Sunday School!

The fall session of Sunday School begins on
Sunday, September 9th at 9:30 a.m.
Visit us soon to learn more!

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Knowledge leads to understanding

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. ~ Proverbs 9:9-10

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Throughout the United States schools are starting up again. People are searching for knowledge, from preschoolers who are beginning to learn their “A-B-C’s” to people pursuing their doctorates who are digging deeply into their fields of study.

And that’s good! In fact, the search for knowledge has been a hallmark of the world’s history.

Down through history people have been taught some pretty amazing things. Things like, “The world is flat.”

Yes. For hundreds of years people—really, really smart people—were taught that the world was flat, or taught others that the world was flat. Though they were really smart, they were completely wrong!

So, how many of the things which we’re being taught today are also incorrect? Indeed, there may be really smart people teaching us, or we may be the really smart people doing the teaching.

And we might be completely wrong.

But! We will never be wrong when we are listening to the Word of God, because God will never lie to us. The God who created the world is the source of all wisdom. And that God loves you dearly!  Jesus loved you enough to go to the cross for you, to die for you, paying for your sins. He has given you the knowledge which really matters:

  • the knowledge that he has forgiven your sins
  • the knowledge that you’re going to heaven by faith alone in your Savior

THAT knowledge will never be incorrect. THAT knowledge gives you the most important understanding you can have!

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, fill me with the wisdom which you alone can give through the Word of God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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OPL green circlePlease keep the children and teaches at Our Precious Lambs in your prayers as this new school year begins.

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Prayers for the start of school

After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it… After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
~ Luke 2:43,46,47

preshool bible lessonBless the start of the school year
Lord Jesus, bless the start of this new school year. Bless students and teachers. As you sat at the feet of teachers in the temple when you were a 12-year old boy, so may our children sit at the feet of their teachers and grow in wisdom and love. Let your word be a lamp to their feet and a light for their path now and for the rest of their lives. Amen.

Thank you for our teachers
Lord, we thank you for our teachers. You yourself were a teacher. You know what a difficult task it can be. Use our teachers as your mouthpiece. Give them joy in their labors. Help their students to respect and obey them. Help parents to show their appreciation. Give our teachers extra strength, love, and patience as they begin this new school year. Amen.

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Worship with us on Tuesdays!

Tuesday evenings at 7:00,  June 12th through September 4th

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We offer this worship opportunity for the summer months hoping that it will make your summer blessed in every way!  Please join us at Living Hope for these services, which are informal and briefer than our Sunday service.

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What’s on your calendar?

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Living Hope this fall

  • Sunday mornings:
    • Sunday School/Bible classes at 9:30 a.m
    • Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday evenings:
    • Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. (through September 4th)

August

  • 13th: Millard 1st day of school

September

  • 3rd: Labor Day
  • 4th: 7 p.m., final midweek worship service until next summer
  • 9th: Fall session of Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m.  🙂

October

  • 21st: Quarterly Meeting & Potluck
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Tremble not

God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8

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On the website of the National Archives in Washington, DC, there is a page where you can examine the Declaration of Independence. The document is faded, but you can still make out many of the signatures. The signature of John Hancock, of course, is famous. Zoom in, however, on the right-hand column. Find the signature of John Adams. Then look at the third name below his. There you will find the signature of Stephen Hopkins. In that signature there is a story.

The signature of Stephen Hopkins is unusually shaky. If you had been signing your name on that day, your signature may have been shaky too. In the same week that independence from England was declared, a British force landed—a force so massive that it was larger than the entire population of the largest American city. In signing this parchment, Stephen Hopkins knew that if the British military captured him, he would face the hangman’s noose.

His shaky signature, however, was not from fear. Rather, it was from a physical condition known as palsy. And Stephen Hopkins wanted everyone to understand this. For after writing his name, he declared to those present, “My hand trembles. But my heart does not.” And so in the signature of Stephen Hopkins—there is the story of his devotion to his new country.

Nevertheless, even this kind of devotion pales in comparison to God’s devotion to us.

There are all kinds of moments when we feel tempted to question whether God truly cares. When there is too much month left at the end of the paycheck, when there is a health crisis, when someone we love is breaking our heart, when it seems as though loneliness is so thick we could suffocate—these and other episodes just like them can get us to wonder if God thinks about us at all.

It is for such moments, however, that the Word of God speaks. When the dark episodes arise, the apostle Paul reminds us how devoted to us our God really is. He says in Romans chapter 5, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God’s personal devotion to us is so passionate, so complete, so pure, that even when you and I cared nothing at all about God and cared only about ourselves—it was then that God chose to sacrifice his own Son to wash us clean, to make us family, to rescue us from hell.

His devotion for you is beyond question.  Tremble not.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, sometimes I tremble in worry and fear. When I do, remind me of your devotion and love.  Remind me what you did to make me your own.  Amen.

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Serving Living Hope for 23 years

shen2Pastor Tom Jeske has served Living Hope for 23 years.  He, his wife Liz (a soil science faculty member at Nebraska-Lincoln), and their four children have lived in Omaha since 1995.  Prior to the Nebraska years, Pastor Jeske served Abiding Word, Highlands Ranch, Colorado from 1986-1995.   He began his public ministry as a Tutor at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw from 1984-1986.

Pastor Jeske has a very busy schedule:  weekly worship services at Living Hope, services at Peace Lutheran in Shenandoah, Iowa, Bible studies with adults, teens and new members, hospital visits, nursing home services, and visits with shut-ins, and he is actively involved with OPL’s children, parents, and teachers.  He is also involved at the district and national levels of our synod.  He is a Bible scholar and continues taking courses to increase his knowledge and understanding of the Holy Scriptures.

When Pastor Jeske stands in front of us on a Sunday morning and presents a Bible-based sermon, remember that he is not a hired employee of Living Hope, but rather he was called by Christ through the Church to serve here as Pastor.  Has his time with his family ever been cut short? Has he missed a meal or a special family event because of his commitment to serving the Lord?  Definitely.  However, his dedication to his calling stirs him to do more so that more people will hear about Jesus’ sacrifice for us and the love of our Heavenly Father.

We thank the Lord for allowing Living Hope to be blessed by Pastor Jeske for so many years.  Please keep him and his family in your daily prayers.

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12 years at Our Precious Lambs!

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Congratulations to Deb Hamilton who has served as director of Our Precious Lambs at Living Hope for twelve years!

We want to thank her for expanding our early childhood program, guiding our teachers, and most of all–loving all the children in her care. You’re great Deb!

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Come out!

Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” ~ John 11:43

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People were amazed when Jesus spoke those powerful words, “Lazarus, come out.” Even though he was dead and in the grave for four days, Lazarus responded to the Lord’s call. On that day Jesus revealed his power as true God, as well as his power over death and the grave. It is this power which is a comfort and blessing for me.

One of the greatest fears I have is death. Whether it is the finality or the uncertainty, I try to rid myself of the thought. No matter how hard I try, the fear of death always holds me captive. My only hope to be free from fear is to look to Jesus. He gives me the assurance death will not hold me in its grip. Once I leave this world, I can have every confidence he will speak the same words he spoke to Lazarus, “Come out!”

It is this reassurance which allays my fears and calms my troubled heart. Through faith in Jesus as the Son of God and my Savior, I know he will never abandon me to the grave. I can live every day knowing death becomes a new beginning. At the end of this earthly life I will receive a new life with my Lord in heaven. Still, this is not the only reassurance I receive.

Through the powerful working of the gospel, Jesus also expresses his will, “Come out of this dark world and live in the newness of life.” “Come out of sinful selfishness and live in selfless love.” “Come out of the hopelessness of death and live with confident joy.” Because of faith in what Jesus has done for me, I can come out of a life dominated by death’s control. I can come out of a life subjected to Satan’s dreadful tyranny. I can come out of a life of hopeless fear.

So much is mine for this life, and for the life to come, through faith in Jesus Christ. How blessed I am to hear my Savior’s call, “Come out!”

Prayer:  Dearest Jesus, you have power over life and death. Come with your power to release me from death and the devil. Come with your power to give me new life and the hope of heaven. Amen.

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