WELS
Search   for     


St John's Ev. Lutheran Church
1108 E Lafayette St
Sturgis, MI  49091
Phone: 269-651-5308
Contact Via Email


Home
Welcome to St. John's
Pastor's Message
News & Notes
Our Worship at St. John's
Adult Ministries
Children Ministry
What We Believe
Map to Church
Our Choirs
St. John's Lutheran School
Calendar
Resources
Lutheran Boy Pioneers
SYMBOLS . . . And Meaning in Stained Glass





To apply for an
account, click here

Forgot username or password?

&nbsp
Pastor's Message
The best online casino paypal 1 euro einzahlen, it could be said, is about a lot of different things.  To name a few...
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Fellowship
  • Learning
  • Growing
  • Worshiping

All these things and much more are at St. John's, but they are not the things that St. John's is all about.  They are, instead, a fruit of what our congregation is all about.  That happens to be Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  He is the very foundation and cornerstone of our congregation.  He is our greatest Treasure since He is our Hope, Joy, Peace, Comfort, and Salvation. 

What we have at St. John's is such a tremendous blessing, and it is something we want to share with you!  It would be our joy to tell you more about the love that Jesus has for you; love which caused Him to give His life for you so that you might have life with Him.  

Please join us for worship or don't hesitate to contact us for more information about what we preach and teach. 

Pastor Stern
 

Today's Devotion
»  Devotion - January 14, 2013

Dear woman, why do you involve me? Jesus replied, My time has not yet come.

John 2:4

Perfect Timing

Not yet!  Even though Johns crew was in a hurry to finish the concrete work, this is all he would say.  As the foreman, John understood timing was everything.  Start working the concrete mix too soon and it would be too soft.  Starting the work too late and it would be too firm.  Perfect timing would ultimately make the job easier, faster, and better.

Waiting for the perfect time is what Jesus did throughout his ministry.  It didnt make any difference what the situation was, he waited for exactly the right moment so that everything was done right and exactly according to Gods saving plan. 

Jesus said as much when he responded to his mothers request for more wine at the wedding in Cana.  The same concern for timing can also be seen when he taught, when he performed miracles, or even when he raised Lazarus from the dead.  Everything was done at exactly the right time.

The same concern for the perfect timing can be seen in his decision to go to Jerusalem.  When the time was right, Jesus went into the city.   The timing had to be perfect in order to fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies, and to rescue all people from the curse of sin.

It is Jesus perfect timing which provides me a double comfort.  The first assures me I have been rescued from the punishment I deserved because of my sin.  Because Jesus went to the cross and offered his body and blood as the sacrifice God required, I am cleansed of my guilt and set free from punishment.  The second comforts me every day of my life as I make my way to heaven.  Every need, every prayer, and every detail of my life is under Jesus loving care, his watchful eye, and his perfect timing.  This assures me everything will always happen for my good, and at the best possible time.

There is a proverb which states that timing is everything.  With many situations this is true, but with my Savior and Lord it is especially true.  I can live in peace knowing everything will work out in exactly the right way and at exactly the right time.

Prayer: 

O gracious Savior, Jesus Christ, my times are in your hands.  Teach me to not only turn my heart to the promises you give me in your Word, but teach me also to trust that you will do everything for my good according to your perfect timing.  Amen.
 
Today's Devotion is brought to you by WELS and www.WhatAboutJesus.com


Creative Commons License 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

--Daily Devotion

»  Devotion - January 11, 2013

He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. The desert tribes will bow before him and his enemies will lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.

Psalm 72:8-11

His Kingdom Will Extend without Limit

Who are the greatest kings or rulers of all time?  Depending on your perspective and your definition of great, the list may include names like Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon.  By the age of thirty, Alexander had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world.  Augustus founded and dramatically enlarged the Roman Empire, initiating a time of relative peace known as the Pax Romana.  Charlemagne united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire and became known as "Father of Europe."  Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.  Napoleon was one of the greatest military commanders of all time and his legal reforms have influenced legal systems worldwide.  None of these rulers, however, is your universal King.

Again we are reminded that Psalm 72 is Messianic.  It speaks of the Messiah.  It speaks of your Savior King.  It speaks of Jesus.  And it says he will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.  In other words, his kingdom will reach from one corner of the earth to the other; it will extend from the middle of the earth to its farthest extremities.  Unlike the empires of the earthly rulers mentioned above, Jesus kingdom will extend without limit.

That is why the psalmist proclaims that desert tribes will bow before him, that kings will bring tribute to him and present him gifts, that all kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.  Together with the visit of the Magi to worship the Christ-child, Psalm 72 reminds us that Jesus is King of allall people, all places, all cultures, all kinds.  There is no territory or tribe beyond his reach and rule.  Jesus is your Savior King!  Bow down before him, bring him your gifts, serve him, worship him!

One of the ways you and I can do this is by joining Psalm 72 in proclaiming to the world the good news of a Savior King in Jesus.  As God gives you opportunity and ability, let your friends know, let your relatives know, let your neighbors know, proclaim it to people near and far: Jesus is your Savior King!  His work includes you!  His love embraces you!

Every earthly king has his flaws and every earthly kingdom has its limits.  Not so with Jesus.  What a privilege to be a part of his kingdom!  Now and forever!

Prayer: 

Jesus, by your work of salvation you have established your glorious and eternal kingdom.  Help us share this good news so that people everywhere will come to know and trust you as their King and Savior.  Amen.
 
Today's Devotion is brought to you by WELS and www.WhatAboutJesus.com


Creative Commons License 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

--Daily Devotion

»  Devotion - January 10, 2013

He [the king] will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.

Psalm 72:5-7

Your King Will Endure

If you do a search for the greatest kings or rulers of all time, you will come upon names like Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon.  Each of these rulers was great in his own time and in his own way.  Maybe you agree with this list; maybe you dont.  Maybe you think these individuals are deserving of top ten status; maybe not.  Maybe you have other names you would list among the greatest rulers of all time.  The point, however, is the same; none of these rulers is your eternal King.

Psalm 72 speaks of the Messiah.  It speaks of your Savior King.  It speaks of Jesus.  And it says he will reign as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.  In other words, his rule will never end.  Your King will endure.

As Jesus your Savior King reigns, he also rains.  He rains on you like rain on a mown field.  He rains on you like showers watering the earth.  He rains blessing after blessing upon you: the righteous life he lived in your place, the forgiveness he won with his innocent suffering and death, the glory he has prepared for you in heaven.  All these blessings and more are yours because Jesus reigns.  And because Jesus reigns as your Savior King, you flourish.  You flourish with confidence in his righteousness.  You flourish with peace in his forgiveness.  You flourish with hope and joy because of the glory that awaits you!

Alexander the Great ruled from 336-323 BC and died at the age of 32.  Caesar Augustus ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD and died at the age of 75.  Charlemagne ruled from 768-814 AD and died at the age of 71.  Genghis Khan ruled from 1206-1227 AD and died at the age of 65.  Napoleon ruled from 1804-1815 AD and died at the age of 51.  Jesus, your Savior King, reigns today.  Jesus, your Savior King, will reign tomorrow.  Jesus, your Savior King, will reign to the very end of the age.  Jesus, your Savior King, lives and reigns forever.

How wonderful to know!  Today.  Tomorrow.  Every day.  Until the end of time and beyond: Your King Will Endure!

Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, through your gracious rule in my heart you shower me with many blessings. Praise and glory to you, my eternal King!  Preserve me by the power of your Word.  Amen.
 
Today's Devotion is brought to you by WELS and www.WhatAboutJesus.com


Creative Commons License 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

--Daily Devotion

You are visitor number:

Copyright ©  2013 St John's Ev. Lutheran Church. All Rights Reserved. Powered by Finalweb.