What are You Taking In?

Satan says to his underling: “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” (Andree Seu, WORLD MAGAZINE).

The internet, iPods and cell phones in every hand, people walking down the street with ears plugged into something, or even church services that occupy the mind with entertaining stories,”spiritual” songs with no Biblical content-“our best work is done by keeping things out.” The things kept out? The things that call for true repentance, the things that generate true and life changing faith in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of Christ.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

True Healing

Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17). Is the Sunday morning service to help people feel good about themselves, to prop up their self esteem, to be coached to reach their potential? Many in the popular churches would say “yes”.

It is not a good feeling to be told by the physician, “You are a very sick person.” Yet if the person is to receive the help of the doctor he must admit, “I am sick. I need help.” God says to every human being, “The heart of mankind is deceitful…and desperately wicked, who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). It is best that all the churches help people to understand this. Only then will people go to the Great Physician who alone can heal. He died for sin and rose again that “repentance and forgiveness of sins may be preached in His name” (Luke 24:47).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, not to be made to feel good about yourself, but to feel good about a Savior who came that you may have true healing. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Risen Christ

This is the time of year when at least one of the major news magazines casts doubt on the Easter story. The postmodernist asks, “How can you be so sure that Christ arose from the dead?” The enemy of Christianity recognizes one Bible passage to be true, “If Christ is not arisen your faith is vain” (1 Cor. 15:17). That would be like saying, “Christianity is just one more silly superstition.” But the Bible is quick to add, “But now is Christ risen!” How can we be sure?

1) It is highly unlikely that the Apostles who claim to have seen, touched, and spoken with the risen Christ would have suffered martyrdom to make Him known if this were a lie.

2) The enemies of our Lord made sure that the tomb of Jesus was guarded and sealed so no one would steal his body and claim a resurrection.

3) The Apostles only 50 days after the resurrection proclaimed a message that centered in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If the enemies of our Lord could have produced His corpse, they could have effectively squelched this message.

4) The Christian church exploded into life 50 days after the resurrection and continued to multiply rapidly until Christians could be found in every part of the Roman Empire. Many of these people were near enough to investigate the claim that Christ arose from the dead.

That Christ is arisen affirms all the claims of Christ that He is the Son of God and Savior from sin, that God the Father is satisfied with His sacrifice for sin on the cross, that all believers will arise at the last day to be with Christ body and soul, that our faith is on the solid foundation of His Word and promises.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to hear with joy “He is risen, hallelujah!” Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Cross

Some churches have removed the cross from their chapels because the cross is a negative symbol. Yet without the cross and Christ’s sacrifice there is no Christianity.

The Prophet Isaiah foretold, “God laid upon Him the iniquity of us all”

(Isaiah 53). John the Baptist introduced Jesus as “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Our Lord said of Himself, “The Son of Man came to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

The Apostle Paul speaking of Jesus’ crucifixion said, “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us” (2 Cor. 5:21. The Apostle John wrote, “He is the propitiation (appeasement) for our sins” (1John 2:1).

This a stumbling block to some and foolishness to others (1 Cor. 1:23) and sadly this is true of some who would refer to themselves as Christians, but Jesus said, “Whoever will be ashamed of Me and of My words…of Him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father” (Mark 8:38).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, Palm Sunday, the beginning of the week to contemplate the crucifixion of our Lord when He took our sins upon Himself. Service time is 10:00 a.m.

Good Friday service 7:00 p.m.