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Flash: ON   February 19, 2018 
  
How can God ever forgive me for all the bad things I’ve done?
 
I forgot Valentines Day!  She waited until evening, but then finally said, “Happy Valentines Day, honey!”   I had no excuse.  There were plenty of reminders: “Should we go out to eat or to a movie for Valentines Day next week?” and “Wouldn’t that make a good gift for Valentines Day?”   I forgot Valentines Day and would suffer the consequences.
 
That was five years ago.  She has forgiven me, I think.  But I still hear reminders about the year I forgot Valentines Day.  I won’t make that mistake again. 
 
Some mistakes can even put our closest relationships in jeopardy.  Have you been forsaken by a close friend?  Is your connection to parents or children strained?  Does your marriage have forbidden subjects, subjects that only reopen old wounds?  Forgiveness was offered, but the hurt feelings don’t just disappear.  To forgive and forget is what you want, but sometimes the hurt is so deep that after forgiving you still remember.
 
A friend once told me that every time I hurt or offend anyone I also offend God.  With the strain my mistakes have placed on other relationships, what hope exists for a good relationship with God?  If forgiveness from friends is uncertain, how can I hope for God’s forgiveness?
 
Don’t judge God by human standards!  “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8).  The forgiveness won by Jesus’ death on the cross is different.  “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).  “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).  Through Jesus God forgives and God forgets!

 Remember February 14th Ash Wednesday also Valentines Day.On that day we remember the full extent of God’s love and      
forgiveness as we remember how Jesus won full and complete forgiveness!  Please join us in the weeks ahead as we walk with Jesus on the road to the cross on Good Friday.  We invite you to our church to rejoice with us in the happy knowledge that in Christ God really does forgive AND forget.
 


Worship Services:
 
Wednesday:
7:00 PM
Sunday:
9:00 AM

Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
coffee and treats

Summer Sunday Worship services
no Sunday School
Fellowship coffee/snacks following Sunday service:
19 min Bible Study Sundays
10:15 AM



Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month and the Wednesdays preceding these Sundays. The WELS synod practices close communion, contact Pastor Barlow for more information. 
 
 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS for FEBRUARY

Cross Lights 
Tues. 6th
7:30 PM

Choir Practice
 Wednsdays
8:00 PM

Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM
coffee and treats

Catechism
 Tuesdays
4:30 PM

Handbell Practice
Tuesdays
7:00 PM

Wednesday Lent Suppers Starting Feb 14th
Served by Church Groups
5:30-6:30 PM

Men's Breakfst Bible study Feb. 17th
9:00 AM

Women's Breakfst Bible study Feb. 24th
9:00 AM

 
                          




 

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