The world watched as one tsunami wrought havoc and destruction on houses, bridges, and humanity in general along the coast of Japan. One may wonder what a video camera would have recorded, at the time of the Biblical flood, when the fountains of the deep were broken up and huge tsunamis poured over the earth. In addition the windows of heaven were open until the highest point on the earth was covered by more than 20 feet of water (Genesis 6-8). Fossils of sea creatures found on some of the highest mountains, and the various sedimentary strata and rocks of the earth, confirm this greatest of all catastrophes, in which all land creatures, including people, perished except those on Noah’s Ark.
The sad comment of the Apostle Peter applies to our age, “They deliberately forget that long ago…this water also flooded the world and destroyed it” (2 Peter 3:5,6). To this our Lord added, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to be made ready for that day. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Lenten Service Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Earthquakes in China, Haiti, Chili, New Zealand, and now in Japan (plus the tsunami) are signs of the End Times, as Jesus said, “There will be…earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). When the end comes all that we hold dear in this life will not matter. The devastation in Japan wrought by the earthquake, followed by the tsunami, as portrayed to all the world over TV, is a stark reminder that “Here we have no eternal city”(Hebrews 13:14) ) and that we “should seek one to come” as did the Patriarch Abraham who while dwelling in tents “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10).
Of those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and are saved by His grace (Ephesians 2:8,9), God’s Word says, “You are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (the Bible), Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20). “No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11), and “whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 10:11) as those will be who seek to build on the foundations of this world. “We are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:27). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to build on a foundation that no earthly catastrophe can shake. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service on Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
In discussions on religion one often hears, “That is your interpretation.” If what the Bible teaches is a matter of one’s own interpretation, then one can get the Bible to say whatever. Even the devil quoted Scripture for his own purpose using his own interpretation.
This is how false teachers “will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them” (2 Peter 2:1).
The Apostle Peter, before he affirms that the men of God writing the Holy Scriptures were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), speaks very clearly, “No prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation”
(1:20). So people will not manipulate Scripture to their own liking, the Church very early set boundaries in its creeds. In 325 A.D. the Council of Nicea set forth the Nicene Creed to counter a private interpretation as to who Jesus Christ is: He is “very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made, Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven….”
In matters relating to our eternal salvation, the Scripture needs no “interpretation.” “From a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make wise for salvation through Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear this Scripture proclaimed. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service on Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
With internal conflicts brewing in Libya, Tunisia, Pakistan, and wars being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan, it may seem to some that the words of Scripture have a hollow ring: “God makes wars to cease to end of the earth” (Psalm 46).
If God makes wars cease, where is He now? Why do wars go on?
The Scripture reminds us that the nature of human beings is such, that if God did not put His restraining hand on them, they would destroy one another in deadly conflict. “Out of the heart comes forth evil thoughts, murders, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19).
“Where do wars and fighting come from among you? Do they not come from your lusts that war in your members? You lust an do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war” (James 4:1-2). “The LORD saw the wickedness of man…the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…and the earth was filled with violence” (Genesis 6:5, 11).
God is merciful to restrain man that his wars do not destroy the earth and the people on it. When fights break out in the world, or in our families, it should make us realize the need for a “clean heart and a right spirit” (Psalm 51).
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.