Outcast    Ruth 1:16                                                                          

Where you taught the story of Ruth as a story of widowed daughter in law who showed unbelievable love and faithfulness to her destitute heartbroken widowed mother in law? That part of the story is accurate in that Ruth said to her mother in law, Naomi, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Ruth 1:16

Yet there is more to this story of God’s love and providence. Ruth was from Moab, a Moabitess, whose god was Chemosh who needed to be appeased by child sacrifices. Ruth meets Mahlon, son of Naomi from Bethlehem rejects Chemosh and turns to Jehovah. Then, viewed as a traitor and an outcast by her people her husband dies. Ruth chooses to leave her homeland, her family, to be with Naomi and her God. She was going to Israel where she would be viewed with suspicion and perhaps ridicule and rejection because she was a Moabitess. Her decision was made. She would return with Naomi who needed her and she would be faithful to her God, Jehovah. And God had a plan.

Question of the week: What did it mean to be a Moabite?

Answer: Moabites were descendants of Moab the son of Lot, Genesis 19:30-38. The land of Moab lay east and southeast of the Dead Sea. On the approach of Israel from Egypt, the Moabites acted with great inhumanity, Numbers 22:1-24:25 De 2:8-9; and though God spared them from conquest, he excluded them and their seed even to the tenth generation form the peculiar privileges of his people, De 23:3-6. They were gross idolaters, worshipping Chemosh and Baalpeor with obscene rites, Numbers 25:1-18 2 Kings3:27. At times, as in the days of Ruth, there was peace between them and Israel; but a state of hostility was far more common.

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Malachi-Healing Will Come!

Many people of Judah had witnessed or heard of the message of John the Baptizer to repent and wait for the Messiah. Now there was Jesus. John needed to know or perhaps knowing needed to ask publicly of Jesus, “Are you the Messiah?” Jesus answer to John’s messengers was, “tell John what you see. I have healed the blind, the deaf, the lepers, raised the dead and preached the good news.” With that answer, the messengers returned to John.

Jesus then began to speak to the people concerning John the Baptist explaining that John is the Elijah who is to come and the messenger foretelling the arrival of the Messiah. In doing so Jesus identifies himself as the promised Messiah, the one prophesied in the last messianic prophecy of the Old Testament, given in Malachi 4:2a “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” Malachi by inspiration paints the word-picture of the Sun of Righteousness rising with healing in its wings. Called by the sorcerer Balaam as the Star out of Jacob, by Isaiah a Great Light and the Light of the Gentiles, Malachi presents Jesus as the Sun, the Great Light to rule, to heal, to be the new covenant. As the sun gives energy and life to the earth, so Jesus heals our wounds, gives us sight, cures our deafness and restores our souls. He sun has risen, healing has come.

 

Question of the week: When did Malachi live and prophesy?

Answer: Biblical scholars generally date Malachi’s ministry to the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, around 430 B.C. Tradition suggests that Malachi ministered during the period that Nehemiah returned to Babylon before returning again for a second `                   

 

Announcements:

 

                           Calendar                         

                                                   

Sept. 6–     No Sunday School

                  Connection Class- High School / Adult

                  Instruction                                                          9:00                 

                   Ruth- The Outcast    Ruth 1:16                      10:30

Sept. 13 –  Sunday School Roundup / LifeGroups            9:15

                What do you think about Christ? Matt. 22:42  10:30

                                                  

                    Fund Raising Team

                                     

Word of Life will be holding a fundraising garage sale on September 18 and 19th set up outside the LifeCenter. Donation are needed. We will donate the left over items to the Goodwill who will pick them up on the 19th at 1:30 PM. The monies raised with the garage sale with go to help pay for a garage for the church.    

 

 

                             Family Life Ministry

Family Life Ministry, led by Susan and Larry Biel, invite you to include two future Family Life Ministry events on your calendar:

Banana Splits and a Family Challenge Game- Sat.  Sept.19, 6:00-7:30 pm                       Trunk or Treat- Sat. October 31, 6:00- 7:30 pm

 

             Youth Confirmation Kickoff- September 2

 

We will begin our Youth Confirmation class this fall at Word of Life on Wednesday Sept. 2 at 7:00 pm. Youth from 6th grade up who are not confirmed are welcomed. As customary at Word of Life, parents will accompany their youth though out the 1 year or 2 years of instruction.

                    

                             Connection Class

 

A Connection Class, a study about what it is that we believe as Christian Lutherans for those who wish to review or take Confirmation instruction begins September 6. Pastor Larry will lead the 8 week Sunday morning study from 9:00 to 10:00 am for high school age and adults beginning Sept. 6. Contact pastor for more information.  

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Ezekiel- “The Word of the LORD!                     

The conquest of the Southern Kingdom of Israel by Babylon happened in three stages over a period of 12 years with deportation of the citizens of Judah in each of those three successful attacks. The priest and prophet Ezekiel was part of the second deportation. It was in Babylon that Ezekiel heard the Word of the Lord, where he lived and where he prophesied.

Ezekiel spoke to his contemporaries in Judah and in exile in Babylon, telling them of the love of God for them but also warning them that punishment would come if they didn’t turn from their sinful ways, false gods and false prophets. God speaking through Ezekiel revealed that the priest of Israel had deserted their sheep, and cared only for themselves. God then declares “The word of the LORD came to me:… I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. Ezekiel 34:1 & 15 How would this happen? Who are these sheep? What is God’s plan?

                                                                                          

Question of the week:”What are the Major Prophets and Minor Prophets?”

Answer: The terms Major Prophets and Minor Prophets are simply a way to divide the Old Testament prophetic books. The Major Prophets are described as “major” because their books are longer and the content has broad, even global implications.  The Major Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The Minor Prophets are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The Minor Prophets are also sometimes called The Twelve.

                                     Calendar  

August 23– No Sunday School or LifeGroups                                                                                                                                         

                   Ezekiel- “The Word of the Lord”                 10:30

                   Ezekiel 34:23

 

August 30-  No Sunday School or LifeGroups                                                                                                                                  

                   Malachi-Healing Will Come                  10:30

                      Malachi 4:2a

 

Sept. 6–       No Sunday School or LifeGroups      

                   Ruth- The Outcast    Ruth 1:16                    10:30                       

                           

            Lay Leadership Team Members Installed October 4.

Our incoming Lay Leadership Team members will be installed Oct. 4, with present and outgoing members recognized.

 

                                        Sunday School

 Remember, no Sunday School during August. Sunday School Round Up is September 13th.

                                      Fund Raising Team

 

Word of Life will be holding a fundraising garage sale on September 18 and 19th set up outside the LifeCenter. Donation are needed. We will donate the left over items to the Goodwill who will pick them up on the 19th at 1:30 PM. The monies raised with the garage sale with go to help pay for a garage for the church.

 

                                 Family Life Ministry

 

Family Life Ministry, led by Susan and Larry Biel, sponsored a great Luncheon/Pot Luck last Sunday. Placed the following on your calendar:

 

Future Family Life Ministry events are:

Banana Splits and a Family Challenge Game- Sat. Sept.19, 6:00-7:30 pm

Trunk or Treat- Sat. October 31, 6:00- 7:30 pm

 

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Nehemiah – Hear My Prayer

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Nehemiah-Hear My Prayer

                                                                                                                 

His brother spoke with concern, sorrowfully choosing his words. He spoke, “Nehemiah, our return to the land of our ancestors goes poorly. Our Holy City and the rebuilt Temple of Yahweh is unprotected by gates and a city wall and our existence is threatened daily.” Nehemiah’s spirit was crushed by the news and wept and mourned as he fasted and prayed. What must be done? What could be done? Something had to be done. As he prayed and fasted he realized he had a plan that might work. He would ask that through him, God would rescue his homeland, and Jerusalem, the city of his people. So he prayed, “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11 After the prayer he waited to present the rescue plan to the man, King Artaxerxes, that he served as the cupbearer. What would the King’s answer be?

 

Question of the week: How was Judah, the southern Kingdom of Israel, taken into captivity and how did they return?

 

Answer: In 6th century Judah rebelled against Babylon and was destroyed (586 BCE). The royal court and the priests, prophets the early and scribes were taken into captivity in Babylon. There the exiles looked forward to a future when a penitent and purified people would be allowed return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple. (These ideas are expressed by the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah, and, Ezekiel). In 539 BCE Cyrus the Great, the Persian ruler, conquered Babylon and later decreed that the exiles should return to their home and rebuild the temple.

                         

                                        Sunday School

 Remember, no Sunday School during August. Sunday School Round Up is September 13th.

 

                             Calendar          

                                                   

                  adjusted

 

 

                              Pot Luck / Luncheon Today

 

Family Life Ministry, led by Susan and Larry Biel, is sponsoring a get together after church today. The tables are set, the food is prepared. Hope you can stay.

 

Future Family Life Ministry events are:

Banana Splits and a Family Challenge Game- Sat. Sept.19, 6:00-7:30 pm

Trunk or Treat- Sat. October 31, 6:00- 7:30 pm

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Jeremiah – “A New Covenant.”

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Jeremiah- “A New Covenant.” Jeremiah 31:31–32

It happened on a warm weekend day in a suburban part of Omaha. A man was pushing an empty wheel barrow down the middle of the street. When asked why, the answer brings to mind today’s hero of faith, the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah is a bull in a china closet kind of prophet.  He is called to the prophetic office before he is even born, consecrated by God before he was formed in his mother’s womb. Told by God when he protested that he was too young that he shouldn’t worry or be afraid because God was with him and then God says to Jeremiah; “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Why did the man push the wheel barrow down the street? His answer, to collect the hurt, the misery, the sins of all. Jeremiah did not push a wheel barrow. He wore an oxen yoke on his shoulders and he spoke of a new covenant.  “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant” Jeremiah 31:31. That covenant would break the yoke and empty the wheel barrow of hurt, misery and sin.

Question of the Week: What is a yoke?

Answer: A yoke is a wooden beamnormally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; some yokes are fitted to individual animals.

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“Daniel”

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Update

Lay Leadership Team Members Installed August 2

 

Our incoming Lay Leadership Team members will be installed today, August 2 with present and outgoing members recognized.

 

                                        School Sunday

 

Remember, no Sunday School during August. Sunday School Round Up is September 13th.

 

Lay Leadership Team Meeting

 

Our next Lay Leadership Team meeting is August 11. Discussion regarding budget and setting budget priorities will be part of the team’s discussion. All are welcomed.

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Daniel “Praise the Name of God Forever!”      

                             

Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. Daniel 2:19

 

How would you describe your prayer life?

A.    Heavenly

B.    Out there

C.    Grounded

D.   In the pits

 

Prayer is not a technique by which we charm or convince God into giving us what we want. Prayer is a sober-minded acknowledgement of our true situation before the Lord and an admission of our need for divine help. That’s what we can learn from this prophet Daniel.

 

Daniel 6:10b tells us that Daniel spoke prayers of gratitude. “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

 

Daniel heard about the law (forbid prayer to anyone except King Darius), when he returned home, he went upstairs and prayed in front of the widow that faced Jerusalem. In the same way that he had always done, he knelt down in prayer three times a day, giving thanks to God.

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  Isaiah- How Long O Lord?

In the year King Uzziah died, a member of the royal family of Judah received a startling vision. He heard the voice of the Lord asking, “Who shall I send?” Isaiah said, “Here I am, send me!” The Lord sent Isaiah telling him what to say to the people but also advising, “They will not listen.” To which Isaiah said, “How long O Lord!”

Isaiah is known as one of the greatest prophets of the Bible. His name means “YHWH (the LORD) is salvation.” He lived in Jerusalem and the prophecies God gave him were directed toward Israel, Judah and other nations. Jewish tradition says he was of royal descent, and he may have been a cousin to King Uzziah and appears to have direct contact with the kings of Judah in Jerusalem.

This great prophet ministered then as he was called and now to us as we here the call, “Who shall I send!”

 

Question of the week? Why is Isaiah called the “Messianic Prophet?”

 

Answer: Isaiah is often referred to as “The Messianic Prophet”, because of his many prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus.  The New Testament quotes and applies more scriptures from the book of Isaiah than any other Old Testament prophet.

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“Elisha”

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Elisha-Chariots of Fire            

 

Elisha was one powerful, faithful prophet of God! His name means ‘my God is salvation’ and the whole ministry of Elisha would prove to be a testimony to the meaning of his name[1]. You see, Elisha lived in dark times. Idolatry and secularism was embraced by the people and Israel’s enemies were circling. Yet through countless situations, Elisha stood as a light… a voice in the wilderness… showing through his life that the God of Israel was well and truly alive! In fact, Elisha performed more recorded miracles than Elijah or anyone else in the Bible other than Jesus. Elisha was called by God to join Elijah to be trained to be the next prophet of Israel, Handing off the mantle, the baton so to speak, from Elijah to Elisha was a dramatic scene and turning point in Elisha’s ministry and brought the “chariots of fire.”

 

Questions of the week (I. Gordon)

Q1: Were Elijah and Elisha prophets, priests or kings?                                              

Q2: Who ministered first – Elisha or Elijah?                                                       

 Q3: In the O.T are there more chapters devoted to Elijah or Elisha?       

  Q4: Did they serve in the northern kingdom of Israel or Judah in the south?      

 Q5: Which of these two did the most miracles?                                          

 Q6: Does Elisha mean ‘God is salvation’ or ‘Yahweh is God’?                  

 Q7: Which of the two men is mentioned in the New Testament?                              

 

Answers:

 

A1: They were prophets.                                                                                           

A2: Elijah came first and then he trained Elisha.                                                                 

 A3. More chapters are devoted to Elisha (10) than Elijah (6)                       

 A4: They served in the Northern kingdom which didn’t have any good kings!                                                                                                               

 A5: Elisha did the most miracles – 16 to 8 apparently.

A6: Elisha means ‘God is Salvation’. Elijah means ‘Yahweh is God’.          

 A7: The author of the questions, I Gordon says, “Ok, let me guess… You are so far 6 from 6 and you have answered Elijah for the last question to win the car? I’m sorry.

         Both Elisha and Elijah are mentioned in the New Testament. Kind of a trick question to prevent pride creeping in!”

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Sunday School

Promotion Sunday
On Sunday, July 26th, we will be recognizing our Sunday School students and “promoting” them to the next grade level. Please plan to attend with your Sunday School students!

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“Elijah – Who Do You Follow?”

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Elijah- Who Do you Follow?

God’s methods are often surprising. God did not raise up an army to destroy Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 16:29-34). Neither did He send some scintillating prince to argue His case or try to impress their royal majesties. Instead, God did the unimaginable—He chose somebody like . . . well, like Elijah (1 Kings 17:1) to directly oppose evil head on.

 Chuck Swindoll writes, “Elijah, this gaunt, rugged figure striding out of nowhere, suddenly stepping into the pages of history, is a clear witness of the value of one life completely committed to God. An unknown man from a backwater place, he was called to stand against evil in the most turbulent and violent and decadent of times.”

The question Elijah puts before us is, “Who do you follow.”

Question of the week:  “Who was Baal?”

Answer: Baal was the name of the supreme god worshiped in ancient Canaan and Phoenicia. The practice of Baal worship infiltrated Jewish religious life during the time of the Judges (Judges 3:7), became widespread in Israel during the reign of Ahab (1 Kings 16:31-33) and also affected Judah (2 Chronicles 28:1-2). In general, Baal was a fertility god who was believed to enable the earth to produce crops and people to produce children.

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Upcoming Events

 Schedule                                    

July 5–   No Sunday School on the 5th

               Solomon- What is Wisdom?                      10:30 am

July 12Sunday School and LifeGroups                   9:15 am

Elijah- Who Do You Follow?                      10:30 am                                           

July 19Sunday School and LifeGroups                   9:15 am

               Elisha- Chariots of Fire!                              10:30 am

Lay Leadership Team Installation

July 26- Sunday School and LifeGroups             9:15 am

Sunday School Promotion Day                               

              Isaiah How Long O Lord?                       10:30 am

August- No Sunday School or LifeGroups

                           

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“ A Wise Man Once Said….”                        

What is wisdom? It is certainly something we want to learn and obtain. Years ago there was a series of E F Hutton ads that proclaimed, “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” As soon as someone mentioned the magic words, “my broker is E.F. Hutton and E.F. Hutton says,” everybody stopped to hear those word of wisdom.

Solomon asked God for wisdom and God blessed him with the gift of wisdom as he became the King of Israel. Solomon, the Scripture’s declare was the wisest of all people. Something happened however and this wise man also became one of the most foolish. Should we listen to Solomon who was wise beyond imagination but oh so foolish? What can we gain from this gifted man of God who did not walk his talk? Is there something we want to stop and listen to when the words, “Solomon says,” are spoken?

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“The Promise”

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The Promise

 

Long, long ago a promise was given that a Son was to be born that would change the world. It was a prophecy that began with Adam and Eve, was clarified with a promise to Abraham and then given to David by the Prophet Nathan. God’s message through Nathan was that David would himself become a house. A Son was to be born to “…establish His kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.” 2 Samuel 7:13

 

David, the beloved king of Israel, a man with God’s “own heart,” was chosen as part of the promise. From his descendants the promised one, “the Son of David,” would be born.  Jesus is the “Son of David,” promised and delivered. May we know that through the fulfillment of the promise we have received Life, we live Life together and we by His grace share the promise of Life.

 

              

                                  LifeCenter Update

 

Ownership is a blessing and brings new developments. LifeCenter Design (Internal Environment) and Landscape Teams are at work and have developed plans for grounds and what we are referring to as our visual environment inside the LifeCenter. A work day is ahead and flowers, shrubs and trees will be planted. Panels for the front of the church have been designed to be installed. Our welcome area will have new furniture, the Youth Room will be furnished and Pastor Larry will soon have his office ready with computer and phone. All to His glory.

 

 

Question: How often was Jesus called the “Son of David,” In the New Testament?

 

Answer: Jesus is called the Son of David fourteen times in the New Testament starting with Matthew 1:1. “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

Service is at 10:30 am

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“Samuel God’s Son”

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Father’s Day

 

                                           “Samuel, God’s Son.”  1 Samuel 3:19-20

 

Fourth time’s a charm! There is something special about hearing your father’s voice, isn’t there. Ask Samuel, who was promised to God by his mother and at a very early age went to live with the Prophet Eli in the house of God, far away from his father Elkanah. One evening Samuel was awakened by a voice calling his name. Answering here I am, Samuel rushed to Eli thinking he had called. Eli said, “I did not call you, lie down again.” Two more times the voice called and each time Eli said I did not call but after the third time Eli told Samuel, that the Lord was calling him. The fourth time, Samuel answered, “Speak Lord, for your servant hears.” Did he miss his father Elkanah? Of course but given to serve the Lord, in the Lord’s house, Samuel hears his Father, our Father call him by name. As we say, “Speak Lord, for your servant hears,” we hear His voice.

 

10:30 am

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LifeGroups/Sunday School

LifeGroups and Sunday School classes meet at 9:15 a.m. on June 21.

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LifeGroups/Sunday School

LifeGroups and Sunday School classes meet at 9:15 a.m. on June 14.

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Gideon- “Are You sure Lord?”

 

Who was Gideon? So significant is the mark this very ordinary man made in his time that he is listed in Hebrews 11 alongside the movers & shakers of the Old Testament. The author of Hebrews writes, “For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Hebrews 11:32-34

Sunday, guided by our guest pastor Barry Kolb, we track Gideon’s story working our way through Judges 6-7, where we find six life lessons.

                   

                               

  Welcome College World Series and Pastor Barry

 

We welcome “Pastor Barry Kolb as our guest pastor on Sunday. Dr. Kolb has been and remains involved in life and the love of our God that binds us together. Barry and his wife Nancy moved in 2014 from Texarkana (served at First Lutheran for five years) to the Fort Worth, Texas area to continue to focus on their other various ministries. Barry continues to teach at the Louisiana State Prison in Angola and serve on the board of Christ for India as well as new ministry opportunities. The College World Series in Omaha has been a can not miss event for years for Barry and we are thankful for being part of his annual trip.

 

Vacation Bible School 

 

VBS will be held at Word of Life July 20-24th this year. It will be held in the evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Watch for more details and opportunities to serve!

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“Son of the Pharaoh”

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“Give Ear to My Words!” Acts 2:14

Peter, empowered by the Spirit, spoke to the crowds gathered on that Pentecost day in Jerusalem telling them to listen. His exact words were, “give ear to my words.” Then Peter brought them to the Word, that is to Jesus, with the words of Scripture given in the Book of Joel. Using prophecy that was familiar to listening Jews, Peter gave to those listening the good news that Christ had died for them. The promise was for them.

Following Peter’s message, led by the spirit, those that received Peter’s word, confessed and were baptized and over 3000 souls were added that day to His kingdom. May our ears hear the Word.

Pentecost

Question of the week: What does Pentecost mean?

Answer: The word Pentecost means fifty. To understand this event, we must understand the Jewish Feast of Pentecost. It was not by coincidence that God poured out His Spirit on the disciples on that day. Fifty days after the Passover, the Feast of Pentecost, also called the Feast of Weeks, was celebrated by the Jewish people. Pentecost was an initial harvest feast, where the Jews were to offer to the Lord the first fruits of the new grain. In later Judaism (two centuries before Christ) Pentecost was a time to celebrate the giving of the Law at Sinai where God had made a people for Himself, similar in a way to our Independence Day.

Schedule

May 31 Sunday School and LifeGroups 9:15 am
“Life in Six Words!” 10:30 am

June 7 Sunday School and LifeGroups 9:15 am
“Son of the Pharaoh!” 10:30 am

June 14 Sunday School and LifeGroups 9:15 am
“Gideon- Are You sure Lord?” 10:30 am
Pastor Barry Kolb!”
June 21 Sunday School and LifeGroups 9:15 am
10:30 am

Vacation Bible School
VBS will be held at Word of Life July 20-24th this year. It will be held in the evening (exact times to be announced). Watch for more details and opportunities to serve!

Family Ministry Events
Susan and Larry Biel lead our Family Ministry at Word of Life.  Marriage Workshop on June 20, Fireworks View from 200 Fletcher on July 3 and the Biel’s Backyard Café in Seward on July the Fourth.

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  “Abraham and Sarah’s Journey!”

 

What a difference the blessing of God makes. We don’t know why Terah, the father of Abram, never made it to Canaan, his destination. We know he left Ur of the Chaldeans, with his family to go to the land of Canaan. However, when they reached Haran, they settled there.

 

Terah died at Haran and so Abram, at the age of 75 was told by God to take his entire family and all his possessions and go to the land He would show him. Then God blessed Abram and decreed that Abram would be a blessing. With the blessing of God Abraham and Sarah began their journey of faith. What would the blessing and journey bring them and us?

 

 

 

 

Question of the Week: Why did God change the names of Abram and Sarai?

 

Answer: When God changed a person’s name and gave him a new name, it was usually to establish a new identity. God changed Abram’s “high father” name to “Abraham,” “father of a multitude” (Genesis 17:5) and his wife’s name from “Sarai,” “my princess,” to “Sarah,” “mother of nations” (Genesis 17:15). We know from history that the descendants of Abraham and Sarah formed many nations, including the Jews’ and Muslims’.

                                          Schedule

 

May 10    Sunday School and LifeGroups                     9:15 am

                Mother’s Day

               Abraham and Sarah’s Journey                      10:30 am

                                                   

May 17  Sunday School and LifeGroups                                   9:15 am

              Pentecost- “Give Ear to My Words!” Acts 2:14         10:30 am

              Congregation Meeting-  After Service                        11:45 am   

 

May 24  Sunday School and LifeGroups                                   9:15 am

               Jacob’s Birthright!                                                      10:30 am

 

May 31  Sunday School and LifeGroups                       9:15 am

             “Life in Six Words!”                                        10:30 am

 

June 7  Sunday School and LifeGroups                       9:15 am

             “Son of the Pharaoh!”                                     10:30 am

 

June 14  Sunday School and LifeGroups                       9:15 am

             “Gideon- Are You sure Lord?”                        10:30 am

 

June 7  Sunday School and LifeGroups                       9:15 am

             Pastor Barry Kolb!”                                          10:30 am

 

                    

 

                      What Is Your Gift?

 

Music Ministry, Altar Prep Ministry, Property Ministry, Child Care Ministry and Office Staffing Ministry Teams and others are all opportunities for you to minister in an area that God has gifted you. Please consider and contact the team leader or Pastor Larry.

         

                       

                 LifeCenter Dedication and Open House

 

We praise God for a very successful Dedication and Open House. It was a delight to meet and thank so many people for their interest and support. We thank Carol, Carla, Ruth & Dan, Jason & Lynette, Denise & Kent and Lucas for planning and organizing. Thanks to RO for lunch for the organizing team, Shan and Hannah for preparing the puppet show, Laurie, Fred, Kent, Bev and Mike for the great music and Trevor for the production. Praise God

 

                    Vacation Bible School

 

VBS will be held at Word of Life July 20-24th this year. It will be held in the evening (exact times to be announced). Watch for more details and opportunities to serve!

 

                 Word of Life Congregation Meeting                  

We will be having our annual meeting and voters meeting right after church service on Sunday May 17, 2015.

                      Family Ministry Events

 

Susan and Larry Biel lead our Family Ministry at Word of Life. Coming events are hosting a Blood Drive on May 30 from 10:00 to 2:00, Marriage Workshop on June 20, Fireworks View from 200 Fletcher on July 3 and the Biel’s Backyard Café in Seward on July the Fourth.

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“The Cross”

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Choose To Serve, Joshua 24:15
Life is full of choices. From the moment we wake up in the morning we start making choices about our day. The first decision for many is whether or not we will actually get up with our alarm clock or choose to sleep in. Once up we begin making decisions about what we will have for breakfast, what we will wear, how much creamer to put in our coffee . . . Most of the decisions we make are not life altering. In today’s passage Joshua is challenging the people of Israel to make a decision. Joshua 24:15 reads: 15 “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” This is a life altering decision. Joshua is asking them to leave behind their foreign gods and serve God with their whole heart. The people respond wholeheartedly saying they will worship the God of Israel. Joshua knows their hearts and that their enthusiasm is overshadowed by divided loyalty. He recounts how God has been faithful to them throughout their history. The phrase “serve God with all faithfulness” literally means to serve with integrity and truth. Throughout Israel’s history they have not been able to completely commit to God. From their ancestors to those standing in front of Joshua that today there had always been divided loyalty. Even after hearing them reaffirm their commitment, Joshua charges them to throw away their foreign gods. They were stating how committed they were to God while they had foreign idols in their tents. Our God is a jealous God and will not accept divided worship. No matter what the people decided Joshua was going to lead the way by stating “as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” What decision are you going to make today?
Question of the week: Who was Joshua?

Answer: Joshua is best known as Moses’ second in command who takes over and leads the Israelites into the Promised Land after Moses’ death. Joshua is considered one of the Bible’s greatest military leaders for leading the seven-year conquest of the Promised Land, and is often held up as a model for leadership and a source of practical application on how to be an effective leader.

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“Now What!” Acts 1:10-11

When do you know you are ready for the job ahead? The crucifixion of Christ had closed the doors on dreams and aspirations of His followers. Then according to His promise, Christ rose from the dead. For 40 days a risen Christ had demonstrated His truth, that He was the Son of God and that He had died and rose for them.

When did they begin to see the full picture of what was ahead for them? What were their fears? How did they prepare themselves for the next part of their journey when they would be on their own? Then the day came “as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?” Acts 1:9-11.

Standing was not an option. Directions and counsel needed to be followed.
What about us? What is next?

Question of the week: How many days did Jesus spend on this earth after His resurrection before His ascension?

Answer: There were 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension (Acts 1:3). What the significance of the use of the number 40 in the Bible is debated. The Bible definitely seems to use 40 to emphasize a spiritual truth. How many uses of 40 in the Bible do you remember?
Schedule

April 12- Sunday School and LifeGroups 9:15 am
“Now What!” Acts 1:10-11 10:30 am
April 19- Sunday School and LifeGroups 9:15 am
“Choose To Serve!” Joshua 24:15 10:30 am
Larry Biel has the Message
April 26- Sunday School and LifeGroups 9:15 am
Confirmation Sunday 10:30 am
“Strong and Courageous!” Joshua 1:9
May 3 Dedication Service 10:30 am
Open House 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Recognition and Prayer Service 2:00 pm
May 17 Congregation Meeting- after Service 11:45 am

LifeCenter Update

The drywall contractor has completed most of the work on the “firewall” required by the State Fire Marshal. The work has been extensive and has resulted in repeated days of clean up by some great volunteers. Speaking of great volunteers, we had a great moving night turn out, people getting classrooms ready, parking attendants when needed, cleaning the ditches, clearing more parking space, and all the work it has taken by our members to make the transition. Thank you to all.

Family Ministry Events

Susan and Larry Biel lead our Family Ministry at Word of Life. Coming events are hosting a Blood Drive on May 30 from 10:00 to 2:00, Marriage Workshop on June 20, Fireworks View from 200 Fletcher on July 3 and the Biel’s Backyard Café in Seward on July the Fourth.

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Good Friday Service- 7:00 pm

 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Psalm 22:1

         

The Christian writer James Kushiner asks, “Back in the first century, what went through the minds of the crowd as Jesus passed by to loud Hosannas? What were they hoping this new messiah would bring?” Expecting a kingdom, James and John requested positions of power. Many people had seen or heard the message and miraculous power of Jesus and must have felt it was only a matter of time before Jesus would bring a better life for them. The Jewish power leaders, who had so much to lose wondered how they were going to stop Him acknowledging, “Look, the whole world has gone after him.”  Then they had a plan using Judas to lead them to Jesus, to arrest Him when the admiring crowds did not surround Him

Kushiner writes, “Or so they thought. Jesus was unstoppable on His mission. That Palm Sunday Road, strewn with garments, led to Golgotha, where Jesus’ garments were thrown down. The New King was about to be elevated. James and John were not enthroned on either side with him, but only two thieves. One blasphemed, the other saw that Jesus was about to win the Kingdom, defeating first sin, then death itself.”

On this Good Friday, we acknowledge Christ journey to the cross. We hear, we see His agony, His suffering, His death. At His invitation we come to His table and taste and know that His journey did not end on the cross. He lives and thanks be to God, we also live.

 

 

Question for Good Friday: How many years before crucifixion did David write Psalm 22 about the suffering of Jesus?

 

Answer: Inspired by the Holy Spirit, David wrote Psalm 22 about 1000 years before the Friday when Christ on the cross called out “with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

 

 

Come and join us on Easter Sunday, April 5th for our 10:30 service. Live Forever Psalm 16:11

 

Schedule 

 

April 3–      Good Friday Service                                   7:00 pm

April 5–       Easter Sunday Service                            10:30 am

(No Sunday School and LifeGroups)

April 26–      Confirmation Sunday

May 3–        Dedication of the LifeCenterl

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                        Everybody Loves a Parade- Psalm 118

 

Pastor Ken Sype will be our guest pastor for Palm Sunday. Pastor Sype and his wife Jane moved to Lincoln after serving as pastor at congregations in Iola and Overland Park, Kansas. The Sype’s are personally familiar with church planting  having started Christ Lutheran Church and School in Overland. Many of you know Chara Sype, their daughter, who was one of the founding members of Word of Life. Chara is presently teaching in a Christian school in South Africa.

 

Pastor Larry Oetting and wife Kitty will be worshipping at the Rock Lutheran Church in Seward Sunday as their triplet grandchildren, Gretchen, Ben and Ella Moll are confirmed.

 

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Question of the week: Jesus led the disciples to Jerusalem on their final trip to the Holy City. Mark records in Chapter 10, “And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.” Why where the disciples amazed and the followers afraid?

 

Answer: It was well known that the Jewish leaders of the Sanhedrin were plotting to kill Jesus and He was in imminent danger.

 

 

Word of Life is Now at 200 Fletcher

 

 

Great news! Both the City Inspector  and the State Fire Marshal gave us the go ahead for occupancy so we are all moved in and Word of Life’s had our first worship service in our LifeCenter last Sunday March 22nd.

Praise God.

 

 

                                 Schedule 

 

March 29– Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Palm Sunday Service- Pastor Ken Sype  10:30 am

April 3–      Good Friday Service                                   7:00 pm

April 5–       Easter Sunday Service                            10:30 am

(No Sunday School and LifeGroups)

April 26–      Confirmation Sunday

May 3–        Dedication of the LifeCenterl

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My Soul Waits- Psalm 130

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and writer, composed a poem called, “Who Am I”, a month before he was executed for treason by the Nazi government. He ends that poem in which he expresses his doubts about his true identity in the face of imprisonment and evil with these words:  “Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.                             Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.”

Psalm 130 calls out to a God who cares for us as a father cares for his children. He is our Holy Father who loves, forgives and redeems us. How does that affect us and direct us as we ask the question, “Who Am I?”

What does our life, our action, our worship show is in our hearts? Do we acknowledge that we have a need of a forgiving God? Are we in awe of what God has done and does for us? Or do we act and worship as if we doubt that we really need a God?

 

Does your soul wait for the Lord? Do the words and hope of Psalm 130 fit you, that is match your beliefs and understanding of life? By God’s grace, we say yes and know, believe and live the words of Bonhoeffer, “Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.”

 

Question of the week: Psalm 130 is one of the seven penitential psalms. The others are 6, 32, 38, 51,102 and 143. The authors of Psalm 102 & 130 are not known but we do know that David wrote the rest. Penitential means repentance. Why is it necessary that we repent when we sin?

 

 

Answer: Without repentance there can be no forgiveness. Jesus said, “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish). ” (Luke 13:3; 17:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9

                                Calendar   

 

March 22–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                9:15 am

My Soul Waits- Psalm 130                         10:30 am

March 29Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Palm Sunday Service- Pastor Ken Sype  10:30 am

April 3–      Good Friday Service                                    7:00 pm

April 5     Easter Sunday                                           10:30 am

(No Sunday School and LifeGroups)                

April 26–    Confirmation Sunday

                       

 

                         We Are Moving In!- 200 Fletcher

 

Great news! Both the City Inspector  and the State Fire Marshal have given us the go ahead for occupancy so Word of Life’s first worship service in our LifeCenter will be  Sunday March 22nd.

 

There is some work to be done but it does not have to be done before Sunday. The work is fairly minor and most will be done by the contractors.

 

Praise God and blessings and thanks to all. Pastor

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                            You Are My Refuge- Psalm 142

 

Imagine you have just entered a cave. You had to walk stooped over the first 20 feet of entrance and then the cave opened up. You stand tall and now your light shows a vast dark cavern of open space. It is damp, dark and cold.

 

David used a cave for a hideout when fleeing for his life and during that time wrote Psalm 142. What do you expect this psalm to say? Would David talk about being safe?

 

Is a cave a safe place? Certainly you can find shelter and protection in a cave. But the security of protective walls with only one entrance/exit also brings solitude, isolation, darkness and a self-imposed entrapment. What were his thoughts and concerns? Did he ask, “Where are you God?”

 

The prophet Samuel, following God’s instructions, had anointed him King of Israel and there he was a fugitive in a cave. Did God really care? What is your situation? Does God care about you? After all, you are also anointed!

 

 

 

Question of the week: Why did David have to flee from King Saul?

 

Answer: Saul wanted to kill David knowing that David was a threat to him remaining as king. Saul told Jonathan his son, “As long as that son of Jesse (David) is alive, you’ll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him!” 1 Samuel 20:31

 

 

March 15-   Sunday School and LifeGroups                 9:15 am

                  My Refuge and Strength- Psalm 142         10:30 am

March 22–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                 9:15 am

                  My Soul Waits- Psalm 130                           10:30 am

 

 

 

                       

                        LifeCenter Update- Need Fire Marshall Approval


Word of Life has set up an inspection for our LifeCenter from the State Fire Marshal on March 17th. There is a possibility to have our first service in the LifeCenter on March 22 but more probable is for Good Friday to be our first service in our new church. As soon as we find out the date of the first service in the LifeCenter, we will post it. Soon our address will be 200 Fletcher Avenue.

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“Enter into His Presence”

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“Creator, Protector, Director”


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Creator, Protector, Director- Psalm 121

 

 

Imagine this, you are on a trip. Think about a trip that you have made that for some reason was very difficult. Now add, throw in to your thought process the journey your ancestors made to this great melting pot nation of ours. What an experience that must have been.  As you process the danger and difficulties of these trips now ask, who do I turn to? Psalm 121 asks it this way, “From where does my help come?”

 

Some trips are more difficult than others and the trip that the psalmist prepares us for is our life. We look to the hills to see what is ahead as best as we can. Destination, challenges and surprises are ahead. What will happen to me? Where am I going to receive help are our questions.

 

The psalmist answers the question. God is the Creator of all, the Creator of heaven and earth. God’s power is unmatched and He is our protector, deliverer, director and guide as we journey. Trust in the God of all to overcome the uncertainty, the unknown, the fears we have. The Lord will direct and guide us though the valleys and hills of life to the destination called home.

 

Question of the week: From time to time we hear about the exile period of Israel. What happened to Israel during this time?

 

Answer: The Babylonian captivity or exile refers to the time period in Israel’s history (607-586 B.C.) when Jews were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon. It is an important period of biblical history because both the captivity/exile and the return and restoration of the Jewish nation were fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies.

 

 

                                         Calendar

 

 March 1–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                 9:15 am

Creator, Protector, Director- Psalm 121   10:30 am

March 8–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Enter into His Presence- Psalm 95:1-9     10:30 am

March 15–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                9:15 am

My Refuge and Strength- Psalm 142       10:30 am

March 22–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                9:15 am

My Soul Waits- Psalm 130                        10:30 am

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“Blessed Are the Forgiven”


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