Life Notes

What Is In A Name?
Broncos versus the Seahawks. Do we have a strong indicator if Denver or Seattle will win Sunday based on the names of their mascots, their brand names or logo? It has to be the Broncos, right? A wild mustang should be able to handle any kind of bird, shouldn’t it? Not so fast! The seahawk is a raptor that survives by its catch of the day. Seahawk is a Native American name for “the fish hawk” or “fish eagle” or “Osprey.” Osprey is derived from the Latin word ossifragus, meaning “a bone breaker.” It seems we still have a credible debate, if we are just selecting the best name to predict a winner.

When Paul wrote the believers at Philippi he was concerned about a different contest that, yes, not only overshadows but completely supersedes Sunday’s Super Bowl contest. He wanted to thank and encourage his brothers and sisters who by the Spirit, he had led to the logos of Life. He gave them a name that spoke of their identity with the name of all names. It was a name that embraced them and us with power, strength and duty and direction. What was that name? Phil. 1:5.

Question of the week: How many different names and title are found in the Bible for Jesus?

Answer: There are some 200 names and titles of Christ found in the Bible. Following are some of the more prominent ones: “Chief Cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20), “Firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15), “Head of the Church” (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23), “Holy One” (Acts 3:14; Psalm 16:10), “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16), “Light of the World” (John 8:12), “Prince of Peace” and “Son of God” (Luke 1:35; John 1:49), “Son of man” (John 5:27), “Word” (John 1:1; 1 John 5:7-8), “Word of God” (Revelation 19:12-13) and “Word of Life” (1 John 1:1)

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team meets with Rick Geiler, our architect, on Feb. 3. We will be finalizing the bid plans which then will be distributed to be returned by late February. A meeting was held with Cattle Bank in Seward to discuss final loan details on Jan. 24. A test well was drilled in January on our property and an adequate supply of excellent quality water was found. Construction will start as weather permits in March or April. Projected completion of the LifeCenter is Thanksgiving 2014.

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, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Life Notes

“Follow Me”
Being transformed means following doesn’t it? But why would anybody want to follow anybody? Isn’t it more enticing, enlightening to find your own way, your own thing? So what possibly can give you reason to become a follower, a disciple, a partner?

Jesus came with a message of life and signaled that He was connected to God. The question of the people gathered in Galilee was, “How connected to God are you?” Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life,” which turned some away. Others became followers, disciples of Christ because they saw as Peter stated, “Lord … You have the words of eternal life.”

So how does this business of being transformed by the Word work? What does it mean to be a disciple, a follower of Christ?

Question of thee week: In what part of Israel did Jesus feed the 5000? – Hint, the name is also the name of a sea and most of the disciples came from this area.

Answer: Jesus fed the Jews in Galilee, next to the Sea of Galilee.

Super Bowl Soup Supper
By popular demand, Word of Life will have a Super Bowl Soup Supper Saturday Feb. 1 starting at 6 p.m. Plan on it!

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting on a regular basis with Rick Geiler, our architect. Our Planning Team last met with Geiler and finalized the bid plans, which now will be distributed to be returned by late February. Last week, a meeting with Cattle Bank in Seward was held to discuss final loan details. Construction will start as weather permits in March or April. Projected completion of the LifeCenter is Thanksgiving 2014.

A test well was drilled on our property and an adequate supply of excellent, quality water was found.

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, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Faith, Lincoln Kindergarten Open House
Wanting Christ-focused education for your child? Faith, Lincoln will be hosting Kindergarten Open House Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome. You can tour the facility, meet staff, and see ways your child can grow in Faith.

For more information contact Faith Lutheran School at 402 466-7402 or nsmith@faithlincoln.org. Scholarships and financial assistance programs are available!

Kindergarten Kick-Off at Trinity Lutheran School
You are invited to the Kindergarten Kick-Off on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran School, 1200 North 56th Street. RSVP to 466-1800. There will be an informational session complete with an activity for the children and a tour of the school.

Life Notes

“Come Unto Me”
It seems like a contest, doesn’t it? Who is going to win? On one side, we have the position that truth is what I determine. No one is going to tell me what I should do or not do as long as I am not hurting someone. The notion of a god that cares is simply a soothing myth. Life has emerged over billions of years, and through chance we are here, and we determine right and wrong. If it feels good, do it!

Yet, what if there is a God? Would this God be angry at this world? Why would He? Would He be disappointed in what is happening? As God is truth, God wins and, yes, God is disappointed and grieves for what is happening. So how do we combat the enticing philosophy of this “Brave New World” that, as Paul writes, threatens to conform us? How do we become transformed in mind? Puzzled, we hear the words, “Come unto me all of you.”

Question of the Week: John records Jesus saying, “I am the bread of life.” What miracle had Jesus just performed right prior to making this statement?

Answer: Jesus had taken 5 barley loaves and two fish and fed a large crowd. The men alone numbering over 5,000.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting on a regular basis with Rick Geiler, our architect. Our Planning Team met last week with Geiler and finalized the bid plans which now will be distributed to be returned by late February. A meeting with Cattle Bank of Seward has been scheduled later this month to discuss loan details.

Construction will start as weather permits in March or April. Projected completion of the LifeCenter is Thanksgiving, 2014.

A test well has been drilled on our property. An adequate supply of excellent quality water was found.

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, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Lincoln’s Life Walk
Lincoln’s Life Walk is next Saturday on January 25. Lutherans for Life meet at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. A Rally for Life is held on the north side of the State Capitol Building (14th and K Street) at 10 a.m. The march to the University of Nebraska Student Union begins at 10:45 a.m. Word of Life’s Confirmation Class will participate in the walk.

Prison Ministry Update: Jail and Prison Ministry Seminar
The Nebraska District is sponsoring a Jail and Prison Ministry Seminar on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Immanuel Lutheran at 2001 S. 11th St., Lincoln. The leader is Liz Jeanette, Area Director, Prison Fellowship Ministries. Seminar participants will receive Prison Fellowship Ministries Training. There is no cost but please register with CandiM@ndlcms.org. For more information, contact Pastor Larry.

Life Notes

Are You Ready to be Broken Down?
Sounds a little harsh, doesn’t it? Do we need to be broken down in order to become a follower of God? Jesus spoke the law didn’t He? Things we need to do or attitudes we need to have like, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5. Who likes to be meek? It is not our usual response. So do we have to change, be broken? Yet Jesus also said, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17.

Is there a good side of being “broken down?” Can we separate the meaning of “broken down” and “brokenness?” Let’s try this. Broken down is when we are incapacitated and overwhelmed with grief, despair and hurt and feel there is no way out. Brokenness is when we no longer look to ourselves but look to the only way out. What is that way?

Question of the Week: What was the name of the bread from heaven that God fed the Israelites as they wandered in the desert?

Answer: The bread was called manna. In the description in the Book of Exodus, manna is described as being “a fine, flake-like thing” like the frost on the ground.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting on a regular basis with Rick Geiler, our architect. A test well was drilled on our property in late December.

Present plans are to distribute bid plans in early January to be returned in late February. Construction will start as weather permits in March or April. Projected completion of the LifeCenter is Thanksgiving 2014.

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, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Life Notes

Are You Ready for 2014?
How can we be ready for a brand new year? Some events are predictable, but let’s face it, we don’t know the joys, temptations, successes or sadness ahead. Perhaps, what we need is an epiphany: insight so brilliant that it moves us away from doubt, confusion or any hint of apathy or despair. Epiphany come from the Greek word “epiphaneia” (“manifestation, striking appearance”), which is an experience of sudden and striking realization to a difficult problem. Looking at a brand new year with confidence and assurance can be daunting.

We have an epiphany waiting for us. It is ready made, so to speak, and it is relevant to the challenge of all that 2014 will bring. Epiphany is an ancient Christian feast day, celebrated on Jan. 6, the 12th day of Christmas. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians celebrate Epiphany principally (but not solely) as the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus, and thus Jesus’ physical appearance to the Gentiles (and that is us).

Now the question, is there a connection between being ready for the New Year and the search of the Wise Men for the King of all Kings? What connects us to these pursuers of truth who brought gifts to the King and what might their journey teach us?

Question of the Week: Matthew writes that the Magi, “…opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” We know what gold is, but what are frankincense and myrrh?

Answer: These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team is meeting on a regular basis with Rick Geiler, our architect. Our Planning Team’s next two meetings are at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Monday, Jan. 13. The Jan. 7 meeting is to develop a plan on what we can provide to the building effort through our own construction abilities. Plan on the meeting or contact Luke Renken, 402-440-1887, for more information.

Present plans are to distribute bid plans in January to be returned in late February. Construction will start as weather permits in March or April. Projected completion of the LifeCenter is Thanksgiving 2014.

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, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.com for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Lincoln’s Life Walk
Consider joining Lincoln’s Life Walk on Jan. 25. Lutherans for Life meet at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday morning, Jan. 25. More information to come.

Prison Ministry
Mike Hagerbaumer and Steve Schultz are Lay Clergy at the Correctional Center in Lincoln and assist pastor with this ministry. We are presently meeting with five members. Darwin Schultz assist the ministry by providing transportation for family visits.

Prison Ministry Update- Jail and Prison Ministry Seminar
The Nebraska District is sponsoring a Jail and Prison Ministry Seminar on Saturday, Jan. 25-, from 9 a.m. to noon at Immanuel Lutheran at 2001 S. 11th St., Lincoln. The leader is Liz Jeanette, Area Director, Prison Fellowship Ministries. There is no cost, but please register with CandiM@ndlcms.org. For more information, contact Pastor Larry.