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Advent Worship: Wednesdays 10:30 am & 6:30 pm

The LORD Is Our Refuge

“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who can always be found in times of trouble..”  Psalm 46:1

 “Christianity is a crutch for the weak.”   This is one of the unbeliever’s arguments against putting one’s faith in the God of the Bible. They argue that anyone who depends on anything other than themselves is feeble and weak. 

Medically speaking, a crutch is a tool the injured use for support. Only the wounded need crutches. But here’s the thing: We are all wounded. We all need help. Some just prefer the help of this world over the help found in the Bible.

When we don’t feel good about ourselves, where do we turn for assurance? We have enough options to choose from: earthly goods, food, alcohol, drugs, money, work. The problem with these kind of “crutches” is that they offer only temporary relief and often only mask the much deeper issues that are found in the heart – namely sin.

The heart of the issue is that we are all spiritually weak. We are all spiritually broken. We are sinners in desperate need of help – help for our sin-broken hearts. And the only One who has the power to help us is Jesus Christ. He took up our infirmities. He carried our sorrows and by his wounds we are healed.

God graciously allows us to go through hardship so that we seek the only one who can help – namely the true triune God of the Bible.  When we seek the true God in the Bible, we find true answers.

We say, “I can’t.”   Jesus says, “I AM.”

We say, “I’m too tired.”    Jesus says, “I will give you rest.”

We say, “I’m all alone.”    Jesus says, “I am with you always.”

We say, “I don’t know where to turn.”    Jesus says, “I am the way.”

We say, “I’ve had enough.”     Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

We say, “I’m afraid.”    Jesus says, “My peace I give you.”

We say, “I can’t forgive myself.”     Jesus says, “It is finished.”

We say, “I have my doubts.”    Jesus says, “Whoever believes in me will never be put to shame.”

What is the point of God and his Bible?   Nothing satisfies and gives refuge and help like God who gave us true refuge in the forgiveness won on the cross by Jesus.


Pastor Mark Gartner

Church News

Teen Bible Study

Our next Teen Bible study will be "The Bible On Trial: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt"  In this class the case is made that the Scriptures are authentic, dependable, God-inspired and worthy-not only of our full attention but of our complete faith.  It's scheduled to begin October 23. 

Sunday Morning Bible Class

In our next Sunday morning Bible Class Pastor Gartner will be leading a Bible Study on the book of Hosea entitled:  “Hosea -- God’s Unbroken Love For A Broken People.”  Join us as we see God’s Law and Gospel at work in lives of God’s people of Israel and how that applies to us living today.  It's scheduled to begin October 23. 

Monday/Tuesday Bible Class

In our next Monday/Tuesday Class we will study the Augsburg Confession (AC) of 1530.  Although written for laypeople (much like Luther's Catechism) it is unfamiliar and unknown to many.  Together we'll see why it is considered the chief confession of the Lutheran church and is still relevant for today. 

Quarterly Voters' Meeting

Tonight, Oct. 18 at 7:00 pm we will have our next Quarterly Voter’s Meeting.  This meeting is our “Elections and Finances” Voter’s meeting, which means that we will be having elections for Vice President and Head Trustee.  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. 

Online Worship:

We continue to live-stream our services and post our worship folders online.  We will be recording our Sunday 8:00 am service which means you can watch any time after 8:00 am on Sunday morning.  If you need any help accessing these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can find our worship services at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsQs-LDzlHE1NTjOaVaQ2A.

You can find a bulletin for each Worship Service so you can follow along here: https://stjohn-appleton.org/bulletins

Listen To Our Worship Service Though Your Phone:

If for some reason you cannot access our YouTube Livestream or you don’t have Internet at your home, you can always phone 1-920-212-3625 after 10:30 am each Sunday to listen to our service through your phone.


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