May 8, 2020 The church is moving.
That may come as a surprise, but the church is moving. It has been for a long time.
First, it’s moving to heaven, a little bit at a time. There will come a day when Jesus comes to bring everybody at once, but, for now, individuals move to heaven when God calls them Home.
There’s a lot of comfort in knowing that we have a home in heaven. It’s good to know that there’s more than this sin filled world. There are some things I won’t mind leaving behind. I won’t miss Covid-19. I won’t miss depression or sin or frustration or guilt. I won’t miss exhaustion or pain. I won’t miss tension or anxiety or disappointment. In fact, when it comes down to it, I won’t miss most of it. The only things I would really miss are people—and they’re coming to Heaven with me.
They’re coming with me because of the second way the church is moving.
The church (that’s us) is moving throughout the world, doing the works of God. We’re filled with the power of the Spirit and every one of us is bringing light into this sin-darkened world.
That’s exciting! God is moving in us—changing us. He fills our dead and selfish hearts with his power and love. And, he is moving through us. God changes lives through the work we do. He brings hope to the despairing and healing to the broken. He brings forgiveness to the guilty and fills empty lives with his love. He brings redemption to people condemned by their own sin.
God saves people. And he moves through us to do it.
The church is moving.
Wherever we move, we bring life and light and peace to people who desperately need it. There are so many people who haven’t heard—so many people who don’t know. The need has never been greater.
We need to move.
John 14:1–12 (EHV)
1“Do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that you may also be where I am. 4You know where I am going, and you know the way.”
5“Lord, we don’t know where you are going,” Thomas replied, “so how can we know the way?”
6Jesus said to him, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. 7If you know me, you would also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8“Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that is enough for us.”
9“Have I been with you so long,” Jesus answered, “and you still do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I am telling you I am not speaking on my own, but the Father who remains in me is doing his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me. Or else believe because of the works themselves.
12“Amen, Amen, I tell you: The one who believes in me will do the works that I am doing. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
God bless you,
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Here’s a link to Sunday’s bulletin: 2020-05-10 The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Here’s this week’s bulletin announcements: 2020-05-10-Announcements Easter 5.pdf
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1501 Thomas St.
Marinette, WI 54143