Life Notes

“The Mind of Jesus!”
“Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?” Those words, stopped Mary and Joseph in their tracks as Mary questioned her twelve year old son why He had remained behind in Jerusalem without telling them. They did not understand what He meant.

As Jesus went about His Father’s business in the years of His ministry, he healed, performed miracles and taught, revealing His identity and mission. Often, people did not understand or want to understand who He was. Yet, Jesus sought them out, commonly using parables to teach in a unique way to bring insight and clarity and reveal “His Father’s business.”

The parables make up a large part of the recorded preaching of Jesus. The parables of Jesus are a guide and inspiration for living and demonstrate the love God has for us. The great themes of Jesus are intimately revealed and expressed in His parables. But perhaps the greatest gift received by studying His parables is that we are put in touch with the mind of Jesus as well, if not better, than any other part of the Gospels. What is the mind of Jesus and what does He tell us? His parables are intriguing, clear, and yet often simultaneously so deep they stop us in our tracks. May the parables of Christ intrigue you, console you, guide you, comfort you and envelope you with His presence.

Question of the Week: Jesus told a parable about a precious pearl in Matthew 13: 45-46. What is the most valuable pearl ever found?

Answer: If a clam pearl counts, it is the “Pearl of Lao Tzu.” It measures 9.45 inches in diameter and weighs 14.1lbs. It is approximately 31,893.5 carats. The pearl itself is valued at nearly 60 million dollars and was extracted from a giant clam.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met twice in August with our architect, Rick Geiler. Rick reported that he had a very encouraging meeting in early August with city officials discussing building details of the LifeCenter. In that meeting, the fire chief gave the important opinion that we will not have to install a sprinkler system in the building.

More design details were proposed by Geiler to the Planning Team and were approved. Site details approved included those that will reduce grading and eliminate a need for fill dirt. The Team also completed the Detailed Design aspects of the building including the location and number of cabinet, shelves, etc. The design is now submitted to contractors for bids on the various aspects of the building. Receiving those bids will allow us to determine costs and when construction will start.

We pray and trust that God will lead us as we go, serving Him. Our LifeCenter for Christ and Community Campaign Co-Leaders are R.O. Ouellette and Jason and Lynette Windhorst. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for more information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Confirmation Class
Our confirmation class for those in 6th, 7th or 8th grade begins on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at Word of Life. We presently have 3 seventh graders enrolled. The students will be accompanied by their parents or grandparents and will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. For more information call Pastor Oetting at 402-643-3651

LifeGroup Information
LifeGroup is the name for our small groups at Word of Life. In LifeGroups we share, we study and we support. The leader facilitates the discussion centering on the life that Jesus gives us. LifeGroup members are partners in the Word, by God’s grace and direction, living life together, no matter what.

We will resume our LifeGroups next week after taking a break during August. One LifeGroup meets on Wed. at 7 p.m. twice a month. A Men’s LifeGroup meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at Word of Life. Three Sunday Morning LifeGroups meet at 9:15 a.m. at Word of Life. Call Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 for information.

Life Notes

“Thanking God.” – Luke 18:10-14
Jesus, in a parable, describes two men praying in the Holy Temple of God. The Pharisee and the tax collector were so different in their occupations and seemingly in their relationship with God. Pharisees were known to be religious and “right with God.” Tax collectors were hated and didn’t belong anywhere and certainly not in the Temple. The disciples and those around Jesus listened carefully as the story unfolded. What would Jesus say?

Question of the week: The setting of the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax collector told by Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem. Does the Temple exist today?

Answer: The Temple at the time of Jesus, was the second Temple, built at the same site as the Temple built by King Solomon. The Romans destroyed the Temple around 70 A.D. and only a wall remains at this time.

No Sunday School or LifeGroups in August
LifeGroups and Sunday School classes will not meet during the month of August.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met Monday, July 29, with our architect, Rick Geiler, to discuss and give input for the design of our church building. Bill Dick, president of Word of Life, had these comments about the meeting.

“The planning meeting was well attended. Rick presented several sketches of the plan C concept and the team approved the direction he is headed. The next meeting will be on Aug. 12 and should include more of the various stake holders.”

The Aug. 12 meeting is at 7 p.m. in one of the classrooms at Concordia Fallbrook.

Summer Message Series – The Mind of Jesus
Our Summer Message Series, uses the parables of Jesus as a guide and inspiration for living and demonstrating the love God has for us. The parables make up a large part of the recorded preaching of Jesus. The great themes of Jesus are intimately revealed and expressed in His parables. A bonus in studying the parables is that they put us in touch with the mind of Jesus as well, if not better, than any other part of the Gospels. That will be our quest. What is the mind of Jesus and what does He tell us?

Sunday, we look at a parable that Jesus told to address an attitude. Luke writes it this way, “(Jesus)… told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt.” Luke 18:9.

Bible Study with Ryan Larson – Sharing Your Faith
Ryan Larson spent eight weeks this summer with the Navigators in Jacksonville, Fla., being instructed in Scripture and learning to share his faith. He will share his experiences on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9:15 a.m. at a special Bible Study time. Consider, what would you say to people on the beach about your faith?

More Than Money Matters
More Than Money Matters is a free, award–winning money management workshop series. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to make sharing, saving and spending decisions based on your goals and values. The workshop series is free and includes 6 sessions. The series begins on Aug. 22 at St. Paul in Malcolm from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and is a Thrivent Insurance presentation led by Patty Stradley, who can be contacted at 402-525-8981 or patricia.stradley@thrivent.com.