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Savior of Ordinary People


Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

By Rev. Paul Ibisch

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:8-11 NIV

Do you feel like your life is going nowhere and no one cares? Have you ever been a dishwasher? In one episode of the television series “Undercover Boss,” the CEO of a large restaurant chain went in disguise to be trained as a dishwasher. He was shocked to find the dishwasher who worked hard and fast in a hot, steamy environment for low wages had a negative attitude about his job. The CEO complained to the manager about the employee’s attitude rather than experiencing the job firsthand.

There are many people who work hard for low wages in dead end jobs. The shepherds watching sheep outside of Bethlehem are perfect examples. What did the future hold for them? Each day work involved long nights with just enough money to live. These were the people God selected to receive the angels’ announcement of the world’s Savior. Does God’s choice surprise you? If you knew what the Bible said, you’d know that God cares about people who are ordinary people and especially those who are needy. One of the Psalms written about the coming Messiah states, “May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor (Psalm 72:4 NIV).”

Jesus is that Savior. Jesus has crushed the power of the devil by his death for our sin and his resurrection. Jesus has promised to come again as Judge to right the wrongs and saved his people. This Savior is the cause of “great joy for all the people" especially ordinary people like shepherds, dishwashers, and you and me. For the believer Jesus brings forgiveness and hope of eternal joy in heaven.

See you in church!

Rev. Paul Ibisch, with 28 years of parish ministry, continues to teach the Bible, guest preach, publish devotionals, and encourage the work of local congregations. Telephone: 608-799-0990

Live Nativity at Lanesboro United Methodist Church

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

From a “dirty” nativity with travel-worn shepherds to elaborate stained glass windows, people have many ways to tell the story of the first Christmas. On Sunday December 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Lanesboro United Methodist Church will have an ..... 
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Company’s Coming

Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

By Rev. Paul Ibisch “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Rev. 3:1 ..... 
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Mabel United Methodist raffle winners announced

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

The Mabel United Methodist Church held its annual raffle drawing on Wednesday, November 13 at the conclusion of its bazaar. Thirty prizes were given to the following winners: 1.) Miles Breitsprecher of Mabel won $50 donated by Terry Sagdalen 2. ..... 
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Christmas musical presentation

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Faith & Worship

“All I Want for Christmas”, a children’s Christmas musical, will be presented at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) on Sunday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. About 35 children from age 3 through sixth grade ..... 
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Michael Himlie volunteers at Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Michael Himlie of Harmony, Minn., has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) assignment with Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD. Brethren Disaster Ministries follows the biblical mandate to “bear one another’s burd ..... 
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The old Lenora Church to have Thanksgiving Service

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The wood stove will crackle with warmth, the lamps will flicker in the windows and the old wood floors will creak as people come together in Thanksgiving and gratitude on November 24 at 7 p.m. at the old Lenora United Methodist Church in Lenora, Min ..... 
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Ghostly Conflict

Mon, Oct 28th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

People ask, “Do you believe in ghosts?” The answer is, “Yes,” but not in the ghosts of literary imagination or the misguided belief in spirits of the “dead departed.” The word “spirit” is often used by Bible translators ..... 
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Henrytown Lutheran Church

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

There will be no church on November 3, 2013 at Henrytown Lutheran Church, rural Canton, Minn. Instead Union Prairie Lutheran Church, 31872 State Hwy 16, Lanesboro, Minn.would like us to share in celebrating Pastor Paul Thompson’s 25 years of servi ..... 
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