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I ! I I I[ i There was a woman who was a missiona in a foreign country. ] Things were going along very well. People came to church and visited her. They were kind After some months she started to worry because their lives weren't changing. They were still going to the Wl'/ch doctor i I IIII i. i;day. and practicing their other religion. She confronted them about this one ,, They said, We go to the witch doctor because he loves us enough to I tell us what to do. Your God sounds nice, but He must not be too con- j cerned about us or want to be a part 0f our lives because you don't tell I us what to do. i i 1 r Interesting' isn't it? We independent Americans dn't like it when we i t are told what to do especially when it comes to faith and religion. Yet, ) like the people in the story above, I think our souls want this, if the en- l ergy is right, if the energy is love. :i i PRO _ we have the Ten Commandments. Jesus gave us the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is eager to say thatHe has not abolished the law. He even | ............. N .... ::" expands the law. For example, You shall not kill is expanded to in2 | i : Pu ing bur Image Firsf clude anger (Matthew 5:21-26). And yet, we must remind ourselves that the law, any law, is not an ,i . ' . end in itself. So, what is the purpose of the law9 " ~.,~; ~ !~:~;:-~ ...... ~.~. ~ 47NoWn2i leO' 3 The law helps us see who we are and who is. The law reveals our It, .... prejudice, sin, and limitedness. At this same moment, we see-that God i i ' .:::: ......... :: Phone: 320-839-2542 is perfect, eternal, and infinite. The moment we notice this, when we see ~ ~:~ii~ ~!.~. air ~*~ ~ ~ Fox:320-839-2543 we are failures, then God's love can draw us nearer to Him Likeapow- P . . info-@ m. I erful vacuum, we cannot escape His ull "% ...... -ii: : il, ' " , I The mistake we often make it to use the law against others, to make t [ 1 ii . ] them feel small. We use the Gospel like a stick and tell people that they, I . p Y ................. ......... are going to hell if they don't obey I heard a astor once sa , "There are a lot of people, who love God that are going to hell.t" '~ , ~ ~ ~ ~e That ls not possible! The goal lS to love God! Our job isn't to be oer- ..... ; lrthdays fectfollowersoflaw, but to be connected to God through love. This c'on. I! ,,, nection to God has a purifying effect on us. His love changes our| behavior. We become, better peop .le By obeying Jesus' command to love, | we end up obeying all the commandments, little by little. i.~ ~ ~k ~ ~:_ ~ .... |can Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calen- So. Jesus does tell us what to do. He tells us to love This love builds | ......... : dar While the law can change our behavior on the outside, the love of God I Tuesday, July27 intimacy with God and others. We find out that he DOES care about us. | I ;: i: PaJeanette Kaercher-Ashlev Feldick'tMcEwen. Sharon M.Smith, JefSl - changes us from the inside. It is a slower change. It'takes us time to learn how to love. Like the Prodigal Son we make mistakes, lots of them. frey Van Dimberg, Dann Callahan, But we must trust that God will catch us when we fall because He catches l ' $ Adam Schneider, BrOoke Erin us with love and mercy, not a stick or hellfire. He knows what He is f Fraasch, Jaiden Conroy, Darlene doing. He has patience with us prodigals, and even loves us. Nichols Born I like this statement by St. Augustine: Wednesday, July 28 "Therefore, once for all this shortcommand is given to you: Love and do what you will. | Derek Knutson, Steve Krietlow, If you keep silent, keep silent by love; | Tom Dew, Merle Lynn Rasmussen, If you speak, speak by love; | I ...... . Jenn Hasslen, Sarah Goodhart, Cody I These Weekly Church Notices Moser, TroyHagen... - If you correct, correct by love;| If you pardon, pardon by love; | I ...... . Thursaay, jmy 29 Let love be rooted in you, and from the root nothing but good can | I Courtesy at the bollowtno Ptrms ....... , grow." | Mike Teske, Lance Cody Swezey ] J ,3 Daneen bogenreff, Isaiah Streed, Don't forget the study on the Gospel of Matthew on my blog: pon- | I Mikala Ann J. Gimmestad, Joshua Nelson, Carter Brown I Steven G. Wlnther, DDS Carlson Orufl Frida "ul ;0 l .,. | I ................ Your Locall Owned & Operated _ Y, J Y " ~; Peace be with you. " . ~, I y ................. Kristen Ann Reisdorph, Tammi Ortonvifle MN ~lt~t~ Two Pharmacists " ~~.::.~: :~.~~w,,*~:~x