November Note

5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves
your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to
shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the
power may be of God, and not of us.  8 We are troubled on every side, yet
not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but
not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the
body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be
made manifest in our body.

In our Opening Exercises we’ve been learning about the changes in the
Church that happened about 500 years ago.  Individuals read the Scripture,
then spoke up to challenge traditions:  Luther was one, Zwingli another,
and a group of his students another (Grebel, Blauroch, Manz, et al).
Later there were many others, including Sattler, Hofman, and Simons.  All
these contributed concepts about how the Church could be more faithful to
Christ.
Our guest speaker for chapel Oct 27 was Elton Baer, a former Hutterite,
who has taught Church History.  He helped us understand the contributions
of Peter Waldo, the Waldensians, and John Hus, as well as Luther, Zwingli,
and the Anabaptists.  I appreciated his stories (like how Luther in
disguise went down to the market to hear how the common people spoke so he
could translate the New Testament from Latin to German) and his
application (if we are faithful to the Lord we should also expect
persecution).
Later I emphasized the importance of loving our enemies (a teaching of
Jesus that Menno Simons repeated), and of enduring suffering for the sake
of the gospel (a teaching of Paul that Menno Simons also repeated).  It
has been a good season of thinking about such things and how we can live
them out.  This is especially timely as we relate to our nation’s
Remembrance Day.
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It has also been good in the last month to hear from parents about the
challenges they and their children face, and to work together for success
in school and in life.  Perplexing as problems can be, we are not in
despair because the Lord is faithful and helps us find the way.  We look
forward to continuing conversations, including the ones we’ll have Nov 17
at Parent Teacher interviews.
Looking ahead into November it is a season of fundraising:  the Fall
Market, preparing perogies for sale and for the supper, and the dessert
night for our Brazil ministry team.  Your efforts as parents are much
appreciated.
The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
is a treasure we carry in our mortal bodies–our “earthen vessels”–so
that the glory may go to God, and not to us.
David Kruse

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