Life Notes

“The Promise!” – Romans 8:28-39
What do we expect from God? Is it true that, because of our humanness, we limit our expectations of God? Do we make God small because of our own limitations? Paul challenges us to see that we don’t fit God into our lives, but rather, God brings us into His life.

Yes, we live in a world, using Paul’s words, of tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword. Evil and ruin surrounds us and threatens to engulf us but Paul proclaims the promise! “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” In a world of ruin outside and within us no one “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That is the promise, our hope and destiny.

Question of the week: Who “coined” the phrase, “When in Rome do as Romans do?”

Answer: The phrase, “When in Rome do as Romans do, is attributed to Aurelius Ambrosius, better known in English as Saint Ambrose. (c. 340 – 4 April 397) St. Ambrose was an archbishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century.

Sunday School Schedule Change
Word of Life Sunday School will not be held during August. Each LifeGroup will decide whether or not to meet also during August

Christian Youth Event in Seward Aug. 1-2
A Christian Youth Event called the BLOCKSTOP sponsored by the Todd Becker Foundation is coming to Seward on Aug. 1-2. The BLOCKSTOP event is a free barbeque, Christian concert and speaker event. Speakers include Coach Ron Brown.

Update on our LifeCenter
The new address for Word of Life is 200 Fletcher Drive. Foundation work is completed. Building materials have arrived. Target date for the shell of the building completed and our work to begin is the end of August.

Life Notes

“The Hovering Spirit of God!” – Romans 8:18-27
Paul presents in the book of Romans the big picture, the greater story of the presence and work of God. We have seen Christ, our deliverer, rescuing us from our sin. We have seen God, our Father, claiming us as His children. In the message today, we see God, the Holy Spirit, at work in our lives. Seeing the Holy Spirit requires what perhaps can best described as a wide-angled lens.

In Genesis we read, “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2b. In Psalm 139, the Psalmist asks, “Where shall I go from your Spirit.” The Spirit is everywhere, in all the places we can imagine. The most powerful truth of the Spirit came from Jesus personally as He prepared them for His departure, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26. Yes, the Spirit is with us.

Question of the week: What was Jesus announcing when in Luke it is recorded the He read these words from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me …”?

Answer: Jesus was announcing the beginning of His ministry by proclaiming the direction of the Holy Spirit. The text continues, “… to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor … today this Scripture has been fulfilled …” Luke 4.

Update on our LifeCenter
The new address for Word of Life is 200 Fletcher Drive. Foundation work will soon be completed. Building materials will arrive by late July. Target date for the shell of the building completed and our work to begin is the end of August.

Word of Life has received from an anonymous friend a gift of $100,000 for the LifeCenter. We thank and praise God.

Sunday School Schedule Change
Word of Life Sunday School will not be held during August. Each LifeGroup will decide whether or not to meet also during August.

Life Notes

“God, Our Father!” – Romans 8:12-17
In America, Christianity used to be a strong cultural force. Prayer was said in public schools. At graduation, high schools would hold baccalaureate services led by ministers. In December, one could find a nativity proudly displayed in the public square. That connection between Christianity and American culture is dying. We find ourselves being marginalized. Survival of Christianity is in question. Has God abandoned His people?

Paul knew the suffering status of Christians in this world. In Rome, Christianity was not a legal established religion. Christians were considered foolish as they expressed their faith especially in their worship of one God. They confessed “Jesus is Lord” in a culture that confessed “Caesar is Lord.” Recognizing this challenge Paul assures the Roman Christians that God would never leave them.

Our culture tells us we are foolish in our beliefs in a loving almighty Creator. Paul’s answer is that no matter what we face, we are children of God, blessed by the Spirit with an identity and “papers of adoption” so we can say “Abba Father!” Take that Caesar, and take that secular, unbelieving sophisticated society that we live in.

Question of the week: Paul wrote to the Romans using what language?

Answer: The language Paul used was Greek, not Latin as you might expect. Greek was the “universal” language of that timr.

Pilger, Nebraska Rescue Effort
Grant Schmidt, who recently was selected as CEO of the Orphan Grain Train, located in Norfolk, continues to work with the Pilger Rescue Effort. Direct grants to those who have lost their home are being given by the Orphan Grain Train organization. Orphan Grain Train is building a portable chapel to be used by the Lutheran Church in Pilger that was destroyed by the tornado. Life and work goes on as God blesses and gives strength.

Update on our LifeCenter
Word of Life has received from an anonymous friend a gift of $100,000 for the LifeCenter. We thank and praise God.

Foundation work will be completed with a larger “pour” this Monday, July 14. Our new address is 200 Fletcher Avenue.

Life Notes

“The Deliverer!”
What transportation service delivers most frequently at your home? You place an order and often it is there at your doorstep the next day or in a matter of days. Your needed product arrives.

Paul writes about another type of deliverance. This deliverance is personal, individual. Paul admits, as we admit, the good I want to do, I do not do and what I want to not do, I do. Paul writes, who will deliver me? He answers with the truth that absolutely changes our lives. “Thanks be to God,” who sent the Deliverer, Jesus.

Question of the week: Who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4. 1776, was Thomas Jefferson. Days earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail about the day of the signing these words, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Update on our LifeCenter
The new address for Word of Life is 200 Fletcher Drive. Foundation work will soon be completed. Building materials will arrive by mid-July. The target date for the shell of the building to be completed, which will mean our work will begin, is the end of August.