BASIC Update 1-25-17

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A Thought

636206212933509364-usp-news-presidential-inaugurationPresident Trump was inaugurated the other day. Many Americans were excited for something new while others started buildings on fire. In the midst of excitement, protests, riots, and angry Instagram videos and other social media posts, many overlooked something that was a big deal. God was mentioned…many times as a matter of fact…during the inauguration.

Various people led prayers. People talked about God and Jesus and blessings for our country. Public reaction to these prayers varied. Some were excited that God was being talked about while others were angry that “the imaginary friend” of “Christians” was talked about. While it might seem like it should be exciting for Christians that there were prayers and God was mentioned in a public political assembly, we have to be on our guard.

Take a look at this post from the BabylonBee. The author of this post sees the problem that far too many overlook. Who is praying? What are they teaching? What was the content of their prayers? Were they actually Biblical or just a way of hijacking God’s name to claim blessings? I’ve said many times that the Devil’s favorite color is off-white. It looks almost right, but is actually totally wrong. As Christians we need to know God’s Word, internalize it so that IT guides our lives rather than the winds of blowing doctrine that can lead us down dangerous paths (take a look at 1 Timothy 4).

None of this is to say that the new administration is “from the Devil” or something. No, but we need to pray for all of our leaders and when people start invoking God’s name and praying to God, we need to be on guard and ask “To whom are you praying? The one true God who promises eternal life through Jesus Christ or the genie in the sky who will give you your heart’s desire?” Come to church and Sunday School, get into a rhythm of reading the Psalms and God’s Word as a whole so that when false teachings pop up, you can hear them and catch them before they catch you. God be with you as you go through your week.

Bible Study
High School/College-Age: Ed Building and we’ll continue digging into the book of Matthew.
7th-8th graders: Multipurpose room discussing the Synoptic Gospels with Mr. Stumpf.

Donuts
THERE’S A NEW DONUT AND COFFEE SHEET IN THE NARTHEX!
1/29 – Byers
See the website for the rest of the schedule and to sign up.

Calendar
2/10-2/11
The District just announced (today) that there will be a catechesis retreat coming up for those in grades 5-8. I’ll send home more info at Midweek for all who are interested. It’s a great opportunity to get away and dig into our Christian faith. This is for all 5th-8th grade students. More info to come.

2/19
Youth Group from 12-2 – This is the same day as a Meet and Greet of new members at the church so we’re going to get some food together over in the Multi-purpose room to meet some new members of the Immanuel family and then split off to the Ed Building for games, conversation, and fellowship.

2/25
Youth vs Adult Bowling – 3-5pm at West Park Bowl in Columbia. It’s $2 per game and $2 for shoes. The first round will be crazy bowl and then normal games after that. I’m excited to help the youth show the adults a thing or two about bowling. Have questions? Let me know.

We’ll have a service event at the Seminary and bowling coming up soon. I’ll have more info here next week.

Feel free to call or visit with questions, or to just talk in general.