Sunday Worship Service ~ October 25, 2020

Sermon Topic: Believers! Pay More Careful Attention! God is Bringing Many Sons to Glory – Hebrews 2:1 & 10-18

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran Hymnal (some hymns will be available)

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Sermon ~ Three People of Philippi

Acts 16:11-40

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” ~ Acts 16:34 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God rested from his work.
~ Hebrews 4:9 &10 (EHV)

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NELHS Choir at Living Hope on Nov. 8th

The Nebraska Lutheran High School traveling choir from Waco, NE
will be with us in worship on Nov. 8th at 10:00 a.m., masks and all!
Please join us!

(Postponed from an earlier date due to weather)

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God’s faithfulness doesn’t change

If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
~ 2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV)

“That’s just the way he is. He’s never going to change.” People may have certain characteristics that define who they are and dictate their actions, but people do change. God never does. He is faithful. It’s not just what he does, it’s who he is.

God never goes back on a promise. He never fails to follow through on what he has said he would do. When you read a promise of God, you know that it is as good as done because God is faithful, and he never changes.

Your faithfulness or lack thereof does not influence God’s faithfulness one way or another. He has promised that he will always be with you even though there have been times when you have turned your back on him. God has promised that he will always love you even though you have not always loved him with your entire heart and soul and mind.

Most importantly, he has promised that the price for all the sins of the world, including yours, has been paid. Jesus’ blood was shed for you.

“That’s just the way I am. I’m never going to change,” your heavenly Father explains about his love for you and his faithfulness that never changes.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me even when I don’t love you in return. Thank you for your faithfulness that never changes in spite of my failures to be faithful. Help me to live a faithful life to you as the forgiven child you have made me. Amen.

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Encouraging Words for Today

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
~ Psalm 34:12 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
~ Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
~ Matthew 5:9-10 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
~ Matthew 5:7-8 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
~ Matthew 5:5-6 (NIV)

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Sermon Video: What Do You Mean, ‘the’ Reformation?

So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:19-25

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Encouraging Words for Today

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
~ Matthew 5:1-4 (NIV)

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Blessings

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)

When I consider Jesus’ teaching on the “beatitudes,” his statements of blessing, I am amazed at the striking contrast Jesus presented. On the one hand, there was the way of the world which offered a life of self-indulgence, excess and unbridled pleasure. On the other, was the way of blessing which Jesus offered. His view of life was selflessness, sacrifice, and a potential for persecution.

While the world’s definition of blessing is very attractive, I need to understand it is what a moth experiences when it is lured to a flame. If it doesn’t turn away, it will be consumed. Instead of being consumed by life, Jesus offers contentment, peace and lasting joy. He even promises a life which ends with the reward of heaven.

What Jesus offers is completely different from what the world offers, because it makes me look past what the world can do to what Jesus has done for me. His blessing begins with the undeserved love which brought him to this earth and was guaranteed at the open tomb.

All along the way he reveals one blessing after another: his faithful life instead of my unfaithfulness, his innocent death instead of my guilt and punishment, his perfect payment instead of my imperfect righteousness, his promise of life instead of my sentence of death.

These are the blessings I desperately and daily need. They are also the ones which strengthen me and encourage me as I live for him. They even reassure me so I can look beyond the insults, the hardships, and even the persecution, and see the reward prepared for me in heaven.

Yes, what Jesus offers is completely different from what the world offers. It is this difference for which I long. It is also the difference from which I receive his promise of lasting joy and never-ending blessing.

O dearest Savior, I long for and need the blessings you offer in love. Give me the strength of faith to look past what this world offers and may even take away, and cling to the blessings you have prepared for me–now and forever. Amen

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Encouraging Words for Today

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
~ Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
~ Malachi 4:2 (NIV)

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