What a fantastic weekend it was last week. The Reformation event at Risen Savior was entertaining and inspiring. Our Sunday school and ACTs did an excellent job with the Luther play. We had a beautiful and uplifting service. And lunch afterward was delicious. (The movie was good, too.) We thank everyone involved in these events!
Now that it’s November, we have other things on the horizon. This Sunday, we have special focus on Scripture Alone. The Bible is God’s Word. As God’s Word, it is the sole rule and authority regarding matters of faith and life. Also, we have a Voters meeting following the service. Don't forget it's time change weekend; set your clocks back one hour!
Next Sunday, November 12, our church will be the Church of the Week for WTLN, 950AM. It is also a German-themed Sunday Funday. The children will sing in worship. We will have a German themed potluck dinner. Then there will be special games, activities and a special presentation, all German-themed. We hope everyone can attend.
November 22, we has a special Thanksgiving Eve service at 7:00 pm. Afterwards, we celebrate with a pie social. This is always a well-received event. I mean, who doesn’t like pie?
Finally, this Thursday Pastor Golisch will begin a new Basic Doctrines class at 7 pm. This class goes through the basic teaching of the Christian church and helps answer questions people have about the Lutheran Church specifically. Please “reply” if you are also interested in this class.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
Who is in Control?
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Sally was excited to visit New York City; it was her first time to experience the sights and sounds of the big city. But on arrival, her expectation for an exciting time was threatened by the taxi ride to the hotel. The driver seemed determined to demonstrate his skill and daring in negotiating the traffic congestion. He went careening down streets, making abrupt turns, nearly sideswiping other cars, and coming to screeching stops. Sally thought that the trip was going to end in a cemetery. She was frustrated and afraid because she didn't have control, and she felt that her life was in unreliable hands.
Experiences like Sally’s illustrate our human tendency to want to be in charge of things in our lives. We are nervous whenever we feel that the control of our lives is out of our hands. When we are tempted to think that way, we need to remind ourselves that the LORD of our lives—the one who is truly in control—is the almighty God and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. We can put our full confidence in him knowing that he will never be reckless in the way that he leads us because he loves us with an unending, never-failing love. We need to learn to relax in him and believe that he can handle anything he allows to come into our lives. Although we need to plan and live responsibly, we are wise to recognize that our LORD is in complete control. It is his will, not our efforts, that keeps us alive and secure. It is always wise and safe to place our full confidence in him!
Lord Jesus, I don’t know not what this day may bring and tomorrow there are many more unknowns. But I know that you are my almighty, loving God. Teach me to put my life under your control. Amen.