They were amazed beyond measure and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak!” Mark 7:37 (EHV)
What are you good at? What sort of things do you excel at doing? Perhaps you are smart and know a lot about many things. Maybe you are gifted athletically, are a good people person, or have some musical talent. There are some things that we are good at; but there are many other things that we aren’t so good at. For me, when I was in grade school, most subjects came fairly easily, but I struggled mightily in particular in two subjects: penmanship and art (I still can’t draw a straight line…). Of course the list is endless, there are many things that I’m not good at, many talents I don’t have, many things that I cannot do. And, I’m guessing, the same stands for you.
That is because we are sinners; and because we are sinners we aren’t perfect. There are many things we are incapable of, many things that we cannot do. And that includes, of course, obeying God’s commands. Paul writes in Romans 8, the mind-set of the sinful flesh is hostile to God, since it does not submit to God’s law, and in fact, it cannot. Not only do we not submit to the Lord by nature, we are unable to do so. Even if we wanted to, it is not possible for us to live perfect lives because we are sinners. And therefore we deserve punishment.
The verse above contains a huge understatement—Jesus does all things well. He does all things better than well because he is perfect, without sin. The people said this about Jesus because he gave the ability to hear and to talk to a man who was deaf and dumb. And so the people said that Jesus does all things well.
Of course, Jesus does greater things than that! He lived the perfect life that we were unable to live. Not once did he sin against God, but kept his commands each and every day of his life so that he could give that perfect life to us. Jesus also accomplished our perfect redemption by shedding his precious blood to redeem us from sin, death, and the power of the devil. We, of course, would say about Jesus in this instance, that he does all things well, because by his one act of righteousness he paid for the sins of the whole world so that they would be declared not guilty by the Lord.
We aren’t perfect, we aren’t good at obeying God’s commands. But we don’t have to be perfect, we don’t have to obey each and every one of the Lord’s commands in order to be saved and spend eternity with him. For Jesus, who does all things well, has lived that life for us and has given us his victory over death.
— Pastor Frey
Worship Service Times
A reminder that we are not back to our regular worship schedule of 8:00am and 10:30am with Sunday School and Adult Bible Class between the two services.
The final week for getting your pictures taken for the new church pictorial directory will be Tuesday through Saturday, 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. There are only a few slots left for pictures -- so please sign up soon.
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.
Adult Bible Class:
Everyone is invited to join us for our new Bible Classes that will be starting this weekend. Pastor Frey will be leading the Sunday morning class on Prayer. Pastor Gartner will be leading the Monday morning class at 8:00am and Tuesday night at 5:30pm on the book of Ephesians. May the Lord lead all of us to grow in our faith through the use of these Bible class opportunities.
Christian Giving Counselor
On Sunday, September 23 and Monday, September 24 Pastor Dennis Kleist, a WELS Christian Giving Counselor, will be preaching here and giving a presentation. The presentation will be given during our Bible Study time between services and after our worship service Monday evening. This presentation will focus on forming a Christian estate plan, ways to reduce taxes while supporting St. John, the Synod, and WELS ministries, information regarding charitable gift annuities and much more—in other words, how we can best use the monetary gifts God has given us to his glory. He’ll also be available to set up free in-home visits.
The Pioneers will have their kick-off hot dog roast this Sunday, September 16 from 5-7 p.m. This event is open to entire congregation and families are encouraged to attend. Please bring a chair for each person in your group and campfire skewers if you own them. Food and beverages will be provided.