IT’S CONTROL TIME by Steve Gruenwald
In this world and for many people it’s all about control. Not knowing who is in control or who has control can be unsettling. That leads us to wanting to take control of the situation or, at the very least, have the sense that we are in control. In fact, the sense of control can often be as powerful as the actual control. So strong is our belief that being in control eases tension in our lives that we at times lose control to obtain it. How ironic: trying to be in control often creates what we are trying to avoid – anxiety.
The recent Barna survey about the Bible had an interesting angle about control. In particular was the view of those that Barna identified as the Skeptic segment: Those that view the Bible merely as a book of teachings written by men containing stories and advice. According to the survey, the Skeptic group accounts for one in five American adults (19%). Barna asked a follow -up question to see if Skeptics hold hostile views toward the Bible- and they did. In fact, more than three-quarters of Skeptics (78%) are hostile toward the Bible and believe it “was written to control or manipulate other people.”
The Skeptics were right about one thing: the Bible is about control, but not in the way they perceive it. For Christians, it’s not about controlling others. Instead, the Bible, God’s Word, reminds us that God brings control to our lives. It’s a control desperately needed for lives that often careen out of control.
In the face of adversity, for example, when events happen for which we have no control, God reminds us that our lives this side of heaven will be challenging. We are sinners living in a sinful world and as a result we “will have trouble.” But the Bible verse doesn’t stop there: “… take Heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We are reminded during difficult times that we can rely on our Heavenly Father who out of nothing brought order and control through His creation. The seasons, the cycle of the moon and stars- the entire universe that operates in absolute control- is a perfect reminder that God is in control and has been since the beginning of time. God’s Word further offers hope and encouragement that we may be “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed… struck down, but not destroyed.” (1 Corinthians 6) and that the God of all grace will “make us strong, firm, and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10) to be able to survive life’s seemingly out-of-control hardships.
In this world- and the next- it’s all about control, and thanks be to God… He’s got this. Reprinted from “Better Health” published by Concordia Plan Services of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
EAT LUNCH OUT AND HELP GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL AND PRESCHOOL: On Saturday, October 14th from 10 am—2 pm we will be sponsoring the grilling station at the Super Saver on 27th & Superior. Super Saver will supply all the meat, buns, chips, and beverages FREE to us and we sell them. All monies go to Good Shepherd School & Preschool. . . So stop by for lunch on Saturday. If you need more information or would like to volunteer to help staff the station, contact Mrs. Bock at (402) 423-7677 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheila Turek at (402) 217-4373 or email@example.com.
GOOD SHEPHERD’S FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY will be celebrated on Sunday, November 12th. Pastor Lance Berndt, former associate pastor at Good Shepherd, will be preaching at both services with a potluck to follow the 10:30 am service. Meat will be provided for the meal. Watch for more details for this celebration and save the date.
GOOD SHEPHERD will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Sunday, October 29th at both services. There will be some special music and instrumentalists to add to
the festivities. Join in the celebration!
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YOUTH EVENT: Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to meet at the church on Saturday, Oct. 14th at 5:30 pm or meet the group out at the Roca Scary Farm by 6 pm at the gate. We should be back at
church by 10:30 pm. Bring $15 to get in and some extra money if you want snacks while we are out there. The youth group will cover the rest of the admission cost. If any parents can help drive that would be great. Please notify Marc Huff at (402) 890-9752 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Maronde, Vicar Short, or Andrew Wood.
DID YOU KNOW? One of Luther’s most famous and frequently quoted statements — “Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.” — is generally regarded as legendary (although
the expression is certainly in keeping with Luther’s character). The true quote — just as bold and powerful — was spoken by Luther at the Diet of Worms: “Unless I am convicted by scripture
and plain reason — I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other — my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”