Freedom

“Freedom” is a special word in the Bible. “For freedom Christ has set us free…do not submit again to a yoke of slavery….For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh” (Galatians 5:1,13). “If you abide in My Word….The truth shall make you free” (John 8:31,32).

This freedom is from the coercion of God’s Law. This freedom is a release from bondage to the sinful self and a freedom to serve God and one’s fellow man. This freedom was purchased by Christ’s death and resurrection and is conveyed through His Word. While one can have this freedom in Christ in prison or as a slave, this freedom in an important ingredient for a nation, or an individual, to be or remain politically free. Should we not question the wisdom of warring to make other peoples and nations free while forbidding any mention of Jesus Christ? Or we may question how long this nation will remain free when every hint of our Christian heritage is stifled.

What you don’t use, you lose! Exercise your freedom to hear and proclaim the Word of Christ by coming to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, that you may have and keep the greater freedom in Christ.
Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

One man, One woman

In an interview with economist, Jennifer Roback Morse, Marvin Orlasky revealed these figures: “The taxpayer cost of out-of-wedlock childbearing…an annual figure of $112 billion per year.” “The California Youth Authority spends enough on each child in its care to send three people to the University of California.” “The most dangerous situation for the child–to live with mom and a cohabiting boyfriend.” (WORLD MAGAZINE, June 19, 2010)

Government’s deficit spending by the trillions concern intelligent citizens. Should not the minimizing of marriage just with its economic impact cause greater concern? The promiscuous ways of many youth scorn God’s order for marriage: One man, one woman, for an exclusive, life long commitment. Apart from bringing God’s judgment for scorning His Word about marriage which He designed, minimizing marriage will drown this nation in red ink! Repent, or perish, God once said and is still saying.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where you are directed to Him who gave us marriage, and who through our heavenly Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, forgives and renews us. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.

How can you call yourself a Christian?

When prominent people fall into sin the consensus is “He is not a Christian. Christians do not behave like that!” Or the conclusion is drawn, “What kind of religion would let a person do that?” When King David fell into sin, the prophet said, “By this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme” (ridicule God) (2 Samuel 12:14).

Satan and the world about us has two modes of operation, first delighting to see a person scorn the commandments of God and then when successful coming with the accusation, “How can you call yourself a Christian?”

Being a Christian is not living the perfect life. It is rather a trust in the God who forgives sinners, and He does that because Jesus Christ was made sin for us on the cross (2 Cor. 5:21). The same King David, though his sin was a stumbling block to many, could in humble repentance say, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the one to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity” (Psalm 32:1,2).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to receive that Word of forgiveness. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Armor of God

Periodically individuals or groups of people are named who seek to destroy a constitutional form of government, Biblical morality, and churches which hold to sound doctrine as delineated in the Bible. Whether we can name the specifics really matters little. The Bible clearly warns the Christian that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians6:12). God would have us understand that there is an enemy determined to destroy us whom we cannot resist in our own strength.

For this reason He continues, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may able to stand in the evil day.” This armor of God is His Word which against all attacks makes us secure in the righteousness won for us by Jesus Christ, the salvation which He provides, the peace with God through the blood of the cross. His promise always stands true, no matter how powerful the enemy, “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:28).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to receive this armor as the Word of Christ is proclaimed. Sunday service is at 10:00 a.m.