Pentecost

Pentecost, an important festival of the church, though often forgotten, remembers the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles according to Jesus’ promise, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus the Holy Spirit empowers these fearful men to boldly proclaim the crucified and risen Christ in a way that the hearers could not misunderstand. This was a dramatic moment:
Tongues of fire appeared above the Apostles, they were given to speak in languages of foreign born Jews so they marveled, “We hear them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2). The people were “cut to the heart” and at the directive of the Apostle Peter, three thousand repented and were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

On this Pentecost Sunday come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where the Holy Spirit through Word of the Apostle and Prophets still leads people to repentance and brings them to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Service time is 10:00 a.m.

Faith Produces Fruit

“Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17, 26). This Scripture affirms that a genuine faith in Jesus Christ is never without good works. Jesus said, “I am the vine. You are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Jesus also said, “Every tree is known by its own fruit” (Luke 6:44). “The fruit of the Spirit (a life joined to Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit) is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22,23). Fruit, however, does not make the tree. Neither do all these good qualities make us Christians. We are Christians only as we are connected to Christ, as a branch draws life from the vine.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where this connection is made through the preaching of the Gospel, the administering of Holy Baptism, and is strengthened through the celebration of The Lord’s Supper. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Forgiveness is Free

The chief tenet of Christianity is that Jesus Christ won for all mankind forgiveness of sins and eternal life which is provided totally as a gift, undeserved or unearned, to be received by faith. This teaching 1) separates Christianity from all other religions (In all other religions one must work for and earn God’s favor). 2) This teaching gives enduring comfort to those troubled because of their sin (Otherwise who could know when one had done enough to earn God’s favor). 3) It gives all glory to God (Otherwise if one must work to earn salvation than that person gets at least some of the glory or credit). (Galatians 6:14; Rev. 1:5,6; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, for this enduring comfort and join in giving all glory to God. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

High Moral Standards

Christianity has a high moral standard. To lust after a woman is a sin.
To hate someone is murder. One is to love even his enemies (Matthew 5).
Christianity, however, is not unique because of it high moral standards.
It is unique because it declares that a right relationship with God is a gift. All other religions teach salvation by works. Some will openly say that the good in one’s life must outweigh the bad. Only Christianity affirms, “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
(Romans 6:23).

The first heresy was not the lowering of its moral standards. Rather it was an effort to conform Christianity to every other religion by adding certain requirements of the law. To this day humanity views Christianity to be merely a system of morality, and many teachers give credence to that view. Yet the Bible affirms (the Apostle Paul writing),”I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

True peace with God is to know that God’s justice was satisfied by Christ’s death for sin on the cross. “It is finished (paid in full)”, He declared from the cross. Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to hear this message of peace. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Different Roads or One Way?

Some lodges, some churches, some people boast about being broad-minded and inclusive. Our cultural thinking is that all religions are just different roads to heaven. It is considered hateful and judgmental to speak of sex outside of marriage, hetero or homo, as separating one from God. Everyone is left to find his or her own truth, a religion or lifestyle that fits them.

This is nothing new. Christians were regarded as enemies in the early years of the Roman Empire because they would not worship the emperor or the gods of Rome. They declared there is only one God and there is only one way to this God. That way is through repentance and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for sin and for sinners and was raised from the dead. Apart from Jesus Christ every person is condemned to hell. For this confession many Christians lost their property, their families, and their lives.

The Bible declares very simply, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36)

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where God’s love for all people in providing the one Savior is clearly proclaimed. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.