Fast Forward through History

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 16, 2020

This weekend’s traditional worship service will be available today at 3 pm (click here). At the beginning of the recording, Sally gives you permission to fast forward to the message.
From now until Wednesday, we will be skimming over long lists of names. Begin today with 1 Chronicles 1-2 (click here). Think of it as fast forwarding through history.
The books of Chronicles cover the history of God’s people from creation to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC. They are written after the Israelites return from the Babylonian exile, perhaps by Ezra about 450 BC. Ezra writes to explain that the exile in Babylon happened because of the increasing unfaithfulness of the people.
1 Chronicles 1-9 uses genealogies to enable you to skim over Old Testament history – from the Garden of Eden of Genesis 1 to the rise and demise of King Saul in 1 Samuel. From 1 Chronicles 10 on, it covers the same history as 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. But the lessons are clear. “See what the LORD can do when you are faithful to him. See what the LORD can do when you are unfaithful to him.”  
The Faithfulness of Our Lord
Our New Testament reading (click here to read Luke 4:1-15) celebrates the faithfulness of our Savior. He demonstrates the importance of our daily walk through Scripture. When Satan attacks, he uses God’s Word to defend himself. As the Holy Spirit led Jesus, so may the Spirit lead us as we continue our reading of God’s Word. May he give us the knowledge to use that powerful Word that we might be safe when Satan attacks.

The Healing of the God of All Grace

Our message for this weekend is based on 1 Peter 5:6-11 (click here to read).

Just as Satan attacked Jesus, so he will attack us. My "ahha" this week was seeing that Peter uses the term "God of all grace" immediately after the warning about Satan as a roaring lion. I have often been wounded by Satan's attacks. I have failed to use God's Word as effectively as Jesus did. I bear the wounds of guilt and shame. 

But ours is the God of all grace. "By his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). By Jesus' wounds on Calvary we are healed. Forgiven. Accepted by our Father in heaven. Chosen for eternal glory in heaven. 

I look forward to sharing this healing with you this weekend. Find all our online resources by clicking here. The traditional service will be available by 3 this afternoon. We will live stream The Bridge tomorrow at 10:15 (find it on our website or on Facebook)


Summer Care Registration

If you or someone you know needs childcare for children 3K to 5th grade this summer, click here to learn more about St. Paul's Summer Care. This is available for all children, whether they attend our school or congregation or not. 

May the God of all grace grant you healing and protection as you enjoy your weekend.

Pastor Pete 


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