St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church & School
Midweek Lenten Worship - 2021
Today (3/3/21) is the third of our midweek worship services. We will hear about Peter's hands of misguided zeal with Pastor Jasper Sellnow of St. Paul's in Adams preaching.
You can join us at 3:30pm in Wonewoc or at 7pm at St. Paul's in Hillsboro. If you can't make it in person for either service, you can watch the Wonewoc service on our YouTube channel (click here).
This Week's Worship Video - February 28, 2021
We know that suffering falls up on everyone in this life. Jesus also makes the strong point that being his follower means setting aside the desires our sinful heart and being willing to suffer anything and sacrifice anything to follow him. This only happens when we know and believer who we are and what we have in Jesus.
Click on the picture above or the heading to watch the video. God bless your worship this week.
Daily Devotion - Wednesday, March 3, 2021
When do you know you’re on the right path, doing the right thing?
Maybe it has to do with feelings. We know that “gut instinct” is something people live by. But that instinct is shaped by our conscience and our experience. While everyone has a conscience, it’s not perfect. Our conscience is also shaped by things. While it begins as a reflection of our natural knowledge of God and his law, if we’re not taught about God and his written law from the Scriptures, our conscience will be shaped by other things and eventually erode and waste away when it comes to certain sins.
Our feelings are also usually tied to the feelings of others. If I believe something to be wrong but people that I know and love have a different view and are offended by my view (today this happens especially with sexual sins, but it’s certainly not limited to them), I may “feel” like what I thought was wrong is not only not wrong but something to be celebrated.
Clearly, feelings are not a reliable measure of whether or not we’re on the right path. Nor are the thoughts of the majority.
There are people today who use surveys to justify their views. When a survey shows that many or most of our fellow citizens have become “enlightened” on a matter of morality, as opposed to the sad and unenlightened times of 20, 30, 50 or more years ago, this “proves” that what was once thought to be wrong really isn’t. Of course, just because a majority of people think a certain way or believe something to be true does not make their thinking right. The majority of people in this world are not Christian. If we don’t agree with their rejection of Jesus as Lord and Savior, why would we base our beliefs on what they think?
God’s Word must be what guides us in the way we should go. We confess with the psalmist, “Your words are a lamp for my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). Because Jesus walked the path to suffering and death by crucifixion, we walk a path that follows his lead in joyful confidence. It’s not the path of ultimate suffering, of being forsaken by God as Jesus was for us. It’s a path paved with forgiveness. It directs us how we can show our love for God and our neighbor, love that comes from Jesus’ love for us. It even serves as a beacon to others, not merely in how to live but in why we live the way we do. It will have painful bumps and take frustrating turns, but on this path God’s grace is evident and hope shines through.
The path of wickedness is the opposite. Despite what those on it may say and how they may feel, it’s ultimately a path of pain and destruction and hatred. It leads away from God and his love and forgiveness—all the way to hell.
Walk with Jesus each day, guided by his Word. Your path will shine to God’s glory.