Healthcare – Abortion

When news commentators belittle congressmen for objecting to health care legislation that funds abortion as though it were a ridiculous major in minors, these commentators forget that the first purpose of government is to protect human life. For the government to finance the destruction of human life should be unthinkable! This nation has rightly repudiated other nations in recent history for their crimes against humanity. When the government funds the destruction of the unwanted and unproductive, where will it stop? Handicapped? Aged? Political adversaries?

God made it clear, “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning!” (Genesis 9:5). In the same context God prescribed the punishment of any who would take another person’s life, for “In the image of God He made man.” When the government no longer protects human life, but instead encourages its destruction, terror will rule the land.

Congressmen do well to make a major issue and objection of a health care bill that funds abortion.

Christians value human life especially because Jesus Christ, God’s Son, redeemed us with His holy, precious blood. He “desires that all people be saved and come to the knowledge of this truth’ (1 Timothy 2:4). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Righteousness

When John the Baptist was surprised that Jesus came to him for baptism, Jesus replied, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Matt. 3:15). Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross was to “demonstrate His RIGHTEOUSNESS…that He (God) might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:26-27). “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). Clearly Jesus Christ came as the substitute for sinners from His baptism even to His death so that RIGHTEOUSNESS may be conveyed to all. He is “the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

He provides this RIGHTEOUSNESS as a gift, “Not by works of RIGHTEOUSNESS which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit which He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5). His baptism, life, and death on the cross was to fulfill all RIGHTEOUSNESS.

In our baptism He covers us with His RIGHTEOUSNESS: “All of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this Good News. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Blame

A favorite sport of people in high places is to place the blame for multiple murders on loose gun control and blunt political rhetoric. So goes the explanation that a berserk man in Arizona would kill six people and wound fourteen others. Only in passing is it stated that the man had a history of using drugs.

More than 30,000 people have died across the border in Mexico in drug wars. Drugs cause death in more ways than one. “The heart of man is deceitful and wicked above all things! Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Ordinarily human beings are inhibited from acting out who they really are. Drugs remove those inhibitions. The addict says in his heart, “I don’t care who dies or who is robbed. I must have my drugs!”

A strong family, parental control and love, a strong sense of accountability to God, restrain evil. Permissive parents, divorce, little or no Christianity in the home–leave a vacuum which the devil and the drug pusher are ready to fill.

Instead of blaming others, the carnage in Arizona should lead all to acknowledge a sinful heart, and to “return to the Lord, and He will have mercy…and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).

Then with renewed determination, and by the power of the Spirit, strengthen our marriages, discipline our children, give our children a strong grounding in the Bible and the love of Christ, and pray that God remove from our midst this plague of drugs.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m

Commentary on the Arizona Tragedy

A favorite sport of people in high places is to place the blame for multiple murders on loose gun control and blunt political rhetoric. So goes the explanation that a berserk man in Arizona would kill six people and wound fourteen others. Only in passing is it stated that the man had a history of using drugs.

More than 30,000 people have died across the border in Mexico in drug wars. Drugs cause death in more ways than one. “The heart of man is deceitful and wicked above all things! Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Ordinarily human beings are inhibited from acting out who they really are. Drugs remove those inhibitions. The addict says in his heart, “I don’t care who dies or who is robbed. I must have my drugs!” 

A strong family, parental control and love, a strong sense of accountability to God, restrain evil. Permissive parents, divorce, little or no Christianity in the home–leave a vacuum which the devil and the drug pusher are ready to fill.  Instead of blaming others, the carnage in Arizona should lead all to acknowledge a sinful heart, and to “return to the Lord, and He will have mercy…and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).  Then with renewed determination, and by the power of the Spirit, strengthen our marriages, discipline our children, give our children a strong grounding in the Bible and the love of Christ, and pray that God remove from our midst this plague of drugs.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Greed

“The borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). The national debt, someone calculated, has increased more this past year than in all the years this country has been a nation. Has this nation’s greed for prosperity become so great that it is willing to become a “servant to the lender”? Is this nation really ready to barter its national sovereignty?

Words each debtor should heed at the beginning of another year are:  “One’s life does not consist in the abundance a of the things which he possesses” (Luke 12:15). Life in all its fullness comes in knowing The Good Shepherd who laid down His life (John 10:9,10). “In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Nothing compares to “Knowing Him and the power of His resurrection…and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness…which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:9,10).

Join with the people of Peace Lutheran Church in humbly repenting of our greed for things and receive the true treasure of forgiveness and freedom through our Lord Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.