There’s one part of getting unstuck – spiritually speaking – that’s as important as any.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13b).
Here’s the irony: you actually move forward in faith when you stop striving to win God’s approval or work your way into heaven by your own effort. In fact you can only press on and go forward when you realize the pressure’s off!
So be sure and catch my message this Sunday. We’re getting at the very heart of how God wants to get us unstuck through knowing Jesus.
If you know anyone who’s ever felt any pressure to perform, or anyone who’s struggling with how to deal with lots of heavy stress in life right now, invite them to join you this Sunday!
Groups are in full swing this Fall. Still time to jump in! Just check out the menu of opportunities on our website to get connected. About 75 different people have participated in groups so far this Fall. That’s awesome!
Bible Study takes place every Sunday in theater #6 starting at 8:09 am. This would be a great time to join us. We’re just starting a new study on the book of Acts. Simply bring a Bible or just stop in. We’ll have a Bible for you. And don’t worry, you won’t ever be put on the spot or be asked to share anything awkward. Just think of it as an opportunity to let God’s Spirit work in your heart and life to deepen your faith.
Pastors’ Conference – This week Tuesday and Wednesday I was up in Mishicot, WI at a WELS pastors’ conference that included about 100 pastors. It was pure delight to study the Bible with one of my favorite former professors, Prof. Daniel Deutschlander, who led us in a study of Genesis 1-3. As an aside… if you’re looking for some insightful theological reading, I’d highly recommend a couple books written by Professor Deutschlander. One’s called The Theology of the Cross. The other is called The Narrow Lutheran Middle. He also has what I think is the best book on helping people understand what the Bible says about the relationship between Church and State—which is always a timely topic around election time. It’s called Civil Government: God’s Other Kingdom. All three of these books are also available as e-books via Northwestern Publishing House.
WFX Conference – Last week, me and a couple others from our church spent a few days in Dallas at an awesome conference that provides both theoretical and practical hands-on training for all kinds of things related to churches such as audio-visual technology, LED lighting, cameras, live streaming platforms, broadcasting, creative building design, maintenance, volunteer recruitment and management, building music teams, social media strategy, communication teams, and more! Thanks for your prayers on our trip as well for God’s wisdom as to how we can best implement things here in our context in Franklin as we move forward with our building plans to reach more people with the Gospel of Jesus.
|Incredible expo room full of tech and gear for sharing the gospel|
Invite Cards – are available from now on at the usher’s table outside theater #1 for you to grab a couple to keep in your wallet. They’re just little business sized cards with our church info on it and an invitation. Use them to invite people you meet during the week to join us on Sundays at VotL.
Junior High Confirmation Class –Meets next on Sunday, October 19th in the birthday party room just beyond the Victory café area in the lobby. Please contact Nathan Loersch or Jon Brown-Schmidt if you need more info.
Bible 101-301 – Thursday I finished up another Bible 301 class, a group that spent 18 weeks with me (4 lessons of Bible 101, 6 lessons of Bible 201, and 8 lessons of Bible 301) digging into the Bible and learning about how much our gracious God loves us. That means I’m looking to gather together another Bible 101 group as soon as I have people interested. So let me know. Bible 101 is the first step in a journey of learning about the Bible, asking whatever questions you have, and finding answers to the biggest questions of life.
Save the Date – Tuesday, December 16th will be our annual Christmas project with Christ-St Peter’s. We are looking at making it a morning project, and plan on being done by lunch time this year. So please mark the date on your calendar, and consider volunteering for this event! If you have young kids, they are welcome to come as well.
What’s this event all about? Basically we have the opportunity to raise funds for putting together Christmas care packages for one of the lowest income neighborhoods on the Southside of Milwaukee. We work with the elementary school kids from Christ-St Peter’s school to put these packages together and then deliver them door to door in their neighborhood. So we get to show people that we care about them, and more importantly, that Jesus cares about them, as many of them struggle through another holiday season.
Evening For Life – I’m looking forward to the yearly banquet this evening that helps support the ministry of WELS Lutherans For Life. In case I don’t see you there, I’d invite you to learn more about our ministry and you help have the opportunity to give online. Check out the website.
My sermon from our Stuck? series last Sunday can be found here on our website. Enjoy and share!
Facebook – If you’re on Facebook, be sure and like our church Facebook page for pictures, updates, and daily prayers based on the sermon series.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,