Beloved Concordia Family,

I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I know that our mission team in Ghana, Africa, is having an amazing week.  As of Thursday evening they have seen almost 1500 people.  The need for eye care is great.  Best of all, as they meet the vision needs of these dear people, they are also sharing Jesus with them.  That is a need we ALL have.  Please pray for their continued work and their safe travel home.  They will be arriving home on Monday, November 25.

Christmas from the Heart

Please check the deadlines for participating in our Christmas from the Heart projects.  Almost ALL of the deadlines are upon us.  If you have questions or need help, call the church office or stop by Christmas Central (next to the Welcome Center in the entry area of the Sanctuary).  Thank you for being a part of these very special ministries.

Jesus Christ, MD

Our theme verse for this series is, “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3).  

The text for this weekend is:

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.  Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.” (John 11:1-7, 11-14)

The Disappointment

Inevitably, some people who pray for healing do NOT receive it.  However, even when God does not heal us physically, we can still trust that God loves and cares for us.  In fact, whether or not we receive physical healing in this lifetime, we know that God has prepared for us a final and ultimate healing – resurrection healing – in eternity.

I hope you will plan to be a part of worship this weekend and invite a friend to join you.

Your pastor loves you!

Pastor Bill

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