The days of our lives add up to seventy years, or eighty years if we are strong. Yet the best of them are trouble and sorrow, for they disappear quickly, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days in such a way, that we bring a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:10,12)
Have you ever heard of Kane Tanaka? This woman from Japan, is the oldest living person in the world. She is 115 years old right now and if she makes it to January 2nd, she’ll turn 116. 115 years is a long time (obviously). Just think of all the history that has taken place during her lifetime. Kane has only been the oldest living person since July 22nd, when the former oldest living person, Chiyo Miyako, died at the age of 117. That’s the thing about being the oldest living person—you typically don’t hold that title for long!
The life expectancy of citizens of the United State is 78.7 years (it is several years higher for women than for men). That is right in-line with what Moses, who lived to be about 120 years old, writes in the Psalm above (the only Psalm that he wrote, and thus probably the oldest Psalm). 70-80 years is a long and full life. But compare that to God, about whom Moses wrote to being this psalm, Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity you are God.
70-80 years is nothing to the eternal God and it is nothing to what our lives will be after death—whether it is condemnation in hell or a life in heaven, it will be eternal. We deserve eternal condemnation, of course, but because of Christ and through faith in him we will spend eternity in heaven. He has saved us by his perfect life, innocent suffering and death, and by his resurrection from the grave. Because he lives we know that we too will live, on the Last Day our bodies will join our souls and we will dwell with him forever.
The years that we will have on earth are filled with trouble and sorrow because we remain sinners living in a sin-filled world. But there will be no sin in heaven; instead we will live with God forever! There is no comparison between our earthly lives and the life to come. 70-80 years or an eternity? Again, no comparison.
And so we live our lives with our eyes focused on where we will spend eternity. We ask the Lord to teach us to number our days. That is, that he teach us to focus not on our earthly lives and search for earthly pleasure, but to remind us that this life is fleeting, that the life to come is the one that is eternal. So that we don’t long for a longer life on this sin-filled earth, but for a perfect life in heaven, where we will spend the rest of eternity with our eternal God.
— Pastor Frey
We will be starting two new Bible Classes. Pastor Gartner will be starting a new class on Sunday mornings which will make use of the new Synod video, "To The Ends of The Earth". Through this movie which is based on Paul's missionary work in the city of Philippi, we will see how God wants to use all of us to reach out to the many lost souls of this world with God's saving Gospel. Pastor Frey will be starting a new class on Monday mornings at 8:00 am or Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm. Based on the book "The Lutheran Narrow Middle Following The Scriptural Road" by Pastor Daniel M. Deutschlander. This study will demonstrate how human reason must not be used to override the words of Scripture. We'll look at a number of seemingly contradictory teachings in the Bible and see how to apply them to our lives by letting each teaching stand alone, without trying to resolve them by the use of our reason or human logic. Please plan to join us on Sunday mornings and on Monday or Tuesday as we seek to grow stronger in our faith and in our Christian living.
WELS Interactive Faith
On November 7th a New Interactive Faith began. Interactive Faith is an online Bible study led by WELS Pastors/Professors. This streaming and interactive study will be held on Wednesday evenings in November at 6:00 or 8:00 pm. Don’t worry—if you miss a class you can always watch it later. This fall, Pastor Eric Roecker, director of the WELS Commission on Evangelism, will use video vignettes from the new movie To the Ends of the Earth to guide our discussion. Our prayer is that these lessons will make you more confident in your conversations with those who do not yet know their Savior.
For more information, click the link below.
Thanksgiving Worship and Pie Social
Our Thanksgiving worship services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 22. We pray that all of you will be able to join us in giving thanks to our Lord for all the wonderful gifts he has given us.
After the Wednesday evening service, a pie social will be held in the lower level. Bring a pie and enjoy some time giving thanks with Christian family and friends. We are looking for help to set up the tables for the pie social after the 10:30 a.m. service this coming Sunday, November 18. If you are able to help, please meet in the lower level at 11:30 a.m. this coming Sunday.