Archive for August

2012-2013 Children’s Program Registration

Registration for 2012-2013  Sunday school (preschool – 5th grade), Confirmation (6th – 8th grade) and Wednesday Night Live (3rd – 5th grade) will begin Sunday, August 5th.  Look for the registration table in the gathering space.  Forms are (or will become) available online. Check program page for links to registration forms.

August 2012 Crosstalk & Calendar

August means that it is time to start thinking about the many school-year activities and programs here at LCR. In this month’s edition of the Crosstalk find information adult faith formation opportunities in adition to Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live and Confirmation registration . There’s still time to get involved with Day Camp August 6-10 as well as news from EWALU about the new Executive Director starting on September 1. There is also a special letter to the congregation from Carter Moore, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in regard to accepting a new call in Cedar Falls.

Click on the links below to download a printable version of the August newsletter and calendar from Resurrection.

August 2012 Crosstalk Newsletter

August 2012 Calendar of Church Events

Sunday School Registration Forms On-Line

SS Disciple Ship Registration (9:45)

Praise Island Registration (11:00)

Sunday School Consent and Release Form (Both programs)

 

Registration forms for both Sunday Schools can be printed from the above links. Be sure to print off the  Sunday school form for the time slot you want and the  consent and release form. Fill the forms out and return them to church. Forms cannot be filled out on-line at this time. Thanks!

Sunday school starts August 21st and will be held Labor Day weekend.

 

August 2011 Crosstalk & Calendar

This month: An all new Crosstalk! A new format and new look designed to be easier to read and find the information you are looking for either online or in print.

August -A Celebration of Discipleship. Now is the time to be thinking about a fall discipleship for your children and for yourself. Find information on registration & classes starting this month and in September. Come to the Celebration of Discipleship event on Sunday, Augusat 21 and the Small Group kick-off on the 28th. A visit and program from the Stadtlanders – missionaries in Senegal and guest preacher Pastor Gloria Dovre from the Southeastern Iowa Synod.

Note: In the printed version of the Crosstalk the calendar appears as the centerfold on pages 6 & 7. In order to make this a full-page, printable document it was necessary to separate it from the rest of the newsletter. The original page numbers of the newsletter remain on the document.

August 2011 Crosstalk Newsletter

August 2011 Calendar of Events

Daily Walk for Aug 30- Sept 5

Monday, August 30, 2010 John 10
In this chapter Jesus describes how he cares for his sheep (those who follow him) like the shepherd cares for his sheep (see Ezekiel 34:23). The shepherd lets his sheep into the sheepfold and protects them from harm. Jesus protects us, and is the gate to God’s salvation for us. Who are the thieves and robbers in 8? How does Jesus identify himself with the good shepherd in 11-15? Who are the other sheep he must bring also (16)? Jesus’ claim to be one with God is interpreted by some as blasphemy. What might be the real intent of the pharisees in 24? When was the turning point for you in terms of hearing God’s voice, and responding? How do you discern God’s voice from all the other voices that call out for your attention? What has convinced you that Jesus is the Messiah?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 John 11
What kind of relationship does Jesus have with Lazarus and his sisters? Why do you think Jesus waited until then to go to them (6)? Why does Jesus return to Lazarus at this time (11-15)? What are the disciples fearing (8,16)? Does the way Jesus responds to the sisters’ request to come immediately help you in understanding your own prayer life? Imagine how you would have felt if you were Mary or Martha. Since Jesus knew he was going to raise Lazarus (11), why does he weep (33-35)? Think about your trust in Jesus, and your confidence in eternal life. What evidence do you have for this? Maybe God’s timing has your life in a delay. You may even feel that he is not answering, or at least not answering in the way you want him to. Read Philippians 4:19 as a prayer of assurance. To those of us who believe, blessed assurance is ours (see John 14:19).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 John 12
What previous stories stand in direct contrast to the triumphant entry of 12-15? Why does Jesus ride on a lowly donkey (14; see also Zechariah 9:9)? What kind of king are they expecting? What do you think they are the feeling at this moment: faith or fear, belief or anger? What kind of king do you want Jesus to be? Rich and powerful, or a servant of all? What is wonderful and hopeful about Jesus as your King? Spend some time thinking and praying about being a disciple and following Jesus. Perhaps now is the time to give control of your life over to Christ, your Shepherd and your King, so that you might experience eternal life and genuine joy!

Thursday, September 2, 2010 John 13
What does Jesus know that escapes the attention of the disciples (1, 3, 11)? After reading these verses, what amazes you about Jesus washing their feet? Would you have reacted like Peter? Why or why not? Verse 8 tells us that Peter took the washing literally, but what you think Jesus meant by his statement in verse 8? Imagine what it would it mean in your life if you practiced foot washing in your daily relationships. More forgiveness, patience and affection? More appreciation? In verses 12-17, Jesus instructs the disicples to go out and serve others. How will you put Jesus’ teaching into practice this week at home, and at work, and at church?

Friday, September 3, 2010 John 14
Read John 13:36, 14:6, 14:8 and 14:23 to find the comforts that Jesus offers his disciples. What tone of voice do you hear in verses 9-14? Look for the evidence that Jesus gives for his claims. Do verses 12-14 give us blank-check promises about prayer? What is Jesus saying about the power of believers in 12? What does “asking in His name” say to you (14)? Think about what happens to the prayers of our hearts when we seek to sincerely follow Jesus. Do you believe that the closer we come to Christ, the more our requests are in line with what he wants? Spend time in prayer.

Saturday, September 4, 2010 John 15
In the Old Testament, grapes symbolized Israel’s fruitfulness in doing God’s work on earth (Psalm 80:8, Isaiah 5:1-7, Ezekiel 19:10-14). In the Passover meal, the fruit of the vine symbolized God’s goodness to his people. If vine branches were compared to human lives, what pruning do we need? What tools might be used for the pruning? Jesus says to remain in him and bear fruit. What might the fruit be (5; see also Galatians 5:22-24 and 2 Peter 1: 5-8)? Look at the parallels between verse 9 and verse 12. What is the link between obedience and prayer (7, 16, and 14:13-14)? What kind of a branch are you on Christ’s vine: juicy, wormy, green or dead? Why? Think about what you can do this week to produce fruit.

Sunday, September 5, 2010 Psalm 1
This is a psalm of blessedness for the people who walk with a consciousness of God flowing through all of their lives. They are like healthy fruit-bearing trees with strong roots. They delight in God’s Word and meditate on it day and night. This day, let us spend time in God’s Word and delight in God’s grace, forgiveness and love for each of us.

Daily Walk for Aug 23-29, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010 John 6:60-71
What teachings of Jesus do his followers find so unacceptable (see John 6:54-56)? Perhaps they don’t think he’s the kind of powerful king they had expected and hoped for. He puts much more value on faith than deeds, which seems difficult to understand. Why do Peter and the other disciples stay, and how does verse 65 relate? Do you find Jesus’ teachings hard to understand, and even more difficult to live out? We, like the disciples, have the choice of rejecting Jesus or accepting him. How have you responded to Christ? Is he Lord of your life, or are you looking for a more powerful king? Jesus alone is our source of eternal life; there is no other way. This week, make a commitment to be in his Word and learn about his teachings and how they can be applied to your life.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 John 7:1-24
Jesus’ brothers urge Jesus to attend the feast. What is their rationale (2-5)? What rumors are going around about Jesus in Jerusalem (12- 13)? Why does Jesus decide to go secretly? The people are astonished at his teaching (14-15). What does Jesus’ response reveal about his authority (16-19)? What point in Jesus’ teaching do the leaders seem to be missing? Think about how Jesus reveals himself to you. Jesus asks each of us, “who do you say that I am?”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 John 7:25-52
Take note of who is saying what about Jesus, and what is causing confusion. Why does the teaching of Jesus in 14-29 provoke the responses in 30-31? How do you account for the wide range of opinions about Jesus? In John 4:10, Jesus uses the term “living water” to refer to eternal life. Here it refers to the Holy Spirit. How are they related (see John 1:33, Acts 2, John 16:7)? How is the Holy Spirit received? The controversy over Jesus’ birthplace clouds the issue of his identity (41-42; see also Micah 5:2) What is the relationship in your life between believing the promises of Jesus and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit? Are we, as individuals and as a church, sometimes just like the Jewish leaders, seeing ourselves as an elite group who think we have the truth, while those who disagree with us do not? God’s truth is available for everyone, everywhere! What does that say to us about our sometimes self-centered and narrow attitude towards others? Spend some time in prayer.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 John 8:1-30
Most early and reliable manuscripts do not include John 7:53 – 8:11. The Jewish leaders ignore the law by not bringing the man along with the woman. The law required both parties to adultery be stoned (see Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 22:22). What will the Pharisees accuse Jesus of if he tells them to let her go? If he tells them to stone her? How does he save her from this situation (7)? What an amazing story this is of grace and forgiveness. Jesus does not fold to the pressure of the Pharisees but, in accepting her, encourages her to sin no more (11). What a great time for us to stop and take an honest look at our lives. When others sin and fall short, are you quick to judge and condemn? Do you act as if you have never sinned, at least not as “bad” as them? We are always called by God to seek out ways to be encouraging to others, not ways to hurt them. What can you learn from Jesus about helping a friend?

Friday, August 27, 2010 John 8:31-59
What does Jesus want to emphasize to the people who believe in him? What wrong assumptions confuse the issue of spiritual freedom for Abraham’s descendents? Which issues does Jesus force them to confront (34-41)? How does Jesus challenge their claim (41)? Read verses 42-47 again, looking for Jesus’ explanation of who belongs to God. Find Jesus’ four claims in this chapter: verse 12, 32, 51 and 58. Which means the most to you? Why? What has knowing the truth set you free to do?

Saturday, August 28, 2010 John 9
How do you answer the question concerning pain and suffering in our lives? In Jesus’ day, most people would have said it was a direct result of a sinful life. But Jesus uses this to teach about faith, and to glorify God. What is the disciples’ question in verse 2? What does Jesus’ response reveal about how he views the man’s suffering (3-5)? What is the “work of God” (3), the “night” that is coming (4), and the “Light of the world” (5)? Has there been a time when Jesus took a misfortune in your life and turned it into an opportunity to show his power? Are you asking the question, “what have I done wrong?” Pause and pray right now for strength and a clearer perspective. The people in this chapter are faced with the question, “who is Jesus”? That same question is here for each of us. Who is Jesus? Spend some time answering that question.

Sunday, August 29, 2010 Psalm 112
This is an awesome psalm about the security and advantages of having faith in God. This psalm reminds us that, if we expect God’s blessings, we must revere him and willingly obey him. Do any of the lines from this psalm fit you? Which ones do you wish fit you? Read this psalm slowly, like a prayer. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday Night Live 2010-2011

Wednesday Night Live registration has started. Registrations are  on the table in the gathering space. They will be available soon on the web-site.  All 3rd – 5th graders are invited to be a part of WNL. Friends are always welcome.  WNL starts September 8th at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will have a parent/student meeting to go over the new time and calendar for the upcoming year. WNL will not have a registration fee this year as we will not be ordering new t-shirts.  Contact Jill with any questions.

Daily Walk for Aug 16-22, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010 John 4:1-42
Many Jews avoided passing through Samaria because they considered it inhabited by people of spiritual and ethnic impurity. Jesus not only passes through Samaria, but stops to talk to a woman with a very questionable reputation. Jesus asks her for something to drink (1-26). How does Jesus explain Living Water, and how does the woman respond (10-14; see also Psalm 42, Isaiah 55:1 and Jeremiah 2:13)? Jesus tells us he brings Living Water that can forever quench a person’s thirst for God. The woman believes if she receives this water she will never have to return to the well again (15). That would make her life easier! But she appears to miss the real message: Christ does not come to make our lives easier, but to change us from the inside out, and to empower us to deal with our lives from a God perspective. Have you come for the Living Water to make your life easier, or to walk with the risen Savior as your strength and hope?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 John 4:43-54
Jesus has returned home again. Why the contrast between the crowd’s welcome (45) and the comments from Jesus (44 and 48)? The royal official has traveled a long way to get to Jesus. How would you have responded to Jesus’ instructions (50)? The official not only believes that Jesus can heal his son, but he obeys Jesus and returns home. Do you believe Jesus can work miracles, and obey, even if distance or outcome make it seem impossible? Do you believe that nothing can separate you from the love and care of Jesus? Read Romans 8:38-39. Spend time in prayer.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 John 5:1-18
Not even the fact that it is the Sabbath gets in the way of Jesus reaching out and healing the broken people around him. What does Jesus mean by his question in verse 6? What does the invalid hope Jesus will do? How do you think he feels about being healed instantly (8-9) and being challenged by the Jews (10-12)? Think about a situation you’re in that seems hopeless. This scripture reminds us that God can and does minister to us in all kinds of situations. Sometimes that means healing, and sometimes that means helping us have meaningful lives by triumphing over our hardships and tribulations. Jesus tells the man to stop sinning so that nothing worse will happen to him (14). What does this tell you about the importance of spiritual healing? What kind of healing are you seeking? Lift it up to God in prayer.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 John 5:19-47
Read Jesus’ description of the Father. Jesus lives as God wants him to live because of his unity with God. If we identify with Jesus, we must honor him and live as he wants us to live. Does your unity with Jesus affect your lifestyle and your priorities? Why or why not? What happens to those who hear and believe? To those who do not (24-30)? Has the love of God filled your heart? Think about how scripture helps to grow the love of God in you. In verse 33, John testifies to the truth. Can that also be said of you?

Friday, August 20, 2010 John 6:1-21
Why does the crowd seek to follow Jesus (2)? Jesus asks Philip where they will get enough food to feed the people. How would you have reacted (5-7)? Does Jesus ask for an impossible solution so he can set the stage for the powerful and miraculous act that he is about to perform? When has God stretched your limited resources (physical, emotional, financial) far beyond what you ever imagined? In what way do you need to trust the Savior right now? Don’t let your estimate of what can’t be done get in the way of letting the Savior work his miracles.

Saturday, August 21, 2010 John 6:22-59
The people are still looking for Jesus and, when they find him, Jesus’ answers to their questions show the difference between their interests and his. What is that difference? How are the people to work for the food that leads to eternal life (29)? The people ask for another miracle so that they may believe. Jesus explains that whoever comes to him will never be hungry, and whoever believes in him will never be thirsty (35; see also Exodus 16). Study Jesus’ proclamation in 35-40. What is the main reason you follow Jesus? What is your daily spiritual diet: junk food, baby food, frozen food, or meat and potatoes? How do you hunger and thirst for Jesus? Spend some time in prayer with the Bread of Life.

Sunday, August 22, 2010 Psalm 144
This psalm has us rejoicing in God’s care. Whether we are in the midst of plenty or in the midst of adversity, God is the One who watches over us and provides everything necessary for us to live a life that is worthwhile and has great purpose and meaning. Read this psalm slowly, and make it your prayer for this day.

Daily Walk for Aug 9-15, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010 Revelation 21:1-14
Describe one of the most beautiful places you have ever seen. How does it compare with the description of the holy city in these verses? Will the new world be on the existing earth (see Romans 8:18-21 and 2 Peter 3:7-13)? Who will be the residents of this holy city? Imagine living without fear, pain or death! How do you feel about this place that Jesus has prepared for you? Think about how that promise changes your lifestyle now. How would you sum up the central truth of this book?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Revelation 21:15-27
What is the significance of the foundations and the gates? How big is the city? Compare it to the related vision in Ezekiel 40:2, 40:5, and 48:30-35. Considering the world in which John’s readers live, and the conditions they are under, what is especially impressive about this city? Think about when you’ve needed the vision and promise of the holy city. Has studying Revelation enhanced your view of the Bible? What do you hope to carry with you from this study of Revelation?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Revelation 22
What words of Christ are repeated three times in this chapter (7, 12, and 20)? Read 22:12-17. How is the final state of humanity determined? Is it ever too late for people to change their ways and come to Christ? Why or why not? Think about the second coming of Christ. How is your lifestyle in keeping with verse 7? Have your perceptions of Jesus, Satan, heaven and hell changed as you’ve studied Revelation? How? Will these new perceptions affect how you live, how you worship, and how you serve? Spend time in prayer asking God to give you clarity in your understanding Revelation, and wisdom and strength to change anything that needs to be changed in your life.

Thursday, August 12, 2010 John 1
In this Gospel, John wants us to understand that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. John shows Jesus as fully human and also fully God. What do we learn about the Word in 1-5 and 10-18? What is the Word (see Psalm 33:6, Hosea 4:1 and Psalm 119:11)? To John, understanding this new meaning of the Word is the beginning of understanding the good news of Jesus Christ! Does knowing that God created the entire universe help you understand that, since God created you, nothing will ever happen to you that is too difficult for God? We, like John the Baptist, are here to reflect God’s love and light. Are God’s love and light showing through you to others?

Friday, August 13, 2010 John 2
Verses 13-24 describe Jesus clearing the temple. The sellers and moneychangers are set up to provide sacrificial animals for those coming from far away. But this well-meaning custom had become a scam, and the money changers charge exorbitant exchange rates. Jesus is very angry about this. What else might Jesus be angry about (see Psalm 69:9)? How is Jesus challenged in verse 18, and what effect does his response have? Are there rooms in your spiritual house that Jesus would want to have cleaned up? Think about where changes need to be made in your life. Spend some time in prayer.

Saturday, August 14, 2010 John 3
Nicodemus is a Pharisee, but he is searching for answers. He believes Jesus has them. What is significant about Nicodemus coming to Jesus? Why does he visit at night (19-20)? What point does Jesus make when he compares spiritual birth to the wind (8)? How does Jesus account for Nicodemus’ lack of understanding (10)? What does Jesus claim about himself (13-15)? Think about what verses 16-18 say about God, and what God wants us to do. How will belief show itself, according to 15-21? Consider where you are right now in the birthing of your spiritual life. Belief is more than an intellectual agreement that Jesus is God. It is putting our trust and our confidence in God, and putting God in charge of our lives, our present plans and our eternal destiny. It is saying with all our hearts: “Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me!”

Sunday, August 15, 2010 Psalm 127
This psalm tells us that a life without God is senseless! God must be the foundation for everything. What does Solomon say about work done without the Lord? Is God building all of the parts of your life, all of your endeavors? Are you worn out, or invigorated, as you are being led by God? This day, this week, make God your highest priority, and let God do your building!

Daily Walk for Aug 2-8, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010 Revelation 16
The bowl judgments are God’s final and complete judgment of the earth. The end has arrived. What contents are in each bowl of wrath? Why are these plagues worse than the ones ushered in by the trumpets? The angel in charge of the waters reacta to the outpouring of God’s wrath not with pain or sorrow, but with a recognition of divine justice (5-6). Verses 9-21 tell us that the people realize these judgments come from God, but they still refuse to recognize God’s authority and repent of their sins. Instead, they curse him for sending the judgments. How would you explain the necessity of these plagues to someone who is not a Christian? What are you doing to “stay awake” in preparation for Christ’s return (15)?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Revelation 17
The destruction of Babylon, mentioned in 16:17-21, is described in greater detail here. The great prostitute represents the early Roman Empire with its many gods and the blood of Christian martyrs on its hands. Compare the woman and the beast to the first and second beasts of chapter 13. What here is the ultimate sin (5-6)? It is easy for Christians to become infatuated with worldly power. Which wrongs in our society today have entrapped you from time to time? How has God enabled you to escape the snares of the great prostitute? Are you seeking a mind with wisdom (9)? What wisdom will you seek in the next few weeks? If you do not understand the meaning of the various beasts, have you at least been frightened by the power of evil? How will you change that fear into action and hope?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Revelation 18:1-14
This chapter shows that everything trying to block God’s purposes will come to a violent end. How do the voices from the world greet the fall of Babylon (9-20)? Why do they mourn? Why does God judge Babylon so harshly (20, 24)? How are believers treated by the world today? Being wealthy, powerful, or famous often leads people to believe that they have no need for God, or anyone else. Why is that? What “items of merchandise” have you bought and valued more than God? Is there a part of your life that is falling apart or eroding right now? Ponder the most important lesson you have learned from this passage.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 Revelation 18:15-24
Compare this passage with the following Old Testament prophecies about the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19), Babylon (Isaiah 13:47) and Tyre (Ezekiel 27-28). How are they examples of the fall of this spiritual Babylon? God’s people should not live for that which is worthless in eternity. This, then, is how you should live: Matthew 22:37-40! What actions will you take based on this insight?

Friday, August 6, 2010 Revelation 19
Silence came with the fall of Babylon (18:22). What characterizes the new scene in heaven? Who participates in the praise? What is the most frequent refrain in the songs of praise? What do you learn about God’s character? How do you express your gratitude to God? Has your interest in worshipping and praising God increased or decreased since the beginning of your study of Revelation? Why? Do you think it is fitting that Christ has a name “that no one knows but himself ” (12)? The rider wields a sharp sword in his mouth (15). Who are the combatants of this war (19-21)? Who wins? What hopes and fears does this triumphant picture bring out in you? How has Jesus been your deliverer?

Saturday, August 7, 2010 Revelation 20
Why is Satan bound, and then freed for awhile (1-3)? What do you think life will be like without Satan deceiving the nations, but “the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God” reigning with God instead? What is the final fate of the beast, false prophet, and Satan (7-10)? In 12-15 we are told the books will be opened. Who will be judged, and who will be exempt at the “great white throne” judgment? What do you find comforting and disturbing in this chapter? Imagine a book made of your life, with every thought and deed recorded and then read by all, including Jesus. How would you feel? Does that call for some changes in your life, beginning today? Spend time in prayer.

Sunday, August 8, 2010 Psalm 105
Like Psalm 78, this psalm is a lengthy run-down of Israel’s ancient history. The writer suggests that a valuable way to find God is to become familiar with the way God has helped his people in the past. Do you find comfort in remembering God’s wonders? How has God come through for you when you saw no way out? Consider howthe Lord provides for you beyond your expectations. This is the day the Lord has made; give thanks to God and proclaim his greatness! Praise God for his love overflowing!