May 19, 2019

“Dark clouds bring waters, when the bright bring none. It is always hard to see the purpose in wilderness wanderings until after they are over.

   (Excerpts from The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan)

As we live out our new identity as God’s children, it will naturally result in us feeling increasingly out of place here in this world. Peter’s letter to 1st century Christians assures us of two things:

1-The reality of suffering. 

2 -The promise of God’s redemptive purposes and Christ’s sufficiency. 

God has placed us in this time and this place as part of his redemptive plan and purpose. Nothing is random chance — including the trials that we encounter. May we trust God’s goodness in all circumstances and may we “set [our] hope fully on the grace that will be brought to [us] at the revelation Jesus Christ.”

May 12, 2019

Knowing well the doom and darkness from which they were delivered, the new people of God sing forth His praises. Their hallelujah ring from their assemblies, their homes, even from the prison cells where their fear of God has set them free from the fear of man. Their witness is a witness of praise. Nourished by the unfailing Word of God, they taste already the goodness of their Savior. The true grace of God has called them to His glory: everything, even their sufferings, will serve His purpose who redeemed them at such a price. 

Some may scorn the comfort and triumph of Peter’s letter as unpractical theology. His answers are answers of faith. But Peter knows that his witness is true, that Jesus Christ is real. He has tasted that the Lord is good, and that His goodness will not fail.          

-Dr. Edmund Clowney in his description of those Peter describes as “chosen exiles.” 

Pray for our Muslim friends and Missionaries

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Yesterday during our worship service we shared a video from Lutheran Brethren International Mission about the need to pray for Muslims around the world, as well as our missionaries during the month of Ramadan. Throughout this month, Muslims are increasingly aware of spiritual matters and are aware of their sin and need for forgiveness. Please be in prayer during this time! Below is the video.

May 5, 2019

Congratulations and blessings today on the students that have completed their Confirmation studies. The students are: Brooklyn Allerdings, Kade Martin, Gus Zettel & Jazmynn Ziman. Please hold these students up in prayer that they would continue on their spiritual journey growing closer to Jesus and that they seek Him and ask for His guidance in all things.

April 28, 2019

Today we continue our series titled Exiled: Sermons in 1 Peter. I’d encourage you to read through the entire letter to help you gain a better sense of the flow and direction of the letter as we consider how Peter’s message connects with us today. 

On the opening week of this sermon series, I shared the major themes that we see throughout the letter. Here’s a reminder of those themes:

1)    Suffering for the sake of the Gospel

2)    Hope of the Gospel

3)    Holiness of God’s Children

4)    Christian Community & Relationships

5)    The Believer’s Relationship with the World – specifically,  the Christian as an exile or foreigner.

    If you’ve missed any weeks in this series, visit www.livingwf.org to catch up!

April 21, 2019

    Mary ran and ran, all the way to the city. She had never run so fast or so far in all her life. She felt she could have run forever. She didn’t even feel like her feet touched the ground. The sun seemed to be dancing and gleaming and bounding across the sky, racing with her and shining brighter than she could ever remember in the clear; fresh air.

     And it seemed to her that morning, as she ran, almost as if the whole world had been made anew, almost as if the whole world was singing for joy-the trees, tiny sounds in the grass, the birds….her heart.

    Was God really making everything sad come untrue? Was He making even death come untrue?

Excerpt from the Jesus Storybook Bible