Celebrating our Freedom in Christ

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on November 13, 2020

In the picture above Mason in our first grade class was baptized as part of school chapel yesterday. Watch the video here  and rejoice in the freedom that Mason received yesterday and that we receive in our baptisms. Jesus spoke about that freedom in Him in our New Testament lesson for today. Read John 8:21-36 here. 

In our Old Testament lesson (read Ezekiel 3-5 here), the prophet acts out a prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem. This action prophecy is one of the recurring characteristics of Ezekiel's ministry to be a watchman, calling the people to repentance. Sadly most of Ezekiel's hearers would remain in their slavery to sin, but there is this promise: "Take a few hairs and tuck them away in the folds of your garment." The LORD knows those who are His and is able to rescue them.

Let us join Mason in going back to our baptisms. Claim again the promise the Triune God has adopted you into God's family. Claim again the promise that in Christ you are free from sin's condemnation and sin's power. Claim the promise that the LORD is able to save you and bring you to our eternal home. 

The daily Bible reading pattern that I am following for these devotions is attached. 

Worship with us this weekend

This weekend is "Saints Triumphant Sunday" when we celebrate the believers whom the Lord has brought safely to his heavenly home this past year. Our message will be based on Psalm 84 (read it here). 

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Celebrating Sister Ministries

  • Attached is the fall magazine from Wisconsin Lutheran College. God has blessed the college with a record freshman enrollment this year. It has been able to continue in-person classes, for which we give thanks. You will also read about a generous St. Paul's member Sharon Schoeneck whom God enabled to fully fund a new nursing lab. God be praised. 
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  • Time of Grace not only produces the weekly broadcast, but also daily written and video devotion. Click here to see what this ministry has to offer.

 

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