A DEVOTION FROM THE PASTOR’S DEVOTIONS
The Lord seems to know that repetition is good for learning. Often times when I am going through one part of God’s Word for one thing, I end up going through it again for another thing. For example, in my devotions this month, I have been going through the book of Exodus—God through Moses leading the people out of Egypt. Guess what Jonah brings home every week from Sunday School. I small craft and/or treat about Moses’ life!
It is always amazing and a comfort to read through Moses’ life. God hand picked Moses to save his people from Egypt. God protected Moses from a mass baby killing by having Pharaoh’s daughter find him in a basket in the river. Then, not only that, but Moses’ birth mother ended up raising Moses for the first few years of his life funded by Pharaoh’s daughter! Moses then received an education only royalty could afford. Next, Moses had to flee and learn to live in the wilderness herding flocks. Seems like God was preparing him to live the rest of his life in the wilderness herding the people of Israel. God’s hand was heavily involved in Moses’ life preparing him to save God’s people from being slaves in Egypt.
Then God through Moses performed miracles including the 10 plagues to show God’s power for all to see. When the Israelites were allowed to leave Egypt, Pharaoh’s army pursued them. God again took care of his people. He parted the Red Sea for his people to cross safely and crashed the waters back down on the enemy. God saved his people!
It is even more amazing and a comfort to read through Jesus’ life. God hand picked his one and only Son to save you from Sin, Death, and the Devil. God made sure Jesus would fulfill every prophecy, including the ones about his birth. Jesus, being God, was born a human to be both true God and true man. He had to be both so that he could live a perfect life and die for your salvation! God cannot die. Man is not good enough as a price to save anyone’s soul. It had to be the God-man Jesus.
Jesus performed many miracles during his lifetime, but he also performed other miracles after he earned salvation for you to assure you that you are saved. He rose from the dead! He ascended into Heaven! He sits at the right had of God the Father with all authority under him and he wields that power for the sake of his people, for you. In the end, Jesus has washed away Sin, removed Death’s sting, and crushed Satan’s head and on the Last Day all the enemies of God, including all unbelievers, will be swept away into the fires of Hell. But for his people, God has saved and will bring them safely with him to the greatest promise land—Heaven.
A WORD FROM YOUR PASTOR
“[the Son of Man] will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For…I was in prison and you visited me.’” (EHV Matthew 25:33,34,36)
Did you know there is a prison in Pierre? It is tucked away and unless you were looking for it on your way to Cattleman’s, you probably wouldn’t even notice it. Yet, God is hard at work in the hearts of the inmates there. Motivated by Christ love, they put their faith into action. I recently was able to witness this first hand and wrote an article for the WELS Prison Ministry Newsletter. Below is that featured article.
Her Many Sins Have Been Forgiven; That is Why She Loved so Much
“Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that is why she loved so much. But the one who is forgiven little loves little.” (EHV Lk 7:47). Jesus said these words after a woman, who is simply described as sinful, showed Jesus love by cleaning his feet with her tears and her hair. Whereas the master of the house, a Pharisee, did not show any such love to Jesus. Truly, those who have been forgiven much do love much. That love shows itself in many different ways, but I got to see this love in action recently in prison of all places.
It started when Wanda Markland began her new job as warden of the Women Prison in Pierre, SD about a year ago. Warden Markland has done many good things for the prison, perhaps the most impactful was bringing WELS Prison Ministry materials to the Women’s Prison. Besides some books being available to read at the prison’s library, many of them are available to be taken for free by the inmates. That is, if they get there fast enough. Amanda Kaur, an inmate who works at the library, said that sometimes they have to fill the ‘Free Rack’ more than twice a day with WELS Prison books! With WELS Prison devotional books being distributed among the inmates, lives within the prison have been changed in ways only God through his Word could accomplish.
Many prisoners thirst for God’s Word. Being asked what these devotional books meant to her, Katherine Dillard simply said, “Everything.” Those devotional books were one way she was able to study the Bible. Others replied to the same question saying that because of the books they know they are loved; they know they are not alone; and they are able to grow in their spiritual life. One inmate even sought to be baptized after she read the devotional books. These books mean more than the world to those women. May the Lord have all Christians view God’s Word with the same importance!
Where there is faith there is good works. These women, having heard God’s Word, did not want to keep this good news to themselves. They too wanted to do what they could to share God’s Word with others who need to hear it. Therefore, being moved by Christian love, inmates raised funds from what little they had to give as a donation to the WELS Prison Ministry. These women may not be able to wash Jesus feet with their tears and their hair, but they are showing him much love by studying his Word and showing love to others by spreading his Word.
Praise be to God for this response! It is time for me to strike while the iron is hot. I will be offering my time going to prison for counseling and hopefully Bible Class in the near soon. If you are interested in helping out, talk to me. There are ways for you
to serve in this special ministry. If you would like to know more and/or read more articles about prison ministry, look them up here: https://wels.net/serving-you/christian-life/special-ministries/prison-ministry/
or subscribe to their newsletter and more here: https://wels.net/subscribe/
A WORD FROM THE BUILDING COMMITTEE
Dear Friends in Christ,
Thanks be to God. Thanks for all of the blessings we as a church enjoy that come from our Heavenly Father.
Thanks be to God for the true Word spoken by our pastor, the leadership by church council, the voters, long range planning committee, 50th anniversary committee.
Thanks that our synod has the Builders for Christ program. Thanks be that the members of Redeemer through the assistance of Builders for Christ are looking to add onto the church.
As Redeemer embarks on the addition to the fellowship area all members are asked to consider time, treasure, and talents.
Will you give of your treasure to help finance the new addition? Will you give time to help paint, stain, build walls? Will you use your talents to the glory of God?
Many years ago Builders for Christ helped the congregation which my family and I were in at Spooner, Wisconsin, build a church. My wife and daughter still talk about the fun times they had staining and painting just helping the BFC workers.
When the fellowship expansion project starts, the work week will be Tuesday through Saturday. Builders for Christ asks that there would be a noon meal provided every day for the workers as well as snacks for them.
Redeemer will have to provide campground possibilities for the workers.
The south wall will be moved almost to the current parking lot and the area will be widened out. This new and much larger fellowship area will give the members room for church meals, Bible study, a better work area for Ladies PEACE, more room for conferences. It will be a multi-use area!
--Building Committee Member,
Ladies PEACE Meeting:
The next Ladies PEACE meeting will be on Sunday
, November 3rd
right after worship. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend the meeting.
Welcome Home Worship Series:
We will continue our worship series entitled, Welcome Home, next Sunday until November 24th
. The focus of this series is to welcome all members, and while we are at it—visitors, to their church home. What you can do to help
: (1) invite your spouse and children (your family) to attend each of these Welcome Home Sundays; (2) invite a church friend whom you haven’t seen in a while to attend the Welcome Home Sundays; (3) invite a visitor to come and join us for any of the Welcome Home Sundays. Let us enjoy being in God’s House together.
Daylight Savings Ending:
Daylight Savings is ending on November 3rd
. Don’t forget to fall
back an hour before going to bed or join us for Bible Class on Luther!
Our annual Thanksgiving Potluck will be on Nov. 24th
. Sign-up at the How You Can Help bulletin board what dish you would like to share.
We will have a special Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 27th
Snow Removal Sign-up:
Winter has thrown its first jab. It seems like it will be a snowy winter. We could use as many as possible to help remove snow. If you sign up, Pastor will contact you when it is your turn to remove snow.
Congregational Mission Statement:
The mission of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is to reach out with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to call those who are lost, comfort those who mourn, rejoice with those who come to know and believe that Christ’s victory is their victory and to grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ until the final victory is ours.