|When Jesus saw the crowds, his heart broke. He saw people who were troubled and downcast. He saw people who were looking for help, but didn’t know where to turn.
So, he did something about it. He told us to do something about it, too.
First, he provided a solution to the problem. It was expensive; it cost him everything. It wasn’t easy to get; he literally had to go to hell and back. But it worked. Jesus sacrifice on the cross paid the penalty of sin, conquered death, and condemned Satan eternally.
Then, he told his disciples (and us) to do two things.
Now he is sending us. We all know people who are hurting, people who are lost, people who need the love of God. We can help. God loves everybody. Sometimes people just need to hear it.
Think about how freely God has forgiven you. How freely he gave you faith. How lovingly he adopted you into his family. People need that. We have it. Let’s share.
We read from the apostle Matthew’s eye-witness account of Jesus’ life, dictated word-for-word by the Holy Spirit, starting in chapter 9.
Matthew 9:35–10:8 (EHV)
35Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.
36When he saw the crowds, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were troubled and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38Therefore pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers into his harvest.”
10:1Jesus called his twelve disciples to himself and gave them authority to drive out unclean spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5Jesus sent these twelve out and commanded them, “Do not go among the Gentiles, and do not enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 8Heal the sick. Raise the dead. Cleanse lepers. Drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
God bless you,
Thank you to the nine people who responded! It’s encouraging to know that God is working through my devotions. Thank you for the words of encouragement.
Worship at Trinity
Come and worship with us! You can sign up here: https://trinitymarinette.com/events/june-28-29-worship/ or call Pastor or call the church office to let us know which service you prefer. It is wise to wait a bit if you are at risk or would just like to wait for the pandemic to fade. God willing, we will worship together when he ends this plague.
Here is this week’s bulletin: https://trinitymarinette.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-06-21-Announcements-The-Third-Sunday-after-Pentecost.pdf
Bible Class will start on Wednesday July 1 at 9:00 a.m. in the church basement. Please bring along your harmonies of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles. If you don’t have one, there will be copies available. Everyone is welcome! As with worship, masks are welcome, but not required. I will have some with me, tho, if someone wants one.
Church Softball: All are invited – men and women – catechism age and up! You don’t have to be good, it is just for fun! It is a chance to get together, have some friendly competition and be outside. We will play with whoever is there, and will split up into two teams. (There are two fields if we have enough players for 4 teams we can do so.) We will be playing Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grover/Peshtigo.
If you would like to support the Lord’s work at Trinity, you may contribute at trinitymarinette.com/giving/ or you can mail it to
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
1501 Thomas St.
Marinette, WI 54143