True Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10 -- EHV)

Who has the highest IQ ever recorded? It’s Ainan Celeste Cawley, whose IQ is estimated to be 263. By way of comparison Stephen Hawking is 10th on the list with 160, while Albert Einstein’s is estimated to be between 160-193. So who is Ainan Celeste Cawley? He is a 19 year-old from Singapore who is an expert in chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer programing, and music. Obviously, his score is impressive and he is very gifted. But what about his faith? Honestly, I haven’t been able to find anything about it. So let’s talk about Stephen Hawking—widely regarded as one of the smartest people of our times. He was also an atheist, that is, he didn’t believe there is a God. And in an interview in 2014 Hawking said, “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”

Stephen Hawking may have had a high IQ, but he wasn’t wise in the eyes of the Lord. Why? Because he didn’t believe in Jesus Christ. True wisdom starts with fearing the Lord—that is, giving him honor and respect. The problem with Hawking and so many other “intellectuals” is that they rely on reason, logic, and science instead of what the omniscient God says in his Word.

1 Corinthians 1 Paul contrasts the wisdom of the world with the wisdom of God, For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. 19 In fact, it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nothing. 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Jewish law? Where is the probing thinker of the present age? Has God not shown that the wisdom of this world is foolish? 21 Indeed, since the world through its wisdom did not know God, God in his wisdom decided to save those who believe, through the foolishness of the preached message. 22 Yes, Jews ask for signs, Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified—which is offensive to Jews and foolishness to Greeks, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 We preach Christ crucified, because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For example, consider your call, brothers. Not many of you were wise from a human point of view, not many were powerful, and not many were born with high status. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are strong, 28 and God chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things, and the things that are not, to do away with the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before God. 30 But because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us the wisdom from God, namely, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 31 God did this so that, just as it is written, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” That God would give up the glories of heaven to be born as one of us; that God would give up his only Son for his enemies who sin against him; that the Son would willingly give up his life for those who rejected him and suffer their eternal damnation, is foolishness to unbelievers. And yet, this is the wisdom and the grace of God, who did something so “foolish” out of love for us so that we would be considered righteous in his sight, redeemed, and so that we may dwell with him forever.

Through faith in Christ we are made wise in the sight of God (and foolish in the eyes of the world). And how does this wisdom come to us? Through the Word as Paul wrote to Timothy, from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Many are obsessed with worldly wisdom, studying various topics—from science, to sports, to history. But in the end worldly wisdom doesn’t really matter. It is only through faith that we are wise in the Lord’s eyes. I pray, then, that you study the Holy Scriptures and grow in your knowledge of God and his Word, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Pastor Andrew Frey

Church News

Sunday School

Sunday school for your children (3K to 8th grade) began on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9:15 am. We pray that you would make the most out of this great opportunity for your children to learn God’s Word!

Bible Classes

Sunday morning Bible classes have resumed. Pastor Frey will be leading us through a study on "The Lord's Supper." We will see what God's Word has to say about the Lord's Supper and we will see the many blessings God gives to us through this sacrament.

Our Monday/Tuesday Bible classes also have resumed. The same class is offered on either Monday at 8:00 am or Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm. Pastor Gartner will be leading a study of God’s Word under the theme: “What Does It Mean To Be A Lutheran?” Have you ever had questions about some of the main differences between all the Christian churches or maybe just have wondered how come we there are so many different types of Christian churches? If so, please come and join us as we explore what God’s Word has to say about some very key teachings that the devil is trying to distort.

NOTE: We do have audio recordings and the Lesson Sheets of these Bible Classes. If you have been unable to attend and would like these sent to you, please email Pastor Frey or Pastor Gartner. We also have the audio file of Pastor Steven Prahl's Bible Class from this past Mission Festival Sunday.

Quareterly Voter's Meeting 

Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm we will have our next Quarterly Voter’s Meeting. Since we revised our Constitution, this meeting is now our “Elections and Finances” Voter’s meeting, which means that we will be having elections for Vice President, Head Trustee and Evangelism Chairman. We will also be making decisions about other financial matters for this coming year such as salaries and amounts sent to FVL and the Synod. All Voters: please make plans to attend this important meeting.

Adopt-Highway/Work Day

We will be cleaning our section of Highway 47 on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 a.m. We will also be working on the Church property to get it cleaned up and ready for Winter. Please sign the sheet in the entryway if you can help.

Christian fellowship 

All are welcome and invited to attend a barn movie at the Levich’s farm, W7154 Newland Rd., Black Creek, WI on Saturday, October 12. Come at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy the farm; movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own beverages, blanket and chairs. No RSVP necessary. Any questions, call 920-525-5410.

Piano players for Brewster Village 

We are looking for a few more people who might be able to assist our worship services at Brewster Village by playing the piano. If you are interested please talk to Kathy Kreutzman or one of the Pastors.