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I don't understand 2020!

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

I don't understand 2020! 

A friend sent me that text last evening. The pandemic is just one of many devastating events in this individual’s life.

I don't understand 1945!

The picture is the Horn family monument in our cemetery. The sons of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Horn died within months of each other near the end of fighting in the European Theater in World War II. S/Sgt William Horn was born in 1920 and died in Luxembourg on February 19, 1945. His brother Sgt Benjamin Horn was born in 1924 and died in Italy on April 18, 1945.

Over and over, God's people have said, "I don't understand" what is happening!

“I don’t understand the 15th Year of Tiberius Caesar!"

In today’s New Testament lesson (Luke 7:18-35, click here), John the Baptist didn’t understand. “If Jesus is the promised Messiah, then why am I sitting here in prison?”
John the Baptist looked to Jesus. Jesus answer? “Look at the miracles and see I am the Savior.” That’s true even though Jesus does not answer our prayers the way we would like.
That’s why I am on this daily Journey to the Empty Tomb. Daily I find myself not understanding things that are happening in my life and in the lives of those whom I love. So daily I look to Jesus in the attached daily Bible reading plan. Show me, Jesus, that you are the promised Savior.

In the Empty Tomb I see that Jesus is victorious and he promises that I will be victorious in Him. That is enough.
I don't understand 1000 BC!

David didn’t understand in the Old Testament reading either (2 Samuel 6-8, click here). He wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He wanted to honor the LORD. But the LORD’s anger burst out. Our God is serious about his commands! Only the Levites were to carry the ark. We are doing this daily Bible reading so that we can learn God’s commands and worship him by our obedience.
Then David wanted to build a temple. Great idea! But God said, “No!” The LORD had a better plan, a plan that would result in the One that John the Baptist was waiting for.
I don’t understand 2020!

There are so many things that don’t make sense to us. “But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11). We join with John the Baptist, with David, with my friend in putting our trust in Him. 
Worship with us this weekend

We have produced an Ascension Service "Seven Candles--Seven Words" that will be available at by 5 pm this evening.  The live Bridge service will be Sunday at 10:15 am available on the same web page. 

Congratulations Graduates!

Attached is the list of graduates in our congregation from high school and eighth grade and their plans for the fall. We pray that God bless your plans. Praised God, his plans for you will always succeed!

Catching Up on Daily Devotions

Some of you may take the weekend to catch up on the daily devotions. Here are the links for this week's videos:

The worship folder, graduates and the Bible reading plan are attached.

God bless your Memorial Day service observances.

Pastor Pete



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