St. Paul's Evanglical Lutheran Church and School 1201 Main Street, Onalaska, WI 54650 PHONE: 608-783-2552

Today's Bible Passages

Re 19:10

At this I (John) fell at his feet (angel) to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (see also Re 22:18-19)

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We will be broadcasting selected services on this page. Our services are recorded during the 10:30 service and available on our YouTube channel by Sunday evening.

  • Sunday 10:30am

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Easter – Jesus’ Greatest Irony

Throughout the Lenten season we have discussed “ironies of the Passion.” The greatest irony is in Jesus’ resurrection. This is truly a “life and death” matter. Jesus was buried in the garden of Joseph of Arimathea garden (John 19:41). He was placed in a new tomb (Luke 23:53). The women who came early Easter morning were expecting to find a dead corpse (Luke 24:1). They had purchased spices to put on Jesus’ body. Instead of finding a dead body they met a living Jesus. They fell down and worshiped him (Matthew 28:9).

There is no greater irony than this. Jesus conquered hell and the grave by giving his life on the cross. He conquered death by dying and rising. He overcame death by coming alive on the third day. He had said it would happen. Few believed him. What irony. Life instead of death.

This means we have life already now. The Scripture refers to it as “life that is truly life” (I Timothy 6:19). Jesus said “because I live, you also will live (John 14:19). We have crossed over “from death to life” (John 5:24). The devil thought he had won on Good Friday but Jesus’ resurrection spells Satan’s defeat. We are forgiven and promised life through Jesus’ resurrection.

The irony continues. Not only has Jesus given us life now and for eternity, he gives power to live for him. The Apostle Paul put it this way in his letter to the Roman Christians, ”Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised through the glory of the Father, we too, may live a new life” (Romans 6:3,4). The next time you feel powerless, remember you have Jesus power working for you and through you. He gives you the power to live a new life.

This is the greatest irony. Jesus’ resurrection gives us life in place of death.

Completing Our Joy

Christian joy comes from possessing peace that comes with God's forgiveness. The gospel is the amazing message that Jesus has completed everything to secure our forgiveness, our salvation. After Christ completed every detail of God's plan of salvation, he declared from the cross, "It is finished." There's no more we can or need to do to complete our eternal salvation. Jesus is our joy because he is our COMPLETE SAVIOR!

Our work for Christ, though, completes our joy. Our complete Savior gives each of us the work of spreading the incredible message of salvation. When we proclaim the gospel, our joy in Jesus is completed. Our joy increases when others come to faith through the power of the Word. Read what St John wrote in his first letter: "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to MAKE OUR JOY COMPLETE" (1 John 1:3, 4). John's joy in the Lord would also be complete when his readers would share saving faith in Jesus with him (2 John 12).

Jesus finished the work of salvation in loving obedience to his Father. It filled him with joy and satisfaction that he had complied fully to his Father's will and rescued the whole world from sin's curse (John 15:9-11). Similarly, our love for Jesus makes us glad to do his bidding of sharing the only message that saves sin-sick people from eternal death. How it gladdens our hearts, throbbing with joy when people embrace Jesus by faith and confess him as
their Savior and the Lord of their life! When we witness to other people in our day-to-day lives about the Savior, IT COMPLETES OUR JOY IN JESUS.

Please don't miss out on the joy, the privilege! Tell someone about Jesus. Need help? Attend a class here at St. Paul's on personal/friendship evangelism. We have another one planned after Easter (March 27). Get involved with our congregation's evangelism efforts. Check out some of those opportunities in the article included in this month's newsletter. Check out the personal evangelism resources located on the WELS website. And PRAY that God will help you
COMPLETE YOUR CHRISTIAN JOY by telling others about the completed work of Jesus Christ.


J.A.M. stands for Jesus in the Afternoon for Me. J.A.M. is a Wednesday after-school program for children in grades 1-5. All are welcome to attend especially those who do not have a church home or Sunday school.

Children gather in St. Paul's fellowship hall after arriving from their school (they can get shuttled by bus from their school to St. Paul’s--Ask your child’s bus driver for details). The sessions begin with a snack, free time (games), a Bible lesson (beginning around 3:50), singing and craft. Children are to be picked up at 5:00 p.m. You can register your child when you bring them or by clicking the link below to our online registration form.

J.A.M. is FREE and a fun way for your child to learn valuable lessons for life and bring them closer to God.

For more information click on the link below to the J.A.M. handbook or call St. Paul's church and school office 783-2552 extension 0.

Click here to fill out and submit the J.A.M. registration form.

Click here to view the JAM handbook.

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Sunday Services 
8:00am & 10:30am

Holy Communion

  • 1st and last Sunday


Wednesday Lenten Worship
2:00 & 7:00 p.m.


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