Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – January 2021
21 Reasons to Read your Bible in 2021
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God gave us the Bible so that we would read it to learn about Him and His will for our lives. I challenge you to read the Bible every day and apply God’s principles for success!
We should read the Bible…..
- To tell us that God created us, the earth and everything else out of nothing.
- To learn about God and his wonderful plan of salvation.
- To learn about Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our redeemer from sin.
- To encourage us to put our faith in God as we face difficult situations.
- To explain that God created marriage between a man and woman, to love each other.
- To reveal God’s principles for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
- To help us be good stewards of the things and people God gives us.
- To prevent us from falling into Satan’s spiritual traps and evil schemes.
- To tell us what is right and wrong from God’s perspective.
- To show us our sin and explain how sin entered into the world.
- To give us a few glimpses of the joys of heaven and eternal life with God.
- To tell us how to get along with people by showing love, care and forgiveness.
- To help us understand the power and majesty of God.
- To explain the way to have true joy and peace with God through Jesus Christ.
- To show us the true meaning of what it means love other people.
- To explain to parents how they are to raise their children with Godly values.
- To tell us how to pray to God and the importance of prayer in our daily lives.
- To show us the marvelous work of the Holy Spirit in our heart and the church.
- To explain that only God could provide the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- To show us the terrible consequences of our sinful thoughts, words and actions.
- To teach us that everyone is precious in God’s eyes and should be valued by us.
In 2021 will you read your Bible every day?
Pray for Our Church Family & Friends
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6
In Need of Healing:
Let us pray for:
Katie Becker, Don Edmondson, Mike Ehrman, Kristy Glerup, Mike Gould, Diane Growth, Jason Hecht, Kim Hecht, Alberta Larson, Pastor Mike McCarlson, Judy Peterson, Orval Peterson, Debbie Ralston, Gia Rush, Sy Salinas, Bob Tesdal, Bob Vetter, Paul Wicks, Bob Williams
May God’s richest blessings be upon our members celebrating a birthday or marriage anniversary during this month!
Celebrating Birthdays in January
Craig Laudeman, Keegan Slagle, Kim Hecht, Don Anderson, Jan Torkelson, Izabella Salinas, Jackie Anderson, Jan Cepiel
Anniversaries–None we are of
Serving Our Country
Tracy Graham – U.S. Coast Guard Kendall Wills – U.S. Navy
Matthew Cepiel – U.S. Navy Alex Mata – U.S. Army
Continue to pray for our police officers, fire fighters and emergency responders during this time of heightened tensions across our country, for safety as they put their lives at risk in the line of duty.
Church Council meeting January 11, 7pm
WMF will meet Thursday, January 21,2021 studying Lesson 11, Dorcas…Showing My Love For Jesus in Practical Ways.
Grace Lutheran Annual Meeting – January 31, 2021 after worship service.
Operation Christmas Child– January Love Gifts
Socks and T-Shirts
If you still need to pay for you poinsettia, please leave a check payable to Grace Lutheran Church in the church office or drop it in the mail.
The Splendor of Epiphany
Epiphany means the shining of a light, a shining forth, a manifestation, an appearance, or a revelation.
Jesus Himself announced: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Epiphany is a day and a season of light, just as the word “epiphany” denotes. Every year on the feast day, we hear the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, “Arise, shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (Is. 60:1).
Epiphany enlightens us as it proclaims great Scriptural truths. At Christmas we emphasize that God became man. Epiphany puts the spotlight on the truth that this human being born in Bethlehem is truly God; He is the God-man.
Jesus is the true light who enlightens every person. As the Nicene Creed clearly states, Jesus is “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God.”
Epiphany is both a day (January 6) and a season on the church calendar, the time between the close of the Christmas celebration and the beginning of Lent.
The Day of the Epiphany, with Easter and Pentecost, is one of the three oldest and most important festivals observed by Christians.
The Festival of the Epiphany had its origin in the Eastern church and by the end of the third century, January 6 had become the accepted date for the celebration of this festival.
In those days Epiphany Day commemorated the birth of Jesus, His Baptism, and His first miracle at Cana in Galilee.
In the middle of the fourth century, the Western Roman Church moved the celebration of Christmas as the birthday of Jesus to December 25th. So the Epiphany festival took on new meaning for the western, and many eastern, churches.
In the West, the visit of the Wise Men came to have the position of prominence on Epiphany Day.
The Wise Men did well to fall down and worship Jesus and present Him with precious gifts and so do we.
(Edited from an article by Charles Knippel in The Magazine (LCMS), Jan 1, 2007
Thank you Grace Lutheran
Looking back at 2020, it’s very easy for people to find reasons to be thankful it’s over. We’ve
all added another birthday, survived a pandemic, plus withstood countless attacks from evil
sources. Throw in some fatigue, health issues, family problems, and an increased cost of living; it’s
no surprise most people are miserable.
Thankfully we believe in God; who shows us how temporary our lives on Earth really are.
Thankfully He grants us mercy and love to get through anything. Thankfully He provides for us and
gives us peace. Thankfully through our faith in Him, He gives us strength for today and bright hope
On behalf of our families we want to thank our Grace Lutheran family for supporting us this
year. Your prayers, cards, flowers, concern, phone calls, and visits were all heaven-sent and
appreciated. Thanks also for Pastor Benson who showered us with God’s word and comfort. Thanks
also to Deb for sharing him with us plus her prayers and support. Collectively Woody and Becky
lived 121 years on Earth. We were blessed to spend so much time with them. Thank you also for the
blessings the congregation showed them throughout their church life.
Keep the faith,
Tracy Wills (Erickson) and family
Craig Erickson and family
A Prayer for Hope After A Hard Year
(by Debbie McDaniel at crosswalk.com)
God, Thank you for helping us to make it through this difficult year. Thank you that you’ve carried us through the uncertainty of deep waters, through the flames of trials, and through the pain of hard losses. We are constantly aware of how much we need you, your grace, your strength, your power working through even the toughest days.
Help us to keep our focus first on you this season. Please forgive us for giving too much time and attention to other things, for looking to other people before coming to you first. Help us to reflect again, on what Christmas is really all about. Thank you that you came to give new life, peace, hope, and joy. Thank you that your power is made perfect in our weakness.
Help us to remember that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our greatest treasure, not just at Christmas, but for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. For you never leave us.
Thank you Lord for your daily powerful Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, and we are safe in your care.
We choose to keep you first in our hearts and lives. Without you we would surely fail, but with you, there is great hope. Thank you for your healing power, thank you for bringing us into this new season up ahead. We look forward to all that You still have in store. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Encouraging Bible Verses for the Coming New Year
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” (Ps. 20:4)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” (Philippians 3:13)