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The last Sunday of the Church Year focuses on the return of Jesus and being ready for it. This is an opportunity to be vigilant, but not be afraid; to be confident in our Savior, Jesus, who is coming soon.
What is an appropriate response when you have been given a gift? Use it. Use it a lot. Use it joyfully. God has given us so many gifts…and we respond appropriately, generously, hilariously!
The guest pastor for today is Dr. Daniel Paavola from Concordia University Wisconsin. He focuses on the blessing of debt, celebrating the good and faithful love of God.
“Save it for a rainy day.” That is the advice some people give about the reason to save. But what are you saving it for? The goal is to best use what God has given us for things that matter not just for a rainy day, but for eternity!
"Workin' for a livin', livin' and a workin', I'm takin' what their givin' 'cause I'm workin' for a livin'." When you think about work, is it something you have to do, or something you get to do? God is good and He is faithful. In His goodness He created work for us to do. On this Reformation Sunday, we celebrate the freedom we have in Jesus and explore the blessing of work under His grace.
Our guest pastor this morning is Rev. Dr. R. John Buuck. He is the former President of Concordia University Wisconsin and now serves on behalf of Food for the Poor, a Christian mercy ministry that exists to help the materially poor and to renew the poor in spirit. Their ministry is a reflection of our Lord's unconditional love. It is also shaped by the belief that Christ is alive and can be served directly by serving those in greatest need. (Matthew 25:40)
“Did you bring enough to share?” Other kids would ask that when I brought something for school lunch that was really good. My answer, usually, was “NO WAY!” (Okay, I was selfish.) One purpose of provision is to enjoy AND to share. That attitude marked the early church and continues to reflect God's desire for how we use the gifts He has given us.
“What is it?” The Israelites asked this when they saw the flaky substance covering the ground as they began their wilderness journey. The answer is that it was God’s miraculous, daily provision of bread for His people for 40 years. “Who is it?” People want to know who Jesus is, what He offers, why we “need” Him. The answer is that Jesus is God’s miraculous, daily provision for life today and forever.
Your boss stops by and says, “You did a great job! I’m so glad you are on our team.” Your mom says, “I’m really proud of you. You used your gifts so well.” Most people love to hear words of affirmation. At the end of our lives it will be wonderful to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Our series “Good and Faithful” helps us understand what this means in relation to all of life and life’s resources.
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