Earthquakes in various places, first Haiti, then Chili, now China, and California, bring to mind the words of Jesus, “There will be great earthquakes in various places” (Luke 21:11). He spoke these words in the context of His second coming. Earthquakes were only one sign among many as warning that you do not let “your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you unexpectedly”(Luke 21:34).

Jesus also warned that His coming will be like it was before the days of Noah, “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away” (Matthew 24:38). Earthquakes are one of the “wake up” calls to humbly hear and heed the Word of our Lord which He affirms, in contrast to the heavens and earth, “My words will by no means pass away” (Luke 21:33).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to hear the Word which calls to repentance and faith in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ who gives joy in the assurance that He is coming again soon (Luke21:28). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

But now Christ is risen from the dead

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“If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is vain and your faith is also vain….you are still in your sins….then those who have fallen asleep (died) in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Cor. 15:14-19).

“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep….For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed….then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’….Thanks be to God who give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:20, 52, 53, 54, 57, 58),

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, for the ongoing celebration that the One crucified for our sins was raised on the 3rd day to life. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

God’s Weapon

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Just the title CHRISTIAN MILITIA should disturb every Christian. No person or group can claim any authority from the Bible to rise up against the government in the name of Christianity. Muslims and other religions kill and destroy with the authority of “sacred” writings, but not Christians.

Jesus said to Peter who sought to defend Him, “Put up your sword. All those who use the sword will perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52). The Apostle Paul reminds us, “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” (2 Cor. 10:4). That weapon is “The Word of God…living an powerful and sharper than any two edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus said, “If my Kingdom were of this world than would my servants fight…but my kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).

Christians may as citizens, but not in the name of Christ, defend themselves with weapons of this world. They follow the One Who “was as a Lamb led to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7) and confess, “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter” (Romans 8:36). This is possible because through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ those who believe in Him even in death “are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

What Do You Reject?

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If you reject the resurrection of Christ you reject Christianity. “If Christ is not risen your faith is futile” (1 Cor. 15:17). Islam rejects the resurrection by simply saying that He did not die. Modern theologians reject the resurrection by giving the word different meanings. Humanists ignore the event by emphasizing the rite of spring. Well meaning parents give the Easter bunny story and entertain children with egg hunts. If there is no risen Christ, the churches become social clubs, support groups, and charitable organizations. They also can offer no hope to the dying and the bereaved.

“But now is Christ risen from the dead” (1 Cor. 15:20). The Bible foretold it (Psalm 16:10); our Lord predicted it (Luke 9:22); “He also presented Himself alive after many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3); by the proclamation of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ there was an explosive growth of believers (Acts 5:14); and many eyewitnesses gave their lives to make known the living Savior.

Because “HE IS RISEN” come to St. John Lutheran Church to receive the assurance of your resurrection, the comfort of God’s forgiveness, the certainty of being among those who exult for eternity “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive…honor and glory and blessing” (Rev. 5:12). Easter Sunday service is 8:00 a.m.