When the angels sang, “Peace on earth, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14), many have thought of this peace as the cessation of conflict and war. Hence the accusation is that this is an empty promise. More war and family conflicts erupt at Christmas than at any other time of the year.
“Peace” is understood more clearly in another part of the Christmas account. God had revealed to Simeon he would not die before he had seen the promised Savior. When Simeon took the baby in his arms he said, “Lord, now let your servant depart (die) in peace…for my eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:29). “God was in Christ (this baby) reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19. To know Him is to live and die in peace with God.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where this “peace on earth” is proclaimed every Sunday.
Service time is 10:00 a.m.
History is repeated. Herod regarded John’s rebuke as a “form of oppression,” or maybe “a hate crime.” Herod put John in prison and eventually executed him. His crime? He rebuked Herod for having sex with his brother’s wife. Eleven Christians with Repent America were arrested and charged with “a hate crime” for protesting a homosexual “Outfest.”
When officials and laws call “evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20) darkness settles over the land. Christians are expected to be a light exposing this darkness (Ephesians 4:11). When light is beamed on evil, people either repent or they seek to put out the light as Herod did John.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where all repentant sinners are directed to look in faith to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. *Christmas Eve Services are 6:00 p.m*.
The Apostle Peter answers the bias against Intelligent Design in this way, “Walking after their own lusts” (2 Peter 3:3) they conclude there is no Day of Judgment. Eliminating a personal God by way of evolutionary theory makes the sinner much more comfortable in his sin. No worry about a “force” out there, but a personal God? That is scary! Peter accuses them of feeding their bias by being “willingly ignorant,” not just of the creation account and the universal flood in Noah’s time, but now the scientific studies which are in harmony with the creation account. One scientist is quoted as saying, “If we admit to intelligent design we will have to change our ways.”
Giving account to a personal God need not scare you. God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (1 Peter 3:9). The name Jesus was given because “He will save His people from their sins.” He alone is your comfort and hope as you stand before this personal God.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to be secure in the promises of God through Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Advent Services are on Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.
The person chosen by God to prepare the people for the coming Savior was John the Baptist. Repentance – admitting sin, sorrow for sin, and a desire to be clean from sin – was his message of preparation (Mark 1:1-4).
Those who failed to recognize their sin and God’s anger with them because of their sin rejected the Savior when He came. In fact they wanted Him dead and gone. Those who repented rejoiced to know He is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). People are the same in the year 2008.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where the only comfort for the repentant sinner is proclaimed. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. ADVENT SERVICES are 7:00 p.m on Wednesdays.