A Devotion from the Pastor's Devotion
What I have been reading through for my devotions has been 1 & 2 Kings. I decided to read through 1 & 2 Kings for my own spiritual edification before I teach the Family Bible Class on the Kings of Israel/Judah. As I read through 1 & 2 Kings, I was reminded that those two books not only talk about Kings, but also prophets, namely Elijah and Elisha.
It is Elisha that I will be focusing on right now. But before you read on, take a moment and try to think of all the miracles that Elisha performed… What did you remember? Him being fed by ravens, living with a widow who didn’t run out of bread, raising her son back to life, him verses 450 prophets of Baal and winning, or him being taken up by a fiery chariot into heaven without dying? Most of them? Well, your memory is pretty bad because Elijah
did all those things not Elisha
Elisha, on the other hand, made poison water good again by throwing some salt into the water. He had two bears mauled 42 youths after they jeered him. He had widow collect empty jars from her neighbors and had her pour her little oil in the jars, and the little oil filled all the jars. He prophesied that a couple would have a child and then he also raised that child to life. He also made a poison pot of food good by throwing some flour in it. He fed 100 men with only twenty loaves of bread. And there is still so much more that Elisha had done!
I forgot how much these two prophets had done until I read through 1 & 2 Kings. And it is not just these two, but God had worked through so many people that we can read about in the Bible. We have the opportunity to look back in history and marvel what God did through Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Daniel, the Apostles, and others still! Let us pay special attention at what God did in sending Jesus to earth. Because it wouldn’t have matter what Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Daniel, the Apostle, or anyone else did in the Bible, if Jesus wasn’t the Messiah.
But Jesus did come, he did live, he did suffer, he did die, he was then raised, he ascended, and he lives and rules forever in heaven.
A WORD FROM PASTOR
With everyone’s busy summer schedule, I would like to inform you of a few Redeemer event happening this summer.
The first is the 4th
of July Parade. We have been in the parade for several years now, and it is a wonderful opportunity for our church to remind to the community that we are a part of the community. Our float will have the same grill-out theme as last year. We will also be handing out invites to the kids for a Redeemer Kids Movie Night. If you would like to be part of the parade, come to church at 8:30am on the 4th
The Kids Movie Night will be on Wednesday, July 17th
from 6-8pm at the church. Children of the congregation are invited, and they can encourage to bring a friend as well.
The Sunday before the Kids Movie Night, the 14th
of July, we are planning a fellowship activity of grilling-out at church and then going to the Trapper baseball game that day. Tickets are $5/person. Please let me know if you are interested.
We are also planning a Fall Fest in the afternoon of September 28th
. We will have several ‘booths’ of games and information about Redeemer. We want this to be a HUGE event and would like EVERYONE to help in one way or another. Please keep an eye out for more information and ways to help in the near future.
4th of July Parade:
Anyone who would like to walk alongside Redeemer’s float in the 4th
of July Parade please meet in the church’s parking at 8:30am.
Come to the Pastor’s Home:
After the parade on the 4th
of July, all are welcome to the parsonage for a cook-out hosted by pastor and his family. Hope to see you there.
Kids Movie Night:
We will have a Kids Movie Night on Wednesday, July 17th
at church from 6-8pm. Children of the congregation are invited, and they can encourage to bring a friend as well.
Every Member Visit:
Pastor has a goal of making an every member visit before October. Thank you to those who have already schedule a visit with pastor. Those who have not, be ready for pastor to give you call and make one.
Trappers Ball Game Outing:
Let’s get a group together and watch the Pierre Trappers play ball against the Badlands Big Sticks on July 14th
. The Fellowship Committee is hosting a cook-out before the game at 2:30pm. Tickets cost $5. Please talk with Pastor if you are interested in going.
Family Bible Class:
Sundays at 9am, we are having a summer long Family Bible Class focusing on the Kings of Israel/Judah.
Our next voters meeting will be on Sunday, July 28th
after worship. Please plan on attending if at all able. We will be voting to accept the By-Law changes during that meeting.
St. Andrew of Sioux Falls is hosting a marriage retreat on October 11th
. The cost is $375 and the deadline to register is September 11th
. To Register go to wels.net/marriage-enrichment. For questions email firstname.lastname@example.org