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by Pastor Pete Panitzke on August 01, 2020

This weekend we begin a new message series based on Romans 12-16 entitled "In View of God's Mercy." Watch the one minute trailer here. 

Join us for worship this weekend!

Because of the state-wide mask order, we ask that in Christian love you wear a mask as you join us for indoor worship unless there are medical reasons that make it impossible for you. Thank you for your voluntary compliance. 

Kids Club

Attached is this week's Kids Club Family Lesson. May we continue to help our children respond with Samuel: "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening."

Today's Scripture Readings

"Everything is meaningless." That discouraging refrain is at the heart of the Teacher's message in Ecclesiastes 1-3 (read it here).  Solomon looks at life "under the sun," apart from a knowledge of God, and concludes that life has no meaning. It is only when we recognize that there is a life above the sun, an eternal life in Christ, that we see meaning for this life. May this sobering reflection on life challenge us to keep our focus on that longing for eternity that he has placed into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). 

The meaningless of life is also illustrated in 2 Corinthians 10 (read it here)  as Paul must defend his apostolic ministry among the very people who came to faith through his ministry. How discouraging that must have been for him!

When discouragement wars against our soul, may we take comfort that we "belong to Christ" (verse 7) and with the Spirit's help "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (verse 5). There is a life beyond the sun where we shall understand our Savior's rule of our lives and of this world. It is that truth that makes all we do infinitely meaningful. 

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Pete


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