Luke 12:1-12 
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July 14, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Indeed, not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Jesus said that in his day you could buy five sparrows for two cents. I wonder what they cost today. I do not get into the grocery store very often. What are sparrows selling for at Mariano’s today?

When we read this passage, we need to be reminded that yes, in Jesus’ day, poor people did eat sparrows, because it was an affordable way to get a little meat into the diet. If you were invited to someone’s house for wings back then, you had to keep that in mind. This illustration that Jesus uses to speak of the care of God presumes an audience of the poor, people who were easily overlooked or forgotten. Jesus says to them that God even knows about the little sparrows they eat. So he must also know about them, he must watch them and value them. The humble are not forgotten by God. Jesus is teaching his disciples about the goodness of God. Read more

choices

We will be having a congregational meeting on July 28th shortly after the service. Our primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss the council’s recommendation to move to one service in the fall during this transition period.  The main goal is preservation of resources and the advantage of worshiping together as a unified body.

 

 

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survey

The Search Committee appreciates your responses to the survey recently sent to members and friends electronically. Hard copies are available at the Information Center. Please complete the survey by July 21st as this is a key piece in determining potential pastoral candidates. If you have questions, contact any member of the search committee.

  • Pastoral Search Committee
  • Fritz Lansky
  • Brent Keller
  • Lisa Kindstrom
  • Bill Purtzer
  • The 29 Senior High Youth, Counselors and the group from Mexico as they travel to South Dakota
  • Landon Johnson, Griffin Johnson, Noah James, Owen Aaberg and Peyton Gomez at Covenant Point this week

Bob_&_Judy pngOn behalf of the Council and the Transition committee we are pleased to announce that Rev. Robert K. Tenglin will begin service as our new Interim Pastor on September 3, 2013. Bob stated:

“I am honored and humbled to be called, and pray that I will, by and with the grace of God, serve the congregation by faithfully fulfilling my responsibilities during this transition period in the church.”

 

We will be in contact with Bob throughout the summer for planning purposes and look forward to him starting with us officially in the fall. Please add Bob and his wife Judy to your prayers as we start this transition period with him in September.

  • Pastoral Search Committee
  • Fritz Lansky
  • Brent Keller
  • Lisa Kindstrom
  • Bill Purtzer
  • Our Senior High Youth and the group from Mexico as they make final preparations for the “Going Deep” trip to South Dakota leaving on Saturday
  • Gavin Johnson who is on a Covenant Point Backpacking Trip this wee


Luke 11:29-36 
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July 7, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.”

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

We have seen in Luke that Jesus proclaimed the goodness of God, and encouraged people to ask, seek and knock, for God is able to give good gifts. Life is very different when we open our lives to the goodness of God. In our text for today, Jesus speaks to the attitudes and behaviors that characterized people in his generation: a lack of repentance for sin, an inability to see what God is doing, a refusal to trust God. The goodness and kindness of God leads people to repentance, but many in the crowds around Jesus were not willing to repent.

Those who did not accept Jesus and his authority accused him of being a magician, of using the power of one spirit or demon to destroy the power of another demon. They tested Jesus by demanding a sign, a great miracle or perhaps something in the heavens. Jesus answered that their sign would be “the sign of Jonah.” What was that? Read more


Luke 11:29-36 
(click to display NIV text)
July 7, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.”

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

We have seen in Luke that Jesus proclaimed the goodness of God, and encouraged people to ask, seek and knock, for God is able to give good gifts. Life is very different when we open our lives to the goodness of God. In our text for today, Jesus speaks to the attitudes and behaviors that characterized people in his generation: a lack of repentance for sin, an inability to see what God is doing, a refusal to trust God. The goodness and kindness of God leads people to repentance, but many in the crowds around Jesus were not willing to repent.

Those who did not accept Jesus and his authority accused him of being a magician, of using the power of one spirit or demon to destroy the power of another demon. They tested Jesus by demanding a sign, a great miracle or perhaps something in the heavens. Jesus answered that their sign would be “the sign of Jonah.” What was that? Read more