When Brit Hume recommended over the airwaves that Tiger Woods turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his marital unfaithfulness and receive from Christ a new life, many accused Brit of being insensitive, impolite, and made it appear as though he had committed some crime.
The Bible reminds us, “People love darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19,20). Release from slavery to sin does not come from Budda, Islam or Humanism. The prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus, “He sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives…to set at liberty those who are oppressed”
(Isaiah 61; Luke 4:18). The Christian’s duty and delight is to declare to everyone in every place that Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection redeemed all who are captive to sin. That includes you.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to rejoice in the light of Christ and the liberty He gives. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
On January 22 the nation observed the landmark decision legalizing abortion, hailed by many as a mark of progress. In reality it is a return to the pre-Christian era when, as one historian notes, “Roman marriage was no longer a sacred bond” and “unchastity the evil of our time.” Then as now abortion was commonly practiced to eliminate the evidence of sexual aberration.
A reason early Christians were hated is that they considered the sexual life for marriage, the marriage bond sacred, and human life from the time of conception precious. This view of sex, marriage, and life shed light on the depravity of the world around them. “People love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. Everyone practicing evil hates the light” (John 3:19-20)
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where the light of God’s Word exposes our evil, and the light of Christ grants forgiveness and new life to the repentant sinner. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“They are not all Israel who are of Israel” (Romans 9:6). “In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation…peace be upon them and upon the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:15,16). There is the nation of Israel and there is a spiritual Israel which is the one who with St. Paul glories “in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).
One can somewhat understand that politicians, out of political expediency, seek to support and defend the nation of Israel, even when it steals the land from the Palistinians. When preachers throw their support to the nation of Israel, or any nation, as though they were the chosen people of God, they show their ignorance of the Bible. The Israel of God are those who recognize that through the suffering and death of Christ on the cross He redeemed sinful humanity. To call any other people the chosen of God is to deny Christ.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where in confessing Jesus Christ you are accounted as one of the Israel of God.
Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
That a religion could persuade people to attach bombs to their bodies to kill themselves and others is beyond any logical explanation. It is no less mysterious that Christians should vote for legislators and presidents who support abortion and enact a “health care reform” that finances such killing. Both are suicide and murder. The first is suicide of self and murder. The second is murder and suicide of a nation, not that the nation will cease to exist, but will cease to exist as we know it. The present birthrate does not replenish the population of the nation. The same problem exists throughout Europe. The population increases only through immigration, people often bringing with them different values and morals than that which make for a free society. Government financing of abortion is national suicide.
The God revealed in the Bible gives value to human life. Reject Him and this senseless killing will go on. Acknowledge Him in humble repentance and your life and that of your neighbor will be precious.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where you learn how much this God loves you in Christ (John 3:16). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Of this life Simeon said, “Lord, now let me depart in peace” (Luke 2:29). He could say this because he had come to know his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
If one can say this in the time of death, surely the penitent believer can say this of the old year, being no longer troubled about the sins and failures of the past. They are forgiven in Christ. Nor need the Christian worry about the future. He can greet it with peace knowing that nothing can separate him “from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to be assured of this peace as we leave the old and enter the New Year. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.