Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Life-Long Discipleship

I’m fairly certain that most of you, if not all of you, were aware of the Solar Eclipse that took place on August 21st, 2017.  This spectacular event in nature has been all over the news lately and the areas in our country that were in the path of complete totality experienced a vast number of visitors coming to witness the show. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that many of the friends and members of Dekorra picked up some special glasses, or crafted a pair for themselves and/or family members, so that they could witness the solar spectacle in all its glory. 

            Of course with all of the attention that was being given to such a rare and extraordinary incident taking place on our planet, it isn’t hard for us to imagine that there were rumors flying that this was a sign of a forthcoming apocalypse, or God’s judgment upon our nation.  And I can somewhat understand that for the conspiracy theorists out there it wasn’t too much of a stretch for them to see the solar eclipse as a symbol of the darkness in our world extinguishing the light.  After all, with the recent protests by hate groups in Charlottesville, and the numerous threats from terrorists and countries like North Korea warning us of an inevitable nuclear attack, it isn’t too hard for panic and anxiety to cause people to wonder if the end of the world is at hand.

            In the Word for Everyday Alvin Rogness writes, “We live with an uneasy feeling that catastrophe may be just around the corner. We are human, and as such are dependent and independent beings. We know that we don’t have everything under control. In a twinkling of an eye our lives can be changed or gone.” He goes on to remind us that although we can’t be sure what will happen today or tomorrow, we are to remember that as Disciples of Christ we need to continually remind ourselves that our lives in God are sure!  It is only in our Heavenly Father that we can find strength and certainty.  He has shown us that he loves us unconditionally and that his ultimate desire for us is to have a loving relationship with Him and with each other. 

To make this even more clear, in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus is teaching a crowd of people about their inability to serve two masters (God and Wealth) he reminds them that they need not worry about their life because God knows what they need and will provide for us. In fact, not only does he provide us with the basic necessities of life such as air, food, and water, he has also taken care of our eternal future through the death of Jesus on the cross. Our eternal existence with the creator of the universe is assured and instead of worrying we are called to participate in the kingdom of God as we seek to be disciples who not only spend a lifetime learning about God, but also who put into practice all the wonderful things we are taught by Him.

As September begins there will be a number of wonderful opportunities for us to grow in knowledge and understanding of the Lord at Dekorra Lutheran.  Sunday school will kick off with a Rally day on September 10th, our Confirmation program will begin with an orientation for parents and children on September 13th at 6:30pm, Bible studies will continued to be held on Thursdays at 4:45pm and Fridays at 9:45am, and to celebrate the 500 year Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Pastor Ryan will be leading an adult study called By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.  All of these things and more will be offered up this fall to help you as you seek to follow Jesus and grow in your faith.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Ryan Rouse. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. I am glad stop by your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I am also blessed and feel privileged and honored to get connected with you as well as know you as a Pastor. I enjoyed going through your post on Life Long Discipleship. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged,strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 38 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the brokenhearted. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have your young people coming to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. I am sure they will have a life changing experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar WAnkhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and ministry.