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I can do it alone! Really?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

I can do it alone.

God knew that wasn’t true. When the whole world was working together to build the tower of Babel in defiance of God, God confused their languages and the work stopped. God knew no one could do it alone.

I can do it alone.

The devil knows that isn’t true. That’s why he is pits one Christian against another. Who of us can’t see the hypocrisy in the lives of our fellow Christians? How the devil loves it when he sharpens our eyes to see the speck in the eye of someone else and ignore the beam in our own eye (Matthew 7:3-5). The devil knows no one can do it alone.

I can do it alone.

If we are honest with ourselves, we know that isn’t true. In our age of social media and constant connectedness, people find themselves more alone than ever. The result is often discouragement, anxiety, depression, addiction, discontent. God didn’t wire us to do life alone.

I can’t do it alone.

That admission is the start of something new! We need a community that starts with a unity with God himself. 

Only Jesus can do it alone.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46) Jesus was forsaken. He was left alone under the weight of our sin and guilt on the cross. Only Jesus could do it alone.

I don’t have to do it alone!

What Jesus did for you, he did for every person you meet. It changes the way we see the people around us. We live to connect people to the God who doesn’t want them to be alone. God wants us to build a welcoming community.

The early Christian Church provided that welcoming community. The sick, the downcast, the privileged, the poor. All were welcome. And that welcoming community changed the world.

I often hear how Alcoholics Anonymous provides a welcoming community.

I often hear how gangs provide a welcoming community.

My prayer is that the world around us can say,

  • “God’s Church provides a welcoming community.”
  • “St. Paul’s provides a welcoming community.”

Join us this weekend as we commit ourselves to Build a Welcoming Community. We all know, we can’t do it alone!

Our School – A Welcoming Community

Enrollment for 3K – 8th grade Christian school is now open. If you or someone you know might be interested in our school, contact School Administrator Seth Fitzsimmons at or call 414-422-0320 ext 118. He would love to give anyone a tour of our school to see how God is using this ministry to build a welcoming community for children and their families.

A postcard will be going to the entire Muskego community next week. It is attached for you to easily share with others.

New Opportunities for Community

This coming week Mommy & Me, a new group for moms and their young children, meets for the first time on Wednesday, January 24 at 9:30 am. Contact Samantha Lindner at (989) 284-2854 for more information.

DivorceCare has just begun meeting on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Contact Kristen at for more information.

Financial Peace University has just begun on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. If you would like to register, please RSVP by reply to this email so we can have the material ready for you.

Following the Promise membership Bible study is starting anew on Tuesdays at 7 pm. Contact Pastor Nate Strobel at for more info or to ask about other possible times the course might be offered.

Women’s & Men’s Retreats, Marriage Retreats: See the attached St. Paul’s News for information about upcoming retreats and a variety of other opportunities to connect with others.
 
A Larger Community

We also celebrate that we are part of a larger community, our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. See the annual report here

May God bless us as we treasure our community in Christ and build a community that shares Christ's love with others.

Pastor Pete

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