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Archive: Our Call as Christians - Observer Message - October 2011

1 Corinthian 9:16, "Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!"

This is Mission Festival season, some might say. We just celebrated our Mission Festival this past weekend. In grace God had given St. Paul a call to preach. There was an inner compulsion to carry out that call. That compulsion was born of faith in Christ. God's judgement would have rested on Paul if he had not carried out his calling. The gospel becomes an instrument of judgement if we do not believe it and share it. "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved," Jesus said, "but whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mk.16:16). Paul had the blessed opportunity to share the gospel with others.

Archive: Fall 2011 Bible Classes and Sunday School

Sundays, September 11th to October 30th, 9:10 to 10:10am

     "Parables of Jesus" - Pastor Rodney Warnecke

There is a nursery for parents with little ones but you need to call to register them in the church office.

Tuesdays, September 13th to November 1st, 7:30 to 8:30pm

     "Law & Gospel" - Pastor John Boehringer

Wednesdays, September 14th to November 2nd, 10:00 to 11:00am

     "Deadly Desires: A Study of Homosexuality" - Pastor Rodney Warnecke

 

Sunday School will begin on Sunday, September 11th in the church basement from 9:10 to 10:10am, for ages 3 years through 6th grade.  Please register your child in the church office soon.

 

 

Archive: The Mountains in Christian Life - Observer Message - September 2011


I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Php 4:10-13)

You will recognize those words as the response that Paul had when the Philippians sent him support for his work in the Lord's vineyard. Paul was simply expressing the simple, yet beautiful thankfulness for their gifts to him, for their support of his proclaiming ministry to the Gentiles. Now I suppose at this point I could speak at length about Paul's Gospel outreach to the Gentiles of the Roman Empire.

But I want to take a moment of your time to talk about how Paul, as an example to all of us, dealt with the adversities of their lives in Christ, the "mountains" that they faced. Paul faced his share of those mountains.

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