My fourth grade teacher teacher would read to us over lunch time. One of the stories she read was Old Yeller. I don’t know if you have ever even heard of Old Yeller but it is a story of love and loss. In the story, a yellow rugged looking dog comes for an uninvited stay with a young boy named Travis and his family. Travis reluctantly adopts the dog. Though Travis initially loathes the “rascal” and at first tries to get rid of it, the dog eventually proves his worth, saving the family on several occasions. Travis grows to love this dog named Old Yeller. And they become great friends. He gets very attached to the dog. But then the rightful owner of Yeller shows up looking for his dog. The owner recognizes that the family has become attached to Yeller, and trades the dog for a home-cooked meal prepared by Travis’s mother, who is an exceptional cook. Old Yeller becomes exposed to rabies while defending the family from an infected wolf. Travis is forced to shoot Yeller after the fight with the wolf because he cannot risk Yeller becoming sick and turning on the family. Well my teacher was bawling her eyes out when Old Yeller was put down. I would have cried too but I was 9 year-old boy, and 9 year-old boys didn’t cry. It is a story of the innocent dying for someone else.
The greatest story ever played out in history is about God who became man to provide for the poor in spirit and rescue from spiritual slavery. It is a true story. It is the story of Jesus Christ, a heart racing story born in a manger, grew up in stature and knowledge, taught with authority, led by example, healed the hurting, forgave the unforgiveable, gave to grace to the ungracious, King of Glory, loved the unlovable, merciful to the merciless, offered hope to the hopeless, prayed for populations not yet born, Prince of Peace, saved the sinners, storm stiller, taught earthly stories with heavenly meanings, like the prodigal son, the rich man and Lazarus. He was crucified with criminals, defeated death, lives so we might have life and live forever. Jesus is more than a hero, he is our Savior and the Savior of the world. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. His story is so great that it permeates in peoples’ lives. Today we might call the story Christ Strong.
This past Sunday, I continued our “Prayer is Powerful” series with a message called Strength Finder 3.0. You can watch it here and see that God is far greater than our biggest burdens!
I want to invite you and your family and friends to this Sunday’s worship at 8:30 or 10:15 as Pastor Ben continues the series with a prayer message from Jonah entitled, “There’s a Monster at the End of this Sermon!”
Host Team – If you would like to be a member of our phenomenal Host Team or would just like more information about the Host Team contact Christie. There will be an informational/training meeting on August 13, after the 10:15 service.
Evening Concert – Friday evening August 11th at 7pm at our ministry center, Chris Driesbach will be sharing his faith through song by putting on a concert and sharing his story of his journey from atheism to Christianity. At 6 pm before the concert, Pastor Ben will have brats and hot dogs on the grill for anyone who wants to come early and enjoy some yummy food out in the parking lot. Read more about Chris Driesbach’s story here on the event page.
Praise and Proclaim – helps Christians and congregations by training them on how to confidently and joyfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with their community. Praise and Proclaim will be at VotL in October! You will all be invited to a training event on Friday evening, October 13th followed by a day of putting your training into practice on Saturday, October 14th. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info over the next couple months.
Seeking Ultrasound Models – Our local pregnancy counseling center located in West Allis is looking for pregnant women 6-34 weeks along to get a free ultrasound as our staff trains on the brand new ultrasound machine! Contact Rachel@pregnancy-counseling.com to reserve a spot:) #welovebabypics #worthathousandwords
Get Some Exercise, Love Our Neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.
From Another Mother Sale – St. Marcus is having a Baby Rummage Sale August 4 -from 12:00 pm to 6 pm and August 5 from 9 am. to 2 pm. We are seeking donations of clean and gently used Baby, Kid, and Maternity, Clothes & Shoes, Toys, Books, and Baby Accessories (no mattresses or car seats please.) 100% of proceeds are benefiting Lutherans for Life. We are collecting donations at St. Marcus on July 29 and 30 from 9 am to 2 pm. Have questions or need help donating? Contact Meta at 920 284-0658 or email Lutherans4LifeRummage@gmail.com.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,