“Battle Belongs to the Lord”  

- - The horse is made ready for the day of battle. But victory rests with the LORD! - - Proverbs 21-31

September is marked at the beginning with Labor Day. It seems like the Labor Day holiday weekend is a signal for the busyness of life to start up again. Not that the summers are less than busy, but a lot of people find opportunity to fill at least part of the summer with rest, relaxation, fun, and activities that are not mandated by a calendar. But now, all of a sudden, institutions, schools, churches, certain sports, benevolent organizations, societies, and a host of others putting out their fall schedule. Guess what! They are full calendars. 

Here at First Lutheran, we mark the beginning of this season with Rally Day on September 10. We will start with a potluck breakfast. That will be followed by some fellowship and discipleship activity. We will culminate the celebration with worship. I always look forward to Rally Day. It does mark the beginning of a new program year for the church. 

The Board of Directors, the Board of Deacons and the Staff have been preparing for the calendar to turn to September. Proverbs indicates that when getting ready for battle, the horse is made ready. This feels like a picture of what has been happening behind the scenes here at First Lutheran. Prep work has been done. Plans have been laid out. Strategies are being developed. Things are going to get exciting. 

Before the summer began, many of you participated in the SHAPE event. The staff is studying the results to put pieces in place to determine the SHAPE of First. The goal is that we will be focused on the mission that the LORD has laid out for First Lutheran. As a congregation, we have been studying mission strategies that seem to be effective in our cultural climate. We have learned a lot about the world in which we live. It is a different world than it was a generation ago. It can feel a bit overwhelming. 

With that in mind, I want to say, “The horse is made ready.” 

Now for the important and powerful part. Our preparations are puny in the grand scope of things. Ultimately, victory belongs to the LORD! That is the proclamation. That is the promise. I invite you to join me in looking to Him. We have made attempts, probably mostly feeble attempts, to get ourselves ready. Now, as we move forward, we move with the LORD going ahead of us with full power. As we connect with Him we are to continue in our mission of “Connecting People to Jesus.” 

God be praised! 

Pastor Tommy


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