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Let God be God! 10/25/2015

Let God be God
Repent and believe your sin forgiven!

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

When we as humans are living under the power of original sin, we will not and cannot "let God be God". Rather, we will determine who God is according to our way of "seeing" the things of religion in our egocentric nature. In other words, we will not "Let God be God!" We understand very clearly that in the absence of the illuminating and revealing power of the Holy Spirit, we will alway reject that which God has done for us in Christ, but even as believers in whom the Holy Spirit dwells we yet lean far towards thinking that we are "letting God be God," but in reality we are yet living in our own self created image of God.

Nearly 500 years ago in Germany a monk named Martin Luther came to the realization that he would never accomplish righteousness in himself.
From the revelation of the Gospel revealed in Romans 1:16-17, He discovered that God's righteousness was given to him from outside of himself, for it was an alien righteousness that was gifted to him through the merits of the only Sinless One, Jesus the Christ, a gift that is received by faith. In other words, he finally came to see that in order to receive the benefit of the atoning work of Jesus the Christ, he must "Let God be God!"

In our Reformation Day sermon this Sunday, we will revisit our brother Martin's experience of coming to see that only by "letting God be God" via revelation from heaven would he come to peace with his God. Before he thought that God was an angry God, but now due to seeing the glory of God as revealed in the cross of divine judgment and mercy, all became new. He now melted in the presence of that same divine judgment and grace, recognizing for the first time that God's judgment had indeed come, but that the Innocent One had bore the shame and guilt for his sin, and he, Martin had been granted divine mercy.

Lord, please open up the Gospel to everyone this Sunday and everyday so that we all might by your grace "Let You be God.!" Therefore, change our/your minds about God and believe that your/our sin is forgiven.......and swim in the depths of His divine mercy.

How do we "let God be God?" From "Let God be God" by Philip Watson 1947 "Luther gained a new conception of God, or rather, he entered into a new relationship to God, a relationship established not on the basis of Luther's righteousness (his fulfilment of the commandment of love toward God according to the Law) but on the basis of God's righteousness, i.e. God's fulfilment of His promises of love, according to the Gospel, toward Luther... The love of God became no longer primarily our love for Him, but His for us; the work of God which He effects in us....He must (a believer) must seek to comprehend, not the 'divine essence;, but the 'divine will and affection', not God as He is in Himself, but in His relation to men...For Luther the forgiveness of sins means very much more than a doctrine to be "believed" and much more also than a merely subjective experience. It is a real act of God, the living God, through Christ, the living Christ, by which God Hiimself, in sheer unmerited love, establishes communion with sinful man."

On a personal basis, I had what I have come to know as a "Luther experience" as I had similar struggles for many years not yet understanding that God had justified me through the cross and that it was not by asking of forgiveness that kept me right with Him. Until the day came when a dear brother in Christ whom I especially remember at this time of the year (Reformation) asked me a question: "When were you saved?" "I said that I have always believed so I suppose I could say that I have always been a believer." Well, he then quietly told me that I was saved 2000 years ago on the cross of Christ. I looked at him in bewilderment and did not say much more, but eventually left, but my mind was whirling with this latest revelation through this brother. A week later after struggling with what he had shared with me, after much asking God for the truth, after searching the scriptures and after talking to other believers, one day the lights came on and all the confusion of the many years of struggling to please God with my thoughts, my attitudes and my actions went tumbling into His vast sea of grace.

I could hardly believe it, that I was pure and righteous before Him solely through His righteousness! That was when my life began anew and it has only gotten more clearer as He has opened up to me more and more the beauty of what Luther and millions of others have come to see since the Gospel was unleashed in the early church and when it was re-discovered during the Reformation by Martin Luther. It has a power of its own and we need to simply let it do its work whereever He pleases and wills to do so.
What has been your experience in relation to the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you letting God be God today?

Let God be God!! We receive that which He gives, which is the grace of repentance and the forgiveness of our sin through Christ Jesus.

Blessed Reformation Day!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 30 Oct 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Teach Us to Pray 10.18.2015
Worship Service: October 18, 2015

Front Cover: Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Call to Worship:
Opening Hymn: #393 Teach Me to Pray
Praise Song: In His Time
Reading: Psalm 57
Praise Song: Lord, Listen to your children praying
Praise Song:
Scripture Reading/Prayer Genesis 32:24-32
KJV Genesis 32:1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
KJV Genesis 32:2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
KJV Genesis 32:3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: (You promised us)
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. (He was convicted of his personal unworthiness before God)
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. (He asks for help from God for himself and his family)
12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. (You promised us)

Jacob was very afraid as he was going to be meeting his brother, Esau, not knowing what the result of that meeting would be.

God, in the form of an Angel, initiated the wrestling match.

Jacob went from resisting God and hung onto God until He blessed him.

Prayer is human weakness casting our need at the feet of an all powerful God.

Jacob's (heel holder, supplanter, deceiver) was changed to Israel (God prevails)

God came down in weakness to bless Jacob even as His Son did on the cross, taking our weakness being born in the flesh.

Allow Him to interrupt our life. Allow God to change our name, instead of us changing His name. Allow Him to transform us into Him rather than we making God in our image.

Israel now had the power of God and therefore from then on clung to God rather than fought against Him.

Offertory Hymn: The Lord's Prayer
Sermon Text: Matthew 6:1-13
Title: Teach us to Pray
Speaker: Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Dear friend,  

May the quiet waters of God's grace be with you and in you today..
KJV Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray,....

Encouragemen by elders to explain and expand on the meaning of the Lord's Prayer

Text message: "Parenting is a group effort."

Meeting with three young people after church, and if anyone else wants to join us, please do so.

We need all of us to be a part of our collective worship of God in our fellowship.
Our Lord spent a lot of time with His/Our Father, for there are 27 specific instances in the Scripture in which He is found communing with His Father in prayer. He not only sets the example for us, but when He was teaching His disciples about Kingdom Life in Matthew's Gospel, He gave them what we call the "Lord's Prayer" and invited them and all future believers to use that form when they commune with their/our Father.. Luke in his Gospel writes that He pointed them to the Lord's Prayer" upon their asking Him to "teach us to pray."

I would like to draw your attention to this 'golden vial' that is near the pulpit. This concept is taken from the book of Revelation from the following verses which emphasize the importance of bringing all our worship needs before the throne of our God. Once prayers are prayed to Him, they are always before Him.

Revelation 5:8 And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

The vials/container has been placed in the altar area to teach us that all our life is worship to God. Worship is not only singing and praising God, but it is our entire life is worship of Him and for Him.

KJV Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So, today we are laying some ground work which is designed to add practical applications to our extended series on Prayer (communion with our Father), so that we will be able to experience more relevance between our weekly fellowship and in our lives during the week. We will briefly run through this outline that I have put together, being reminded that this is a skeleton and that hopefully after seeing this and thinking about it, many will come forth in order to enrich the life and work of our congregation through our collective participation in our worship both within our congregation and without our congregation.

Let us take our first glance at what has been done so far.....There are three categories that are designated here, first the overall outline and then the break down of the three main categories.

Worship Offerings

Thanksgiving and Praise Reports (What God has done for us)

Talent and Gift Offerings (We worship Him in return) Worship=Worthship

Improved Fellowship Suggestions (How might we nurture our fellowship's harmony)

Worship Offerings 1

Thanksgiving and Praise Reports: Ask for volunteers, limiting to two and for just a few minutes.

God Sightings

Doing Good and Resisting Evil

Worship Offerings 2

Talent and Gift offerings

Requests for practical help needed

Prayer Requests

Worship Offerings 3

Sermon Scripture/Topic suggestions

Suggestions for improving fellowship opportunities

Questions that you would like answered

Worship Offerings 4

Participation Options

Place in golden container (vial) after writing on slips of paper provided or call or send text to Pastor Orval at 320-224-1912.

Please include detailed information concerning your worship offering and Pastor Orval will contact you with further details.

It has been my desire for some time now to revisit this prayer anew, asking the Lord to renew and refresh the power of that which Jesus has so clearly taught us to do. Unfortunately consistent practices can become ritualistic to the point that they become mere words that we repeat without much thought being given to the deep meaning and purpose of them. So I am inviting you to join us on a journey through this prayer on Sunday mornings, as once a month (Lord-willing) a message will be brought using the Lord's Prayer as our outline. We will have the best teacher, for it will be our Brother Jesus Himself who will teach us to pray.

We will be continuing with our series on the "I AM's of Jesus" for, I think three more Sundays, but they will be scattered through out the rest of the year to where they best fit. Looking ahead, next Sunday is Reformation Sunday, so that message will focus on the foundation of Christianity: We are saved by grace through faith in Christ, and the following Sunday the message will be connected to IDOP, which means International Day of Prayer for worldwide persecuted church. Thank you for asking to be a friend of our KALC this week and we invite all of you who are facebook enabled ask to be our friends.

One more thing, the monthly newsletter which will be out next week will contain more introductory information to our series on the Lord's Prayer.

Our Father and His Son, our brother.
"Our Father"  We need to remember that we not only pray with all those in the body of Christ, but that when we pray our Brother Jesus Christ is praying with us and for us.

So when we enter into communion with Our Father, let us remember that He, Jesus, was quite comfortable spending a lot of time with Our Father in prayer for long periods of time, even all night at times. When we recognize that this earth is an alien land for Him, it is not that difficult to see how He was so accustomed to having fellowship and communion with His Father. It would be like He was going back home.

On the other hand, it is difficult for us to make the switch from our earthly existence and thought process to the realm into which it would be quite natural to pray with our Brother Jesus, "Our Father."
He allows us to share in His prayer, invites us to this communion and desires that through these times we would grow together in heart and mind with Our Father, with His Son and in the Spirit. May the age old saying that a family that prays together stays together apply within and amongst our blessed fellowship of believers.

Now as we continue our worship by joining Him at the table that He has prepared for us, after we read the introduction, we will hear personally as to how when He broke the bread and poured out the wine, that it was done personally for each of us to the end that we would receive the knowledge and the experience of the forgiveness of our sins.

Words of Institution of the Lord's Supper

Holy Communion Songs; 325 Just as I am, 172 Remember Me, 487 Cleanse Me, 164 O Jesus Christ Thou Bread of Life, 163 Break Thou the Bread of Life, 419 Confidence
Closing Hymn: #653 Thank you, Father

As you and I are drawn closer and deeper into the grace of God as revealed through the cross of Christ for us, we will be bound together into the union of love that has sought us and bought us for His glory and for His purposes in our lives.

Lord, teach us to pray...

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 18 Oct 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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