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“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8,9). Or one could say, “It is better to trust in God than to put confidence in politicians and government.” Yet the tendency of politicians and government is to create dependency. They are successful because of the covetous nature of humanity, wanting what is my neighbor’s without paying the price. Then like an unstoppable monster, socialism makes every citizen dependent on government.

Jesus said, “How hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the Kingdom of God” (Mark 10:24). He might also have said, “How hard it is for those who trust in government to enter the Kingdom of God.” This is evident in the socialistic nations of Europe where the churches are for the most part empty.

The very nature of godliness is trust in the Creator for the necessities of this life, “The eyes of all look to You, O LORD, and You give them their food (and health care, housing, etc.) at the proper time” (Psalm 145:15), and to trust Him for forgiveness of sins and life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord. Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to have your trust redirected to the LORD. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m.

The Curse of Sin

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The fall into sin (Genesis 3) brought a curse upon mankind.  Every illness, catastrophe, accident, conflict, struggle, fear, and finally death is the result of sin.   Jesus Christ died for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3), that is, he bore every consequence of your sin so the curse may be lifted from you for all eternity.

As the weight of sin pressed upon Him He sweat drops of blood so you need never despair in the agony of death.  Christ was bound so He could rescue you from the bonds of sin and Satan.  Christ was falsely accused so you may not be accused and condemned before His judgment throne. Christ was stripped of His clothes so the tattered rags of your own righteousness (Isaiah 64:6) may be covered over with His righteousness. Christ was crowned with thorns so you may endure the thorns and thistles in your life (Genesis 3:18).  Christ was sentenced to death so you will not suffer eternal death.  He was whipped (scourged) so that by His stripes you may be healed (1 Peter 2:24).  He endured mockery and ridicule so you who believe in Him may never be ashamed (Romans 10:11). Christ suffered thirst that you will not cry out in hell as did the Rich Man for a drop of water (Luke 16:24).  Christ died on the cross so that you may live with Him forever.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to be comforted that in all that Christ suffered He redeemed you from the curse.   Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.  Lenten Service is Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

Our Sins

The people involved in the crucifixion of Christ provide insight into sinful humanity. Judas, at first a loyal disciple, is overcome with greed and betrays his Master for a price. Caiaphas, with religious pretense, plans the murder of Jesus. Peter, who in the safety of the other disciples clearly confessed Jesus to be the Christ the Son of God, now in the company of Jesus’ enemies repeatedly denies even knowing Him. Pontius Pilate, for political expediency, sentences an innocent man to die. Soldiers take delight in inflicting pain and humiliating a condemned Man. The crowds around the cross taunt and ridicule the Lord of the universe.

One could say Christ died because of their sins. Every person in the world is seen in one or all the above. The Apostle Peter at Pentecost (Acts 2) indicated that all his hearers will be held accountable for crucifying the Christ. You too! When terrified by this judgment, they asked what shall we do? He replied, “Repent, and be baptized in the name of the Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to learn of Him who not only died because of your sins, but more importantly, who died for your sins (1 Cor. 15:3) that God’s anger may be lifted from you. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten service is 7:00 p.m.

The Lottery

Someone said, “I would be afraid to purchase a lottery ticket. I might win.” Rightly so! Nearly all winners go the way of Abraham Shakespeare, a professing Christian who received a $17 million payout after taxes. In two years his money was gone and he was found murdered by one of his “friends”.

The lottery encourages covetousness, which the Bible condemns, and it mocks contentment which the Bible encourages. It warns, “Those who want to be rich fall into temptations and a trap, and into many foolish and hurtful desires which drown people in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9). One need not be surprised that lottery winners “pierce themselves through with many sorrows” (6:10).

“Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim. 6:6). Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where the prayer and proclamation is that you see “what are the RICHES of the glory of His inheritance with the saints” (Eph. 1:18), riches that come to the believer through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten service on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.