1. The Lord Delights in You!
What does God see when he looks at you? As a child of God, he sees a dearly loved daughter wrapped in the pure white robe of Christ’s righteousness. You have immeasurable worth and value in God’s eyes and he delights in you!
Zephaniah 3:17a The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you.
Presenter: Marilyn Sievert, wife to Jim, currently lives in West Bend and her greatest joy is digging deep into the treasures of Scripture, finding a new gem, and sharing it with those around her.
2. Restoring Hope: Recognizing and Dealing with Depression
What do we do when hope seems lost? Christians throughout time have struggled with the feelings of despair and hopelessness that come with depression. We will discuss the definition and causes of depression, the treatment of depression, and how to battle the stigma of depression and help those who struggle.
Psalm 42:11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Presenter: Sarah Reik is a licensed professional counselor who has seen the restoring power of God firsthand in her own life, and in the lives of hundreds of clients struggling with depression, who put their hope in him.
3. Raising Children Who Hope in the Lord
How can we disciple children to look to the Word before the world—to fix their eyes not on what is temporary but eternal? Hopeless circumstances can be transformed when we view obstacles through God’s purposes. God’s Word gives us all we need to be hope-filled parents who model and nurture a hope-filled attitude in our kids. God has plans for them—beyond what we can imagine!
Lord help us walk by faith and not sight!
Ephesians 1:18a I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you...
Presenter: Amanda Rose is co-founder and owner of Holy Hen House, a Bible study leader, musician, pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom to four, and missionary wherever God plants her.
4. Forgiving and Letting Go
Life is sure to include frustrations, irritations, and annoyances. If these emotions are left to simmer, tensions build and we are tempted to hold a grudge and withhold forgiveness. Upholding us with his unfailing love, our Lord teaches us about forgiveness and how to deal with our emotions in ways that delight him and demonstrate Christian love toward others.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.
Presenter: Pastor Michael Hintz, in his 40 years of public ministry, served as a foreign missionary, parish pastor, and director of the WELS Commission on Evangelism. In retirement, he is active in part-time ministry.
5. Praying Boldly to Our God of Hope
God’s Word tells us to approach the throne of grace with confidence and to wait on the Lord with godly hope and trust. Learning to pray boldly, hope continually, and trust completely is a lifelong journey of seeking God’s will amid evil in this world. We humbly ask his help in wanting to align our desires with his, especially as we deal with daily trials and suffering in our lives.
Luke 22:42 Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.
Presenter: Rebecca Wendland is a thankful child of God, seminary professor’s wife, and mother of 4 blessings (ages 9-18). She has a passion to share Jesus (14 years in Africa) and is the author of “Bloom Where God Plants You.”
6. What Are You Going to Do When the Well Runs Dry?
Caregiving can be one of the biggest challenges we face in this life.
What adds to the challenge is that we don’t always know how long we will have to provide care. Will it be months? Will it be years? We don’t know if the demands will increase. Will it take more emotional strength? Will it take more physical strength? As we ponder these questions we often wonder how do we help ourselves to be the caregiver we want to be. Join Chaplain Steven Stern as we seek the waters that will replenish our thirsty souls.
John 7:37, 38 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
Presenter: Chaplain Steven Stern is currently working twenty hours a week as a chaplain at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
7. Doubts are Scary … Facing the Fear
You know Jesus. You love Jesus. You look forward to dying as a child of Jesus. But what do you do in those moments when you aren’t sure that Jesus loves you? … when you feel like your children or grandchildren trust God more than you do? … when you go through the motions of religion, but your heart feels so far from God? God speaks to the weary in heart. God offers an understanding ear, and powerful words to fight back when doubts rise. God gives you confidence to be honest about your struggles and his grace and power to overcome.
Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Presenter: Prof. Steve Geiger serves as Professor of New Testament and Education at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. He began his ministry as a tutor at Martin Luther College and then served for eight years as a mission pastor in Yankton and Vermillion, South Dakota. He and his wife Anna have been blessed with six children, ages 3 to 11.