Excerpt from August, 2018 "The Mountain Top Messenger" newsletter...

We here we are entering the final third of our North Wisconsin summer. As I look back at the first two months the thought comes to mind; "where did those two months go already?"...

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August 2018 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter
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We here we are entering the final third of our North Wisconsin summer. As I look back at the first two months the thought comes to mind; "where did those two months go already?" it also seems like it has been a summer of extremes, extreme heat, extreme wind, extreme rain, and sometimes it seemed like all three at the same time. But even with all those extremes it has been, at least for me a very enjoyable summer so far. I have gotten in my share of golf, I have visited all of our shut ins several times already, and in July I have had the privilege to conduct worship services at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Little Girls Point (LGP). It is a wonderful little church and a great group of people that worship there. And now August looks like a busy month as well, we have VBS starting August 6 going through the 8th, I have two more Saturdays to help out at LGP, and I have a wedding to conduct. Now, I don't want you to get the wrong idea, I am certainly not complaining about my schedule, nor do I want you to think that I am busier than anyone else. My point in this is to share a little something, and that something is, that in all our busyness, all our running around, whether it be at a golf course, at a beach, watching fireworks, or enjoying time fishing, picnicking or just being part of nature, there is always an opportunity to first, take in the grandeur and beauty of God's marvelous creation and thank him for all that he has provided for us. Secondly, when you are doing all that be ready to share the good news of the Gospel while you are doing it. It may just be me, but I have had more opportunity to share God's message of love and salvation this summer than ever before. The other thing that I have found is that it seems to me that people seem far more interested in listening, to hearing God’s Word, to asking good questions about what it is all really about. I don't know if you have noticed but I believe people are starving for direction, for meaning, for some kind of understanding, particularly as they see, more and more, that the world does not have all the answers. All we have to do is be ready to offer and answer when they question, we have to be like Paul. Paul was in Athens, surrounded by an idolatrous world looking for answers and they invited him to speak. Paul took that opportunity to tell them about God, he pointed out their statue to the unknown god, and explained to them about the God, the God who made heaven and earth, the God who also sent His Son to die for them to save them from their sin and from their lost world. If you would like to read the account, you can find it in Acts 17:22-34. I highly recommend it.

The point in all this, as Paul said to his disciple Timothy, and I say to you: "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions," (2 Timothy 4:1-3).

Share the message of Christ my friends, the time is short, I have a note that hangs on my desk that I received many years ago, it says the following; "Every person you meet is either spending eternity with God in Heaven or separated from Him in Hell."

As you travel this summer and always, remember, when is He coming? Soon!

Share the message of salvation.

May the peace of God keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, Amen

Pastor Rick
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August 2018 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter