Pastor's Corner

December 2019

“Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest . . .” so begins the common table prayer. In the spirit of Revelation 22:20, during Advent services we will apply this petition to Advent devotions. Through short and simple daily practices, we will learn to pray, “Come Lord Jesus” in a way that gives daily strength and hope.

“Daily devotions.” That sounds like a huge challenge to many of us. Whether you are a household of one, two, three, or more, having daily devotions can be a struggle. Our Advent series will use God’s word to equip disciples for this struggle and provide simple and effective ways to help meet this challenge. With God’s help we can learn to daily pray, “Come, Lord Jesus,” not only to daily bless our food but our very lives, finding strength and hope in Jesus.

The hope and strength that Jesus gives comes in his victory over the “unholy trinity”: the devil, our sinful nature, and the sinful world. This includes the promise of fully flourishing in the life to come. In this series we will explore how God’s word teaches and guides us in following our victorious Lord as we look to him in daily devotion to his word.

“Advent” means “coming.” During this season of Advent our focus will be on Jesus’s “three comings” to save us—past, present, and future. Jesus has come and accomplished his saving work. He continues to come by the power of the Holy Spirit through the word and sacraments. He will come again on the last day for our final deliverance. This series will match Christ’s three “comings” with his “overcoming” of the “unholy trinity,” the enemies of his saving word.

Join us each Wednesday in Advent, Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 12:15 or 7:00 pm.; and Christmas Eve at 5:00 or 7:00 pm.

Blessings in the One who comes in grace and truth, +Pastor Charlie Adams

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Of course, when is life not full? Well, an empty schedule can come with age and the things that go with it, like arthritis and other chronic conditions slowing us down, but even then trips to the doctor seem to keep a schedule full. But life at any age or stage can also be empty if all of our activity is done apart from God. At the pinnacle of popularity during His earthly ministry Jesus said to His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).

Is your life full? I sure hope so ... full of God’s grace and peace, that is. Having that, all else fits in its proper place.

Living in His grace, +Pastor Charlie Adams

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Following Jesus is always an adventure in faith. He leads us to the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are blessed with forgiveness, peace, and new life. Celebrate those blessings in weekly worship, and help us sing His praise, thanking Him for His many gifts.

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)

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Do you know someone who would like to know more about Jesus? ... the church? ...

What are Lutherans all about? How does Jesus influences our lives today? Invite them to join you in worship, and let them know I would be glad to talk with them, and if desired teach them the basics of the faith at a time convenient to them. Just give me call at 785-893-4387 any time.

Blessings to all!   +Pastor Charlie Adams

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