Thank you to everyone who helped out with the workday around campus last Saturday. Much was done and things look much cleaner.
This Sunday, March 4, the Accreditation Visiting Team will arrive on campus. (Every five years, our school needs to go through a re-accreditation process.) After church, we will have a special luncheon in their honor and as a thank you to the many who helped document the various standards for accreditation. Tuesday afternoon, the Visiting Team will share their findings.
Next Sunday, March 11, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, former KOK Pastor and current WELS President, Pastor Mark Schroeder, will be here to preach and share some memories. Before the service, he will have a synod Q&A session during the Bible study hour. After the service, we will have a potluck dinner in honor of his coming. Please bring a dish to share!
This Wednesday, Pastor Golisch will be here for the midweek Lenten service. Dinner is from 6:00-6:45 pm.
Looking for a good, Christian movie? Here are some theater options this month:
Samson is the story of the biblical Judge by that name.
Connect is a documentary with Kirk Cameron about parenting in this social media era.
Tortured for Christ is the true story of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was captured in 1945 by Russian secret police and held prisoner for 14 years of unthinkable torture.
Finally, I Can Only Imagine is the true story behind the popular Christian song by Mercy Me. I’d like to take a group to see this March 16. Let me know if you are interested.
Finally, registration for Camp South—Soul Survivor is open. Students completing 3rd-8th grade can go for a week’s worth of fun. The cost is $285 per participant. Click Camp South 2018 for information and the registration link.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
All About Jesus
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.
Being a Christian is all about rules, right?
Not really. God’s rules are tools, not reasons for bragging.
In the Old Testament, God gave rules to help his people learn about the coming Savior. For example, God made a rule that his people should not do any work on Saturdays. Every Saturday they rested. This rest for their bodies kept reminding them that God would send a Savior to give rest for their consciences burdened with the guilt of sins. The Sabbath was a “shadow” of the rest Jesus would bring for the souls of all people.
God also uses rules to teach people why we need Jesus. For example, God has a rule that we should love him more than anything else in the world, including ourselves. If I could obey that rule, I would never do anything wrong because what God wants would always be more important to me than what I want. Anyone who knows me, though, knows I have done what I wanted to do, even when it meant breaking God’s rules. God’s rules show me I’ve been disobedient and I need help. God’s rules show me I need Jesus.
God is all about Jesus. Sure he has rules, but he also has a Son whom he wants us to know and trust. He sent his Son Jesus to pay the penalty we owe God for our sins. Jesus humbled himself and was sacrificed on a cross for us. Through Jesus God gives rest for our souls, the peace of the forgiveness of sins.
Christians are all about Jesus. We’re all about his love and his forgiveness for we have been connected to Jesus by faith, and connected to one another. God helps us grow in the knowledge of our Savior’s love. God leads us by his word to humbly follow his rules out of gratefulness for the forgiveness of our sins. We don’t try to draw attention to ourselves. We live to draw attention to Jesus. Like God, we want everyone to know what Jesus has done for all of us. We want people to know that Jesus came and died to give them rest for their souls.
Christians are all about Jesus. Are you?
Jesus, the message of your loving sacrifice for us, fills our hearts with peace and our souls with rest. Inspire us by the good news of the forgiveness of sins to live humbly for you and to serve our God in grateful obedience. Amen.