Theme verse Ė Psalm 51:17 Ė The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite spirit, a broken and contrite heart O God, You will not despise.
Pastor Keith Ellerbrock from Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeton penned the book Broken Tools in Godís Hands, to encourage sinners with Godís rescuing grace. Maybe you have said to yourself, ďI may be forgiven (maybe), but after what Iíve done, my life is basically over.Ē ďIím damaged goods now. Forgiven? Sure. Able to be used? Maybe for little stuff (maybe), but never again for anything important.Ē Those kind of thoughts are lies that Satan uses to keep people away from Godís grace, and apart from serving in Godís kingdom.
No matter what consequences remain as a part of your sinful past, Godís grace is able to use you to bring His rescuing grace into the lives of people all around you.
Pastor Ellerbrock will join us at Messiah on Sunday, August 12!
Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 12:1-9 (God calls Abram)
Gospel Lesson: John 8:31-41 (Children of Abraham)
Abraham is referred to in the Bible as the ďFather of faith.Ē Unlike some other major characters in the Bible, Abraham really didnít accomplish anything spectacular like Moses, David, Elijah, or Paul. Abraham simply lived by faith. But donít assume that Abraham was perfect Ė far from it. There were times that Abraham lived by human reason or fear, and made a mess of things. But Godís Spirit was always at work bringing Abraham back to God. No matter what mess you have made living by fear or logic instead of faith, Godís Spirit is constantly at work drawing you back to Godís grace. You may be a broken tool, but God can still use you!
II Timothy 2:1-2, 15
Our summer worship series begins with a special guest from India, Pastor Sam Thompson.
I am Sam Thompson, a Lutheran pastor from India. I am currently a PHD student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. After my studies, my goal is to return to India to teach and train future pastors and leaders for mission work through the India Evangelical Lutheran Church.†My wifeís name is Shana and we have a six year old daughter, Sasha, who goes to kindergarten.†Prior to coming to America in 2010, I was active in mission work among first generation Christians from Hinduism. I was also active in various mission work among children and teenagers among rural parts of south India and also in North India.†Currently along with my studies I do ministry among Bhutanese refugees in the St. Louis area. Thank you very much Messiah for your support towards my ministry among Bhutanese immigrants.
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