Friday, January 31, 2014

Bible study Jan 31

Jan 31
Old Testament; Job 19-21:34
Job is tiring of his torment.  Yet, he says, ”I know my Redeemer lives and in the end He will stand upon the Earth.”
Life lesson; isn’t it amazing how just simple faith, can keep us going?
New Testament; Mathew 21:1-17
Jesus said, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”
Life lesson; in today’s world there are many people trying to make big bucks as Evangelist.  I often wonder, where their hearts are.  Be careful to get your council from the Bible and solid Biblical teachings.  Do not be fooled by wolves in sheep’s clothing, false prophets.
Psalm 18:1-6
“I love you O Lord my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bible study Jan 30

Jan 30
Old Testament; Job 15:1-18:21
Job and his friends go back and forth about his dilemma.  Job knows the truth between him and God.  Life Lesson:  We know the truth between God and ourselves too.  To deeper understand this truth I read the Bible.
New Testament;
Mathew 20:20-34 Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must become your servant.  And whoever wants to be first must be your slave.”
Life lesson; to serve God humility is required.
Psalm17: 13-15

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bible Study Jan 29

Old Testament; Job 11:11-14:22
During these chapters Jobs’ friends tell him to repent from his sin, so God can restore him.  Job tells them that he has done nothing wrong.  Possibly he is being punished for his youth. (13:26) Job says, “God is all-powerful”. Job knows God punishes sin, but he cannot think of anything he has done.  His friends can’t believe that he is not guilty.
12; 12  “Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?
Life Lesson; Our sin and punishments are between God and us, no one knows our hearts desires as GOD does, therefore we should not judge each other.
New Testament; Mathew 20:1-19
This is the parable of the workers in the vineyard.  The Landowner paid workers the same wage regardless of how long they had worked.  The workers, who had agreed in the morning to work a full day for one denarius, were upset that the ones who only worked an hour received the same wage.  The Landowner reminded them, isn’t this the wage we agreed upon?
Life lesson; this reminds me of salvation through Jesus Christ.  It is sometimes hard to accept that someone who has lived the worst life possible can be forgiven on his or her deathbed and still enter the kingdom of God.  For me, now I am thankful this truth, because I have people, whom I love, that have until that moment the opportunity to trust Christ and be saved.  Clearly, those of us who trust Jesus in our daily life, have a greater peace here and now.   Face it; It feels good to work in God’s kingdom, regardless of the wage.
Psalm 17:6-12  “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bible study Jan. 28

Jan. 28
Old Testament; Job 8:1-10:22
While reading these passages it is very evident that Job is in great despair.  He knows God is all-powerful and can relieve him of his pain and suffering.  He doesn’t understand why he is being punished as a wicked man because he doesn’t know what he did wrong.  Through his pain, he doesn’t curse God; he does however wish he were never born.
Life lesson; Job wishes he was never born.  Yet, his story of suffering and tremendous patience is a beautiful example for the rest of.  Even non-believers have heard the expression, ”You have the patience of Job.”  This reminds me that regardless of how I feel about a situation, God is at work.  We can trust even the worse case scenario will be turned around for His glory.

New Testament; Mathew 19:16-30 
The rich young man asked Jesus, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”   Jesus told him to obey the Commandments, He said, “all these I have kept, what else do I lack?”  21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in Heaven.  Then come follow me.”
Life Lesson; This rich young man honestly thought he was without blame.  Jesus wanted him to realize he needed a savior, that no one is good except God.  He cannot earn his way to Heaven.  Yet, because of his wealth, this young man was used to controlling outcomes and could not simply let Jesus be in charge of his salvation. 

Proverbs 3:11-20
13“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom.”

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fit Bit ( lying lips on heavy hips)

Fit Bit (lying lips can increase our hips)
Psalm 17: 1 “Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; listen to my cry.  Give ear to my prayer-it does not rise from deceitful lips.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could say that?  If we could all say, “I do not have deceitful lips.”

The truth is most of us tell untruths, at least once in a while.
God warns us not to bear false witness in His 10 Commandments.  When we do anything against God’s commands it creates emptiness in our souls.  Do you know what I mean by this?  When we intentionally go against His Holy Spirit and lie, we instantly have a feeling of regret and guilt.  That feeling creates emptiness.  When we feel empty on the inside it is easy to fill ourselves with something from this world, such as junk food, pop or alcohol.  Therefore, increasing our hips.  When we overeat it is often a symptom of emptiness inside.

The GOOD NEWS is Jesus came, lived, suffered, died and rose again so you can be free!!!!

Try to keep your thoughts, words and deeds pure, but when you can’t, repent and trust that Jesus is filling you from the inside with His love and forgiveness.

Be fit and be blessed,


Bible study Jan 27

Jan 27,2014 (Frank Vancil’s 90th Birthday!)
Old Testament Job 4:1-7:23 during these chapters, job is ranting, in my opinion. I found it hard to get a lot of meaning except that he was in great pain and would prefer death.  He asked for forgiveness but, did not know what he had done wrong.  We learned earlier he had done nothing wrong; this torment was simply a display of his faith.  Life lesson; Truly when we are suffering it is better to keep our eyes on Jesus and His promises then on our pain.
New Testament Mathew 19:1-15 Jesus speaks here of divorce.  4”Haven’t you read”, he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, 5 and said, For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 6 So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Life lesson; marriage is a physical joining between a man and a woman, when we take it lightly we are tearing our very flesh apart.
Psalm 17:1-5 1”Hear O Lord, my righteous lea; listen to my cry.  Give ear to my prayer-it does not rise from deceitful lips.”  Side note; wouldn’t it be nice we never had deceitful lips?

Happy Birthday my dear friend, Francis J. Vancil!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bible study Jan 26

Jan 26

Old Testament Job 1:1-3:26
Job was stricken and lost his vast fortune, his children and his health.  He cursed the day he was born.  Through all his distress he remained faithful to our Lord.
Life Lesson; God loves us in times of prosperity and times of is right to worship and be faithful to Him regardless of our circumstances.
New Testament Mathew 18:10-35
19  “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven.  20 For when two of three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Life lesson; What ever your troubles, joy or desires go to our Lord in Prayer, and Pray in agreement.  Side note; When my son Chan had a horrible car accident going 100 miles an hour, I could feel the tremendous pour of God working through the agreement of many praying.  Thank you Father for this marvelous gift of prayer in agreement.

Psalm 16:1-11
2  “I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, apart from you I have no good thing.”

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bible study Jan 25

Jan 25

Old Testament Genesis 49; 1-50:26;
Jacob passes, Joseph’s brothers become afraid that he will punish them for selling him into slavery so they bow down to him and plead with him.  He tells them, “There is no need to plead, what you meant for my harm God meant for my good.”  Life lesson; sometimes we wish things could be different, yet, regardless of our circumstances, God can use it all for our good.
New Testament Mathews17: 14-18:9
Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain.  “Move from here to there and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you. “ Life Lesson; Stay strong in faith and you will stay strong in life.
Psalm 15:1-5  “who keeps his oath even when it hurts”
It is sometimes very hard to tell the whole truth.  Try your best, it is pleasing to God to do so.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Faith and Fitness Exercise classes

Faith and Fitness exercise classes
Starting Thursday, February 6th at 6:30pm is our “Grooving Grace” exercise class.
This class is 20-30 minutes of Cardiovascular conditioning, “moving to the music
Followed by strength training and stretching.  All the music is Up- lifting, inspirational, Christian songs.  While we are exercising we are also worshiping, it is a very fun and motivating way to be fit.  Please come, bring your friends and family.  This is a great class for all ages and abilities.  We are opening all classes up to anyone who would like to attend.

What’s going on; Thursdays 5:45-6:15 “Rock Solid Wellness”
                                   Thursdays at 6; 30-7:30 pm  “Grooving Grace”
                                   Mondays at 5:00-5:50pm “Walk and Worship”/ “Grace”

Where; St John’s Lutheran Church school, Sparta Wi in the gymnasium.

Cost; this 10 week class is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.            (Scholarships are available for whoever wants them)

Questions and to sign up; Kimberly A. Mathews 608-487-4879  or sign up on list at church.

 “Rock Solid Wellness” is a wellness class with a health topic of the week, group discussion designed to help each person reach their health goals.  The focus here is True fitness through faith.  When Jesus is our cornerstone, we can have the strength and desire to treat our bodies as “His Temple not our Trash Can.”

“Walk and Worship” bring your own favorite Christian music to play in the Gym sound system while you walk.  Then feel free to attend our 6:00pm service.

“Grace” Is a stretch and strengthening class, with a great core workout.

*Kimberly will teach Grace classes on Monday nights as her schedule allows for those who prefer the class to walking.