Prairie Wind 

Evangelical Lutheran Parish


 

212 N Eisenhower

Junction City, KS 66441

785-238-6567


Sunday Worship 9:00am

Coffee Fellowship

 following 

Children's Time during Worship


Marion Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church

1809 B. Ave.

White City, KS 66872


785-482-3830


Sunday Worship 11:00am

Sunday School for children: 10:30 am





    

 

 

“Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to the emperor.”  Acts 26:32

 

 

             Paul was hauled before the authorities after he had been seized by those that felt he had defiled the temple and were against his teaching and proclaiming Jesus Christ to the gentiles.  He stood before the Jewish council and they determined that he should die.  But Paul was not just a Jewish citizen. He was somehow, also a citizen of Rome (either by virtue of his own life or perhaps his father’s).  On those grounds, he had appealed his case to the highest authority on earth at this time, the emperor himself.  On his journey through the system and en route to Rome he declares his mission to the governor Festus and Festus has him examined by Agrippa (Herod the Great’s son and king of part of Judea himself).  Agrippa tells Festus the above line…basically saying Paul went too far in his appeal and could very well have hung himself.  They could have released him, they could have also provided some protection if the plot to kill him were to reemerge.  But here they were with their hands tied by this appeal to the highest authority on earth, the emperor.  The emperor had absolute power to bring death to anyone he deemed a threat to what he called the Peace of Rome,  whether it was real or not.

 

       Paul may have felt regret that he had acted the way he did, but I think this shows how God uses even our reckless decisions to proclaim who he is.  In these scenes of Paul’s trials Paul is given the opportunity to declare Christ and him crucified to the Temple council, to the governor of Juda and Jerusalem, and to King Agrippa.  Later in Rome Paul was “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.”  (Acts 28:31)  all the while under house arrest.

 

       God has a way to make the story of his reign known.  I pray that as we look at the various areas of ministry and gifts that each of us possess, we will be bold in sharing how God comes to us for our salvation in Christ and calls us to declare him to both the high and low.                                 Pastor Anita


 

                                    




            


                                                                                                "God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.

___Martin Luther  1483-1546



 


Mission Statement
We have benefited greatly from the gifts of God's love, peace and joy through Jesus Christ.  In grateful response we seek to share these same gifts with others, inviting all people seeking meaning, purpose, and community to a new life in Christ. 

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