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What Does Forgiveness Mean?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

When you say, "I forgive you," does that mean, "That's OK. it didn't hurt"? Or "That's OK, I don't think what you did was wrong"? Or "That's OK, you can do it to me again"?

This weekend we are going to look at God's promise of a New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34. The foundation of that new covenant is forgiveness. But we will see that wasn't saying, "It didn't hurt," or "It wasn't wrong," or "You can do it again." Forgiveness is God's undeserved choice to love those who sin against him. 

Join us as we claim that forgiveness anew and ask for the Holy Spirit to make us forgiving like our Father in heaven.

Praying for your children / grandchildren / nieces and nephews

I have been using The Power of a Praying Parent over the last year to pray daily for my children and grandchildren. The prayer this morning was that they might live free of unforgiveness. I've attached the prayer. If you want to bless your the children in your life, this book provides a prayer for each day of the month that touches on all aspects of a child's life. I recommend it! 

The power of a praying parent evident in WLHS Contact

The Spring 2018 Wisconsin Lutheran High School Contact magazine illustrates the importance Christian parents and caring adults in the lives of our youth. This month's edition features a number of St. Paul's members:

  • Nathan Wranovsky who is this year's valedictorian and class speaker (page 2 and 12)
  • Meghan Ludke who is this year's salutatorian (page 12)
  • Joan Bauman and  her family who have established an annual scholarship in honor of her husband George (page 3) 
  • Nick Bauman's testimony of the influence of Christian teachers and coaches on his life (page 8)

See the entire magazine online here. 

God's blessings on our school in answer to prayer

The fact that both the valedictorian and salutatorian in the WLHS class of 2018 are graduates of St. Paul's Lutheran School speaks highly of the academic excellence of our school. But Nathan's and Meghan's parents didn't send their children here just for the academics. They welcomed a partnership with a Christian school to help their children grow in their love for the Savior.

If your child (children) are of school age, we invite you to partner with St. Paul's Lutheran School. As a congregation, we are committed to making Christian education available to all. Not only do we provide subsidy for every child through our regular offerings, but we also provide tens of thousands of dollars more in tuition assistance and participate in the Wisconsin and Milwaukee Parental Choice programs. Contact School Administrator Seth Fitzsimmons ( ) to schedule a tour and have your questions and concerns answered. Enrollment for 2018-2019 is now open.

Easter for Kids - Saturday, March 24 @ 9 am

Remember to register your children (3 - 12 years old) for Easter for Kids here. If you would like to help that morning, contact Dr. Joel Nelson at  

Easter Invitations

We will have Easter Postcards available at our services this weekend to invite your friends. Or send them this link.  What better gift for our family members and friends than the invitation to enjoy with us the hope Jesus' resurrection gives!

Join us online

If you can't be present in worship this weekend (see the worship schedule here), watch the message here  or join us live at The Bridge on Sundays at 10:15 am. 

I look forward to seeing in worship this weekend and seeking God's strength to forgive as God has graciously forgiven us.

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Pete
for the Ministerial Team 

PS. Attached is this week's News and Notes. If you would like to support our ministry through a one-time or recurring gift, you can do so online. Thanks in advance for your generous support and prayers.


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