Remember Your Creator

The book of Ecclesiastes talks repeatedly about vanity – meaninglessness. So much that is pursued in this life is empty, meaningless.

It is widely thought that Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon. Solomon had great wealth, but he new that wealth is empty when it comes to finding real meaning. Solomon built great buildings and did great works, but these too were vanity, meaningless. Solomon had great power and authority, but these too were vanity, a chasing after the wind.

There is something else the Bible says about Solomon in 1 Kings 4:29

Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.

Someone with that kind of wisdom, discernment, and breadth of mind is worth listening to. What advice does this man have to offer? In the concluding chapter of Ecclesiastes Solomon speaks the word of wise advice that will lead to meaning in an otherwise meaningless world that is winding down in meaningless entropy.

Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”—
before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
when people are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags itself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.
Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Remember. Remember him.

You were created, and you were created for a purpose. God created you for relationship with him. There is no greater purpose than to know God and live you life connected to him.

Great words of advice. Remember your creator. Remember him.

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Much more to say…

What an amazing thing, that the One whose powerful word brought light out of darkness and substance out of nothing spoke into a broken world. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus walked this soil. He invested his word into fisherman-disciples, entrusting them with the task of carrying that message forward and outward to a world in need of his light.

Listen to the words of Jesus. This is Thursday evening. The next day, Good
Friday, would bring the cross. So little time remained.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

Jesus still speaks. He has much more to say today. “My sheep hear my voice, and they follow me.” He continues to speak by his Spirit.

In their song, “Word Of God Speak”, Christian music artists Mercy Me say well the prayer of God’s people.

I’m finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it’s okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see Your majesty
To be still and know
That You’re in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I’m finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

Bart Millard | Pete Kipley © 2002 Wordspring Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.) Simpleville Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) Songs From The Indigo Room (Admin. by Word Music Group, Inc.) CCLI License # 105784

Yes, Word of God, speak.

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Broken Alabaster

Mark 14:3

While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.

An alabaster vial… a precious treasure… costly.

This woman’s act of worship in breaking the alabaster vial and anointing Jesus was met with indignation.

“Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.”

But in the eyes of Jesus there was no indignation.

“Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”

As you come to him, bring your brokenness. Bring your costly worship. Pour out your love to Him.

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Workshop

Lamb of God friends:

John Stenson has agreed to lead a workshop session with our church Saturday, April 22.  Lamb of God seeks to become more engaged in the community around us (as individuals and as a church).  John has unique skills and training in the area of engagement and we asked him to share some insights with our church.  He has enthusiastically agreed to help us work on our place on the wall and we would like you to attend.

When:     Saturday, April 22, 2017        10:30am  (right after intercessory prayer)

Where:    Lamb of God Lutheran Church

Thank you, and watch your emails and bulletins for more details.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Lamb of God Board of Elders

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Living Water

The following message is from Steve Buchmeyer:

This week I plan to share some thoughts with everybody leading up to Sunday’s service. I encourage everybody to take time to mediate on both the account of the Samaritan woman from John Chapter 4 and Romans 6:1-10.

For all the times we have heard that people like things the way they are we sure see a lot of change in our lives. Nothing stays the same, always something pushing so that we are never enjoying the life as we want it or like it. We can all think of endless examples. Could it be that the driving force for this happening is something that God established in his creation? Some people see it as evolution, some people see it as the opportunity to make the better mouse trap and some simply don’t like the way their life is and want it to be better. What if God placed the desire to change in our make-up, we are all wired to seek it. While many people direct that inherit drive to advance technology or medicine, or add to our understanding of the world, what if the reason we have that spark in the first place is to change spiritually? In Romans 12:2 the apostle Paul writes, “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Could it simply be that God has placed a drive in your life not to remodel the home or to successfully beat Chess at level 10 on your computer, but what if that drive was given so that you would seek a transformation of eternal measure? What spiritual change is God bringing about in you and what will it require for that to happen?

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Family Camping

Weekend of July 31-August 2
Camp LuWiSoMo, Wild Rose
$35 per night per site
Group meals
Sign-up on bulletin board
Cabins $65 per night, call Camp
Contacts Phil & Lisa Kuehl

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Lutheran Braille Workers: Our current quarterly mission

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Silent Night

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Text for May 11, 2014

Matthew 10:1-16

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

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John and Beca Stenson Newsletter

The Stenson Report                                                                                      April 2014

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Launching out – I was recently listening to some talks on large-scale shifts in this millennium. I was challenged by some of the figures that the speaker was giving that describe some of the wonderful things that God is doing on a global level in our time. Nineteen out of twenty people coming to Christ are under the age of 25. If people are over 25, they have a 1 in 50,000 chance of coming to the Lord after age 35. If a person hasn’t come to the Lord by age 45, the chances shift to 1 in 200,000.

The young people of this generation are not only the largest mission field, they are also some of the most daring and innovative leaders, willing to reach out and risk all in reaching the lost.

Just a few days ago we began an eight-month journey with a group of energetic young interns. They came to be a part of a program we called Launchpad.

We see many youth today wanting to make a difference and see the world won back to the Lord. What they need are mentors who can come alongside them and champion their dreams. They need someone to help them navigate the path to see their ideas become a reality.

We have designed Launchpad to be an active, hands-on learning environment for the growth and release of young leaders and innovators.

Just last night we sent the class out into the heart of Madison. They had five dollars each. We gave them a number of objectives to complete. They went out to encounter the heart of God for our crazy city. As they spent time praying for the city onsite and interacting with the locals, God was pouring out His heart in and through them. They boldly shared with a variety of people, young and old, who Jesus is.

Yes! God so wants to be known in our neighborhoods and towns and in the nations of the earth! Today’s youth are key messengers in seeing that come about!

One of our ministry leaders from South America has said that leadership is akin to the process of bending down and allowing another to get on one’s shoulders. It is then, raising them up so that they can see farther than the one carrying them, and, in the end, go on to a horizon that the one carrying them may never get to see.

We are both excited and honored to be a part of seeing the next generation of world changers raised up as they encounter the love of God full force and then go out to the streets and share it with each person they encounter.

Thank you for your continued partnership in the Gospel!

In Him,

The Stensons

www.stensonsgo.com
Contact us at 1-262-573-5062.
Address: 1605 Arkansas Ave, Madison, WI 53704

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