September 18: LUMA Auxiliary food pantry collection
September 18-19: St. Louis National Theological Symposium, Concordia Seminary
September 22: NO River's Edge Basketball this week
September 24: Dorcas Circle Meeting & Potluck (6:30 p.m.)
September 25: Calvary Lutheran School Chapel
September 30: Church Picnic (12:00 p.m.)
September 30 - October 2: MO District Pastors' Conference
October 6: Movie Night: I Can Only Imagine (7:00 p.m.)
Our Father Cares for His Children with the Gospel of His Son
The sinful heart is filled with “bitter jealousy and selfish ambition” (James 3:14), which causes hostility, quarrels and conflicts, even among those who are fellow members of the Body of Christ. This should not be so! Rather, God “opposes the proud” with His Law, in order to humble them unto repentance; He “gives grace to the humble,” in order to exalt them by His Gospel of forgiveness (James 4:6–10). This true “wisdom from above” is found in the gentleness, mercy and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself and sacrificed Himself for the salvation of sinners (James 3:17).
He was “like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter,” committing Himself to God, His Father, “who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind” (Jer. 11:19–20).
Therefore, “after three days,” His Father exalted Him by raising Him from the dead (Mark 9:31). In Holy Baptism, He takes disciples of all ages into His arms like little children. In receiving Him through repentance and faith in His forgiveness of sins, they receive from His Father a share in the glory of His cross and resurrection (Mark 9:36–37).