Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost—September 16, 2018
Isaiah 50:4–10 / James 3:1–12 / Mark 9:14–29
Christ Jesus Delivers Us from Sin, Death and the Devil
Those who teach the Word of God “will be judged with greater strictness”(James 3:1) because it is by the Word that saving faith is obtained, whereas false doctrine always threatens to destroy Christian faith and life. The tongue “boasts of great things,”whether for good or evil (James 3:5). In fallen man, “it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison”(James 3:8). But anyone who bridles his tongue with the Word of God, who “does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man”(James 3:2). It is Christ who opens His ear to the voice of His Father, so that, with “the tongue of those who are taught,”He is able to sustain the weary “with a word”(Is. 50:4–5). Entrusting Himself to His Father, even to death, He is not put to shame but is vindicated in His resurrection (Is. 50:6–9). By His faith and faithfulness, He casts out the “mute and deaf spirit”from us (Mark 9:25). He has compassion on us and helps us, so that we are not destroyed but cleansed from every evil and raised up from death to life (Mark 9:22–27).
Sunday Morning Bible Study: Our “Order of Creation” Bible study resumes TODAY following Divine Service in the church basement.
Office Hours in Loup City: Pastor Niemeier will be in Loup City on Mondays during the vacancy. He may be reached by phone if pastoral care is desired.
Sanctity of Human Life:Ancient societies often avoided demon-possessed persons (Mark 9:17-18, 22). “It’s your problem, not my business. Don’t bother me, deal with it yourself.” The modern mantra, “Your body, your choice,” tells the same lie. When we keep silent and still on life issues, we only confirm this devilish deception. Christians get to speak with Christ’s courage and reach out in God’s compassion: “You matter. We’ll help” (Isaiah 50:4). O Lord, loose our tongues to declare Your mighty deeds. Amen.
Stewardship Sentences: “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”(Mark 9:24) Haven’t we often felt like this! And notice that Jesus does not throw the man out because of his weakness of faith: He still has pity, He still blesses the man as His Lord. But neither does Jesus leave people in weakness of faith. He blesses us and calls us to a deeper faith – as He did to the disciples in the boat on the storm tossed sea. How does our faith grow? By hearing the Word of God. What does our faith lead to as it grows? A godly life lived in thanksgiving to our Lord.
Grace, Faith, Scripture, and Christ Alone: 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 teachings include: The History of Celibacy & the Priesthood, Marriage Vows, Jesus the Catechist, The Book of Lamentations and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Victor Bader & Family Update: A letter from Victor Bader and his family can be viewed in the narthex.
HLHS News & Notes:
- Red Cross Blood Drive: On Wednesday, September 19th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm the Heartland Lutheran *National Honor Society Students will be hosting a blood drive for the Red Cross. Please consider coming in to make a donation and helping them reach their goal of over 30 usable units. Reaching 30 usable units will make HLHS students eligible for a scholarship through the Red Cross. In this way your donation helps both the Heartland community and HLHS students. Please contact the HLHS office at 308-385-3900 for a donation time.
- Golf Scramble: Heartland Lutheran’s Golf Scramble will be Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM at Indianhead Golf Course. Registration sheets are available on the table in the narthex.
Heartland Lutheran High School Craft Fair: HLHS will host a Craft Fair on October 7, 2018 from 11:00a-3:00p. We are in need of crafts, quilts, and other homemade items including cookies/goodies. All proceeds go toward tuition assistance. If you have things to donate, please contact the school office. 308-385-3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org