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.