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Pastor’s Message

From latest newsletter: May & June 2019

What is the knowledge of God?  What does the knowledge of God tell us about Him?  What does the knowledge of God tell us about ourselves?  And what does the knowledge of God tell us about our relationship with God?  Various Bible passages and stories can help us to answer these questions.

The knowledge of God is complete and total.  He knows everything.  Not only does God know His created world totally, He knows each one of us individually.  He knows the good that we do.  He knows the bad that we do.  He knows what kind of relationship we have with His Son, Jesus.  He knows that we are saved.  The completeness of God’s knowledge brings us comfort and certainty in a world that is often uncomfortable and uncertain.

God’s knowledge of us begins even before we are born.  These are the words of God to the Prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5).  You may be thinking to yourself: “Jeremiah is a prophet and things happen to prophets that may not happen to ordinary people.”  Your thoughts are correct.  Prophets are special biblical characters with special abilities and a special relationship with God.  God appears to make known certain things about prophets that He may not make known about us.  But this doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know everything about us.  King David says this about God’s knowledge of him: “Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).  What is true for the Prophet Jeremiah and King David is also true for us.  God’s knowledge of us begins even before we are born.

God knows both the good that we do and the bad that we do.  This knowledge of God is mentioned in the Bible as early as the sixth chapter of Genesis.  The sixth chapter of Genesis begins the story of Noah and the flood narrative.  God sinless world, created in the first two chapters of Genesis, is now corrupted and sin-filled.  The fifth verse of the sixth chapter of Genesis says that “the Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”  This knowledge of God is also mentioned in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Jesus’ vision for us of the final judgement (see Matthew 25:31-46).  God knows the bad that the goats do, even though the goats do not know it themselves (verses 34-40).  God also knows the good that the sheep do, even though the sheep do not know it themselves (verses 41-46).  The comforting aspect of this parable for us is that God knows the good that we do even before we do it.  We can do good things in the sight of God even though we do not realize that we are doing so.

Why does God know everything about us?  Perhaps it is because He sees us.  This is both an Old Testament and a New Testament concept.  In the story of Hagar and Ishmael from the sixteenth chapter of Genesis, the angel of the Lord finds a pregnant Hagar in the desert and blesses her and her unborn son.  In response, Hagar says this about God: “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me’ ” (verse 13).  In the story of Jesus calling Philip and Nathanael as disciples from the first chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus appears to know what is in Nathanael’s heart.  In response, Nathanael asks Jesus, “How do you know me?”  Jesus then tells Nathanael, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you” (verse 48).  God knows everything about us because He sees us, both outwardly and inwardly.

The knowledge of God is complete and total and tells us that He knows us better than we know ourselves.  Do we know how many hairs are on our heads?  Probably not.  Yet, God knows.  When Jesus offer His disciples words of encouragement in the twelfth chapter of Luke, He says: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (verses 6-7).  The knowledge of God tells us that we are not God.  We do not know what is in someone’s heart.  Yet, God knows.  When Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees, He says to them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts” (Luke 16:15).  God knows what is in our hearts, too.  He knows that we share His Spirit.  The Apostle Paul says that “whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17).  This means that we are His.  We belong to Him.  Again, the Apostle Paul: “the Lord knows those who are his” (2 Timothy 2:19).  Thus, we can find comfort and certainty in the knowledge of God.

Prayer List

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Our Savior, Redeemer & St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches,

Paula Beil,

Renee Christ,

Brayden Christianson,

The Family of Elona Engelke,

Charlotte Grohnke,

Dorline Guthmiller,

Ardeen Harr,

James Helmstetler,

Eric Hewitt,

Kurt Kramer,

Sylvia Martin,

Sarah Mason,

Elaine Menz,

Jim Morlock,

Keith Peters,

Ralph Rudolph,

Ray Rudolph,

Julie Seil,

Norman Seil,

Ron Smith,

Elaine Timm,

Charlie Wanzek,

Arvilla Weber,

Duane Ziesch

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. – John 17:1-11

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – John 17:20-26


The Upcoming Alternating Fifth Sunday Services On June 30 Will Be At Wimbledon And Woodworth.

The Upcoming Alternating Fifth Sunday Services On September 29 At Pettibone And Kensal Are Cancelled.

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people — the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world — just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:1-14