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For you! 11.15.2105
Grace, mercy and peace to you today from God our Father and from His Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Exodus 12: 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

In the life of a church there are things that practiced that as time goes there can be a forgetfulness as to why a certain practice is being done. Rituals, traditions and customs are established in order that the main things would always remain as such, for by them the foundational teachings and truths are regularly honored and observed. In our lesson today from the Old Testament, we find an example of this in the establishment of the Annual Passover Celebration that God ordained for His people to observe once a year in Jerusalem.

As they continued to celebrate the Passover year and year, and as children grew in their understanding, the parents were told to pass on the meaning of their Passover celebration. It is no different for us today, for as children grow in their ability to understand, they need explanations as to why the church has certain traditions and what the meaning of them is.

This Sunday we will partake of Holy Communion with Christ Himself serving us His Body and His Blood. From early on Christians referred to the Lord's Supper as the Eucharist, which comes from the Greek word: euvcaristi,a eucharistia {yoo-khar-is-tee'-ah} which means thanksgiving. It was a time of the coming together of the body of Jesus Christ to remember/celebrate that which He accomplished for us and by doing so proclaim His death until He comes again. As the Hebrew writer records for us,

Hebrews 9:15-17 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth."

Just as in our earthly life descendants receive an inheritance upon the death of their loved one, we as children of God receive the inheritance of Jesus Christ. He is the Inheritance, He is the One who grants the Inheritance and that which we inherit is the forgiveness of sins in His Name and through His shed blood.

When we hear these words of life and salvation at the Lord's Table, "This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me." and "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you," may we assured, encouraged and strengthened in faith and be inspired to continue to proclaim His death until He comes again!

From before the foundation of the world, God has been for us, He came to be with us in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and now He lives in us corporatelty as the body of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is our Passover Lamb, He Shed His Blood for you!

Praise be to the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 15 Nov 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Our Father's Heart 11.8.2015
Dear friend,

May the love of Our Father in heaven, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you today and always!

As we continue asking the Lord to teach us to pray, we may find ourselves having many thoughts as to how He might do that which we are asking of Him. In the Word through which He will speak with us this Sunday, we are instructed to pray the prayer He gave us, we are to be persistent in our asking, seeking and knocking and we are to ask especially for the Holy Spirit. (Luke 11:1-13) We readily understand this instruction which we need on a regular basis, because prayer is the most difficult discipline for most of us to master. Many deeply devoted Christians have given account of how prayer has been the most difficult spiritual discipline for them, but yet it has been the avenue through which they have been drawn closer to the heart of Our Father in heaven. They have testified that they never quite mastered the art, but have witnessed of the importance of being persistent in seeking the presence of the Triune God in communion and fellowship in Him. As we seek to get to know our Father, we begin to get the sense that when He tells us that we are to be praying for the Holy Spirit, He is telling us that He wants to give us Himself.

The Apostle of love, John, who referred to himself as the one whom the Lord loved ,began his first epistle with words that should help us grasp just what it is that the Lord wants to give to us in response to our request:

KJV 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

We have a Father in heaven who loves us, has redeemed us and will never leave us. May we understand what this truly means as we humbly "ask Our Lord to teach us to pray." He more than anything wants us to experience the joy that comes as a result of our being in fellowship and communion with/in Him.

Sometimes the question is asked about whether God was viewed as a Father in the Old Testament or did He just become a Father when Jesus came to earth. Well, let's think about it by taking a fly over the scriptures and looking at the entire history of the Bible.

KJV Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
KJV Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
KJV Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

KJV Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

KJV Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

KJV Matthew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

In these verses that I listed, we are able to see that He is the One who gave us life, but we separated ourselves from Him through sin and death. He came for us, came to be with us and is now in us. He loves us, He redeemed us and He will never leave us. These are monumental truths which we must hang our entire existence upon.

He has decided for us from the beginning because He loves us.

1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

He came to be with us in the flesh as the God-Man in Jesus Christ, His Son.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

He now lives in the collective body of believers in Jesus Christ.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

May we seek to get to know and experience our Father's heart towards us to the end that we would have His heart towards our families, towards our congregational families, towards those who are fatherless, and especially the children of our congregation. I have prepared a list of those who are either directly or loosely connected with our congregation. Many of these children live in father deficient circumstances. Lord, show us how to be fathers and mothers..............May your Spirit stir and provoke us to action............

Children of our congregation birthday

Adams, Mckenzie Joe 07/07/03
Belschner, Kenna 06/03/12
Belschner, Lance 06/02/10
Duncan, George 11/19/08
Dorman, Olivia 08/16/04
Eaton, Allison 11/19/11
Fischer, Timothy Robert 05/18/06
Fischer, Charles 05/08/04
Fischer, Everett Robert 01/15/02
Fischer, Riley 10/25/07
Fischer, Felix 07/16/09
Hendrickson, Cora 05/02/11
Hendrickson, Wyatt 060/2/09
Hill, Aryanna 09/08/08
Johnson, Chris 11/19/07
Johnson, Christopher
Johnson, Emma Elaine 05/28/11
Johnson, Sammy
Koehn, Knox 09/16/13
Koehn, Palyn 08/15/11
Laughton, Isaac 10/08/03
Lorentz, Cooper 6/11/14
Manninen, Philip 11/21/13
Meyer, Jasmine 01/17/03
Salo, Ezra
Schauer, Bryan 08/04/04
Schauer, Brady 10/26/08
Schauer, Abbigail 04/08/10
Schauer, Corynn 03/23/10
Schauer, Joelle 03/26/12
Schauer, Samantha 02/26/13
Schauer, Maci Eileen 4/20/15
Scherping, Bronson 09/23/13
Scherping, Lincoln 03/30/09
Scherping, Griffin 08/18/11
Scherping Sullivan 09/06/07
Seppanen, Lewis 06/28/07
Storstad, Kash 03/31/08
Wall, James 09/03/03
Wall, Clarabelle 10/08/06
White, Dominik 02/10/04
Zimmel, Anmaria 12/04/05

Posted on 10 Nov 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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