Trunk or Treat at ImmanuelSun., Oct. 31, 12:30-2 PM, Immanuel Parking Lot Join us for Trunk or Treat: Down on the Farm! Please decorate your trunk in a farm/harvest theme. Nothing scary please. Sign up for a spot at https://bit.ly/3afKMBo. There will be a contest for Best Trunk, a fall-themed family photo booth, and hot chocolate/cider and warm cinnamon-apple donuts. Questions? Contact Lori St.Vincent at email@example.com. To volunteer to help with this Community Connection event, visit volunteersignup.org/JK3FT.Trunk or Treat: Down on the FarmVolunteer signup sheetvolunteersignup.org
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Daniel 3: A Greater Victory
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore, I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.”
Thought for Today
What an amazing turn of events. God has once again come through for His people in a profound and memorable way. The king is awestruck by what has happened. Apparently, it is one thing for a god to be wise and interpret dreams, it is another for Him to physically manifest and save His subjects. Through the faithful witness and courage of the three Hebrew men the whole world will hear of the greatness of the power of Israel. Notice that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did nothing but stand up for God’s honor when they were dragged before the king. They did not seek this honor. They did not make a scene. They simply testified to the worthiness of God alone to be worshipped and had courage in the critical moment. What was the result? The king decreed that no one in the kingdom may ever abuse God’s honor in word or deed again at the cost of their lives. There is no way the Israelites could have won such a victory for God on their own. Only God, defending His own honor, could win such a resounding victory. This is our calling, too. We are to witness to God’s glory when called upon and stand with courage, so He can display His power. Our world has no shortage of opportunities to do this. You do not have to seek them out. Let God use you in the critical moment and marvel at how God defends His own honor through you.
Lord God, use me as You will. Help me to have courage and determination, to speak the truth in love and watch to see what You will do. Amen.
Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker. ― St. Athanasius
Quote of the Day
When sinners judge, God takes the stand. ― Toba Beta
Daniel 3: You'll never stand alone
Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
Thought for Today
The three men of Israel put their faith in God to rescue them and God showed up. Not figuratively. He literally appeared in the fiery furnace! The smug smile on Nebuchadnezzar’s face melts ways as he realizes that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are not consumed by the fire, but freed. The only thing consumed by the fire are their bonds. They begin walking around the fire and a fourth person appears. He is clearly no ordinary mortal. He looks like “a son of the gods.” Is this an angel or a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ? No one knows for sure. What we know is that someone representing God stood in their midst to make sure that everyone knew who had rescued the men who dared to defy the king. This was a contest between the God of Israel and the king of Babylon. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were the men caught in the middle of the contest. They had chosen wisely when they put their trust in the One Nebuchadnezzar had called the “King of lords” just a chapter ago. God is trust worthy. He will defend His honor when it is challenged. We may need to stand up and be counted, but never think the contest is between you and the one who challenged God’s honor. God Himself shows up to both defend His people and His honor. So, don’t be afraid to stand up for God. He will never let you stand alone.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the promise never to leave nor forsake me. I will stand for You with confidence because I know I do not stand alone. Amen.
For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John. ― C.S. Lewis
Quote of the Day
Men trust God by risking rejection. Women trust God by waiting. ― Carolyn McCulley
Daniel 3: Trust
Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of . . . music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Thought for Today
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego make one of the most incredible statements of faith in all of Scripture. When the king threatens to throw them into the fiery furnace if they refuse to worship his statue and then defiantly asks what god is able to deliver them from this imminent doom, they respond, “Our God is able.” The God who interpreted the kings dream in the last chapter can save them from the fiery furnace. Their faith in their God was strong! The more impressive statement follows this first declaration. “But if not, we still will not serve your gods,” they say. They trust God’s purposes and plans more than they trust God’s power. After all, God’s power is in service to His purposes. God’s purposes are always redemptive. They know that God’s purpose in bringing them here is not to defeat the power or authority of the king. That would be too small a thing for God. The greater work would be to reveal Himself to the king in a way that draws his proud heart humbly to God. God can do that by either saving them from the fiery furnace, or by spending their lives in this moment to reach the king. They trust God’s plan enough that they are willing to stand just as firmly for the possibility that God chooses not to rescue them, than if He does. That is God’s concern. Their call is to be a faithful witness in the moment. That is an amazing statement of faith. They already know their eternity is safe with God. They are okay no matter when God chooses to begin it. Having an eternal perspective changes the way we see everything in our lives.
Lord God, help me to have an eternal perspective on my life. Let me not get so caught up in my days here that I do not spend them with my eternity with You in mind. Amen.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.—Jesus of Nazareth
Quote of the Day
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. ― Maya Angelou
Daniel 3: The Intrigues of Men
Daniel 3: 8, 12
At that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. “There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.
Thought for Today
People’s motives are rarely as pure as they seem. The men who go to Nebuchadnezzar to inform him that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not complying with the king’s demand to worship his statue were not really worried about the king’s decree nor offended by the God of the Israelites. They were men of the court who wanted the positions of power held by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Worshiping the statue was just a convenient excuse to remove them. In the end, it didn’t matter. God used the opportunity to bring the Israelite men where He needed them. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were trying to stay out of the way. They may have wondered why God allowed them to be called out and brought into the spotlight when they were trying to do the right thing quietly. What they may have perceived as God allowing a bad thing to happen actually brought them to the center of where God was working. He needed someone to be His representatives to the king and nation of Babylon. We need to be careful of how we interpret God’s actions in our lives. Sometimes what appears to be God allowing negative circumstances is actually God aligning us to what He is doing and inviting us to be part. This is often a bit intimidating. Put your trust in God. His plans are always bigger and better than you can imagine.
Heavenly Father, help me to always trust You, even when I don’t understand what You are doing. Let my faith be greater than my circumstances. Amen.
Here's what God wants. He wants you to look up. He wants you to trust him. ― Linda Evans Shepherd, When You Can't Find God
Quote of the Day
Tough times don't define you, they refine you. ― Carlos A. Rodriguez
Daniel 3: Being Worshipped
King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of. . . every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.”
Thought for Today
At the end of the previous chapter, Nebuchadnezzar declared Daniel’s God to be the “God of gods and Lord of kings” (2:47). As we turn the page we discover that the king’s heart is fickle. He has decided to set up a golden statue, probably looking much like himself, for the people to worship. This is a reflection of the original temptation. Satan entered the Garden of Eden as told Eve if she ate the forbidden fruit she would be like God. Ironically, she was already as much like God as anything in creation. “Let us make man in our image,” God said (Gen 1:27). The only way humans were not like God was they had no right to be worshiped or sit on God’s throne. Satan tempted them with the possibility of being worshiped like God. This has been in our hearts ever since. When a person acquires power, they begin to expect to be worshiped and even considered gods. This was true of Pharaoh in Egypt and now Nebuchadnezzar wants the idle created in his image to be worshiped. While it is easy to point fingers at people of great power and wealth for wanting to be worshiped and adored, it is just as great a temptation in each of our hearts. In many small ways we are tempted usurp God’s glory and receive His praise. When things work out for our good and we think it was our plan, we usurp God’s glory. When we take the praise for opportunities to serve without letting them know that God was behind it, we receive God’s praise. In a hundred ways every day we are tempted to take the credit, glory, or praise that are rightfully God’s. We need to be on the lookout for this temptation and repent of this when we discover it in our lives. All the glory, worship, and praise belong to God.
Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the times I pretend that to be the source of praise and honor that belong to You. Help me to be aware of this temptation and to begin giving all the glory and honor to You. Amen.
God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God. ― John Piper
Quote of the Day
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. — Christopher Columbus
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High School Information NightTue Oct 26, 6:30 - 8:00 PM Are you wondering what private school options are available after 8th grade? There are many choices when it comes time for high school! Representatives from 6 local private high schools will be here at Immanuel exhibiting their schools, providing information, and answering questions: Aurora Central Catholic, Aurora Christian, Marmion Academy, Rosary, St. Francis, and Wheaton Academy. This is open to the community—invite your friends and neighbors!
The Miracles of Jesus Bible StudySundays 9:15-10:15 AM @Sanctuary. Pastor Eric will explore the miracles Jesus performed. Why did He do them? What messages was He sending? What does it mean today? Come grab a coffee and join the conversation!
BSA Troop 12 Eagle Rank - Matt Nallenweg
by Brian Nallenweg
Matthew Nallenweg from Troop 12 earned his Eagle rank on 6/12/2021. In addition to this, he earned the Bronze and Gold Palms by completing 35 merit badges. Matthew earned the prestigious BSA Triple Crown Award by attending 3 High Adventures - Philmont, Sea Base, and Northern Tier. He liked Philmont so much he recently attended a second trek. Matthew has been a very active member of Troop 12 since 2014. He has held various leadership positions within the Troop including Librarian, Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Matthew epitomizes the "Scout is Helpful" part of the Scout Law - he has logged over 125 service hours within the Troop and participates in numerous other service projects outside of Scouts.
Perhaps you have driven past the raised garden beds while entering the parking lot at church. Matthew led this Eagle project to build and install these raised beds. It is currently brimming with plants that the Sunday school children have planted.
Matthew is a recent graduate of Batavia High School. He was active in marching band, wind ensemble, robotics, and Latin club. He is currently attending community college and plans to join the Navy. If you see Matthew in the Church hallways, be sure to offer him a hearty congratulations for his Eagle rank and his other Scout honors.