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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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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”



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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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 Ash Wednesday  Service February 18, 2015 7:00 pm                           

 

 

                   “The Spirit of the Lord God is Upon Me!”

 

                                 

                                      

 “Remember: you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Those are the words that are said as the ashes of the palm branches are placed on our forehead Wednesday evening. But there is more. Dust is not our destiny. Our destiny is that the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. David writes, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 Lent is a time for an awareness and a reception of restoration. Isaiah writes about the Savior that was to come, live with us and heal.  Heal with His words, with His actions and with His life. Isaiah wrote, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news…” Christ read the prophecy of Isaiah that He was to come, to heal, to bind wounds, to comfort and to proclaim salvation and freedom for all. After reading, Christ rolled up the ancient scroll and said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled …” Luke 4:21 Today the ashes are place on our head and the Spirit of the Lord is upon us and by his grace we are healed.

 

 Question: What actions of David led to his writing Psalm 51?

 

Answer: The answer is found in Psalm 51:1 which reads, “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” The entire details of David’s sin is given in Second Samuel 11.

 

                                      Calendar             

 

Feb. 18-     Ash Wednesday- The Spirit of the Lord     7:00 pm

Feb. 22–    Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Blessed are the Forgiven, Psalm 32         10:30 am

March 1–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

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

                                   

 LifeCenter Opening on Hold- Need Fire Marshall Approval


The LifeCenter is ready for an inspection from the Fire Marshall. There is a backlog of inspections and Rick Geiler, our architect, is working on getting the inspection scheduled. The State Fire Marshall Office did okay storing our 275 chairs in the LifeCenter which arrived last week. Soon our address will be 200 Fletcher Avenue.

 

Ash Wednesday Service This Week

 

We begin the Lenten season this week on Wednesday Feb. 18, at 7:00 p.m. Because of the delay in the opening of the LifeCenter we will not be able to hold additional Wednesday evening Lenten Services this year. We will have a Good Friday Service on April 3rd.

 

Dedication of the LifeCenter to be Rescheduled

 

The dedication date for the LifeCenter will be reset after we are given approval by the State Fire Marshal to occupy the building.

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Question: What is Life?”


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Life Notes:

 

                                                      Question: What is Life?

 

The question, “What is life,” brings other questions such as: Who gives us life? When does life begin? Does life have meaning?

 

How do you answer those questions? If life is a fortunate accident then who decides right or wrong or for that matter who decides when life begins? If the unborn child is a life how can we not protect that life? Yet on an average day, the lives of 3000 unborn children are ended purposely in United States. How can that be? Obviously the rules affecting life and death of the unborn are being decided by those who misguidedly believe they have the power to define life.

 

The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah had the answer to who is in control. Spirit led Isaiah brought that answer alive by writing, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 God our Creator is the potter and God has given us life and told us to cherish and protect it.

 

 

Question of the week: What is the process of making pottery actually called?

Answer: In the case of making pottery on the wheel it is called “pottery wheel throwing”. However, many people refer to it as “making pottery” or “throwing pottery” or simply “throwing”.

 

 

 

                            

 

                                Calendar   

 

 Feb. 13–    Family Night                                                      6:00 pm

                   Chocolate & Friends- Sweet Fellowship

 

Feb. 15–    Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

                  Question: What is Life?                                10:30 am

 

 

Feb. 18–     Ash Wednesday– The Spirit of the Lord     7:00 pm

 

Feb. 22–      Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

                    Question: What is Righteous Anger?       10:30 am

 

March 15Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

                     Dedication of Life Center                           10:30 am

 

 

                       

            LifeCenter Opening on Hold- Need Fire Marshall Approval


The LifeCenter is ready for an inspection from the Fire Marshall. There is a backlog of inspections and Rick Geiler, our architect, is working on getting the inspection scheduled. The State Fire Marshall Office did okay storing our 275 chairs in the LifeCenter which arrived this week. Soon our address will be 200 Fletcher Avenue.

 

                       Teams at Word of Life

 

Ruth Walla is our Altar Prep Team leader. The team prepares the communion elements and the Altar for Communion on the second and fourth Sunday mornings and clean up afterwards. If you are interested in serving in this special way please contact Ruth Walla. (402-580-1764)

 

Phil Dani is the Property Team Leader. (Trustees) Please contact Phil (402-525-7790) to be part of the team.

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Family Night for Februray

Chocolate and Friends! Sounds like a can’t miss Valentine time!
Larry and Susan Biel will be leading us in an evening of “Valentine Fun”!
Bring something to dip in chocolate and join  us for “Sweet Fellowship”!
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“Question: What is Religious Freedom?”


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Worship Service

Worship service with a message entitled “Question: How Do I Receive Peace?” begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1.

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LifeGroups/Sunday School

LifeGroups and Sunday School classes meet at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 1.

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Family Night

Family night at Word of Life begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

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Worship Service

Worship service with a message entitled “Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies” begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.

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LifeGroups/Sunday School

LifeGroups and Sunday School meet at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 25.

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