Oil For Your Lamp

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #8

Oil For Your Lamp

Doodle Notes From David H. Hatch, Sr. Pastor

“Communicant Members”

Our Saviour Lutheran Church - Green Bay, Wisconsin

https://oslc-gb.org/

This, and the next two messages will be important for your soul

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #8

Date - April 1, 2020

 

Putting Tools in Your Toolbox


Conditions in our world right now are the perfect storm for, “Despondency”. 

 In the experience of some ancient monks, “Despondency” is a darkening of the soul. In this state of mind, the soul is obsessing on two thoughts at the same time: 

1.) Nothing is good right now (Anger at the present circumstances)

2.) Things in the past were  better than now, and things in the future will be better  (Desire for something to escape the present)

Look at those two things again. See how the mind is dominated by dark emotions, Anger and Desire? Anger and Desire have their place, but in this case, they are working against us. BTW, I capitalize them to “personify them”. 

Stay with me.

In short, Despondency means  “I hate now! My hope is dried up. I am stuck.”

Are you experiencing those emotions during this event? You are not alone!


In this state, the  mind is turning round and round, spinning in a vicious circle. Think of the vice in your dad’s old workbench. It turns to the right, and tightens, it imprisons what is in it. This is the same for the soul and mind when it is entrapped in dark thoughts keeping us in, “Despondency”. 

And now we can see the meaning of, “Vicious Circle”. The root word is, “Vice”. An ever tightening of the thoughts, a spinning circle we cannot escape from on our own.

In this state of mind,  we become prisoners of our thoughts. We are vulnerable, fragile, and we can crack.

Standby, there is hope.

Despondency, the ancients would describe, is darker than depression and discouragement. It is a spiritual illness that we fall into, and  a condition the enemy works hard to keep us entrapped in. Being alone and cooped up, away from human contact, with the news constantly disturbing our soul (through our sense input), this is the perfect recipe for Despondency.

We are starting to learn some of the  enemy’s tactics. He has his own, “Art of War”.

Repentance, a Biblical word, means, “A metamorphosis of the mind”. That means, we change the way we think. Our thoughts are transformed, refocused, corrected. With God’s help, our mind begins to spin left (Toward freedom and restoration) and not right (Slavery to dark thoughts).

Let us go back to your dad’s workshop. He has something so tight  in that vice it cannot budge. Now, turn the handle the other direction, lefty loosey. Whatever was trapped  is now set free. And so, Christ has come to set us free, even from the prison of our Despondent thoughts. 

Still with me? This is deep stuff. It can change us.

Let’s reverse this whole Despondency thing. Change one letter of that word. Swap the “D” for an, “R”.

Despond changes to Respond. 

We respond to Christ, and we come alive! 

  1. If you are angry, point your anger at the enemy. He works hard at keeping you in Despondency.

  2. Give God thanks for the blessings that we have overlooked here and now, they are right under our nose.

  3. Give Him thanks for the past, but don’t wish for it back.

  4. Give Him thanks for the struggle, through it He makes us stronger

  5. Stay in today, plan for tomorrow, don’t waste today hoping for it.

Contentment is in that formula!

Here are a few slides that may describe the message best.

  • Prayer - In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+] Lord, we are so often victims of Despondency. We get trapped in our dark thoughts. It seems the Light goes out within us. We may be lonely. We may be overcome with fear. The unknown crashes over us like a huge wave. But wait Lord, You are God and we are not! You have us. Nothing can kill our soul. May Your Holy Spirit bring us calm. May we fan our faith into flame, that in the midst of trouble, we find our strength in You. Help us to man our stations, to do our duty, to serve with love and patience. Lift us and empower us to be a Light in the darkness of the times. You are the Christ, the Victorious One. We stand behind Your Mighty Shield. In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+]

  • Humor for The Day - A church member said, “I needed supplies from a church cupboard that was secured with a lock and I didn't know the combination. Our clergyman offered to help. Placing his fingers on the dial, he raised his eyes heavenward for a few seconds. Then he spun the dial and opened the lock. Amazed , I stared at him open-mouthed. Eyes twinkling he said, ‘The  combination is written on the ceiling.’”

Rest well, Pilgrims! May His angels dance in your midst!

Posted by David Hatch

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #7

Oil For Your Lamp

Doodle Notes From David H. Hatch, Sr. Pastor

“Communicant Members”

Our Saviour Lutheran Church - Green Bay, Wisconsin

https://oslc-gb.org/

 

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #7

Date - The last day of March, 2020


Hi everyone!

 

The photo of the window is from the apartment of one of our members. She watched the sermon on Sunday. Like the children’s message, she cut out hearts with crosses and is keeping herself encouraged! How cool is that!

 

Remember the song, “Stop the World and Let Me Off”? It feels a bit like that right now. But the darker the news is, the brighter the Light of Christ gets. Lighthouses are best seen in the dark. You are a lighthouse to your neighbor.

 

We miss our, “Old Normal”, don’t you? We will get past this, we will have life on the other side of this. But what good can we make of it right now? 


Are you home from work, unable to go in? Are you juggling your work and, “who is going to watch the kids?” Did your business close? Does “Restlessness” walk into your bedroom in the middle of the night and try to keep you awake? Gas prices are down and anxiety is up. Some folks are reporting anger, others are experiencing grief. Calls to phone-in helplines (for emotions) are up some 300% according to one source. 

 

Our normal has been changed. 

 

We want to stop the world and get off, but we are here now, for a reason. Even if we cannot understand it, give God thanks for the day, and even the suffering (Emotional, physical and spiritual suffering). 

 

His joy is buried underneath our complaints. 

 

Oh yes, drink a lot of water, get good nutrition, talk to friends and steer your mind onto Holy Things. Stay inside what is in your control, ask God’s help, man your Duty Station, and you will get along just fine.

 

Do I hear an, “Amen!”? Louder!

 

  • Verse for The Day - Philippians 2:2-4  Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

  • Here is a prayer need that has come in: I need prayers for my sister Janet. Janet is a RN at a nursing home for elderly Catholic Nuns. She is on the front line of the health care issues. She volunteered to take care of a Sister that is now showing symptoms of the Covid19. Then she had to speak to the other Sisters who had direct contact with her. She then had to inform these ladies that they were now confirmed to their rooms. Doing this without setting off panic was very difficult. Now they are at the brink of total lock down where she will be volunteering to stay at the facility 24/7. She cannot have any contact with her family now or when she goes into lock down – no hugs or kisses as she get ready to do one of the most heroic things I have ever seen her do. The emotional strain on her is overwhelming. On top of this her husband is self employed and may lose his business due to this pandemic. So I am asking for people to include them in their prayers. I am very proud of my sister and am very worried for her and the family. Thank you and for your prayers.

  • Prayer - In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+] Dear Lord, just as You  take care of the lilies, You take care of me , but I am not feeling it! But You remind me, faith is not a feeling. Faith is to stand behind your conquering shield, to be held in the palm of Your hand, to have Your Light within me when it is dark outside.  Faith is knowing You made me, You put a soul within me. You are blessing my days and have them all laid out. What appears to us to be so frightening,  to You is a place where You rush in to make something special happen. Why if faith was a feeling, You would see no hope in any of us. But what You do see is our flicker of faith. Fan it into flame, Lord! We may never be water walkers or mountain movers, we just want to be fellow walkers with You on the Path of Righteousness. If we are falling into discouragement, nudge us, wake us up. Poke us in the ribs! Maybe You are doing that now, through what we hear and see in the news. Through it, keep us humble, keep us serving, move in us to love our neighbor. In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+]

  • Humor for The Day - They say it takes 3 sheep  to make one sweater. Gosh, I didn't even know sheep could knit, did you?

Posted by David Hatch

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #6

Oil For Your Lamp

Doodle Notes From David H. Hatch, Sr. Pastor

“Communicant Members”

Our Saviour Lutheran Church - Green Bay, Wisconsin

https://oslc-gb.org/

 

Oil For Your Lamp - Message #6

March 29, 2020, 7:30pm

 

Good evening!

We just got this in, “Please pray for our daughter Elyssa. She is a nurse in the NICU at a Milwaukee hospital and is quarantined with an infected baby tonight. Thank you!”

In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+] Lord, as Elyssa is called into hazardous duty tonight, with compassion for the sick and suffering being a higher calling than self, please heal this child and protect this brave nurse. She, and so many other front line servants are displaying a love for life. Comfort her as she works. Be with the infant’s parents who may not be able to be present with their child. Be with first responders, doctors and all healthcare workers. Be with those who are alone and lonely, those who are overwhelmed with worry. Send us Your comforting Holy Spirit! In the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit, Amen [+]

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Devices connected to this morning’s worship - 390

Below are some photos from the morning gathering

 




A Word About  Order - In a disordered world, we so want order!

When we look at Creation, we can learn some very helpful things about God. What God does, we can do, and this will help us. During Creation, He did things one thing at a time and separated tasks into parts or spaces of time (days). 

Do the same thing! 

An old friend once said: “If you like continually moving things from chaos to order, you will like life.”

That happens in everyday life:

  • When we wash soiled clothes and make them clean

  • When we take dirty dishes and wash them

  • When we take an overgrown lawn and mow it (Same with hair, if you have any)

  • When we sweep up a dirty floor and make it shine

  • When we wipe our muddy shoes and make them clean

  • When we wash (and re-wash) our hands and make them sterile

  • When we toss out bad thoughts and keep our hearts pure

  • When we turn off the news and open a book or turn on the music

 

  • Verse for The Day - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30)

God bless your rest!

 

Pastor Dave

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