In His Presence – God Is Here
As followers of Jesus, intellectually, we know we are always in God’s presence. Since God is present everywhere, when we talk about seeking or wanting to be in the presence of God, we are really talking about perceiving His presence, becoming aware and open to recognize His presence. How do we strengthen that feeling, that confidence that we are His child and always in His care and under His protection? The testimony of the Scriptures, as men were inspired to write by the Spirit, teach and instruct us about God. As we learn and know the identity of the Triune God, the tuning in process sharpens and the spiritual signal is strengthened.

In the series we complete Sunday, we will be led by Scripture to witness His majesty and come to a closer presence with God as Scriptures make clear. God is always with us. Our doubt, our ignorance, our self-worship clouds our vision, but God is still there. Nature testifies to God’s presence. The Word identifies the nature and identity of God. Knowing God, we feel His presence, are strengthened with His power, protected by His armor and filled with the breath of life.

Question of the week: Luke writes his Gospel addressing it to and for the benefit of a man called Theophilus. Who was Theophilus?

Answer: Theophilus is the name or honorary title of the person to whom the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are addressed (Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1). Both Luke and Acts were written in a refined Koine Greek, and the name “????????” (“Theophilos”), as it appears, means friend of God.

LifeCenter Update
It was a busy week at the LifeCenter. Windows have been installed and sidewalks are now in place. Large beams donated by Hughes Bros. for an exterior cross have been delivered by the Lucas Mohrman hauling company. The Center for Liturgical Arts from Concordia University sent a team that will offer direction on the design and placement of the cross and signature.