Thanksgiving Day is a time to review how richly we as a nation and individually have been blessed. The temptation is to make this review a pat on the back: Look what we have done! How great we are! How wise and intelligent! If the economy falters, we will fix it! No thought of repentance, no confession of sins as a nation, no prayer to God!
God told ancient Israel, “Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your God…then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth’” (Deut. 8:11-18). This forgetting leads to this condemnation, “I (God) testify this day that you shall surely perish” (Deut. 8:19).
In contrast God says, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked way, than I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chron. 7:14). Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to remember anew God gives all that we have. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Advent Services, Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.
A common statement at someone’s death is “At least he is in a better place.” That everyone goes to heaven is an increasingly popular belief, promoted by preachers who want to offer some comfort to the survivors.
The Bible, however, does not offer this “false comfort”. The Bible refers to an alternative place:
“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:46).
“The hour is coming when all who are in the graves shall hear His voice (of the Son of Man) and shall come forth; they who have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they who have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28,29)
“He who believes on the Son has everlasting life. He who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him”
Lazarus died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom (the father of believers). The rich man died and went to hell. (Luke 16).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where you learn how Jesus Christ rescued you from the punishment in hell so it may be truly said of you as a believer in Christ, “He/she has gone to a better place.” Service time for this last Sunday in the church year is 10:00 a.m. THANKSGIVING SERVICE will be Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Statisticians tell us that more accidents are caused by sleepy drivers than by drunk drivers. Being asleep at the wheel (or drunk) endangers one’s own life and the lives of others.
Being spiritually asleep–oblivious of sin and its devastating consequences, having our lives so programmed that there is no room for Bible reading and prayer, being unaware of the enemy whose goal is to defeat and destroy the Christian, his marriage, his children’s faith, and being indifferent to the return of Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead–is a sleep of even far greater consequences than being asleep at the wheel.
God wants it said to you, “So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober….For God has not destined us for wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us”
(1 Thessalonians 5:8-10).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where God through His Word awakens and keeps us alert. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.
One of the elders revealed to John, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14).
“The Great Tribulation” is not some distant, horrible time of suffering.
“The Great Tribulation” IS NOW, in some countries far more intense than others–wars, famine, diseases, and persecution. “To come out” is to keep the faith as these trials go on even when they result in death as Jesus directs us in Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to remember with thanksgiving those who have “come out of the great tribulation…and made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.