God’s Promises are Always “Yes” in Christ

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.  (2 Corinthians 1:20 – EHV)

 Yes, this edition of “Bytes of Bread” is coming to you at the end of the work-week instead of at the beginning as is customary. To be honest, with VBS going on this week, it completely skipped my mind. And for that, I apologize.

That’s the thing with us sinful human beings, we aren’t always reliable; we make mistakes, we forget, at times we lie and deceive. There are times that such things are honest mistakes, there is nothing malicious about it, but we fail to keep our word nevertheless. On the other hand, there are plenty of times that promises are broken on purpose—someone may act maliciously against us to do us harm. Because there are many times we fail to keep our promises and so we can’t always be trusted.
But not so with God. He doesn’t talk out of both sides of his mouth, he doesn’t make promises he can’t keep, and he doesn’t lie and deceive. There is nothing malicious about him. Moses writes in Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

We know the answer to the two rhetorical questions Moses asks: No! When God speaks, he acts, when he makes a promise, he fulfills it. That is the case for each and every promise. The promise he makes to watch over you and provide for you (for example, Psalm 121 and Luke 11)? Fulfilled! The promise to forgive your sins and remove them from you as far as east is from west (Psalm 103:11-13)? Fulfilled in Christ! The promise of eternal life in heaven (1 John 2:25)? Fulfilled through faith in Christ!

We could go on and on—every promise made by the Lord is “Yes” in Christ, for they are fulfilled by him. This passage from 2 Corinthians above is the theme passage for our VBS this year. All week God’s children have been learning about God and his promises, which he keeps even when it seems impossible. Thursday, for example, we learned about Paul’s shipwreck (Acts 27). Paul and 275 others were on their way by ship to Rome, when they got caught in a large storm. For days large waves battered the ship and those on board had lost all hope of survival—all, except Paul. For the Lord came to him and told him that everything was going to survive for Paul had to go to Rome. So Paul stood up and encouraged and comforted the men that they were in fact going to live. Even though all evidence seemed to point to the contrary, because God promised him, Paul knew he would live for every promise of God is “Yes” in Christ.

That is our sure hope and confidence too! The Lord promises us many things, the best of which is our salvation! In Christ we know that those promises are fulfilled, in him we know that we are truly forgiven and eternal life is ours!

— Pastor Frey

Church News

Summer Worship:

We are currently in our Summer Schedule: Sunday worship at 8:00am and 10:00am. Monday worship at 6:30pm

 Pictorial Directory:

We are planning to do a church pictorial directory this year. The dates for taking pictures are Tuesday through Saturday, August 14-18 and September 18-22. Weekday times are from 2:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays are from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The link to register and sign-up for a time is below. You will also be able to schedule a time before and after our worship services beginning July 8.

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 NEW - We also need people to help check in the people as they come to get their pictures taken. If you can donate a few hours of your time to help in this area, please sign up on the sheet on the back counter.

Sign-up Sheets:

There are currently a number of sign-up sheets in the narthex for events coming up this summer. Next time you are on the premises, please check them out and sign-up!

  • Bowling - August 12 from 4-7pm. At Village Lanes in Little Chute.
  • Church Picnic - July 29th at noon at Plamann Park. Sign-up to volunteer to help set-up, etc. There is no need to sign-up if you plan on coming.
  • Adopt-A-Highway - We plan to clean our section of Highway 47 on Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 a.m. We need at least 9 volunteers for about an hour or so. Please sign the sheet in the entryway if you can help.

Scripture Storytelling

Daniel Dexter, a staff minister from Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (WELS) in El Paso, TX, will be visiting St. John's with 'Scripture Storytelling.' He memorizes books of the Bible and then shares them word-for-word in what he calls a 'storytelling' style. This isn't a dry recitation nor is it an actor's performance. Daniel calls it a 'living proclamation' that speaks to the listeners as participants, giving them a feel of what it may have been like to hear and see the words and works of God through the apostles and prophets. Daniel states: "A common encouragement I hear is that this storytelling makes the Bible come alive. But what I love about Scripture Storytelling, and the reason it's so powerful to me also as I share it, is that God's Word is alive, active and dynamic with God's presence and power; I'm just putting that character of God's Word on display in proclamation."

Between the worship services on Sunday, August 12th, Daniel will share Jonah and a portion of Luke's Gospel. Daniel shares Scripture Storytelling in churches and schools throughout our fellowship and notes that this is an engaging presentation for all ages. Children and adults, you are all invited to come and partake of God's Word in this unique way!