Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost—October 14, 2018
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15/ Hebrews 3:12–19/Mark 10:17–22
Christ Jesus Is the One and Only Good by Whom You Inherit Eternal Life
The Lord is the Author and Giver of life, as well as a consuming fire of judgment against all “who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate”(Amos 5:12). “Seek the Lordand live,”therefore, by hating what is evil, loving what is good and doing what is just and right, according to His Word. “And so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you”(Amos 5:6, 14–15). Understand that “no one is good except God alone”(Mark 10:18). The life that you are called to live is found neither in your “great possessions,”nor in your good works, but only in Christ Jesus. Let go of “all that you have”and follow Him, even unto death, and “you will have treasure in heaven”(Mark 10:21–22). Do not harden your heart against His voice, nor turn away from Him, lest you “fall away from the living God.”Rather, hear and heed His call, cling to His Word and “exhort one another every day,”that you may remain steadfast in Christ and “firm to the end”(Heb. 3:12–15).
This We Believe: “You shall have Me alone as your God. What is the meaning of this, and how is it to be understood? What does it mean to have a god? Or, what is God? Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and in which we are to take refuge in all distress. So, to have a God is nothing other than trusting and believing Him with the heart. I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol. If your faith and trust is right, then your god is also true. On the other hand, if your trust is false and wrong, then you do not have the true God. For these two belong together, faith and God [Hebrews 11:6]. Now, I say that whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god. The purpose of this commandment is to require true faith and trust of the heart, which settles upon the only true God and clings to Him alone. It is like saying, “See to it that you let Me alone be your God, and never seek another.” (Large Catechism, First Commandment. Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, pg. 571, par. 54.)
Sanctity of Human Life:God’s favor teaches us to number our days as gifts from Him (Psalm 90:12). He lovingly fixes the times and manners of our living and dying. This wisdom relieves us of worry about “quality of life” or “death with dignity.” Jesus Christ’s resurrection means we need neither cut deals with death nor run in fear from it. When afflictions and evils befall our bodies, we may still rest and rejoice in His glorious power. Lord God, let anxious hearts dwell secure in You throughout all generations. Amen.
Elders Meeting: The location for Tuesday’s Elders Meeting (7 a.m.) has been changed from Skip’s house to the church.
Equipping the Priesthood of All Believers:Issues, Etc.is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. This week’s topics include: Christians & Public Schools, The Separation of Powers in the US Constitution, God the Father, The Book of Daniel, The Three Men in the Fiery Furnace and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
HLHS News & Notes:.
- Special Meeting: To introduce a Capital Campaign to association congregations, an important meeting will be held at Heartland Lutheran High School on Mondayevening, October 15that 7 p.m.Allsupporters of the high school are encouraged to attend—not just delegates.
- Junior Red Hornet Night: You are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 16at Heartland LutheranHigh School for Senior Night. Come join the volleyball team for devotions at 5:10 p.m., sit behind the team during the games, and you get in free to watch HLHS play Fullerton for JV (6:00 p.m.) and Varsity. See what HLHS volleyball is all about, be a part of the experience, and cheer on the Lady Red Hornets! (Don’t forget your parents, so they can cheer, too.) In order to plan for this event and ha-ve enough seating behind the bench, please RSVP to Coach Hiegel at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 12th. Otherwise, just show up and we’ll make room.
- Grandparents Day: Grandparents Day has been rescheduledfor Wednesday, November 7. All grandparents are invited to attend. Please email or call the school office with grandparent information: Name(s), Address, Phone Number, Email Address and the name of the attending HLHS student. If a grandparent would like to attend, but does not have a student at HLHS, we will happily pair you with an “adopoted grandchild”.
Poinsettia Sales: The HLHS Class of 2019 will be selling poinsettias in 6.5 inch pots at $15 each as a fundraiser for their class gift. Please consider helping them reach their goal of $900 buy purchasing your poinsettias through them this Christmas. They will be taking orders through November 1st to ensure we have them by December 5th. You can order your poinsettias through the school office 308-385-3900, by completing the order form from the HLHS website heartlandlutheran.org, or enclosed in the bulletin and mailing it to the school. Thank you for your support.