Shepherd 6-4-2023

Paul writes: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

James writes: 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  (James 2:24)

Does Paul contradict James?  If ALL of scripture is inspired by God (it IS!!!), does that mean that God contradicts Himself?  Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 in the Ballard Middle School Board Room as we consider probably the most controversial (and misinterpreted) sections of James’ letter.

Marti and Steve are bringing treats this week (THANK YOU!).  Readings this week will be:

Joshua 2:1-21

Psalm 8 (prescribed for Holy Trinity Sunday)

James 2:14-26

Matthew 23:1-12

Sunday, June 4, 11, etc. – 9:00 am – Worship at Shepherd (Ballard Middle School)

August 7-11 – NALC Lutheran Week – Oklahoma City, OK

October 1-4 – LCMC International Gathering – St. Charles, MO

October 11-13 – Lutherans For Life National Conference – Erlanger, KY (Creation Museum and Ark Encounter)

PLEASE pray for the following:

The people of Ukraine, as their nation is under attack.

James Puotyual while he awaits a kidney transplant.

Paula, that her health might be restored

The Grulke’s in Botswana; Enrique Estrada in Mexico; Pastors Duggi, Swen, David, Dake, Moksha, Peter, Jonathan, Abdul, Subin Raj, and all the other faithful pastors as they minister in India

Matt and Simon, pastors in Estonia, as they minister in a climate that is resistant to return to Christianity.

Janis Diekonts and Ieva Diekonte, David and Angela Breidenbach as they conduct mission work in Latvia and other parts of eastern Europe

The people of South Sudan and Ethiopia as the 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.  

Pastor Duggi and the members of the Lutheran Church in Gudipadu, Andhra Pradesh, as well as the orphanage that he operates.

Tim T. as he begins this new chapter of his ministry

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

See you Sunday at 9:00 am in the Ballard Middle School Board Room.



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