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And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:1-11 KJV)
Four years ago I wrote a newsletter on the Ascension of our Lord. This month we celebrate the Ascension on the 13th and it is time to write again about such a significant and yet overlooked event in the life of Jesus and our own lives. The child described above is obviously Jesus. He was caught up to God and to His throne, also an obvious reference to the Ascension. When Jesus ascended, He cleansed the heavenly sanctuary with His blood and prepared a place for us to enter at the end of our earthly sojourn. His blood broke Satan’s power to accuse us before God, so the devil was cast out with his minions and we are now without charge before God, declared innocent in the blood of Calvary’s Lamb. (see Hebrews 9:11-28)
Also Paul wrote; What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
Paul understood the significance of the Ascension (see vss. 33 + 34 above) and so may we through his words. Happy Ascension Day! May God be praised for so great a gift!
In memory of Dale Maikkula
From the Albert & Janis Saari Family
Neil & Debra Sunnarborg
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From the Albert & Janis Saari Family
In memory of Jack Bergstedt
From Elaine Bergstedt
In memory of Betty Bergstedt
From Elaine Bergstedt
In memory of Calvin Naasko
From Jay & Kristine Weidner
SPRING SEMESTER WRAP UP
The spring semester will soon be completed and we are beginning to plan for the Fall. Classes will resume Wednesday, September 8 so stay tuned for details on future course offerings.
Please keep Lois Matson in your prayers as she will finishing up her studies in the Deaconess Program. Details on the graduation service will be announced in the near future.
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