Worries

With food prices, gas prices, and everything else going up, how are we going to make ends meet? My teenagers are beginning to drive and so escape my watchful eye, what will happen to them? I’m growing old, who will take care of me? The farther our eyes are removed from Him who feeds the birds and clothes the lilies of the field (Matthew 6:24-24) worries overwhelm us. God asks, “Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to His span of life?” (6:27). The solution to worry is keeping His Word in our minds which continually reminds us of His care for us, and where He directs us, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (6:33).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to “cast all your cares on Him who cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Sunday service time is 10:30 a.m.

Intelligent Design

“Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed” is a movie which reveals the bias against any proponent of “intelligent design”. Even the favorite, non-believing teacher in a university is not given security in his academic career because he suggests a design in the origin of life. The film shows how this is replayed repeatedly in higher education.

Those who reject “intelligent design” are reasoning that “a room full of monkeys jumping on typewriters could produce the Encyclopedia Britannica,” as one author put it. Yet life and the genetic code is more complex. Only someone who has abandoned intelligence could suggest such a possibility. The Bible describes them: “Professing to be wise they became fools” (Rom. 1:22) The bias arises out of the fear that one must give account to the Designer. “They did not like to retain God in their knowledge” (Rom. 1:28).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, and be accountable to the Designer, Who though a God of judgment is also the God of mercy and forgiveness as provided in Jesus Christ. Sunday Service time is 10:30 a.m.

One Church

Jesus prayed for His disciples “That they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:11).  Those who believe in the Christ of the Bible, the Savior from sin’s curse and power, are one.  They are the one Church (Eph. 5:25), the Household of God (Eph. 2:19, the Bride of Christ and the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2), and the Body of Christ (CDol. 1:18).  Jesus prayed, “Keep them in your name” (John 17:11).  Those who turn away in unbelief are no longer one.

In this same prayer Jesus prayed, “Sanctify (set apart) them through Your truth; Your Word is truth ” (John 17:17).  By the Word of God (the truth) the Holy Spirit keeps us as one in the Body.  It follows that God directs  “He who has My Word, let Him speak My Word faithfully” (Jer. 23:28).

Faithful preaching and believing leads you “that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:10).  So the Holy Spirit also creates concord, outward unity, through His Word.  The desire for concord dare never be so strong that we are willing to compromise His Word.  Inevitably, when that occurs new divisions arise and, worse, people are in danger of being severed from being one in Christ.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where the Word of God makes and keeps us as one.  Sunday service time is 10:30 a.m.