Reformation

Martin Luther, in the year 1517, questioned the church’s doctrine that a person could merit God’s favor by pilgrimages, veneration of relics, praying to saints or the Virgin Mary, or even taking the vow of chastity and poverty as a Monk or Nun. The Holy Spirit revealed to him from God’s Word that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross satisfied God’s justice because of which God justifies (declares not guilty) the sinner (Romans 3:23-26). The sinner (this includes everyone, Romans 3:23) has God’s favor, not as a result of works, but as a gift, received by faith in the work and promises of Christ. Those who persist in unbelief reject this gift to their condemnation.

“Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Come hear this reformation message at Peace Lutheran Church, Texarkana, Arkansas. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Caesar

Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). When His opponents sought to discredit Him by asking if it was right to pay taxes to Rome, Jesus gave this defining answer.

Caesar represents government, ordained by God to punish evil and reward good (I Peter 2:14; Romans 12), in this way bringing order to a fallen world.

God, in this instance, refers to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word., the duty of the Church.

These are separate spheres in which God rules, intended by God to complement each other: The government, or state, providing order so the Word of God can be freely taught; the Church through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, providing citizens who want to love their neighbor, honor those in authority, and who are a conscience to government for honesty, justice, and compassion.

History teaches that the nation is deeply troubled when a) the government either teaches religion or prohibits the teaching of the Word of God or b) when the Church seeks to rule as though it were government.

The nation is blessed when its citizens are free and willing to “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where through His Word people are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be good citizens of both kingdoms. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.

Welcome to Peace Lutheran Church Texarkana

We are a church that..

  • Follows the historic liturgy as the church has worshipped through the ages
  • Sings hymns that teach Biblical truths centering in Jesus Christ
  • Provides preaching based on Biblical texts
  • Thoroughly instructs in the chief doctrines of the Christian faith

Peace is affiliated with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Worship Time: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study 11:30 a.m.

1506 East 42nd Street
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854
870-774-0053

Husbands and Wives

Christians delight in God’s Word which says, “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25). Because of their sinful nature Christian husbands fall short of this kind of love, but they agree it is the standard.

The Word also says, “Wives be in subjection to your husbands….Just as the church is subject to Christ so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything” (Eph. 5:22-24). Because of their sinful nature Christian wives fall short of this kind of submission, but they will agree it is the standard.

Not only does the sinful nature of a husband lead to repeated failure to love his wife as Christ loved the church, the culture encourages him to put himself first, his own pleasure first, and even to pursue other women, if not in reality at least in fantasy. The culture ridicules the idea of a wife submitting to her husband, encourages independence, and fosters achieving positions of prominence in the church and nation over men, including her husband. In both instances marriage and the family lose.

When a husband attempts to love his wife as Christ loved the church, and a wife attempts to reflect the church in submitting to her husband, the marriage and home will be richly blessed; even more important they will illustrate to the world how Christ loves the church, and how believers respond in faith and obedience to Christ.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church where the love of Christ is proclaimed every Sunday. Service time is 10:00 a.m.