Bible Reading for 11/6/13
2 Chronicles 34-35
15Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the LORD." ... 19 When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes.
2 Chronicles 34:15,19 (NIV84)
They lost the Bible. Seriously. In the late days of the Kingdom of Judah in the Old Testament, under King Josiah, they actually had misplaced the Bible -- at least the first 5 books of the Bible -- and it had possibly been lost for generations. King Josiah was a faithful king who followed God's Word, and he tore his robes when the book was found -- a sign of shame that this had happened.
Today we wonder how it could have been possible. How could you lose the Bible? It's easy for us to wonder that. It's easy for us to think something like that could never happen to us. But it could
Oh, I don't mean that we would somehow misplace our only physical copy of the Bible. We can be thankful for the technology that exists today that would make that extremely unlikely. But we can lose the Bible when we don't use the Bible. Really, we're always only one generation away from losing what we've learned from God's Word. This isn't because God's Word changes, it's because we do. We get lazy. We don't think the Bible is as important or as relevant to our lives as we used to. And so we don't pass it on to the next generation.
Don't let that happen! As we were reminded on Reformation Sunday, let's keep going in God's Word. Let's rejoice to know we're saved by grace alone -- not by what we do. Let's give thanks that we're saved by the faith God works in our heart that connects us to Jesus life and death for us. Let's continue in the Word because God uses the Word alone to build up that faith in our hearts by his Holy Spirit.
So continue in that Word. Hear it on Sundays. Study it. Look for opportunities (or even websites) where you can read it. Then give thanks that it lasts forever.
Heavenly Father, keep me steadfast in your Word. When I'm tempted to leave it behind and think it doesn't mean much to me, show me its true value! Show me, again and again in your Word, the love you have for me in your Son. Remind me my sins are forgiven in Jesus' perfection, my punishment has been taken away in his death, and my eternity has been freely given when he rose from the dead. Fill me with hope and joy as I continue to grow in faith. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
--> Needed - Sunday School Teachers, Help getting members to church, Someone to organize Advent Soup Suppers, and readers in our Lutheran Elementary School
+Equipping God's People+
--> Needed - Members Engaged in Ministry!
At our last voters' meeting, the church council presented a plan for the future of St. John's. Now is where you all come in: we'd like to hear from you! What do you think of the plan, what other thoughts, opinions, or ideas to you have from it? Well, you'll have your chance to let us know at one of the upcoming cottage meetings. It's the church's hope that one of these meetings will work for you. The remaining meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 11th at 6:30pm in the school music room.
A member at Village Green East needs rides to church, the Sunday School program is looking for teachers interested in teaching 1-10 Sundays of the year, we're looking for someone to organize Soup Suppers during the three Wednesdays of Advent, AND we're looking for members to volunteer reading and listening to our St. John's school children read. If you gifts match any of these opportunities, please contact the church office ASAP (793-7300) or Pastor Arndt
--> MEN'S Bible Study
- is now twice a month. That's right. We're now meeting on the first AND last Saturdays of the Month. So our next meeting will be Saturday, November 30th at the M&M lunch in Two Rivers for our 7:30 AM Breakfast and Bible study. We're currently looking at "Very Important Chapters in the Bible." Please help get the word out to the men of our congregation. And if you are among them, please consider joining us on Saturday. You'll get to know your God better, your church family better - and find yourself better equipped to face the day as a man of God!
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Many people are surprised to find out that St. John's has a facebook page. Don't let yourself be one of them! Consider "liking" St. John's page or passing word of its existence to family or friends. This will greatly increase the free advertising and Gospel reach of our congregation. Finally, please consider passing the devotion above to someone who could use it. This devotion now goes out to 72 email addresses, as well as being posted to our Facebook page. You can also pass this signup form on to them so they can opt in themselves to receive this devotional mailing each week. Use the link below to LIKE our St. John's Facebook page and these devotions. It is a simple way to get the Word out!