Posts with the category “discipleship”

Return to Sunday In-Person Bible Study
by Joel Eden on August 21st, 2020
God is always at work for us, and we've been hard at work for you, preparing to return to in-person Bible study for all ages on Sunday, September 20. Please register and let us know whether you plan to participate in person or live online.  Read More
Stained Glass Window of Life
by Miriam Rossow on July 31st, 2020
As I colored I thought about all of the decisions that we make in our lives each day. Each of those decisions connects with another decision by us , our family, or another person that we may or may not know. I suppose that is why decisions feel so big and daunting. We know and realize how our decisions can affect the life of someone else, but we can't always see how they connect together. When I make a decision in my life I don't know how that will connect with others.  Read More
Sharing Your Faith
by Miriam Rossow on July 28th, 2020
Sharing our faith can be difficult and sometimes scary. We might be afraid of rejection. We might be afraid of saying the wrong the thing. We might not feel like we have the ability to speak eloquently or even if we can speak well, we might feel like we just don't have anything to offer. The beautiful thing is as the body of Christ, as followers of Jesus we each have been given the Holy Spirit. Jesus through the Holy Spirit has called us to Himself and to follow Him. He has given us insights and belief. Jesus and the Holy Spirit work a beautiful miracle in our lives every day. This is worth sharing.  Read More
Crisis Management 2020
by Miriam Rossow on July 20th, 2020
Wikipedia defines crisis management as the process by which an organization (in our case a church) deals with a disruptive and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders (members). Let’s see…has there been anything in the last, say in the last 4 months, that individually and collectively we have dealt with that was unexpected and disruptive?? Um….can you say Covid19? The above Wikipedia definition pretty much describes my life lately, as I’m sure it does yours. Disruptive, unexpected and maybe even threatening at times.   Read More
Family of God Podcast
by Miriam Rossow on July 15th, 2020
Coronavirus and social unrest have had Pastor Hill and I thinking about how we can better serve our community and better serve our volunteers. The pandemic and shutdown have given us a lot of time to explore other avenues of doing ministry. Obviously, there is the street ministry that many of you are up to date on and the continuing food ministry. We also took some time during the pandemic to explore technological ministry, as so many other churches have, and began putting services, discussions, devotions, and sermons on our Facebook page.  Read More
Pastor Khumalo Shaped to Serve
by Miriam Rossow on July 9th, 2020
On Sunday, July 26 Christ Our Savior will have the honor of Pastor Mandla Khumalo and his family join us for worship and share God's word with us. Pastor Khumalo will be our guest preacher Sunday, July 26, 2020.  Read More
"Screen Free" Summer Hours
by Miriam Rossow on June 30th, 2020
The following is a blog about taking some extra time away from screens (phones, computers, televisions, etc.) this summer. Many of us had a lot of extra screen time the last few months due to school, work, meetings, etc. all being online. The blogger suggests some general ways to enjoy some time without screens. Following the blog are some specific ideas gathered by Karla Schettenhelm for the screen-free tips the blogger discusses.  Read More
Thank You to our Christian Educators
by Miriam Rossow on June 10th, 2020
We are so thankful to all of those who serve in the education ministries at Christ Our Savior. We gratefully express our appreciation to our teachers, assistants, support staff and their families who served us faithfully this school year!  Read More
A Returning Truth
by Miriam Rossow on June 5th, 2020
When Jesus went back to His home in heaven, He promised to get a place ready for us so we can live with Him forever someday. In this lesson we will learn about the new heaven and earth and some things that are and are not there.  Read More
A Telling Truth
by Miriam Rossow on May 29th, 2020
Before Jesus went back to heaven, He promised to send His friends a gift. The Bible words for this lesson tell what the gift was. A strong wind was heard when the Holy Spirit came down from heaven. We can feel the wind when it blows, but we cannot see it. In a similar way, we do not see the Holy Spirit, but we can feel it and see it working in our lives.  Read More
Helping our Neighbor Organization
by Miriam Rossow on May 27th, 2020
Helping the kids resonates with me as Jim and I fostered two boys starting in 1983 and to this day we have kept in contact with them. I am happy to say that they are both mature productive young men. Having a positive impact on kids will get you the same in return. And better than that helping the kids is what we do to let Christ's love shine through us!  Read More
An Ascending Truth
by Miriam Rossow on May 22nd, 2020
In this lesson we will learn how Jesus went back to His home in heaven and the special promise He gave before He went.  Read More
A Soldier Believes
by Miriam Rossow on May 15th, 2020
This lesson tells of a jailer, a person who normally kept people in chains, who was the one set free. Acts 16:16-40  Read More
A New Creation
by Miriam Rossow on May 14th, 2020
As my kids sat over the ashes of their grandfather, I grieved that they had a grandpa that they may not always remember clearly. I grieved that he would not and had not been part of their lives, the special occasions and events. I grieved that he would not be part of their everyday life. I grieved that he was not part of our living in his house again and watching them grow. I rejoiced that he was not battling cancer any longer. I rejoiced that he was at rest. I rejoiced that he would one day no longer be ashes. He and others that I love and that you love, and us if we die before Jesus comes again, will be raised.  Read More
Teachable Moments
by Miriam Rossow on May 11th, 2020
Teachable moments. Do you remember those words as you were growing up? Do you remember your mom and dad or teachers telling you that even in difficult times, in trying circumstances - maybe even more so in times like that – you could learn something. They were teachable moments.  Read More
Join the New Media Team
by Miriam Rossow on May 8th, 2020
A new media team is being built and trained to produce Christ Our Savior’s “Worship at Home” videos (which will continue after COVID-19), and you’re invited.  Read More
Connection during a pandemic
by Miriam Rossow on May 8th, 2020
Staying connected during a pandemic and a sheltering in place order is very difficult. As we continue to shelter in place, caring for, and protecting ourselves and our neighbors, a while longer life like this can be disheartening, depressing, and difficult. We pray that the ways that Christ Our Savior has worked to resource you and to support you have been beneficial and a blessing to you.   Read More
An Enemy Converts
by Miriam Rossow on May 8th, 2020
In this lesson, we will see how God called a man named Saul and gave Him a new life as His child. In the Bible story, we will see how Saul was changed, not in the way he looked (like in the picture) but in his heart. The story comes from Acts 9:1-31  Read More
A Deacon Delivers
by Miriam Rossow on May 1st, 2020
This lesson shows us how God used a man, Philp, to help another man, the Ethiopian, understand God’s word. After the Ethiopian learned about God he wanted to be baptized, and Philip baptized him. We see how the Holy Spirit works through the Word and Baptism to give faith. Find the account of this story in Acts 8:26-40  Read More
Sharing Love: A Servant Speaks
by Miriam Rossow on April 24th, 2020
In today’s lesson we will learn about Stephen. He was a helper in the early church. The Holy Spirit helped Stephen to boldly speak the truth of God’s Word as he served God.  Read More
A Revealing Truth
by Miriam Rossow on April 17th, 2020
The Road to Emmaus account is found in Luke 24:13-35. The word Emmaus means “hot springs.” Emmaus was a small village about 7 miles from Jerusalem. How far is church from your house? How far is the grocery store? Think about something that is about 7 miles from your house? Do you think you could walk there? In today’s lesson two men walked to Emmaus from Jerusalem, and Jesus walked with them.  Read More
He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
by Miriam Rossow on April 11th, 2020
ALLELUIA is a joyful expression meaning Praise the Lord! During Lent we omit the word Alleluia from our worship. Lent is a quiet, reflective season in the church year. Easter is a festive celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection when our Alleluias ring again loud and clear! Alleluia! Happy Easter! This lesson will show us why Easter makes us excited to celebrate! Jesus conquered death and rose from the dead, giving us eternal life in Him!  Read More
Good Friday- What is so Good about it?
by Miriam Rossow on April 9th, 2020
Why do we call Good Friday good? This is the day that Jesus dies. This is the darkest day in our church year. An innocent man was put on trial, tortured, and murdered. That does not sound good. Use this lesson to help you dig deeper into the reasons Good Friday is good. Jesus love is so great that He took on Himself the punishment none of us could bear simply out of His great love for His creation, for me, for you!  Read More
Loss and Gain
by Miriam Rossow on April 7th, 2020
So much has been lost because of this pandemic. So many people are grieving relationships that have been affected as we seclude ourselves, people are sick and even die. People have lost work and income. People have lost activities and vacations. Amid the loss there have been things that have been gained.   Read More
A Different Holy Week
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
This year will be different. This year we find ourselves in a place that we have never experienced. We have never found our selves in a time when for the safety of the people we as a church have been asked to not gather together. It may feel like a violation of our rights (we can discuss that at a different time), but for now the right thing to do is to follow the recommendations and stay home. The right thing to do feels very strange and unknown for us.  Read More
The Triumphal Entry
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
This Sunday is Palm Sunday which marks the first day of Holy Week. We remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people there waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  Read More
Count Your Blessings
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
It is easy for people to become bitter and frightened in these circumstances and many will blame God. God’s Word tells us of a better way. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17). These verses give us actions that will enable us to overcome the worst circumstances.  Read More
Celebrate Holy Week at Home
by Miriam Rossow on April 1st, 2020
As we prepare for a Holy Week that is like nothing we have ever experienced before we want to provide you with resources to make your Holy Week meaningful and special. Read A Different Kind of Holy Week for some thoughts on this Holy Week experience. We will be posting services that will not be the same as if we were in person and will be beneficial to you and your family. Use these activities and resources to supplement and make your Holy Week experience deeper. Look for Jesus in your week and for what He might be teaching and showing you in your life.  Read More
Take a Breather
by Miriam Rossow on March 31st, 2020
Find the Sunday, March 29 service, discussion questions, a Sunday School lesson and a short devotional all in one spot.  Read More
Jesus, Our Good Shepherd
by Miriam Rossow on March 27th, 2020
The current state of things in our world certainly can fill us with the fear of danger, specifically now as the virus is invading our lives in many ways, but thankfully we can rely on Jesus to be our Good Shepherd being with us at all times, protecting us.  Read More
Prayer
by Miriam Rossow on March 20th, 2020
God wants us to pray. He wants us to talk to Him. We do not need to go anywhere special; we do not need anything, not even a phone, to do that. Wherever we are we can just start talking to God. We can do that out loud or in our heads – He hears us both ways. He is always listening to us; He wants to hear what we have to say because He loves and cares for us.  Read More
My All in All
by Miriam Rossow on March 9th, 2020
What do you suppose Bob wrote in His box? What would you write in your box? What is your highest priority in life?  Read More
MERCY
by Miriam Rossow on March 5th, 2020
Recently I have worn this hat more than any other in my regular rotation. I wear it to constantly remind me of the grace and mercy that God has shown me through His Son Jesus Christ. I have found that it holds me accountable to the things that I say and do, especially as I pastor in a very difficult place with Pastor Hill. We don’t talk much about the struggles about Family of God. You can read more about that in the book that I will write in a few years, assuming I can get Pastor Hill to write the forward. But these next few lines are a few of my confessions as an inner-city pastor.  Read More
Source of all Comfort
by Miriam Rossow on March 4th, 2020
Please remember that we who take refuge in the Lord are not exempt from these kinds of dangers, including the coronavirus and many others. We, like all the rest of creation, are living in a time where sin has a hold on us. Hurt, sickness, pain, brokenness, and even death are part of our everyday lives. Even in the midst of our sin and the brokenness of this world God promises to be with us.   Read More
Leaving with a Stronger Faith
by Miriam Rossow on March 3rd, 2020
The relationships I have built and encounters I have had with so many members of our community have forever changed my life.  Read More
The Promise Project
by Miriam Rossow on February 27th, 2020
It has been stated that there are 7487 promises from God to us in the Bible. Each of these promises is a treasure that we can hold onto in times of joy and need. We can go to them when we need God’s reassurance of love and control. These promises can be shared with others to provide comfort, sympathy for a loss, encouragement, and a list that goes on and on.  Read More
Stretching Your Comfort Zone
by Miriam Rossow on February 20th, 2020
Do you like to try new things? Do you welcome new experiences? Have you ever felt stretched beyond your personal comfort zone? Would you prayerfully consider going on an international mission trip with other Christ Our Savior members?   Read More
God's Steadfast Love
by Miriam Rossow on February 14th, 2020
God’s word has so much to say about love. God’s steadfast love. In the book of Psalms alone God’s “steadfast love” is declared at least 125 times!  Read More
These Words Shall be in Your Heart
by Miriam Rossow on February 12th, 2020
This month in Sunday school we are having a fun competition, the February Football Frenzy! Part of this competition is encouraging the students to do their memory work. Memorizing God’s Word is important for many reasons. The reasons for memorizing Scripture do not change whether you are 3 years old, 33 years old, or 93 years old!   Read More
We Want Children in Worship: Children Share
by Miriam Rossow on February 5th, 2020
But when children are in worship, lots of sharing is taking place—and that’s a very caring thing. This can be understood very easily from many perspectives.  Read More

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