Bible Reading for October 24, 2013
2 Chronicles 11-12
14He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD.
2 Chronicles 12:14
The "He" referred to in the verse above is King Rehoboam of Judah. He was the son of King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Rehoboam, then, was also the grandson of King David, the one the Bible called a "man after [God's] own heart." (1 Sam 13:14) Think about that. David's grandson. Solomon's son. If anyone had a spiritual pedigree, it should've been Rehoboam, right? But it didn't work out that way. Rehoboam did evil things and was not considered a good king on the pages of the Bible. We can't say what kind of faith he had, but the words of the passage don't sound great: he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD.
We can fall into the same trap. Do you have parents or grandparents who were firm in their faith? Great! Does your family tree stretch back at a church like St. John's with generations born, baptized, confirmed, and married there? Fantastic! None of that means, though, that your relationship with God is guaranteed to be strong. No pedigree in the world will make you "set your heart on seeking the LORD."
So what can you do when your family tree isn't enough? One of the readings in our worship services last weekend says it well. Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6) God isn't far away from you; seek him! Seek him in his Word, where he comes to you again and again with his grace. See how he sent Jesus to pay your debt of sin and to reserve your place in heaven forever. Seek him in the Lord's Supper, as he gives you his very own body and blood, showing that he didn't just die for the world, he died for you.
As we seek the Lord in his Word and Sacraments, God has promised to bless us. That's how he builds up our faith. That's how he equips us to serve him. That's how he makes us his own and blesses us now and forever.
So remember, a good pedigree is nice. Having relatives who sought the Lord is a blessing. But don't let that faith stop with your ancestors! Seek him yourself! Go to his Word and Sacraments! There he finds you and blesses you with his love.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for not seeking you. Forgive me for taking you for granted and assuming our relationship instead of cultivating it in your Word. I thank you that the forgiveness I ask has already been given to me in Christ. Help me to rejoice in his love for me. Help me to seek and find him in your Word and Sacraments. Build up my faith and help me pass it on to generations so that more and more may know and grow in your love. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.
+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. We had a great turnout at the first meeting. But we'd love to hear from even more of you. We hope one of the following remaining meetings will work with your schedule:
Keep these meetings in your minds and in your prayers in the coming weeks!
Sunday, October 27th at about 11:45am in the gym after the blended service
Monday, October 28th at 10:30am in the sanctuary at the church downtown
Monday, November 11th at 6:30pm in the school music room
--> 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 we'll meet again this Saturday, October 26th, 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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