Reformation Service ~ Oct. 31 ~ 9:30 a.m.

A metro-Omaha Reformation Worship Service 
will be held at 9:30 AM on October 31st 
at Beveridge Middle School
120th Street, north of Center, west side of street

1616 S 120th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA (map)


*Please note*
No Sunday School, Bible Study, or Worship Service will be held at Living Hope that Sunday. 

Please join us as at Beveridge Middle School for the celebration of the Reformation!

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Part-time Accountant position

Part-time Accountant for a child daycare center needed for immediate hire.
Forward background and contact information to: OurPreciousLambsChildCare@gmail.com

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What’s on your calendar?

Sundays

  • 9:00 AM ~ Sunday School, Adult & Teen Bible Study
  • 10:00 AM ~ Sunday Worship Service

Oct. 31

  • Metro-Omaha Reformation Worship Service ~ 9:30 AM at Beveridge Middle School

Nov. 7

  • Last Judgement Sunday 10:00 AM
  • Daylight Saving Time ends

Nov. 11

Nov. 14

  • Saints Triumphant Sunday 10:00 AM

Nov. 21

  • Christ the King Sunday 10:00 AM
  • Fall Dinner Program at 5:30 PM

Thanksgiving Service

  • Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Eve Service 6:30 PM (no service on Thanksgiving Day)

Wednesday Advent Services in December

  • Dec 1st and Dec 8th at 6:30 PM
  • Dec 15th ~ Children’s Christmas Program at 6:30 PM

Christmas Service

  • Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 PM (no service on Christmas Day)

New Year’s Service

  • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Service at 6:30 PM (no service on New Year’s Day)
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A Free Gift

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.
~ Isaiah 55:1-3

Have you ever heard the axioms: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” or “You get what you pay for?” We would have to agree that usually those sayings are true. Everything comes with a cost. When someone offers us something for “free,” we’re automatically skeptical, aren’t we? We’ve been burned one too many times before. So we think to ourselves, “What’s the hidden cost? It must not be that valuable if someone is willing to give it away for free.”

Is that your initial reaction to God’s invitation to you in our verses for today? Wine and milk are not inexpensive. The richest of fare can’t come without cost. God is offering a deal that sounds too good to be true, isn’t he? It goes against all of our natural sensibilities. We have to do something to get something. We’re going to end up paying for it in the end, right? That’s just how the world works!

If you feel like this offer sounds too good to be true, you’re right! We don’t deserve anything that God offers here. Even if we had all the money in the world, we could never pay enough to buy what God offers us. Only one person could pay the price, only one person could do what was required and that person is Jesus. Jesus earned the salvation of the world by his perfect life on earth and then he paid the cost for the sins of the world with his innocent death. God offers all the benefits of Jesus’ work to you as a free gift. He gives you life for your soul!

Everyone in this world is spiritually bankrupt. Everyone is thirsting for salvation. There are all sorts of earthly, sugary solutions that will not satisfy. But God offers the good food of salvation in the good news about Jesus. You get what Jesus paid for! It’s the richest of fare. It will always satisfy. And unlike your lunch, it really is yours for free!

Prayer: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. Amen.

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Christ for Us and Christ in Us

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. ~ 1 John 3:7-10

Water is a very unique molecule. It is adhesive—it has the strength to bind itself to grass as early morning dew. It is also polarizing—water dissolves things like salt and sugar.

Like water, the power of Jesus is polarizing. John says that the Son of God came into this world to undo the devil’s work.

By living in line with God’s holy will and by suffering the full wrath of God that our sin deserves, Jesus has destroyed Satan’s power over us. As children of God, we live free of condemnation. By rising from the dead, Jesus has undone the power of death. As children of God, we will live with him forever even though we die. That is the power of Christ for us.

Like water, the power of Jesus is also adhesive. No one attached to Jesus in faith makes a habit of sin.

Born again of water and the Spirit, God connects us to the power of Christ. He credits us with Christ’s righteousness, covers us with his forgiveness, and gives us command over sin. As people of God, we wage war against sin—refusing to let it dominate us. Instead, we love God our Savior and the people God has saved. We do not let sin define us. That is the power of Christ in us.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, defend me against the lies of the devil, the world, and my own sinful nature that seek to lead me astray. Lead me by your truth on the path to eternal life. Amen

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Quarterly Voters Meeting ~ October 17

Our Quarterly Voters Meeting will be held following our 10:00 Worship Service on Oct. 17th.  All of our members and friends are invited to attend.  These meetings are an opportunity to learn more about Living Hope and how we work together to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Trustworthy Character

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
~ Luke 16:10-11

Dishonesty. Unfaithfulness. Misplaced trust. We hear and read about it all the time. A secretary in a small company’s accounting department has been secretly stealing money. A politician has misused thousands of taxpayer dollars for expensive trips and luxuries. A spouse can’t trust his or her partner with the checkbook or credit cards because of broken promises.

How about you? The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1). Everything really belongs to God. That means everything in your possession is on loan to you from God. God simply asks you to be a good manager of everything he has lent to you. God lends you your time, talents and your treasure so that you can use them to serve your Savior, your family, and others less fortunate than you.

What kind of manager have you been? Are you making time not only for your employer, but also for your spouse and family, and for service to your church? Is your talent focused just on your job and personal hobbies, or do you view your gifts as opportunities to benefit others? When that paycheck arrives, do you always wonder first how you can use that money for your benefit, to bring you pleasure? Or, as the Bible says, do you first set aside a sum of money for the Lord in keeping with your income? (See 1 Corinthians 16:2)

And what about the greatest treasures God has given you, the treasures that money cannot buy? What about that forgiveness for our selfishness? What about that knowledge of Jesus’ suffering and death—what he went through—just so we could have that forgiveness? What about that sure and certain hope of heaven which we never could have earned or purchased on our own? What about the promises of God to give us what we need, even if we don’t have all that we want? Are you sharing those treasures? Does your family know about them? Your friends and neighbors? Are you using your gifts to help others in places all over the world to find real and everlasting treasure in Jesus?

What it comes down to is this: What matters is not the amount of gifts or the value of the treasure God has given. It’s the trustworthy character and the faithfulness of the one to whom those gifts have been given.

Look to Jesus. See the trustworthy character of Jesus as he faithfully obeys his Father’s will to die for you. Let that be your guide to developing Christian honesty, trust and faithfulness with all the gifts God has given and loaned to you.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for all your gifts: food and family, spouse and children, home and job, earthly and heavenly treasure, forgiveness and salvation. Forgive my stinginess in serving others or in sharing with others. Make me more and more generous like you. Amen.

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Nebraska Lutheran High School fundraiser ~ Oct 3

ONLINE Fall Auction

HAPPENING NOW!

Christmas is RIGHT Around the Corner. Check out the items that the NELHS Fall Auction has to offer. Items can currently be found online with bidding taking place NOW through Sunday, October 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Auction Page

For anyone attending the event on Sunday and who will need assistance with the online bidding, please check in at the “check in” table when you arrive and we will help place bids for you throughout the afternoon. Then, please plan to check out at the table at 3:00 p.m. instead of 3:45 p.m.

Thank you for supporting Nebraska Lutheran!!

NELHS, 203 Kendall Street, Waco, NE 68460

NELHS Home Page

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The Family of God

“A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’” ~ Luke 9:35

What would it be like to be the child of someone powerful, rich, or famous? Could there be some advantages if you had been born into, say, the Kennedy or Bush families? What if one of your parents was Bill Gates, Lebron James, or Christian Yelich? Being born into a situation like that would bring certain advantages.

What would it be like to be the Son of God? That’s one we can’t even imagine! Jesus is so, so different from us. He is almighty, we are weak. He is eternal, we are mortal. He rules the universe, we have a hard time ruling our own thoughts or emotions. Perhaps the worst difference is that he is perfect, while we are sinful. Those sins mean we deserve to have God say to us, “I never knew you. Depart from me.”

But why did Jesus, God’s Son, come to this earth? He didn’t come to rub the difference in our faces. Rather, he came so that he could repair our relationship with God. Jesus came to this earth to live a perfect life and to die a perfect death for us—to win forgiveness and eternal life for us.

And, he accomplished his goals! He lived, died, and rose from the dead! Salvation has been won!

And God loves to give his salvation away, to sinners like you and me. One way he does this is through Holy Baptism. When a person is baptized, they are baptized into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To put it differently, God puts his name on that person. They are now “Tom, God’s-Son,” “Beth, God’s-daughter,” because they are now part of God’s family.

Every believer in Christ is part of the most important family ever—the family of God—and can know that, “I am God’s beloved child, too!”

Prayer: O Father, assure me that I am your child today, tomorrow, and that I will be for all eternity. Amen.

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My Redeemer Lives!

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. ~ Titus 2:11-14

I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever-living Head!

He lives triumphant from the grave; He lives eternally to save;
He lives all glorious in the sky; He lives exalted there on high.

He lives to bless me with his love; He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed; He lives to help in time of need.

He lives to silence all my fears; He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart; He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend; He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing; He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!

He lives and grants me daily breath; He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare; He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to his name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives: “I know that my Redeemer lives!”

~ Samuel Medley (1775)

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