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Rodney W WiMund-Senior Pastor
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StS; Reminders
• 10:00 AM Worship
* 10:00 AM Worship
Bob & Deb Cilbertson
* 10:00 AM Worship
10:00 AM Communion Today
«»10:00 AM Worship
-6:00 PM CROUP
-6:00 PM CROUP
.6:00 PM Jail Ministry
-6:00 PM CROUP
-6:00 PM CROUP
»7:00 AM Men at Minnard's
"7:00 AM Men at Minnard's
«6:30 PM Constitutional Prayer Meeting
7:00 AM Men at Minnard's
«6:30 PM Women's
«'7:00 AM Men at Minnard's
-7:00 AM PK Breakfast
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Happenings At Living Waters in February 2015
i\/len's Fellowship
At Minnard's home in Baldwin Thursday mornings,
Februarys, 12, 19 & 26th
333 Meadowview Ct Ph 715 688-2608
[email protected]
Promise Keepers Breakfast
Women's Bible Study
Thursday Ffihniaru 13th at fi aOnm at thff nffinfi
Feb 2015 Children's Church
Children's Church Schedule will be announced
Bob & Deb Gllbertson
. Bob & Deb Gllbertson have worked
with African Inland Missions in Kenya.
They will be sharing with us on
Sunday February 15th.
Be sure to come and bring some
friends along to enjoy their
presentation and hear about their
mission experiences in Kenya!
Remember all of our missonaries in
your prayers through the year! .
Jail Ministry
Monday Feb16th, 6pm
2150 inmates accepted Jesus since 2002
16 so far through 2015PTL!
Contacts: Office Phone 715 273-5726
e-mail: [email protected]
Church location and address
253 South Piety Street
P O Box 309 (mailing address)
Ellsworth, Wl 54011
Office Address: 122 N Chestnut Street
Office hours 9am-7pm Wed, Thu,
Home Page: //
Due to calls and emergencies at times, it is good to call
Pastor Rod ahead of coming to the office to make sure
he is in if you need to talk to him personally ,
Another Way? Matt 19:1-20:16
Jesus' ideas about greatness are revolutionary. Soon they were contrasted against the ideas of
the religious of His day; ideas still popular in our day. And still wrong.
The way of the Law (Matt 19:3-15). The Pharisees are still the classic example of those zealous
for God who expect to find spiritual greatness by rigid adherence to both biblical and human
standards of righteousness. These proponents of strict legalism appeared to test Jesus,
apparently bringing up a subject which Jesus had spoken on before. "Is it lawful for a man to
divorce his wife for any and every reason?" (v. 3) Jesus' answer goes back to the Creation
account. He pointed out that God intended marriage to unite two persons as one; thus divorce
is not His intention.
Immediately the Pharisees struck back. "Why then did Moses command that a man give his
wife a certificate of divorce?" (v. 7) The Law permitted divorce. Jesus' answer had to be wrong.
Christ's response reveals the root of legalism's error. "Moses permitted you to divorce your ,
wives because your hearts were hard" (v. 8). Yes, God permits divorce to a sinful humanity
which so often falls short of His ideal. But the Law is not a way of some higher or superior
righteousness! The permission to divorce shows how willing God is to accommodate His ideal in
consideration of human weakness and sin!
The Pharisees' legalism led them to ask the wrong question. They did not ask, "How can we ;
restore the broken relationships which bring such agony into marriage?" No, they asked
instead, "When is it all right to permit hurting people to separate?" They did not care about
broken hearts, crushed by rejection. The Pharisees took refuge instead in legalism, missing the
meaning of the Law by setting up rules as to when it should and should not apply.
The disciples also missed Jesus' point. Jesus had been teaching about greatness, and had shown
that true greatness is to restore the straying lamb, to exercise patience, and to continue ever ,
ready to forgive. Others too are God's little ones, and may need years of tender love to help
them grow. Failing to relate Christ's teaching on greatness to this legal issue, the disciples
blurted out, "In that case, it's better not to marry!" Even they were unwilling to commit
themselves totally to another person.
Jesus then spoke to the disciples. The choice not to marry is for some, but "only those to whom
it has been given" (v. 11). Within marriage, all who can live by the way of greatness should
choose it (v. 12).
Again Jesus drew children around Him. "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder
them," He said to His disciples (v. 14). The incident is significant. A Jewish person became "a
child of the Law" - that is, responsible to relate to God through the Mosaic Law - at 12. These
"little children" were too young to be under Law, yet they could come to Jesus. What God
wants is not legalists, but people in intimate personal relationship with Jesus, who will respond
willingly to His voice, (from The Teacher's Commentary. Copyright © 1987 by Chariot Victor
Publishing. All rights reserved.)
Big SinSy Little Sins
Four-year-old Andrew is running through the house. Michelle is on the phone as he flies by the
kitchen table. He stumbles, piling into the table and knocking off a plastic cup full of water.
Michelle picks him up, makes sure that he is okay and tells him not to worry, it was only water
that spilled. He smiles, Michelle smiles, gives him a pat on the head and resumes her phone
conversation. Even though Michelle told him not to run through the kitchen a million times
before, she doesn't mention that to him this time; after all, it was only a cup of water, and she's
in the middle of a conversation.
The next day Michelle is again at her kitchen table talking on the phone. This time, however,
she is cleaning her fine crystal stemware. Andrew again races through, stumbles, piles into the
table and knocks a piece of her fine crystal to the floor, where it shatters. Andrew looks up with
a small smile, expecting the same result as yesterday. Instead, Michelle hangs up the phone and
angrily tells Andrew that he has really done it this time.
"How many times have I told you not to run in the house? Now look what you've done! Do you
know how expensive that was?" Andrew starts crying. He is confused. Yesterday, what seemed
to be the same thing was treated as if it didn't matter. Today, he is a monster. Yesterday, a little
sin was overlooked. Today, a big sin is punished.. Big sins, little sins.
What was the difference between the two events? The first time the only apparent damage was
spilled water, certainly nothing to engage in discipline over. The second time the damage was a
shattered piece of treasured crystal. But think about this with me. What was the real sin? Was it
not Andrew running when he was told not to? Yet Michelle is concerned enough to discipline
only when a major loss of crystal occurs. You see, the wrong comparison here is the shattered
crystal and the spilled water. Both are the results of Andrew's disobedience and Michelle's
failure to require obedience. Ordinary things are too important to Michelle. Whatever is
important to God is holy. If you distinguish this way between little sins and big sins, your
thinking is not holy, but ordinary.
If Michelle had been concerned about the seriousness of disobedience, Andrew would have
been disciplined the first time. Not for spilling the water, but for running when he was not
supposed to. Perhaps the second incident with the shattered crystal would never have happened
if Andrew had been properly challenged the day before.
It is dangerous to judge the seriousness of sin by the consequences.
Parenting Tip
Be Careful of B e h a v i o r Modification
Sandra is four years old. You can often hear her monn make statennents like
this. "Sandra, clean up your toys so you can have a snack." "Finish getting
dressed so you can go out and play." Monn has learned that if she tells
Sandra that she'll get a reward, then Sandra is more likely to do the task.
The problem is that Mom is appealing to Sandra's selfishness in order to get
things done.
It may be easy to get a preschooler to do what you want by giving some
kind of reward but as she gets older you have to increase the value of the
reward to get the same response. You can motivate a preschooler with a
quarter, but you'll need a dollar by the time she's seven, and five dollars by
the time she's ten, and you'll be paying her $20 at thirteen. If you continue
to use the same system, by the time she's in high school you'll have to
promise her a car to get her to graduate.
The reason is clear. Behavior Modification requires that you give a reward
that's greater than the desire to do something different. You're simply
creating an incentive that motivates kids to do something they'd rather not
do because of something that they want instead. Behavior Modification
works because it appeals to the selfishness in a child's heart. But,
unfortunately, kids grow up asking the wrong questions, "What's in it for
me?" "Are you going to pay me for this?"
• Check your words. If you tend to overemphasize rewards and punishment
in your parenting, you might want to make a change. Kids need to learn
that we do what's right because it's the right thing to do, not just to get a
The articles in this month's Calendar deal with our relationships within our
family and also with marriage relationships in that same context. Pastor
Rod has been teaching on these relationships the past few weeks and these
articles simply confirm what he has been teaching! We all need to consider
how our conduct each day affects our family relationships^ both parents and
children! Make it an effort this year to walk in love and forgiveness!
Blessings, jHlmuml
Living Waters Contact and Information Page
Web page locations are as follows:
1. Homepage; http//www. I wcf e 11 s wo rt h. o rg/
February 2015
Once you are on tfie fiome page you can cfioose many different areas to look at.
Enjoy browsing on our web page!
There are several ministries you can take advantage of at Living Waters all through the week.
Men meet at Minnard's home in Baldwin every Thursday morning at 7am for Bible Study.
coffee, goodies & good fellowship (715) 688-2608 or (612) 419-5704
^ V i, . e-mail: [email protected]
February 5. 12. 19 & 26th
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Promise Keepers Breakfast
Saturday February 21st 7am at the office
Monday February 15th 6pm
Corporate Prayer
Wed evenings at 6pm at the office
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Thursday February 19th, 6:30pm at office
Please make it a dally commitment to lift our Nation and Its leaders In prayer!
Remember Mark 11:23-26
.. J Speak to the mountain and walk In Love & Forgiveness!
God"s plan for a Kingdom Family!
^"^ ^'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,
and Pthe two shall become one flesh."
This mystery is profound, and I am
saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
However, ^let each one of you
love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she ''respects her husband. Eph.
6:1 ^Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ^ ^"Honor your
father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), ^ "that it may
go well with you and that you may live long in the land." ^ Fathers, do not
provoke your children to anger, ^but bring them up in the discipline and
instruction of the Lord.