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The Intentional Life

Join us, beginning January 10, for a new message series The Intentional Life.

In the days of the old sailing ships, the greatest danger sailors faced was not piracy or storms at sea, but simply being “becalmed” hundreds of miles from land.

The word “becalmed” sounds peaceful, but with no wind, a sailing ship could drift aimlessly for days or weeks until the sailors perished from lack of food and water.

In our lives, our most dangerous enemy may be not some sudden temptation, demonic assault, or even the personal “storms” of life, but the danger of simply drifting. The author of the Book of Hebrews warned, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).

Are you drifting?
As we begin the new year, we pray that the Holy Spirit (in both Hebrew and Greek the word for “spirit” and “wind” is the same) fill the sails of our lives so that we live with purpose and intention.


The season of Lent is a time to admit our defeat over sin in our lives. However, it is also a time to claim that we are truly undefeated forever through Jesus’ blood shed for us on the cross. His defeat over death, his resurrection three days later on Easter morning, is the assurance for all people that Jesus’ “undefeated” status is ours to claim as our own.

Join us during these 40 days of spiritual preparation.

Walk with Jesus through his final hours at our Wednesday services, 3:30 and 7:00 pm. Hear the “Passion History” - compilations of the four Gospels on the sufferings of Christ - between the night of the Last Supper and his death.

Come, remind yourself of all that our Savior suffered so that we might declare “undefeated.”

Culture Shift

This weekend we begin an “Historical Apologetics” message series. “Apologetics” refers to a defense of the faith. The goal of apologetics isn’t to reason someone into faith in Jesus, but rather to deal with some of the issues that might keep a person from even listening to the Christian message.
Today the Christian faith is often viewed negatively. But a study of history reveals that when Christianity becomes the dominate faith in a culture, you see positive cultural shifts.

Joining Jesus On His Mission

What does it mean to be an “everyday missionary” in the places you frequent or with the people God has placed in your path? Come along as we join Jesus on his mission to reach the lost. This message series is based on the book Joining Jesus on His Mission – How to Be an Every Day Missionary by Greg Fink.

The Christ Child Silences The Ghosts of Christmas Past

For many, “the most wonderful time of the year” isn’t so wonderful. A painful past, personal failings, and unfulfilled expectations can overshadow the joy of the Christmas season. What if this year could be different? Let’s see how Jesus can exorcize the “Ghosts of Christmas Past” so that we can truly have a merry Christmas.

Welcome Home


Dorothy repeated this phrase over and over 80 years ago when the Wizard of Oz debuted in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

“There’s no place like home!” Have you ever wished you could click your own ruby red slippers and go back to that place?

  • Where you are loved just as you are.
  • Where you are always safe.

That’s the church home that, with God’s help, we are striving to create at St. Paul’s


10 For 10

Our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod produced our message series “10 for 10.” The goal of the series is to help us think about giving with three words in mind: first-fruits, proportionate, sacrificial.

Plan for Giving
The program encourages us to consider tithing (giving 10% of income) for 10 weeks, beginning October 27. Next weekend you will receive an information packet and a Plan-for-Giving card. You are asked to return the card by October 27 and place it into the offering. These plans will be placed on the altar unopened as a covenant between you and God. At the beginning of 2020, they will be mailed to you so that you can evaluate your own progress in giving.

Why a Tithe (10%)?
Old Testament believers were required to tithe as a matter of law. New Testament believers may practice tithing as an expression of their Christian freedom. Here are a few thoughts about giving in general and tithing in particular.

  1. Believers practiced tithing long before God commanded tithing. God’s promises worked powerfully in the lives of Abraham and Jacob. In thanks, they offered God a tithe of their possessions: “Then Abram gave him (Melchizedek the Priest) a tenth of everything” (Genesis 14:20). Jacob vowed, “of all that you give me I will give you a tenth” (Genesis 28:22).
  2. God commanded Old Testament believers to tithe. In an age when most people lived a hand-to-mouth existence, God commanded his Old Testament believers to offer the tithe as an exercise of faith (Leviticus 27:30). In our age of relative affluence, could we be in a prime position to give more than a tithe?
  3. Tithing helps us revere God. Moses told the people of Israel that through tithing they would learn to revere God (Deuteronomy 14:22-23). It helps us to revere him as our gracious Father in heaven - not just with words, but in actions.
  4. Tithing helps show gratitude to God. “What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me” (Psalm 116:12)? Generous gifts are a Spirit-inspired response to the treasure we have in Christ.
  5. 5. Tithing helps establish a habit of giving. Regular tithing prevents giving from becoming something that is “hit or miss.”
  6. God promises to bless those who give faithfully. God promised his Old Testament believers that he would pour out so much blessing that there would not be room enough to store it (Malachi 3:10). Ours is a God who knows how to give good gifts to his children (Matthew 7:11)!
  7. Tithing gives glory to God and shows love to our neighbor. Tithing has been freely used by God’s people for over 4,000 years. In so doing, God has been praised, the gospel has been furthered, the Church has prospered, the needy have been helped, and greed has given way to generosity!
Grace Wins

Beginning this week, we will race through the first half of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Prepare for an uncomfortable ride. We will experience some “g’s” as Paul allows us to feel the weight of our guilt. We will understand Matthew West’s comment about “the worst part of you and me.”Beginning this week, we will race through the first half of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Prepare for an uncomfortable ride. We will experience some “g’s” as Paul allows us to feel the weight of our guilt. We will understand Matthew West’s comment about “the worst part of you and me.”

But Paul’s purpose is to prepare us to experience the exhilaration that only the “g’s” of God’s grace can give. God’s grace wins over the guilt of every failure and every act of rebellion. Grace wins over the power of sin so that God can work amazing changes in us.