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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Today is New Year’s Eve. As per usual, I began my day reading, then turned to my internet homepage to catch up on the news and opinions of the day. An article entitled, “Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions,” caught my eye.

The author’s perspective is based on his past inability to keep New Year resolutions. It was a “sanctified” editorial. The author quoted Scripture to justify his point of view. He had my attention.

To his credit, he humbly referenced the reality of his sinful human nature from “which he could in no way set himself free.” (A quote supported by the 1941 Lutheran Confessional Service of my youth.) He continued by agreeing with the apostle’s own admission, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”

Question: “Who can possibly argue with his reasoning?”
Answer: “I’m willing.” 

First; The Confessional Service and the apostle Paul are correct. I am willing to admit the limitations of my own human nature. It is profound. But admission is not conclusion of the matter. Secondly; The liturgical prayer goes on to say, “Therefore our Lord Jesus Christ hath had mercy upon us and hath taken upon himself our nature, so that He might fulfill for us the whole will and Law of God and for us and for our deliverance suffer death and all that we by our sins have deserved.” And thirdly; even the apostle, after his admission of weakness, continued, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

This is precisely why I DO MAKE New Year’s Resolutions (and you should too)! As a Christian, I refuse to conform to the limitations and expectations of this world. I live in the world but the world does not live in me. The limitations others feel are not mine BECAUSE:

1) My fight is not mine alone. I have an advocate before God in the person of my Savior Jesus and the Holy Spirit who intercede on my behalf to rescue me from the devil, the temptations of society, and MY SINFUL NATURE.  

2) I DO NOT fear failure. I fail, but I am not defeated by failure. I embrace failure! Failure does not diminish my optimism for the future. Yes I fall daily and often, but falling cannot keep me down. I get up and shake off my failure through the grace and mercy of God. The Scripture says God “buries sin” in the depth of the sea and “remembers it” no more. If God has forgotten my sin, why should I dwell on it? Forgiveness is better than a fresh start. What sin? God doesn’t recall my sin. If you can measure how far the East is from the West, then you have the right to use past failures to limit the expectation of future success.

3) The same apostle who lamented the limitations of his human nature, embraced the potential of his future when he described God’s prescription optimism. “Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” It’s not complicated.

Yes, in-as-much as I personally resolve to overcome some weakness of my human nature “on my own,” I have no possibility of success. In fact, I should probably give up all hope for anything better – as the editorial suggests. BUT… (And this point is LIFE-ALTERING.) but, if you enlist the assistance of God in the fight, then the promise is true, “Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.”

Why would you settle for life as you know it? Why would you not, “every year, every week, every day” attempt great things? Fear of failure? Ha! I have forgiveness for failure. Fear or inability? I refuse to believe the Lord, Creator of heaven and earth has ever met his match! He is on my side. He is my strength. He who is capable of commanding the wind and the waves to be still, He who can take five loaves and two fish and feed thousands, He who gave sight to the blind, and made the crippled walk is my Lord. What possible limitation can I face that is greater than His ability to provide? Any? Any? None.

So yes, by all means, declare your New Year resolutions and expect to achieve them. Never allow past defeats to predict future failure. It’s not a fair fight. God has provided the key to success and certain recovery for all possible defeat. There is no challenge too great, no weakness so daunting, no inability so crippling to doom us to a lifetime of disappointment. The sequence is significant.

  • First: Submit to the Lord. How? Confess your sins, acknowledge Jesus as your Savior and accept the truth of God’s counsel. By the power of God’s Word, the world was made. In Jesus, God’s Word became flesh and lived among us. By the power of God’s promises, direction and wisdom, you will obtain the power you need to alter your life.  
  • Second: Resist the devil. The Proverb declares “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” IOW: If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you always got. Equipped by God you can do this.
  • Last: Embrace the new you.

I love a challenge. I refuse to allow the past to determine my future. The New Year is a perfect time for a course-correction. Happy New Year!

The Scripture: “If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8

  • If you could change anything in your life, what would you change?
  • Do you think God would approve of that change?
  • What’s holding you back?

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    If you were unable to attend services last weekend and would like to listen to the message, visit our homepage at www.stjstl.net and click on Media at the top right of the web page. Growing Deeper, a Bible study, written to accompany the message series is also available to download. - See more at: http://www.stjstl.net/edify/#sthash.jsFybPnY.dpuf
    If you were unable to attend services last weekend and would like to listen to the message, visit our homepage at www.stjstl.net and click on Media at the top right of the web page. Growing Deeper, a Bible study, written to accompany the message series is also available to download - See more at: http://www.stjstl.net/edify/#sthash.jsFybPnY.dpuf
    If you were unable to attend services last weekend and would like to listen to the message, visit our homepage at www.stjstl.net and click on Media at the top right of the web page. Growing Deeper, a Bible study, written to accompany the message series is also available to download. - See more at: http://www.stjstl.net/edify/#sthash.jsFybPnY.dpuf

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    Brief Notes

    • Do you know a middle school student with no plans for tonight? We have a great New Year Eve's Party planned just for them.
    • January 2014 New Worship Times: Saturday at 5pm and Sundays at 9:00am and 11:00am. All services in the Sanctuary.

    Stephen Hower, Pastor

    Challenging the status quo to awaken an appreciation for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:13,14 (and to lower my golf score).

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Merry Christmas 2013

Dear St. John Families,

Our guiding scripture for this month has been Thessalonians 5:13.  The last line of the verse is a concise reminder of God’s desire for us here on earth:  “Live in peace with each other.”  He calls us to bind together in harmony.  After all, He sent his only son to be our Prince of Peace.  As you anticipate the birth of our Savior, may you reflect on how you can bring just a bit more peace into the world.

The kind gestures of so many who pulled a tag or two from the Christmas tree in the school lobby to provide a gift for a child they may never meet certainly brought a bit more peace into the world.  Thank you to those who participated.  It was such a delight to see your children, our students, placing toys under the tree with such reverence.  They know what it means to receive.  Glory be that they also know how great it feels to give.  The JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself) model we teach kiddos is just that—a real joy!

Several PTL volunteers are giving of their time and talents in preparation for the January 31 Trivia Night and April 4 Auction.  Please keep them in your prayers, plan to attend, and lend a hand if you can help with some aspect of these fun + fund raising events.  Large events such as the auction result from the coordination of many smaller parts.  Making a contribution of your time to one component of an event’s success could be a blessing to you as well as the overall outcome for the school.

Another great way to contribute to our school’s success is to be invitational about joining our learning community.  Sharing what has been so meaningful about St. John in the lives of your children will be the best encouragement for a prospective family.  To encourage you, we are offering a $1000 tuition rebate for referring a new family.  The rebate is per new family, not per new child.  That new family would need to have at least one child enrolled in our school for the full 2014-15 academic year before the rebate would be issued.  The details will be available on a referral card to be obtained in the school office after Christmas break.

Enrollment for 2014-15 will open to current families as of January 21.  We will then give new families the opportunity to begin enrolling as of February 3.  Tuition information for the next school year is now available on the school website.  You’ll notice that there has been a change in terminology used to express what has been called “member” or “community” tuition.  In an attempt to provide enhanced clarity around why there is a difference in fee structure, we’ve chosen to be specific and transparent.  The tuition itself is not what is different.  The difference is that members of St. John Church who faithfully participate in the worship life of the church and practice financial support of the church’s General Fund are already helping provide for the maintenance of and improvements to the facility.  Families who want to be part of our school but do not fit this description will pay the facility fee that has been folded into the larger tuition payment.  That way, everyone is sharing in the upkeep of our quality learning environment.  In either case, the fees charged do not cover the operational costs associated with educating each child.  That gap is offset by charitable contributions to Annual Fund, PTL events and other designated gifts.

You invest so much more than money in your child’s education.  Your time, your energy, your patience, your affection…the way you live your life are all essential components to growing a healthy child.  As we continue to look at how we can provide a solid foundation for skill development in a changing world, we look to information experts in our field.  One such person is Dr. Tim Elmore, author of a book called Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults.  His analysis reveals how to help children balance autonomy, responsibility and information (in our age of information abundance) so they can develop the so-called soft skills, such as delayed gratification, needed for leadership and success. The St. John bookstore has a couple of copies of Artificial Maturity in stock for your convenience.  Elmore’s team has also coined the notion of “Habitudes” and has published a series that incorporates scripture as part of reflection and formation of essential habits of mind.

It is a privilege to be part of this community and serve alongside you.  May the peace that passes understanding be yours this Christmas and always.  Oh come oh come, Emmanuel!  God IS with us!

Heidi Hays

Principal, St. John School

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