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Monday night at 7:00 pm.
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Angels are “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). While God can certainly direct his holy angels to action in our lives as an answer to our prayers, there is nothing in the Bible that says “we must ask for their help before they will intervene in our lives.” And aren’t we glad that is the case? If we always had to ask for their help, would we remember to ask? Would we be timely in remembering to ask for help before danger struck? We enjoy many blessings of God even before we ask for them (Isaiah 65:24). God tells us he is the one who orchestrates his holy angels into action for the good of his children (Psalm 91:11). Regarding your second question, the letter and number writing can easily come across to someone as a superstitious practice. How do we “keep the devil out” of our lives? We cannot eliminate him entirely from our earthly lives, but we do have this instruction and promise: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We resist Satan with the spiritual armament God provides (Ephesians 6:10-18). The great Reformation hymn reminds us how powerful that weaponry is in the battle against Satan: “One little word can fell him” (Christian Worship 200:3).
Elsewhere on the WELS web site you will find the document “This We Believe,” a statement of belief of our church body. In the chapter on “Church and Ministry” there is this statement: “We believe that women may participate in offices and activities of the public ministry except where that work involves authority over men (1 Timothy 2:11,12). This means that women may not serve as pastors nor participate in assemblies of the church in ways that exercise authority over men (1 Corinthians 11:3; 14:33-35).” You can read the statement in its context via this link. In our church body, whether we are speaking of female lay teachers in Sunday School or Vacation Bible School, female teachers in a Lutheran elementary school or female staff ministers in our congregations, their service will be directed to youth and women.
Pastor Timothy J. Winkel
2651 Shettler Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
Telephone: 231 777 3011