WELS
Search   for     
Flash: ON  
Welcome


We are a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a church body committed to sharing life in Jesus with people throughout the world.

Pastor's most recent sermons!

We are located on Pippin Rd., in close proximity to Fairfield, Forest Park, Seven Hills, Hamilton, and southern Butler County
Find us on Facebook


Christmas Season Schedule

Chistmas Eve - December 24th
Family Worship 5:00 PM
Candlelight Service 7:00 PM


Christmas Day - December 25th
Festival of Carols 10:00 AM

Sunday Services
8:30 and 11:00 am
Sunday School and Adult Bible Class between services

 

 2014 Live Nativity



 

3 Year Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 23

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is Deuteronomy 23.

General:

  • Chapter 23 begins with some various commands about those who were to be restricted from attending the assemblies of Israel
    • One thought on verse 1 is that it might be a reference to the priests serving the false god Baal, who would sometimes castrate themselves as part of their service
    • In verses 3-6 Israel was forbidden from taking part in a treaty with Moab, since the people of this country had led many Israelites into sin and idolatry
    • The Israelites were not to despise people from Edom (the descendants of Esau) or people from Egypt, since it was in this country that God made Israel into a large nation
  • The second section of this chapter deals with some regulations for keeping their camps ceremonially clean
    • As is true with all these ordinances regarding cleanness, God was not only caring for the health of the Israelites but also teaching them the concept of sin as filth; Israel needed to be cleansed from it
  • The last section is a collection of miscellaneous laws
    • The law in verses 15-16 was designed to save a slave from a cruel and inhumane master; they would not be returned but would be set free
    • “Shrine prostitutes” are mentioned in verse 17
      • Many of the nations around Israel practiced a form of religion that included sex in their worship practices
        • This naturally resulted in many prostitutes offering their services at the temple
      • God prohibited the Israelites from engaging in this behavior or bringing the proceeds from such actions as an offering to Him
    • God also gave some laws regarding the charging of interest
      • The Israelites were not to charge their fellow Israelites interest on a loan
        • The thinking being: if an Israelite was borrowing money, they would be in dire straits financially; God wanted the Israelites to reach out in love
      • Foreigners, however, could be charged interest
        • The thinking being: a foreigner taking out a loan was likely wealthy enough to do business in a foreign land and was not taking out a loan to survive, but rather to invest
      • Jesus did not forbid children of God from using a system of interest, as is clear in the parables of the talents and minas in the Gospels
        • Jesus did, however, encourage the disciples to help out those who were in need
      • Verses 24-25 describe the practice of leaving some of your harvest behind in the field in order to provide for those traveling and for the poor
        • We see that practice later on in the book of Ruth

What does it lead me to confess?                                                      



Keep Reading >>

3 Year Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 22

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is Deuteronomy 22.

General:

  • Chapter 22 begins with various instructions about aspects of Israelite life
    • Verses 1-4 include actions that would be loving toward one’s neighbor
      • These are not only commands to avoid doing bad things to others but encouragements to be on the lookout for nice things you can do for someone else
      • Helping retrieve someone’s lost animal was a simple way to demonstrate God’s love for someone else
    • Verse 5 perhaps refers to the worship of false gods in Canaan, which it appears may have involved some element of cross dressing
    • Verses 6-7 seem to be driven by kindness to lesser creatures
      • Israel would learn the principle of treating others with gentleness
      • A mother bird would also be able to have more young, and thus life would be continued
    • Verses 9-11 seem to offer commands that aren’t terribly related
      • One thought is that each of these commands provides an object lesson on the importance of remaining separate from other nations
      • God wanted Israel to be a light, drawing the other nations of the world to the true God rather than assimilating with other unbelieving cultures
    • Verse 12 provided an aspect of dress that would serve the purpose of setting the Israelites apart from the nations around them
  • Verses 13-21 deal with a man’s potential accusations against his new bride
    • This law protected against a man trying to get out of a marriage by falsely claiming he had discovered his wife was not a virgin when they were married
  • Verses 22-30 deal with various types of adultery and the punishments for such actions
    • God was serious about wanting to protect His gift of sex, which was to be reserved only for married husband and wife
    • God also gave commands and punishments to warn people against the serious crime of sexual assault; it would not be tolerated in any case

What does it lead me to confess?                                                      



Keep Reading >>

View All Posts

Our Preschool and Kindergarten enrolling now!
 
We have openings in both the three-year-old (Tuesday and Thursday morning) and four-year-old (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) classes. There are also openings in the kindergarten which meets full days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
Call now to schedule a visit at (513) 825-2290
or
check out the Pre-K Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mrskiedrowski.
 
Applications are available on this website.
 

 


Today's Devotion
Bookmark and Share
Forward in Christ
Copyright ©  2014 Beautiful Savior. All Rights Reserved.