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  • News from Lake Wobegone … I mean Sleepy Eye

    Posted on February 16th, 2009 Sallie No comments

    Hello Draper’s Diary readers!  Here’s a quick recap of the events in our lives the last few months.

    First, we have all been adjusting to Luke’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.  He is doing quite well handling all the changes in his life since January 5, 2009 and we are working with the insurance company to get approval for an insulin pump for him.  We hope to soon be pumping with a MiniMed Paradigm 722 (miracle machine).  This will give Luke anytime control over his insulin and reduce the need to give 2 to 4 shots per day down to one stick every two to three days!

    At church we have enjoyed several “special” Sundays including worship with MLC Men’s Choir and Unity Sunday/New Member Welcome.  It’s hard to believe the season of Lent is almost here!  Join us for worship via our Live Stream on the St. John’s web site – – Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

    The boys have been working hard to get ready for the school play, “The Granny Awards”.  They will be performing on Parent’s and Grandparent’s Day (March 2 & 3) at 9:30 a.m. each morning.  Tune into the live stream site to join in the fun!

    The temps have warmed up enough to melt away much of the snow and ice we were buried in during December and January.  The kids have even gotten to go outside for recess on a few days of February.  🙂  I’m not sure if they went outside at all during January.  Kevin’s parents, Jack and Judy, continue to settle in to their Sleepy Eye home and are enjoying having the boys over for sleepovers quite often.

    I guess that’s all the news I can think of.  Hope all is well on your end of the wire.  Blessings from Lake Wobegone … I mean Sleepy Eye!

  • God works in his own way to make us clean

    Posted on February 15th, 2009 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: 2 Kings 5:1-14

    God works in his own way to make us clean
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    Naaman was a great and powerful man.  He was a leader in the army of Aram (also known as Syria) and he worked closely with King Ben-Hadad – the king of Aram.  It is difficult to determine exact dates, but he lived more than 2800 years ago – somewhere between 900 and 800 B.C.  Because of his position he was one of the most powerful and influential men in one of the most powerful and influential countries of the time.

    But Naaman had a problem.  He had leprosy.  The word leprosy was sometimes used for other skin diseases, but most often we think about the disease that eats away at the body and eventually brings death.  Today we have a treatment for this type of leprosy and so to understand what Naaman was going through it might help to think of a terminal form of cancer.  Except that instead of destroying the body from the inside out, the leprosy was destroying Naaman from the outside in.  As far as Naaman know, he would one day die from this disease.  And yet, this leprosy was a gift from God.

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  • We Are One Body

    Posted on February 8th, 2009 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12-27

    We Are One Body
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    Have you ever stopped to think about how marvelous God’s creation is?  I am baffled that some people can actually think that all of the wonderful things in this world came about by chance, through evolution.  Just watch this! (Take out a pen and hold it in a hand as if to write with it.)  Now isn’t that amazing?  Do you know what just happened?  There are 22 muscles in the hand and they all worked together along with all the bones, ligaments, skin, and other parts of the hand – simply to hold a pen.

    It is amazing when you begin to understand how each part of the hand has its own job to do.  Each part of the hand is important.  Each part of the hand works with all the other parts and when all the parts work together, the hand can do some pretty amazing things.

    God says that believers are like the parts of the hand – as well as the parts of the rest of the body.  Using this illustration God says we are all part of the same body – the body of Christ.

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  • The Lord Raised Up a Prophet

    Posted on February 1st, 2009 Pastor Kevin Draper No comments

    Based on: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

    The Lord Raised Up a Prophet
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    “Do not be afraid.”  That is one of the first things the angel said to the prophet Daniel when the angel appeared to him.  And when an angel appeared to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and to the shepherds to announce the Savior’s birth, what were the first words those angels spoke?  “Do not be afraid.”  Why do the angels need to tell people not to be afraid?  If the angels were the cute and sometimes baby like little creatures as often depicted, would they really need to say, “Do not be afraid”?  No, probably not.  Those visited by angels knew these creatures were powerful and holy.  A visit from an angel would certainly be cause us to be afraid, but to stand in the presence of the almighty God would be even more terrifying.  Not just because he is powerful, but because he is also holy.  God knows his appearance in glory would literally scare us to death and therefore instead of coming to us in his glory or sending an angel, the Lord raised up a Prophet from among us to speak his words to us.

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