Distraught parents often say of their children who choose a church different than that in which they were brought up, “At least they are going to church!” In the Gospel of Mark we read how when Jesus“saw a great crowd He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34). They had many “churches” but they were directed to the law, “do this, avoid that” to have peace with God.
Despite such teachers or because of such teachers, Jesus describes them as “Sheep without a shepherd.”
Jesus also said, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the Sheep….My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:11,27). When people, even in church, are not directed to Jesus as their Savior from sin, they are sheep without a Shepherd. “At least they are going to church” is not a comfort.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
When hours of television time are devoted to the memory of a deceased person the message is given to our children, “This is the person after whom to pattern your life!”
But is that the message the people of this nation desire to give their children? To emulate one who changes the pigment of his skin, who alters his appearance through plastic surgeries, who has boys spend the night in his bed with him, who after making his millions is bankrupt at the age of 50? Is this the kind of person who is the hero of the American people? If so than God describes this people: “God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie” (Romans 1:24,25).
A far better message is, “You are bought with a Price; therefore glorify God in your body…your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…you are not your own” (1 Cor. 6:19,20). Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E.
42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, for that message. Service time is 10:00 a.m.
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 cane 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.
The governor of South Carolina appealed to the account of King David in the Bible (2 Samuel 11) as rationale for not resigning following a persistent affair with a mistress in Argentina. While that is true, David did not resign, the governor and all other adulterers should remember the rest of the story. God is gracious to forgive David and the governor’s sin, but the consequences of David’s sin He chose not to remove. Within his family a son rapes a sister. A brother murders his brother. One son openly rebels and brought on civil war and dies in the rebellion. A second rebellion ensues in which ten of the twelve tribes of his kingdom sought to secede.
God was gracious to forgive David’s sin and let him remain king. But He did not take away the earthly consequences of that sin. He was made to realize that sin, especially adultery, is never insignificant. The governor should realize that those consequences were not just for himself, but that because of David’s sin the whole nation suffered.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E 42nd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, and pray with David and us, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.