When God Loves Your Enemy
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Good News for Today
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
The Prayer of those Swallowed up in Sin: Jonah CH2
“In trouble, deep trouble, I prayed to God.
He answered me.
From the belly of the grave I cried, ‘Help!’
You heard my cry.
You threw me into ocean’s depths,
into a watery grave,
With ocean waves, ocean breakers
crashing over me.
I said, ‘I’ve been thrown away,
thrown out, out of your sight.
I’ll never again lay eyes
on your Holy Temple.’
Ocean gripped me by the throat.
The ancient Abyss grabbed me and held tight.
My head was all tangled in seaweed
at the bottom of the sea where the mountains take root.
I was as far down as a body can go,
and the gates were slamming shut behind me forever—
Yet you pulled me up from that grave alive,
O God, my God!
When my life was slipping away,
I remembered God,
And my prayer got through to you,
made it all the way to your Holy Temple.
Those who worship hollow gods, god-frauds,
walk away from their only true love.
But I’m worshiping you, God,
calling out in thanksgiving!
And I’ll do what I promised I’d do!
Salvation belongs to God!”
Being with Christ
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
The Last Chapter
But Jonah was not pleased at all, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is this not what I said You would do while still in my own country? That is why I ran away to Tarshish. For I knew that You are a kind and loving God Who shows pity. I knew that You are slow to anger and are filled with loving-kindness, always ready to change Your mind and not punish. 3 So now, O Lord, take my life from me. For death is better to me than life.” 4 And the Lord said, “Have you any reason to be angry?”
5 Then Jonah left the city and sat to the east of the city. There he made a tent for himself, and sat in its shadow until he could see what would happen in the city. 6 Then the Lord God made a plant grow up over Jonah to cover him from the hot sun and to stop his suffering. Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at the beginning of the next day, God sent a worm to destroy the plant and it dried up. 8 When the sun came up, God sent a hot east wind. And the sun’s heat came upon Jonah’s head so that he became weak and begged with all his heart to die. He said, “Death is better to me than life.”
9 Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have a good reason to be angry about the plant?” And Jonah said, “I have a good reason to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 The Lord said, “You had loving-pity on the plant which you did not work for. You did not cause it to grow. It came up during the night and died during the night. 11 And should I not have loving-pity for Nineveh, the large city where more than 120,000 people live who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”
Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion
4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”
5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city.6 Now the Lord God appointed a plant[b] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[c] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Moses Makes New Tablets
34 The Lord said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. 3 No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.”4 So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. 5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, andproclaimed the name of the Lord. 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands,[a] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 8 And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. 9 And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”
10 And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.
To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,[d]
if I go down to the pit?[e]
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Gordon Wilson And The Bombing of Enniskillen
Children’s Christmas Program
Practices will continue each Sunday until 12:15 and Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 (this includes Bible study at the end) until Sunday, December 7.
- Wednesday, December 10 and Friday, December 12 will be very important dress rehearsals from 6:15-7:30.
-The worship service on December 14 will include all the kids’ hard work. Practice that morning will begin at 9:15.
Faithbentonville.com/practice contains all the practice YouTube videos.
December 14 Potluck and Fundraiser Party
Bring a lunch dish (desserts will be in Bake Sal format) to share on December 14 for after church. Activity and craft booths will be set up for kids and adults of all ages! Many of the popular activities from Easter at Orchards Park and others will be included.
-Tickets will cost $2, but kids who have been doing well at the practices will have earned many tickets by that point. Everyone is welcome to purchase tickets and support the youth group.
-Funds earned that day will help grades 6-12 attend a state-wide retreat the weekend of Valentine’s Day.
Poinsettias for the Altar
Christmas poinsettias are available for purchase between now and Wednesday, November 26. Either email Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one, or order online by clicking on the green button on the faithbentonville.com homepage titled “Purchase Christmas Poinsettias.”
- Each will cost $20 and can be given in memory of someone. White or red plants are available. You can take yours home after the Christmas Eve service or the following Sunday.
Stoves for Guatemala
Be listening for more information during December’s church services regarding how you can impact a family in need in Guatemala in the coming year!
The Monday night men’s group will gather funds to help a family in need this Christmas. Talk to Keith Brummett for more information.
Next Men's Night is at Dam Good Pies in Rogers
Christmas Parade Float
This year most of our float is already built! Finishing touches and putting it all together will begin on Wednesday, December 10 from 6:15 to 7:30. More details about riding on the float will follow.
BRING CANDY TO CHURCH IN THE COMING WEEKS! Then we will have it to pass out to parade watchers.
Youth Retreat Feb 13-15
Grades 6-12 are invited to attend a youth retreat for all LCMS youth at The Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean Mountain the weekend of Valentine’s Day. Fundraising will take place throughout the next few months, but the overall cost per participant will be $100. We will leave immediately after the high school students dismiss on Friday afternoon and will return Sunday evening.
Youth Fundraising Opportunities
On these upcoming Saturdays from 1:00-5:00 (November 29, December 6, and Saturday December 20), youth and family members are invited to help clean and organize the church. Each participant will earn a $5 credit toward the youth retreat per hour worked. If you plan to help, please bring a vacuum with you if you can! Additionally, if you operate a booth or help set up for the December 14 party, you will receive credit toward your retreat cost based on the funds earned. Ask Coli for more details.
Join a community group any time, or start of a community group of your own! Here are the ones currently meeting:
- Sunday Evenings (6:30) at the Escher’s – women’s prayer, discussion, and Bible readings
- Tuesday Evenings at the Schommers (7:00) – studying Proverbs
- Wednesday Mornings at Braums (6:30) – devotions from Portals of Prayer
- Wednesday Evenings at Faith (6:15) – “What They Didn’t Teach You in Sunday School” weekly topic