Expectation Vs. Reality

What people want to happen this time of year and what actually happens are often drastically different. Some want peace and get stress. Some want happiness and get grief. Some want togetherness and they feel more alone than ever. What’s wrong? Often, we base our expectations on our earthly reality. This Advent, as we get ready for Christmas, God wants us to know the reality he has given us. That reality helps us live with the right expectations for the present, the future, and forever. With his reality our expectations will be met and then some, because Jesus is the Savior who came, who saved us, and who has an eternal home for us. 

Join us at 10:30am each Sunday leading up to Christmas for the series "Expectation vs. Reality".

December 3rd: Repentance
December 10th: Happiness
December 17th: Ready to Receive

What Jesus Said: Generosity

Many people get a little uncomfortable when the topic of money comes up, especially in church. Jesus, however, was not at all uncomfortable with the topic. That’s because he knew that money wasn’t really the issue. The real issue is the heart. 

Jesus came from the viewpoint that everything we are and have comes from God—the God who not only promises to provide generously for all our needs, but also gave up his own life so that we could have and enjoy life to the full. As we take a closer look at what Jesus said about generosity we seek to better understand God’s heart and what his overwhelming generosity looks like and means for our everyday lives.

November 12th: Generous God

November 19th: Generous Life

November 26th: Generous Heart

Come check out what Jesus said about generosity at 10:30am the next 3 weeks!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).

500 Years of Grace

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 Theses for debate on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany (the church door served as the bulletin board for the University in town).  These 95 statements questioned the practice of selling papers called "indulgences" in order to forgive sins and/or lessen time spent in purgatory. In years that followed, Martin Luther led a reformation, which led people back to the true teachings of the Bible: law, gospel, and salvation given as a free gift from God through faith in Jesus as the Savior of the world. We praise God for the work of Martin Luther and the other reformers, for the 500 years of grace since that time, but especially for the grace he has shown by rescuing us from our sins and their eternal consequences, and instead promising us eternal life in heaven!

Join us as we explore the "Alone"-s of the Reformation:

October 15th: Christ Alone

October 22nd: Grace Alone

October 29th: Faith Alone

November 5th: Scripture Alone

 

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The BASICS

In an age when nearly everything is advertised as new and improved, when technology promises to make life easier and simpler, but often merely adds to stress and makes life more complex, and when views on the Bible's message and Christianity are more varied and full of more questions than ever, we need to get back to the basics. And so this summer at Shepherd of the Lakes, that is what we'll do. As we study the the book of Romans, chapters 1-8, we will dive into the basics of the Christian faith, one word at a time. 

June 11th: Atonement
June 18th: Righteousness
June 25th: Reconciliation
July 2nd: Reversal
July 9th: Buried (Baptism)
July 16th: Battling (Sin)
July 23rd: Longing (Eschatology)
August 6th: Praying (Prayer)
August 13th: Chosen (Predestination)
August 20th: Inseparable (Providence)

Every Sunday at 10:30am, come and see the beauty of the good news of Christianity, explained through these 10 words!

The Easter Foundation

The reality is, everyone is a builder. We're all trying to build a life. To build a happy future. Everyone is a builder. 

That means that everyone is building on something. What is it for you? What is your foundation? What is your underlying source of strength? What is the hope the trumps all other hopes? The dream that is big enough to sustain you even if all your other dreams are shattered? 

Is the foundation of your life strong? Strong enough to carry you through difficult times? To hold you up when life gets extremely hard? 

Everyone is a builder. So, what are you building your life upon? What is your foundation?

"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done." - Psalm 118:17,22

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THE EASTER FOUNDATION

Sunday, April 16th, 10:30am

Breakfast served beginning at 9:30. Easter egg hunt after worship.

Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church | 8420 Runyan Lake Road, Fenton

See you here! 

Like Us In Every Way

Sin brings so many severe and awful consequences into our lives. In order to free us from them all, Jesus became just like us, suffering the smart of every one of those consequences. Through this series we’ll gain a renewed appreciation for what it is we’ve been rescued from and all that Jesus went through to make this rescue possible. 

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

March 5: Our Temptation

March 12: Our Guilt

March 19: Our Weakness

March 26: (Break from the series with guest preacher and presenter John Kenyon)

April 2: Our Sorrow

April 9: Our Disgrace (Palm Sunday)

Aha!

Have you ever had one of those moments when something just clicked? Maybe you were experiencing angst over some decision or you didn’t know how to solve a problem. And then, just like that, it all became clear. Suddenly, you wonder why you didn’t see it earlier. 

The world we live in has some pretty serious issues with God and the Bible. There are things he does that just don’t seem to make sense. It’s like, in some ways, God is hiding from us. But every once and a while he pulls back that veil and helps us see and understand something we’ve never understood before. These are big moments when suddenly God’s plan and God’s great love become clearer. 

In this four week Epiphany (Epiphany is a historic season of the Christian church year, and is also defined as "a sudden insight") series we’ll explore world-changing, life-altering “aha” moments in the lives of a number of God’s New Testament followers. It is our prayer that these “aha” moments will also help to bring clarity and understanding to us and to our spiritual journey today.

January 8th: A Savior for All

January 15th: The Lamb of God

January 22nd: The One to Follow

January 29th: True Happiness

Unbelievable

It seems unbelievable...that someone could predict with miraculous clarity events over 700 years in the future. But that's exactly what the prophet Isaiah did! Over 700 years before Jesus lived on this earth, Isaiah prophesied some of the best news of the entire Bible. Join us in preparing for Christmas at 10:30am each Sunday with Isaiah's "good news" message:

November 27th: Unexpected Grace for those Facing Judgment
December 4th: New Life Coming out of Death
December 11th: An Eternal Home for those in Exile
December 18th: Great Light for those in Darkness

His Promise

Come as your are and experience just a couple of the many amazing promises Jesus has made for you!

October 30 Reformation “You Are Free.”

We live in the land of the free, and there are few things we value more than freedom. At the core of our being, we want the freedom to do what we want, to have what we want, and even to believe what we want. But that isn’t true freedom. This world and our own doing will never provide the absolute sensation of freedom. Despite our efforts, we are always competing, always desiring more, always having to work harder. Martin Luther learned this lesson as he tried to find real freedom in this life. He found it. In Christ Jesus, your heart is completely set free because of his gracious work, his life, his efforts. Only in Christ will you be blissfully and truly free.

 

November 6 – Last Judgment “You Don’t Need To Fear.”

Every person has faced a pending judgment. A kid caught stealing now stands before their parents. A young adult caught cheating in class now stands before their teacher. An adult caught slacking at work or showing up late now stands before their boss. Knowing your fate is in someone else's hands is frightening. How much more frightened are we as we stand before the all-knowing God with all of our sins laid bare? The promise of the Last Judgment is filled with grace and mercy. With complete confidence, we know as Christians that we don’t have to fear that day. We know, in Christ Jesus, we are declared innocent in his blood. Praise be to Christ!

 

November 13 – Saints Triumphant “You Will Live.”

Nothing is more guaranteed in this life than death. No matter how advanced medicine, science, and healthcare get, every human being will face death. Even though we know this, it doesn’t necessarily make death easier to handle. Death is horrid. Death is absolutely not right. Thanks be to our loving God that he would not put up with it. Instead, today we celebrate the greatest gift mankind has ever been given. Through the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ, we will not die, but live. And more than that, our eternity is not just a place of ethereal bliss, but a real life. A life in which Jesus will bless us with everything this world lacks.

 

November 20 – Thanksgiving/Christ the King “It Will All Be Made Right.”

Why is this happening? That is a question that arises in the midst of many of life’s issues. Financial loss. Being back-stabbed by a friend. Natural disaster. The sudden loss of a loved one. The reality of a sin-stricken world is that there will be anguish, suffering, and disappointment. An imperfect world brings imperfect and often terrifying events. But we give thanks that this is not how it will be forever. Instead, Christ the ruler of all things points us to a day when none of those problems will touch us ever again. In paradise, the evils of our current world will be undone and made right. We look forward to that day where we will live in a world that is right, forever.

Healthy Habits...

...Of Ever-Growing Christians


Almost everyone has an ideal of how they'd like to live life, how they'd like to be. She knows how he'd like to treat her family, he knows how he'd like to treat his friends...but it's all easier said than done. The Bible not only lays out what healthy habits of ever-growing Christians are, but also shows us the power that enables us to live in such ways, and tells us what happens when we inevitably don't. 

9/18 - Wisdom With Wealth

9/25 - Making the Most of Opportunities

10/2 - Doing Your Duty

10/9 - Living Thankfully

10/16 - Praying Persistently

Come check out what the Bible says about healthy ways to live your life, and what gives you the power to live such a life, at 10:30am each Sunday--hope to see you here @ 8420 Runyan Lake Road just south of Fenton!