Gleanings from Today for Tomorrow: February 21-22, 2018

This is what I gleaned on my journey today. Look at what God calls you to and leave the rest for someone else to enjoy.  Peace be with you.
– Pastor Tim

Stephen Ministry …This is our latest promo video for the program beginning this fall. To learn more about Stephen Ministry contact Kent Kramer or PT or go right the THE SOURCE.

Words Christians use or perhaps misuse…This talk show considers those all too familiar words and phrases Christians use: “Just” –  “Father God”  – “I found Jesus.” How are we to talk and pray?

Apathy…is defined as a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. A sign posted at a bus stop read: “The trouble with this world is apathy.” Someone had scribbled below it: “Who cares.” In C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters,” the Devil says to his nephew, Wormwood, whom he is training for effective service to him in the world, “I, the Devil, will always see to it that there are bad people. Your job, my dear Wormwood, is to provide me with people who do not care.” Check out these verses about apathy in the Bible or listen to this sermon: Apathy and Readiness. Christians have historically viewed apathy as a deficiency of love and devotion to God and his works. This interpretation of apathy is also referred to as Sloth and is listed among the Seven Deadly Sins. How is apathy to be dealt with? Like all sin: “Repent and believe the good news of Jesus Christ!”

Funeral Policy…Council passed an updated funeral policy last night. An information session is being planned to explain the changes.

Council…has certain responsibilities given to it by the congregation through our Constitution and Bylaws. There are five circles of responsibility that Council is accountable to the congregation for. Review them and ask Council members how they are fulfilling these responsibilities. Here are also the Council minutes for February.

I Can Only Imagine (Movie)….This is a new Christian movie coming out this spring. I have special access to a review copy and have seven days to review it. This suggestion came through LCMC Men’s Ministry with the hope that churches might sponsor a showing. Here’s a trailer. If you would like to watch the entire movie with me I could do it either Friday or Sunday evening. Let me know.

Canadian Lutheran CongregationsLCMC in Canada is very small (nine churches). but there are other confessional Lutheran congregations in Canada too. The North American Lutheran Church – Canada District has over thirty congregations. Check out their February newsletter for what some of these congregations have been doing.

Lutheranism and Calvinism…I was asked today about the difference between these two Christian cousins. I would point anyone interested to listen to the following podcasts interviewing Pastor Jordan Cooper. Examples of churches that use the teachings of John Calvin are the Reformed churches, the United Church, the Anglican Church and many of the Evangelical churches.

Prayer Requests…Pray for John, Darlene P.’s brother-in-law, as he deals with a cancer diagnosis. Heavenly Father, may John trust that he is forgiven through Christ and receive that peace that passes all understanding. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Pray also for Margaret E. as she enters into surgery today. Father in heaven, guide the hands of those who will be performing this surgery and may you carry Margaret through this time. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Prayer Group…meets tomorrow at Trinity ELC – 1 pm…all are welcome.

Northcott Worship Service…PT leads worship at 4 pm. If you would like to come help turn pages and sing along it would be a great encouragement to the people.

Discovering God’s Vision for Life…This is a closed course for those registered. Thursday from 7-8:30 pm. Topic: Understanding the relationship between love and spiritual gifts.

The Life of Martin Luther – Session 6 Bible Study on video. Watch, read, reflect and grow. Bible focus: Ephesians 6:10-20