Prepare for Persecution

If a religion has been spread by the sword, and if that religion in its sacred book prescribes that those who will not convert should be killed, and if in nations where that religion is dominant, converts to Christianity are executed– should that religion be given the same freedom under the Constitution as that which teaches one to love his neighbor and even do good to those who hate him?

Since this is happening in the USA, Christians will need to prepare themselves for persecution. Since the days of the Roman Emperor Constantine, in 313 A.D., Christianity has received the protection and approval of secular governments. In the pre-Constantine era, persecution of Christians even unto death was rampant.

If Christians of this land experience what some of their brothers and sisters do in some other nations, we will understand more clearly the meaning of our Lord’s words, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:27). “The time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service” (John 16:2). “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 6:11,12).

“Take up the whole armor of God (His Word that leads us to Jesus, Savior of the World) that you may be able to stand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13). Come to Peace Lutheran Church,1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to be fitted with that armor. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.

Selling Your Birthright

The Bible warns “that no one be sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal” (Hebrews 12:16). This is in reference to the account in Genesis, chapter 25, when Esau came in from the field famished, and was willing to give up his right as first born for the immediate satisfaction of his hunger.

Like Esau, people will throw away their marriage for momentary pleasure.  Citizens will sell their freedom to have temporary prosperity. Youth will trade their purity and health for a night of “excitement”.

God has given the believer in Christ a special “birthright,” “an heir of God through Christ” (Galatians 4:6). There is the everyday temptation to “sell this birthright,” to be accepted by your peers, to keep a job, to get a promotion. You are selling your birthright by being quiet about Jesus Christ, the One crucified and risen, Who alone reconciles us to God.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where you learn to treasure this birthright from Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

All Men are Liars!

The Bible clearly teaches, “All men are liars!” (Psalm 116:11) and that “the heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). Scam artists would fail if everyone believed this.   Is not a trust of one’s fellow man necessary for business to transpire?  Yes, but because of the deceitful nature of man the laws and the courts restrain people from cheating one another. Only in this way dare you put money in the bank and expect to get it back. In personal relationships where there is no law to restrain, expect lying and cheating.

This truth which many have learned the hard way, not just from the Bible, serves to illustrate a need for a new heart. In and through the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ God has promised “to put a new heart within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my judgments to do them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19, 20).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where through this Gospel the Holy Spirit gives a new heart to speak the truth. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Christ – The Message Does Not Change

Technology Specialist William Johnson noted: The college graduating class of 2011 will be the first to have never known a day when the Web did not exist. For them, there will always have been .coms and .nets.  They will always have interacted with the world using the Web as part of their spectrum of communication.

The means of proclaiming that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) seems endless. First, the oral proclamation, then the printed page, then radio, TV, video, and now the internet. The message, however, must not change. People have not changed. They are still in need of forgiveness. God has not changed.  “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). He is the only Savior from the curse of sin (Acts 4:12).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where the changeless Christ for a changing world is proclaimed. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.