Your eternal home

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:1

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Human beings have constructed some amazing things over the course of time: the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Coliseum in Rome, the Parthenon in Greece. Amazing structures!

And they’re all in ruins to one degree or another.

Finally, it doesn’t matter if it’s a grand palace or a simple home, though maintenance work is done, they still break down and eventually they go to ruins.

And so it goes with our human body—this “tent” in which we live. The body needs constant care, and yet it breaks down and will eventually go to ruins.

But you have an eternal house! You have heaven to anticipate, and there you will receive a glorious body which will never break down, which will never go to ruins!

You have that “eternal house” because Jesus, your God, became your brother. He took for himself one of these “tents,” that is, one of these earthly bodies. He allowed his earthly body to be ruined by his suffering and death on a cross. For what reason? So that you could have an eternal house in heaven built by God, a house which will never break down, never go to ruins.

Prayer: As my body breaks down, O Savior, remind me that I will have a glorious body when you take me to my eternal home. Focus me, O Savior, on that wonderful truth. In your name I pray it. Amen.

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Quarterly Meeting & Potluck

Sunday, April 22nd    Noon – 1:30

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This is a working lunch.  We try to keep these gatherings to 90  minutes.  All of our members and their families are invited — guests too!  These meetings are an opportunity to learn more about Living Hope and how we work together to serve the Lord.

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What’s on your calendar?

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April

  • 22nd: Quarterly Meeting & Potluck
  • 28th: LWMS NE/IA Circuit Spring Rally at Hadar, NE
  • 29th: Festival planning meeting

May

  • 13th:
    • Special Ascension Service, 9:30 AM at Sumtur Amphitheater (108th street and HWY 370 in Papillion).  No worship service or Sunday school at Living Hope that day.  Join us at Sumtur!
    • Mother’s Day
  • 28th: Memorial Day

June

  • 17th: Father’s Day
  • 21–24th: LWMS Convention in WI
  • 27th: Summer Festival at Living Hope

 

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Special Omaha Area Ascension Service

Sunday, May 13th at 9:30 AM

The Sumtur Amphitheater

 No worship service or Sunday school at Living Hope that day. 

Join us at Sumtur!

A WELS worship experience in an outdoor venue ~ choirs ~  lots of hymn singing ~ an opportunity gather as a group on Mother’s Day morning!

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he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” ~ Acts 1:9b-11

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. ~ Hebrews 4:14

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The cure

I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
~ John 14:6

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A doctor says to his patient, “The bad news is you have a terminal illness. Here’s the good news: this disease is easily cured. You only need to spend time in the sun.”

The patient responds, “That sounds too simplistic. I read on the internet that people with my symptoms improved after taking this expensive medication. Another website mentioned a surgical procedure that helped. One online expert suggested a strenuous routine of diet and exercise.”

The doctor replies, “Sir, I studied this illness in medical school. I specialize in treating it. Look at my credentials. I’ve successfully treated hundreds of patients. There is only one cure—the sun. Without it you will suffer a horrible end.”

The patient remains unconvinced. “That may be your truth, but it’s not mine. I sincerely believe that if I go on living my life in the dark, I’ll get better eventually.”

Which individual is misguided and narrow-minded—the patient or the practitioner?

Everyone is born with a terminal disease called “sin.” It is futile to think we can diagnose and cure sin ourselves. It is dangerous to believe we can go on living as if nothing is wrong. No matter how sincerely we trust popular ways of dealing with sin, they lead to a dead end. They cannot give us the sinless life that God desires. Neither can they deliver us from death.

The only cure for sin is the Son. Only Jesus has the credentials to offer mankind a cure. As our substitute, he lived and died under God’s holy demands. As a man who is also God, he offered his sinless life and innocent death as the universal remedy for sin. This remedy’s power is certified by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead!

Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” His words are not arrogant, misguided or narrow-minded. They are a gracious invitation to all. The cure is yours. It’s free. Enjoy forgiveness for your sins and the guarantee of a future—unending life free of sin and all its side-effects. Trust in Jesus! You won’t regret it.

Prayer: Jesus, I trust in you as my Savior from sin and death. Lead me and keep me on the path to eternal life. Amen.

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LWMS NE/IA Circuit Spring Rally

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Saturday, Apr 28, 2018
Immanuel Lutheran Church
107 2nd Ave, Hadar, NE 68701, USA

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Jesus Christ is Lord

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

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Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness!

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And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death
—even death on a cross!

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Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

~ Philippians 2:5-11

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Celebrating Easter at Living Hope

We had a beautiful Easter Celebration at Living Hope!

Join us next Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we continue to learn more about
our risen Lord Jesus Christ! 

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Blessed Easter…He has risen!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

Angel at the Tomb of Jesus Matthew 28:1-3The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”  ~ Matthew 28:1-10

Come, let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the throne.
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
But all their joys are one.

2015_04_01 Star Magnolia 1who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 1:4

Easter Sunday at Living Hope

6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
9:15-10:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.  Children’s Egg Hunt
10:30 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service

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