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Enduring Word Bible- Sermon Notes

Enduring Word Bible- -#56 Genesis 12:1-9 Sometimes Bible Journaling- Bible Marginalia  is simply study notes or  sermon notes. Here are the sermon notes  from a Worship Service  that also celebrated the 50th Anniversary  of Ministry for Rev. David Betzner. Bible Journaling is like shining a light  on a section of Scripture  that gives a "mini-billboard" illustration. It helps me to remember. It changes the lens of the view.

Baptism of Hadley Grace

The Baptism Day story  for Hadley Grace. Pastor Gabe Kasper of  University Lutheran Chapel  officiated for the Baptism  of Hadley Grace Schumacher  on September 1, 2019.  Rev. John Denninger-  "Papa" was blessed to do the baptism. Sponsors were Rachel and Kyle Thoms  and Sara and Joshua Wilson. The immediate and extended family  of Laura Denninger Schumacher. The Denninger clan  with spouses and the littles. The extended family of Joshua Schumacher  - the Decker side. Great Grandma Decker with the  Schu family. Hadley and her godmother- Rachel Sponsors - Rachel and Kyle Miss Hadley Grace  sporting some of her head gear. Part of the celebrations of the day. Aunt Lois Nord brought cherry rolls. A beautiful baptism cake added to the festivities. What a blessing to have family  and friends for such a wonderful celebration.

Worship into the Week-Generosity

Worship into the Week--Generosity Luke 16: 1-15 The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
This manager is also called "shrewd"  and that doesn't have the same negative  connotation as dishonest. But the bottom line here for me  is the issue of generosity. I need to seek to have a sharing heart  with the little I have,  or how could God entrust me with more?  Too often we follow the worldly framework  that I could give more if I had more. That's not the question.  It is my trustworthiness. In all things may I be held  responsible and honest. That my dealings would bless those here and now and into the streams of eternity.
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Fall Gatherings- #dengardens

We have had pretty warm days  and very little rain for September. We are at .11 inches of rain this month.  This is the least amount for September since 2005. Bright sunlight days and time  to gather fall plant sightings. I love the pinks and purples yet of this month.  It has been a begonia love this year. Wish I had space to dig them up  and bring them in the house of the winter. Just a few more images with the Insta Toon app.
It makes them look like paintings. Very fun. Give it a try!!

Bible Journaling- Faithful

Sally Beck's work for Luke 16:10  from the Sally Beck library  at Visual Faith Ministry. Time reflecting about the Shrewd manager  and the framework of faithfulness. How do we mark how we manage  what the Lord blesses us with? Are we generous when we have little? Are we generous when we have a bit more? Somehow we think we will be generous  when we have-  LOTS MORE. A thoughtful start for worship into the week.
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Worship into the Week- Found

Worship into the Week Luke 15:1-10 The Parable of the Lost Sheep
The Parable of the Lost Coin
The Lost found. The Amazing Grace of a  relentless God who pursues us. Even when sin blots my every day, He has declared that I am worthy  of mercy for life. I rejoice over small things  and great things.  Oh the joy in heaven  when one sinner repents.
Oh the sweet sound of rejoicing
 in heaven.
There is joy before the angels of God 
over one sinner who repents.
Thank you Lord, for such great mercy.

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Enduring Word Bible-His Steadfast Love

Enduring Word Bible - #55 Psalm 136:1-3

Today I just needed to read 
this section of Scripture.
His steadfast love.
His steadfast love that endures forever.
For He is good.
So that I may GIVE THANKS-
to the Lord.

It is good and right to give thanks everyday-
 not just on Thanksgiving.

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Enduring Word Bible- A New Commandment

Enduring Word Bible-#54
A New Commandment
John 13:31-35

This section of Scripture follows Jesus
 washing the disciples feet,
 the sharing of the supper of remembrance,
and the announcement of the betrayal.
Then Jesus tried to pull together
 the future plan for his disciples.
A new Commandment is the challenge.
"A New commandment I give to you
 that you love one another;
 just s I have loved you, 
you also are to love one another. 
By this all people will know
 that you are my disciples,
 if you have love for one another."

This is certainly a lot to think
 about and process for one day.
Now is the task to consider-
What does this mean?
Love one another.

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Worship into the Week- the Cost

Worship into the Week- The Cost of Discipleship Luke 14: 25-35
Great crowds gathered and followed Jesus. This section of Scripture probably  didn't get into the  "Greatest Sermons of Jesus" section  in the weekly news. I think I would have had  to think about these words. Mull them over, wonder if there was a different way. What does half-way look like? Even now, I feel that often,  my response is remiss in follow through. I get distracted,  and always have a boatload of excuses. Following is easy when the road is smooth. Challenging when fingers are pointing,  or whispers get louder. When we know we are not pleasing people. But, this is pretty plainly laid out. It is an all or nothing commitment.
Lord, help me to not swerve  in the road spots,  or as the world draws or calls. I am meant for life of MORE.  Help me to understand  that I am a disciple for Life-  making other disciples for LIFE. Amen.
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9/11 Light

9/11 Reflections at Dusk
How the Light still shines  on the red, white and blue. That when deep darkness reigned to wipe out hope-  there was the terror of the unknown. But the preserving trait in all of the days  that followed were the unity and solidarity. The deep, deep thankfulness to live where I do, and not take these amazing gifts  of freedom for granted. Such sadness covered this day- eighteen years ago. And seeped into the days that followed. But, we step back and trust in this God of HOPE, even on the dark days. For this gracious gift,  I see how ordinary days are really never- just ordinary.

Romans 15:13
May the Godofhope fill you with all joy and peace  in believing, so that by the power ofthe Holy Spirit  you may abound in hope.

The Work behind the Scene

We have a hard time seeing sunsets  with the way our house is positioned on the lot. And all the trees. But a few nights ago,  I saw an odd glow in the back yard. Sunset time- but that is my clue to go look out  on the other side of the house. We don't really have a window  with a great sunset view. But, once in awhile,  I catch the signal  to go running out the front door. I couldn't help but think about that  is the way God works in my life too. He is always working in the background,  in places I can't even see. And once in awhile I catch a glimpse. How good is the Master-  as He brings to completion  the good work begun in Me.

Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who  began a good work in you  will bringittocompletion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Worship into the Week-Be Humble

Worship into the Week  Luke 14: 7-11 The Parable of the Wedding Feast
That humble part?
We can identify it pretty easily 
when it isn't working for another person.
A bit more challenging to see
 the markers for ourselves.
There is such a human tendency
 for "top dog" behaviors.
Jesus saw the need for reminding his followers
 about the character trait.
And he could speak to the issue.
He traveled by lowly methods, without fanfare,
 and kept 
his eyes looking toward Jerusalem.
How easily it would have been to begin
 to love the adulation of the crowds.
Dear Lord,
When my efforts go unnoticed, 
and without acclaim,
help me to rest in the transformation 
of the work of the Holy Spirit
 to make me humble- like Jesus.
May I live in peace knowing that in God's time,
God deals out the equality measures.
Help me to only compare myself to Jesus.

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A prayer for all families  in transition for the new school year.  New routines.  New teachers.  New students.  New classrooms. Old habits. Old joys Old blessings. Old memories. It really is a mixed pot. Just don't try to do it all on your own strength. Got to do some leaning,  and a whole lot of praying.
"Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord Thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Joshua 1:9 Sometimes it is good to pray  this the way I learned it growing up.

Living Fierce

Just returned from time in Michigan celebrating  the birth of the first granddaughter- Hadley Grace. That makes 6 fierce older warriors  with super powers  and two littles with heart-melting abilities.
May you all be fierce in loving others,
seeking those in the margins,
looking for how to serve.
And leading your lives following Jesus.
Our prayer for all of you. Loved my time all around. Gigi is tired and gonna rest a bit. But, more of the story to come! Blessed beyond measure. Thank you, Lord. #dengrandloves

Scripture Doodles- August

Scripture Doodles for the month of August. Following along with the Portals of Prayer. One word or phrase a month,  Four colored pencils. Calendar by Concordia Publishing House. Available in the FILES at  Visual Faith Ministry Facebook groups.

The August Devotions were written by
Tanya Laabs Johnson from Appleton, Wisconsin.