A high ranking and respected Canadian military officer was living a double life. When it became known that he was involved with stealing, adultery, and even murder, the reporter identified this behavior as SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE. Does socially unacceptable mean that if the majority of society accepts certain behavior, that it is okay? Is abortion acceptable when the majority of people think so? Is stealing and cheating acceptable because one can get away with it? Is premarital sexual relations, and extramarital relations, okay when most people think so?
The term socially unacceptable reveals that our culture is losing the sense of right and wrong. The public will not use the word “sin”. This loss logically follows the evolutionary mind set, which puts every thing in a state of flux. What is unacceptable today may be acceptable tomorrow, especially if people are programmed to think so by what they watch and read. When the evolutionary thinking dominates, the Creator is ruled out, the One who commands “You shall” and “You shall not.”
The Bible describes this thinking: “As they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind to do those things that are not fitting” (Romans 1:28). When we no longer recognize SIN, then we will scoff at the forgiveness God offers through Christ crucified. This is the cliff over which this generation is rushing. It is a catastrophe which no end of psychology and counseling will cure, only a “return to the Lord” (Isaiah 55:6-7). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
From childhood a person’s nature is to retaliate when done wrong.
People of some religions retaliate against those who criticize them or convert to another religion. Even those under the name Christian have taken up the sword (or the torture wrack) to get rid of all opposition.
In contrast Jesus Christ said, “Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners (unbelievers) love those who love them” (Luke 6:32). Jesus expects His followers to be unique.
Christians can be different in this way because of the immeasurable love of God: “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us….For…when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans 5:8-10). Come receive this empowering love of Christ at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
While much ado is made about Valentine’s Day, the man after whom the day is named is usually forgotten. Valentine was a physician and pastor who in love for his Lord and the people he served openly confessed Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior. For this he was executed in AD 270.
Tradition states that on the day of his martyrdom he left a note for the child of his jailor on an irregular shaped piece of paper. That paper shaped like a heart became a pattern for those written expressions of love and caring which highlight Valentine’s Day in many nations.
“We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 ). St. Valentine could love his Lord and his people even unto death because he had a Savior who first loved him. “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:9-11). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to learn of this love. Sunday service time is 10:00 a..m.
“For I was determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). This determination contrasted with human wisdom, oratorical skill, and persuasive powers.
Every Christian teaching relates to Christ Jesus being crucified on the cross for the sins of the world. The teaching of baptism is that in baptism we are “buried with Him…raised with Him” (Romans 6), “We put on Christ” (Gal 3:27), God thereby giving to us the forgiveness of sins and salvation earned by His death on the cross (1 Peter 3: 21). What our Lord teaches about His Supper is that He gives us His body crucified on the cross…His blood given and shed for the forgiveness of sins (Matt. 26:26-28) The new life of the believer is by the power of the Holy Spirit in bringing us the benefits of the crucified (and risen) Christ.
Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
God did not expect this to sound reasonable to the world. “We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor.1:24,25). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this preaching. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.