Fall Dinner Program

November 20th

Sunday evening from 5:30 sharp to 7:30 pm sharp. 

Our very special guest speaker this year is Anita Smith from Friends Network

Friends Network is a WELS-affiliated ministry. They have trained and supported over 340 lay missionaries since the year 2000. Friends Network recruits, trains, sends, and supports lay missionaries around the world. They currently have mission teams in four countries across East and Southeast Asia.

Most of the missionaries work as “tent ministers,” which means they have local employment (like teaching English) as their primary means of income. Although their circumstances may vary, each missionary is committed to a three-part process:​

  • Meaningfully engage in local culture and community.
  • Establish authentic friendships.
  • Share the Gospel where God gives opportunity.

Friends Network is involved in the amazing outreach to Vietnam. The message of free grace received from Jesus Christ has brought peace to the Hmong Fellowship Church. In 2018, the communist government in Vietnam noticed this positive change and invited WELS to build a theological education center in the capital city of Hanoi. WELS is currently the only protestant church with official government permission to work with the Hmong in Vietnam. The Lord is opening a door to reach the more than two million Hmong people who live in Vietnam and the surrounding countries.

Please join us for this inspirational presentation. A Panera meal will be provided for all. 

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168th Street Road Construction

Construction will be ongoing on 168th Street, possibly for more than a year.

At times you will need to take alternative routes to reach our parking lot. This map highlights some of the roads that can be used.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

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We Praise You, O God

We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord;
all creation worships you, Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of heavenly host,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father of majesty unbounded,
your glorious, true, and only Son,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free,
you humbled yourself to be born of a virgin.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You sit at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Amen

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Reformation Service Oct. 30th

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

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Martin Luther

Martin Luther was a very interesting man who dug deeply into God’s Word, the Bible, to find answers for his many spiritual questions.  We invite you to join us at Living Hope next Sunday as we delve into that same Holy Word, and learn that it still speaks to us today in its truth and purity.

Who is Martin Luther?

Learn about Martin Luther’s Shield (also called Rose, Coat of Arms, or Seal)

A mighty Fortress is our God, a trusty Shield and Weapon;
He helps us free from every need that hath us now o’ertaken.
The old evil Foe now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might are his dread arms in fight;
On Earth is not his equal.

With might of ours can naught be done, soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the Valiant One, whom God Himself elected.
Ask ye, Who is this?  Jesus Christ it is.
Of Sabaoth* Lord, and there’s none other God;
He holds the field forever.

~ Martin Luther, 1483-1546

*the hosts or armies of heaven

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Revealed by the Resurrection

This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. ~ 2 Timothy 1:9,10

God always planned to rescue us from sin and love us even when we didn’t deserve it. He called that “grace,” and even before he created the world, he knew how he was going to square that grace with his perfect justice after sin entered his world.. He was going to do that through the work of Christ Jesus.

Jesus lived an absolutely perfect life, which no other human being had been able to do. But instead of taking the heaven that he deserved, he took the death and hell that we deserve. He gave eternal life in heaven to everyone who believes in him, plain and simple. We call that grace because we don’t deserve it.

In the Bible, God told his people about this grace for thousands of years after the creation of the world. But it was not until Jesus’ appeared that God’s plan was fully revealed. Jesus destroyed death by coming back from it, and he promises that everyone who believes in him will do the same. The good news that we will not stay dead, but instead will rise again, body and soul, is called the gospel.

Anyone can make promises, but by rising from the dead, Jesus showed that God could deliver on his promise. Now you can be confident that you will rise too. It’s not a mystery any more what happens after death. The truth has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior.

Lord God, we praise you for your grace, given us in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Desperate, Determined, or Devoted?

The woman came and knelt before [Jesus], “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” ~ Matthew 15:25-28

A woman came to Jesus because her daughter was suffering terribly from demon-possession. Some might say she was desperate. She was willing to try anything for the sake of her daughter. Some might also say she was determined. Nothing was going to stop her, not even Jesus’ first response. Still, others might say she was devoted. She put her complete trust in what Jesus could do.

Do I wait until I am desperate before I approach the Lord in prayer? Do I conclude I might as well give it a try because there is nowhere else to turn? Do I approach Jesus with sheer determination–do I pray and pray hoping the Lord yields to my way of thinking? Or, am I devoted to Jesus and have faith to believe whatever his answer is, it will be for my good?

It was faith for which the woman was commended. Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith!” I need to approach Jesus with that same faith, devotion, and trust. Anything less than that will leave me open to disappointment. Worse yet, it will give the devil an opportunity to deceive me and try to turn me away from the Lord.

The source of this much-needed devotion is belief in Jesus’ precious saving work–his life, death and resurrection–to save me from eternal torment, and give me instead a glorious home with him in Heaven forever.

Without faith through the Holy Spirit, I would never have the confidence or the desire to pray. Neither would I have any reason to trust God’s answer. However, since Jesus lived, died and rose for me, I know he has committed himself to me for time and for eternity. This is why I am devoted to Jesus, my Lord and my Savior.

O precious Savior and my Helper in every time of need, give me faith to come to you in prayer. Then give me faith to trust you will answer my prayer according to your good and gracious will. Amen.

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Hide Yourself in Christ

“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 23:23,24

In the ancient world, idols and various “gods” were often worshiped as local deities–their attention was said to be focused only on a certain place or people. The power and presence of these so-called gods were understood to be limited. But throughout the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob shows himself to be different. The one true God, who created you and all of us, is not limited in any way.

The Lord was with Abraham as he left his home and traveled to the Promised Land. He was with Joseph in Egypt—in both the king’s prison and the king’s palace. Daniel discovered the Lord was with him in the lions’ den of Babylon. And Jonah finally understood he couldn’t hide from God when he was rescued from a certain death at sea.

But what if you want to hide from him? What if the thought of God seeing everything leaves you very uncomfortable? Perhaps your conscience is reminding you even now of things you did, said or thought were wrong. Good! We must never become comfortable with sin, trying to somehow disguise it from our Creator.

God will one day judge all people, and nothing is hidden from his sight. It does no good to try to drown out your conscience through worldly distractions or to silence God’s Word by staying away from church. That’s as ineffective as Adam and Eve trying to hide from God by crouching behind some leaves in the Garden of Eden.

But trust me, you want him to find you! This is the God who moved heaven and earth so that you could be with him. He sent his own son, Jesus Christ, to be your Substitute and Savior, removing your sins through his own sacrifice. And now you are invited to hide yourself in Jesus, taking refuge in his love. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8).

Repent of your attempts to run from him. Find comfort in his promises of forgiveness to all who believe.

Prayer: Lord God, I have foolishly tried to hide my sins from you. Forgive me for the sake of Jesus, your Son. Amen.

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Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. ~ Act 13:38

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. ~ Acts 2:38

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9

Jesus Christ… loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. ~ Revelation 1:5a,c

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. ~ Psalm 103:12

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Quarterly Meeting & Chili Cookoff ~ Oct. 16

Our Quarterly Meeting will be held following the 10:00 AM Worship Service on Oct. 16th.  All 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.

🍁 Bring chili for a little cook-off contest, or bring crackers, cheese, cinnamon rolls, desserts!

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Know your enemy, yourself, and your Savior

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~ Ephesians 6:10-12

In his famous treatise “The Art of War,” Chinese general Sun Tsu quoted a proverb which said, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Some today may apply this military strategy to other aspects of life, such as the corporate business world or competitive sports. But there is a very real way in which this applies to every Christian. The apostle Paul reminds us that we are caught up in a war being waged all around us. Not a military conflict or a political battle, but a war for our very souls.

Do you know your enemy? Scripture tells us that Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. He has been successfully deceiving souls and leading them astray since the beginning of time. And he will not give you a free pass.

Do you know yourself? By nature, we are all blind and deaf to the ways of God, selfish, self-centered, and stubborn in our thinking. Easy pickings for the wily foe.

But general Sun Tsu was unaware of the most important player on this spiritual battlefield. “For us fights the mighty one, whom God himself elected,” wrote Martin Luther in his famous hymn. Jesus Christ has come to defeat our spiritual enemies, and he has already won that victory through his death and resurrection. Now God’s promise of forgiveness means that Satan’s accusations cannot keep us from heaven.

When doubts and temptations come your way, don’t be surprised. The enemy is still fighting on, even after his defeat. But don’t be unprepared either. Know your enemy, know yourself, but most importantly, know your Savior.

Put on the armor of faith in God’s Word. You will find the strength to stand firm in the promises of his love for you in Jesus Christ. His almighty power will keep you safe until the end.

Lord Jesus, protect me from the evil one and shield me with your Word and loving care. Amen.

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