Give Your Heart

Bishop Bo Giertz in The Hammer of God records an older pastor saying to a younger who was glad to have “given his heart to Jesus”: “It is one thing to choose Jesus as one’s Lord and Savior, to give Him one’s heart…it is a very different thing to believe on Him as a Redeemer of sinners, of whom one is chief. One does not choose a Redeemer for oneself, you understand, nor give one’s heart to him. The heart is a rusty old can on a junk heap. A fine birthday gift, indeed! But a wonderful Lord passes by, and has mercy on the wretched tin can, sticks His walking can through it, rescues it from the junk pile and takes it home with Him. That is how it is.”

Come to Peace Lutheran Church,1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where through the Word of Christ crucified and risen again He rescues sinners from the junk heap. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Peace! Be Still!

The fearful disciples were amazed when Jesus Christ said to the howling wind and the raging sea, “Hush! Be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm (Mark 4:35-41).

When you are afraid–health, family, economic crises–hear Him who stilled the storm and reconciled you to God the Father by His death on the cross say to you, “Peace! Be still!”

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, for the calming words of our Savior. Sunday service time is 8:00 a.m.

Earthly Good – Heavenly Minded

Sometimes the charge is made, “He is so heavenly minded that he is of no earthly good!” It was quite the opposite with the Apostle Paul. He writes, “We know that if the tent, which is our earthly home (referring to his body), is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1). On another occasion the Apostle writes, “I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better,” but he adds, “To remain to remain in the flesh is more needful for you” (Phil. 1:23,24). He was certain of heaven because Jesus Christ died for him and arose and assures His disciples, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1). Being sure of heaven as his home the Apostle endured persecution and all manner of affliction in proclaiming the love of God and showing love for everyone.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where you through the Word of Christ become heavenly minded and so be of the most earthly good. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

“No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3).
Why not? “Natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him” (1 Cor. 2:14). Why not? “The fleshly mind (natural man) is hostile to God” (Romans 8:7 also 5:10). Why not?
“You were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1, 5). Dead people are powerless. They cannot make decisions. That is why the Holy Spirit must work the miracle of giving faith in Christ, thereby raising the dead to life. “For by grace you have been save through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”(Eph. 2:8). In the Lutheran Church we do not have “altar calls” lest the impression is given that we come to Christ of our own volition or by the persuasion of men. That would detract from the working of the Holy Spirit.

Come to Peace Lutheran1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, where the Holy Spirit quietly through “the washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5) and the preaching of “the living and powerful” Word (Hebrews 4:12) raises people from the deadness of sin to new life in Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.