Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School, Waco, NE
1:00-4:00 PM Silent Auction 4:00 PM Fall Concert featuring NELHS band, concert choir, and KRT Meal following concert provided by local congregations
Join us for an afternoon of opportunities to support our school through the silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund non-budgeted renovation of the bathrooms in the older wing of the school. Bid on unique items, packages from local businesses, and tasty home baked goods! Surely something for everyone, with a concert and meal to follow!
NELHS exists to assist parents and congregations by providing Christian training in the skills and values necessary for loyal service to Jesus Christ for time and eternity. www.nelhs.org
The Lutheran Convention for Seniors, sponsored by the OWLS (Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors), will be held at the Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in the fall setting of the rolling hills of the Galena, Illinois area. Galena was a 19th century center for mining lead and zinc. The theme for the 2019 convention is “Mining for Jesus”.
October 6-9, 2019, WELS seniors will gather to mine for treasures in Jesus. Four main speakers will show ways that we can be “Miners for Jesus”:
Missionary, Dan Sargent: God helps us to accomplish his plans bit by bit
Christian Life Resources Director, Bob Fleischmann: A life time of experience prepares us
Special Ministries Director, Jim Behringer: Christian caring matters
Chaplain, Ken Wenzel: Christian hope lessons from medical objects
“Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. ~ Jeremiah 23:24
It was early evening at the birthday party. The adults were seated around the fire pit absorbed in conversation. The youngsters were playing Hide and Seek. One of the boys saw a perfect place to hide. The going-on-6-years-old climbed into an outdoor toy chest that was made to double as a bench. It was his secret place! Nobody would find him there!
One of the adults saw the youngster executing his plan and casually took a seat on that bench. “Help! Help!” came the voice from the toy chest. “I’m trapped.”
Do you have “secret places” where you think no one sees you? Is it an internet “toy box,” a developing addiction to that prescription, or a place in the recesses of your mind? Countless individuals are getting trapped in such secret places. Sinful human beings get caught in Satan’s subtle snares as he whispers, “No one will find you there.”
Before you ever went there, however, you were caught! “‘Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord.”
The all-knowing, ever-present Triune God of the Bible proclaims an indisputable warning, but also an awesome comfort. God always knows, always sees! Don’t try to hide anything from him.
“Devil” means “liar,” “for he is a liar and the father of lies,” said Jesus (John 8:44). Don’t believe Satan’s lies! Don’t lie to yourself. Admit your sins to God, asking for forgiveness and help. He’s always present to help. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.
If right now you are caught in one of your secret places of guilt or sadness or depression, if you are overwhelmed and feeling helpless, the “liar” says, “No one will find you. No one cares.” Wrong! God cares so much that he sent his son Jesus to save you, winning forgiveness for all your sins. God cares so much that he promises his help and blessing through the truths of Scripture. And he gives us people in our lives to be a blessing to us. Don’t hide.
Gracious God, when I am tempted to hide, seek me with your mercy and power, forgiving and helping me for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” ~ Acts 16:9
How long will eternity last?
Seriously, stop and think about that question.
When you think about it, it’s mind-boggling. The hymn “Amazing Grace” reads, “When we’ve been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, then when we’d first begun.” And that’s true! Eternity will go on and on and on and on and …, well, you get the picture.
Of course, for us who are believers in Jesus, that’s an awesome thing! We’ll be enjoying God’s love and praising him, and it will be incredibly meaningful and joyful!
But for those who go to hell? It will be horrible, horrible, horrible! Separated forever from God and his love, suffering without end!
So can we understand the plea from the Macedonian man? What did the people in that area need? More than anything else they needed to know about Jesus and his forgiving love! More than anything else they needed to know that God loved them! More than anything else they needed to know that heaven was open for them because Jesus had died and risen!
And wonderfully God has brought that knowledge to you! God has “helped” you in bringing you to know that Jesus is your Savior! God has “helped” you in knowing that you’re on your way to heaven! Could anything be more important, more valuable than that?!
And now you get the honor of “helping” others, by leading them to Jesus. Whom can you “help” today?
Lord Jesus, thank you for “helping” me and leading me to trust that you have saved me. Fill me with appreciation! Show me how to “help” others to know you. Amen.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
~ Romans 8:26
Ever wish there was a special word to describe a special something you have experienced, but you’re frustrated that there is no word for it? Check out a book written by Ella Sanders. The title of the book is Lost in Translation. In her book, Sanders compiles a list of words from other languages that capture certain moments from everyday life that the English language does not.
For instance, there’s a Hawaiian word for listening to a bunch of directions from someone and then walking off and promptly forgetting them. There’s an Italian word for a scene in a story that moves you to tears. There’s a Welsh word that describes the homesickness and grief for the lost places of your past. In the language of Farsi, there is a word for the twinkle you have in your eye when you first meet someone you’ve eagerly wanted to meet. The Inuit people have a word for repeatedly going outside your door to see if someone is coming. With one word, the Norwegians can describe the euphoria when you first begin to fall in love.
But here’s the thing. Even if we mastered every language on earth, there are moments when we would still be at a loss for words. This is especially true when it comes to certain moments when we talk to our Lord in prayer.
There are times in life when the crisis is so great, the confusion is so heavy, the exhaustion is so deep, the sorrow and fear seem so mountainous that we cannot find the words. We just cannot find the words to articulate to our Lord what is going on in our lives.
But that’s all right. That’s all right because, when those times come, the Holy Spirit promises to speak on our behalf. He promises to speak on our behalf “with groans that words cannot express.”
And that’s the kind of Savior-God we have. Not only has he washed away our sins at Calvary’s cross; not only has he covered us in the holiness of his Son, he even takes over for us when our needs go beyond words.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, you know my needs, and you know me. In those moments when the words do not come, speak on my behalf. Amen.