Due to the very cold temperatures Worship service and Sunday School for tomorrow has been cancelled.
~ reposted from An Encouraging Word.
1950 Ford Pickup
By Paul Nash, Director of Home Missions, AFLC January, 2020
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline,” 2Timothy 1:7
Floyd was a man who lived just a mile from where I was raised. Floyd and his wife, Edna, enjoyed the simple life of farming, raising chickens, and life on the prairies of North Dakota. Unable to have their own children, they enjoyed visits from the Nash family and we often got them to laugh along with our antics and jokes.
One day, Floyd came over to talk with me. His trusty old 1950, Ford pickup with a Flathead V-8 was in trouble. Floyd had replaced the distributor cap, the points and rotor, and even new wires and spark plugs; but it still would not start! The engine was spinning over, but it wouldn’t start. He asked me what to do? Floyd replaced the battery and put on new cables from the battery down to the engine. The engine was spinning over but it would not start. He asked me what to do? I suggested to Floyd that he put on a new fuel pump and filter.
Floyd went to town, got the parts, and put on the new fuel pump and filter, but the pickup would still not start. At this point Floyd was exhausted and said, “Paul, here’s the title for the pickup you can have it. I am tired of it. I am frustrated, all you have to do is to figure out why it won’t run and the pickup is yours.”
Floyd’s mind was set and I wasn’t going to argue with him. I thanked him for the offer and again started considering the options. One day, I had my younger brother go with to look at the pickup. While we were working on it, we realized the gas was not getting to the fuel pump! The pickup hose in the tank had broken off and in spite of all the new parts; it couldn’t draw the gas up to the engine to run.
Aren’t we sometimes in the same position? Do you ever find yourself unable to draw from the power that God wants to give us in our spiritual lives? Usually, it’s because we haven’t taken the time and effort to spend time alone to feed our souls and cleanse our conscience so that we can be effective in running the race that Christ has put before us.
May I encourage you to make sure there are no roadblocks in your relationship with the Lord? Are there broken relationships or besetting sins that are keeping God’s power from flowing into your life? You have been designed to give honor and glory to the Lord, but you need His grace to be in His presence moving forward.
This true story was written by Pastor Nash who gave us permission to share this from one of his weekly newsletters, KNEE MAIL. We sincerely thank him. Lord Jesus: Help us to put you first in 2020 for nothing else matters but your glory in our lives. Help us to start everyday with you. Forgive us our sins and lead us to be your witnesses each new day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen ~cms
December 2019 Devotions
A Child Is Born
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace .”
(Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)
Quote that verse as you go through the Christmas
Season. There are many things that take your mind off the reason for the season, but do they really need to distract you?
As you go shopping, decorate, bake, visit friends and enjoy all the activities for the holidays, just ask Christ to keep His birthday at the center of all these things. As you enjoy your family, children or even grandchildren, remind them of how much you love them and how much the baby born in a
stable loves them. Jesus protects them every day and He arose from the grave and promises to be in our hearts if we ask him. Do you know folks who are miserable? Well, life may not be fantastic all the time, but with Jesus it is worth it for we can know our eternal destiny.
Have a joyful, peaceful “Christ”mas.
We care so if you need a place to celebrate Jesus’ birth, visit us this December.
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If I were to write you a letter and share the most important thing I could ever tell you, it would be this. Accept God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior today. You have heard how He came to earth as a baby and grew up to be a man teaching others about God the Father’s love for each one of us. Jesus even gave His life at the age of 33 for us on the cross for our sins, because He loves you and me. He is the sinless Son of God. But He arose victoriously 3 days later on Easter morn proving He was the Son of God. He promises to always be with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we die, we can know for sure that we will go to heaven and be with Jesus and those folks who have accepted Christ through the years.
So, my dear friend, I truly love you and care about you. I know this letter is something to think about, but don’t put it off. Today is the day of salvation. Believe and put your faith in Jesus Christ.
Your Friend in Christ,
Put your name here
The cross is the symbol of our Christian Faith. Without what Jesus did by dying on the cross for our sins we would not have eternal life. Being a good person or giving a large sum of money to help others or trying to live a moral life are fine things to do, but nothing you can do will be enough to assure you a place in heaven. We have all sinned. God sent His only son that whosoever believes in Him will have life forever. God did not send His only son, Jesus, into the world to condemn the world but that through Him, we might be saved. (from John 3:16,17) All those good deeds are fine and we will want to do them when we believe. Most importantly, we want others to see their need to know Jesus and believe in Him as their Savior.
Have you thought you could get to heaven without the CROSS? My friend, you are mistaken. Come to Jesus. His love is there for you. Life is not perfect. Ask Him to help you along this way in life and He will. You have to believe in Him. Please sincerely have faith in Him.
Call us at 815 246 9890. If we aren’t there at that very moment, leave a message, and we promise to get back with you!
Your friends at St. Petrie Lutheran
~An Encouraging Word