St John, partnered with Love Inc., is collecting baby provision items (diapers, wipes, wash, lotion, formula) to help families in Lorain County in need. If you would like to assist us in our mission, please click on the link below.
Just select the item you would like to purchase, and say Yes to the shipping address extension in your browser (you will be asked if you want to delete it afterwards). Then sign into Target and purchase. If purchasing diapers, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SELECT THE SAME SIZE YOU SELECTED FROM THE REGISTRY SITE. Select free 2-day delivery (for an order over $35) and input the church's address (which followed you) and complete your order. Once you do that, the registry will ask you if you purchased the item, please answer yes.
If this is too many steps, and you still wish to help us out, please write a check payable to St. John Lutheran Church and put "Baby Bank" in the memo line and send to address above. THANK YOU!:
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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of February 22-28, 2021: “Made Mindful” … James 1:12-18
The Lenten Season so often appears to be forty days of “doom and gloom”particularly in our Church body which doesn’t shy away from the mention of sin. Still, this season is a time for us to especially be made mindful of the depths of our sinfulness which led Jesus to the cross. This, we will mark at the end of Lent during Holy Week on Good Friday.
This past Sunday’s appointed Second Lesson from James, Chapter One, certainly points out to us how deep our sin truly runs. While we must face many trials en route to our receiving the crown of eternal life, there will also be many temptations along the way as well. James tells us that these temptations never come from God but take place when we are lured by our own evil desires. These desires, inflamed by Satan, start within our own hearts and minds.
James tells us next that “desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin” as our thoughts become sinful actions which hurt us, others, and, most of all, God. James then tells us that sin can proceed to where its fully grown and leading to deathboth spiritual and eternal. Is this all “doom and gloom”? You may well say that. But we need to be made mindful of how sin originates within us and where it can lead. James, therefore, warns us, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.”
But James tells us next, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” From the Lord above, we are given the greatest gift of a new birth in Christ according to His Word of Truth (1 Peter 1:3). Through this same Word, we can resist all of Satan’s temptations just as Jesus did during His forty days and forty nights that He spent in the wilderness.
Yes, during Lent, we are made mindful of how deep our sinfulness runs. But, even more so, we are made mindful of Our Lord’s mercy and grace to us during every time of trial and temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 4:16)a grace and mercy takes us all the way to the crown of life!
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source. This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing. Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)