Immanuel Lutheran Church
                     of Almelund, Minnesota


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Winning the Prize

We like winning! How did you feel the last time that you won at play-ing cards or a board game? Winning gives us great joy. Whether the win-ning prize is money, ribbons, trophies, or just an "atta-boy" or "atta-girl," we work harder, and we give it our maximum effort to earn the prize. In the 9th chapter of 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul refers to the con-test of running. To be the fastest runner, runners go through disciplined training to make themselves faster so they can cross the finish line first and win the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 reads, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." The Apostle Paul refers to a much more important event than runners running a race to win a prize that wont last. He refers to a race that involves life and death. The special prize that Paul refers to in these verses is the prize of eternal life. The prize is a life with Jesus forever! Although Paul contrasted the two different prizes, he does refer to the similarities in the effort needed to run both races. Runners train diligently for their races through "strict training." Christians discipline themselves, making their bodies "slave," all "for the sake of the Gospel, that we may share in its blessings" (1 Corinthians 9:23). As Christians, we know we can be faithful in what we do because God is within us, and strengthens us. God calls us to give wholeheartedly in our service to him through serving others. As Gods people, we need to keep our focus on the all-important prize and, with Gods help, not to allow successes in this life interfere with the goal of receiving the most wonderful prize which is eternal life.

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Then, we can give that food to our local food shelf to help those in need!

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS - Our thanksgiving worship service is Tuesday, November 20 at 7pm. Pie served after the service!


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