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St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: God is in control
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Some people strive to keep everything neat and in order in their world. This can be a good trait as Pastor Bruno related in a story about living in Iowa, but when we seek to depend only on ourselves and strive to control our lives, we are turning away from God. God is actually in control of all things and we only control very little.

In the Gospel lesson taken from Luke chapter 7 verses 11-17 Jesus interrupted a funeral procession to bring a young man back to life and give him back to his widowed mother. Two groups of people ( the people attending the funeral and the followers of Jesus) witnessed this miracle and their reaction was enthusiastic and hopeful. Jesus had come to help the weakest and most vulnerable and God was with His people.

For God's own reason it is part of God's plan to have death occur. And God controls the life and death switch. As long as God has control, I have no need to be afraid of death. We ourselves have no control but we have Jesus Christ. The greatest story to remember is the one of Christ once being dead. We can control our future through faith in Jesus Christ who promised us eternal life.

So let God care for you today. Let him into the situations where you feel the least in control: in illness, a job loss, the challenge of starting over after the loss of a spouse,...Ask your Father to walk with you, put his arm around you, and take care of you.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

Worship services begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge with Adult Bible Study of Revelation afterwards. Wednesday night Bible Study of Jesus' Parables begins at 6:30. June 20th at 12:30 p.m., all senior citizens are invited for lunch and a sing along at Third Thursday Fellowship. Vacation Bible School has been scheduled for July 22-26 mornings. Visitors are always welcome.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
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