We are in the Dark, but Still in Christ

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on August 12, 2020

We live in the dark. Today's video devotion (watch it here) is recorded in the church's dark furnace room. We are "in the dark" so much of our lives.

Often we don't understand God's actions (His using a lying prophet in 1 Kings 22, read it here) and often we don't understand our own actions because of sin living in us (read Romans 7 here). 

Even when you are "in the dark," know that you are not alone. The LORD is there in the dark. We may not understand his rule of the world, but we do understand his saving love, and that is enough. We may not understand the power of sin in our lives. We all have the same struggle. But we are not lost! "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).  

We may be in the dark, but we are still "in Christ," and there we are safe. 

Grow Your Influence: Leadership Summit 2021

By every possible means we bring everyone in our area of influence closer to Christ. The greater our influence, the more God can use us to draw people to the Savior.

Grow your influence by attending the 2021 Global Leadership Summit, August 5 & 6. If you register by Friday midnight, you will receive the best price for this two-day leadership training (only $99) plus access to nearly all the presentations from the 2020 Leadership Summit. Attached are notes to give you a flavor of what you will learn.  Register by clicking here. St. Paul's will again be hosting this event in our Trinity Gym. 

Outdoor Worship

On Sunday, August 23, we will offer an outdoor worship service at 10:30 am. This outdoor service will be live-streamed and will take the place of the 10:15 am Bridge service and the 10:45 service. There will still be indoor worship services that weekend on Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 7:45 & 9:15 am and Wednesday at 7 pm. 

Small Group Communion this weekend

Congregation members will be receiving an email shortly to register for small group communion. You can also register by calling the church office at 414-422-0320. Please share this information with family and friends who may not be internet active but would appreciate communing in small groups of 10. 

The Parable of the Wrench Set
 
If you haven’t been able to worship with us yet, you can join us in person this evening at 7 pm or join us online now:

Where Are You in God's Wrench Set?

Take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment (click here) and share with us by replay email your top five spiritual gifts. Thank you to all who have already done so! 

Explore Spiritual Gifts Further

Join us in a Zoom Bible study on Thursday at 7 pm using the attached GroupWork. We will be studying 1 Corinthians 12-14, digging deeper into the topic of spiritual gifts. I will send out a link just before the 7 pm study. You don't need to download Zoom. All you need is a phone, tablet or laptop that has a camera and microphone. 

"You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light" (2 Samuel 22:29). 

Pastor Pete

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