Sunday, Oct 8, 2017

I “warned” you the last time we were together of our topic for this week.  Ultimately we will be answering the question: “Are we sinners because we sin or do we sin because we’re sinners?”  That question, while seemingly very simple to answer if you are Biblically literate, lies at the core of so many heresies and complete misunderstandings about the world in which we live.  CLEARLY, people don’t know the answer to this question or they wouldn’t be surprised by the horrible things that go on in the world – or next door – or in their own homes.  Come join us Sunday morning at 9:00 in the Ballard Middle School Band Room as we discuss this, and other questions, while looking at the false christ: Jesus as the Moral Example (from “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?”).    

We’re going to cover a LOT of Scripture this week, so I will incorporate the readings into the sermon.  We could use a treat-bringer, though, so please reply if you’re able to help out with treats.  Some of the readings for this week will be:

1 Peter 2:13-25

1 John 3:11-24

Romans 6 (Selected portions)

Romans 7 (Selected portions)

Matthew 5 (Selected portions)


We will be celebrating Holy Communion this Sunday because we didn’t have worship at Shepherd last week.  We’ll also celebrate the Lord’s Supper on October 22 (because I’ll be gone on the 15th) and 29 (Reformation Sunday).


Upcoming events:

October 8-11 – LCMC International Gathering – Minneapolis

October 15 – 9:00 am – Doug and Pat will lead worship at Shepherd (I’m preaching in Grapevine, TX, for Lutherans For Life)

October 15 – 2:00 pm – Central Iowa Reformation Celebration – Stephens Auditorium

October 22 – 10:45 am – Officers meeting

November 11 – Iowa LCMC Gathering – Stratford Lutheran Church

In your prayers this week:

Sue’s father, Dick, is continuing chemo treatments for an indefinite amount of time.  Please keep Dick and his wife, Bev, in your prayers.

Also, continue to keep the following friends in prayer:  Arnold, Art, Bev, Byron, Dick, Elisha, Enrique, Erika, Jyothi Kukkala, Kay, Kim, Mindy, Myrna, Twyla, and Vivian.

The Tjernagels in Spain; Pastors Duggi, Swen, David, Dake, Moksha, Peter, Jonathan, and Jayasingh as they minister in India

Janis and Ieva Diekonts, Don Richman, and David Breidenbach as they conduct mission work in Latvia and other parts of eastern Europe.
The people of South Sudan and Ethiopia as civil war continues to rage – and for the South Sudanese Christians who have been forced to flee to Ethiopia

The children and staff at the Bethany-Good Shepherd Orphanage in Tanuku.  PLEASE prayerfully consider whether you could help out with a donation to help out the orphanage.

The members of the Lutheran Church in Gudipadu, Andhra Pradesh, as they rebuild their church.  Pastor Duggi is beginning a ministry to help aging women in their village.  Support of all kinds is needed.

Our nation and its leaders – for a return to God and the values on which this country was built

I pray that the rest of your week goes well, and I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 9:00 am.





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