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Archive: Give Thanks! Christ Gave His Life to Save Yours! - November Observer Message

What if? One day you are walking down the sidewalk in town. You are half daydreaming, half paying attention to crossing the street, when suddenly zooming down the street comes a truck straight for you. You are seconds away from being run over. Tick! You freeze as your eyes bulge to see the huge truck barreling right toward you. Tick! You quickly gasp a breath of air. Tick! You yell a loud scream. Tick! Your body tenses for the blow. Tick! You close your eyes. It feels like your arm is being ripped from your body. Varruumm! You’re flat on the ground with a close-up view of the blacktop. But, you hear sounds. You’re in pain but you are still breathing, rapidly. You sit up. You’re alive! Someone jerked you by the arm out of the path of the ticking death machine to the ground, and saved your life. A round of applause goes up from the people on the street.

How do you feel? Shocked? Relieved? Happy to be alive? And what about that person that saved you? What are you going to do for him? Give him a hug and a “thank you?” Take him out for lunch? Don’t you want to do more, but what? “I owe my life to you, so whatever you want, it’s yours.”

The Bible says to us, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:6,8). What an amazing save! I was doomed to eternal suffering in hell with no chance of escape because of my sin. But Jesus jerked me (and you too) from an awful death and gave me new life. He died on the cross of Calvary to pay the ransom price for the souls of all people. Even as His enemies, as sinful human beings, as ignorant, ungodly people, Jesus loved us, each of us, by giving His life to save ours. The hope of eternal life in heaven is ours through Jesus. The relief of being forgiven of all our sin and punishment is tremendous. The happiness that will never stop is worth a response on our part. What are you going to give Jesus in return? Tell Him thanks? Take someone out to lunch? Don’t you want to do more, but what?

Archive: Olympic Steps for Christians - September Observer Message

The 2016 Summer Olympics have finished up in Rio. They were exciting as usual. The United States teams did very well. Maybe your favorite athletes did well. I thought it beneficial to work around this topic for September’s article to cap off this summer’s events and also to keep in mind as school classes begin for our kids. It will use kind of a “running” flavor.

Step One: Getting a Good Start. 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run is such a way as to get the prize.” A runner wants a good start in a race, but a good start will not be enough to win a race for him. A runner must keep running well for the whole race. You have heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare thought it would be so easy to beat the slow-moving tortoise. So the hare rested and took it easy. But the tortoise kept going and finally won the race. You and I need to keep running our race for the Lord. God wants us to never stop hearing His Word; instead, He wants us to keep hearing His Word at home, at church, at school, in Bible class and Sunday school classes. And do this thankfully, willingly, regularly since God has already won the prize for us; He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross so that all sinners would be forgiven. Jesus rose from the dead and earned for us homes in heaven.

What a wonderful prize God has given to us!

Archive: Education Sunday and New Teacher Installation Brunch

Sunday, August 28th is Education Sunday and our new teacher installation service at 9:30am.

After the worship service you are invited to a welcoming brunch in the school cafeteria. Ham, baked potatoes and drinks (coffee, milk, juice and water) will be provided. You are asked to bring fresh fruit, a salad or dessert to pass.

There will also be baskets for groceries, Scrip cards and gift cards for Mr. Thies and Mrs. Wendland as we welcome them to St. John's and they begin their ministry here in Watertown. Please plan to attend and participate as we welcome our new teachers and their families to St. John's church and school.

 

 

 

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