If Christ had not been raised

If Christ had not been raised from death Our faith would be in vain, Our preaching but a waste of breath, Our sin and guilt remain.

But now the Lord is risen indeed; He rules in earth and heaven:

His Gospel meets a world of need–In Christ we are forgiven.

If Christ still lay within the tomb Then death would be the end, And we should face our final doom With neither guide nor friend.

But now the Savior is raised up, So when a Christian dies We mourn, yet look to God in hope–In Christ the saints arise!

If Christ had not been truly raised His Church would live a lie; His name would nevermore be praised, His words deserve to die.

But now our great Redeemer lives; Through Him we are restored; His Word endures, His Church revives In Christ, our risen Lord.

From LUTHERAN SERVICE BOOK, the hymnal used by Peace Lutheran Church.

Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Christian Marriage

Besides providing entertainment for some two billion people, the pomp and circumstance of Prince William and Catherine’s wedding affirms what God says of marriage in the Holy Scripture: “They two shall be one flesh; what God has joined together let man not separate” (Matthew 19:6,7). Weddings of royalty happen once in a generation or so, but marriage itself is for a lifetime.

In an era when many youth casually enter into sexual relationships apart from marriage, and a large percentage break their vows after the wedding, the Christian’s ceremony and marriage must ring loud and clear:

One man for one woman for a life time. This is the basic unit of society. When marriages fail the culture will eventually crumble. Of even greater importance, God’s plan for marriage is for the husband to be a living illustration of Christ’s sacrificial love for the Church, and for the wife to be a living illustration of the Church’s obedience to Christ (Ephesians 5). When Christ the heavenly bridegroom receives His bride, the Church, into heavenly glory, the weddings of royalty will pale in comparison.

Come to Peace Lutheran to prepare for this “wedding”. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

One Dictator, Then Another

The American people are led to think, “With Saddam Hussein is out of the way the Iraqi people will be much better off…if Muammar Gaddifi is out of the way the Libyan people will be free…now that the despot that controlled Egypt for over 30 years is out the way the Egyptian people will fair much better.” The same thought is extended to other tyrants around the world.

What Jesus says of a person is true also of a nation: When an evil spirit is cast out and the “house” remains empty, that evil spirit will go out and find seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they will enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person (or nation) will be worse than the first (Matthew 12:43-45). Unless the hearts of the people are moved to love one another and to obey their leaders, eliminating a dictator may only lead to someone worse.

Merely helping depose dictators is futile foreign policy. Al Schmidt in his book, “How Christianity Changed the World,” shows how whole cultures were moved to love and care for one another. This happened, not by force or military might, but through the simple preaching of the Crucified and risen Christ, through whom God forgives sins and gives a new life. This is how God will work new life in you. When the love of Christ fills the “house” the evil spirits will be held at bay.

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

Good News

“The Passion of Christ,” a movie directed by Mel Gibson, spends an inordinate amount of time depicting the bloody beating the soldiers under Pontius Pilate laid upon Jesus Christ. That gory scene is of value only in the light of Scripture in prophecy, “He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53). The revulsion one experiences in viewing such cruelty pressed upon the Son of God must lead one to realize, “How awful are my sins. He suffered for my sins. He was beaten, bled, and died for my sins. ‘God laid on Him the iniquity of us all’ (Isaiah 53).”

Ye who think of sin but lightly Nor suppose the evil great Here may view its nature rightly; Here its guilt may estimate.

Such suffering is also a preview for what awaits those who remain hardened in sin and unbelief. Yes, the scourging and the crucifixion of Christ is LAW that shows us our sin and the wrath of God. But God wants the LAW to make us despair of our own goodness and make us ready to hear the GOSPEL, the good news that because of all that Christ suffered, God gives the gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). God confirmed this by raising Him from the dead.

Come, hear this Good News at Peace Lutheran Church. Easter Sunday service is 10:00 a.m.

The Dead Shall Rise Again

Except for a few atheists, every culture and every person believes in life after death, so the “Happy hunting rounds”, “the grand lodge above”, “nirvana”, “heaven”, or a “better place.” The belief that there is life after death is not uniquely Christian.

What is uniquely Christian is the teaching that the dead will rise again. In the Book of Daniel we read, “Those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2). Job spoke, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at the last day upon the earth; and after my skin is destroyed , this I know, that in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25,26). Jesus said, “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves shall will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. (John 5:28,29). Then there is 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4:13f.

It is not a happy thought for the unbeliever and unrepentant sinner, but for those who are covered over with the righteousness of Christ, it stirs great anticipation. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Good Friday service will be at 7:p.m.

Living Water

Exodus chapter 17 tells of the Israelites thirst for water in the wilderness. God provided water as Moses struck the Rock at Horeb. What a picture of our Lord Jesus, “Stricken, smitten and afflicted” on Calvary that from Him may flow “living water”.

God gives us a thirst for water, so we will drink and live. He also gives us a thirst for the “living water” Jesus provides. People seek to satisfy this thirst in people relationships as the woman who had five husbands, as the story is told in John chapter 4. Others seek to satisfy this thirst in things, or in gaining personal glory. But none of these can satisfy. “He who drinks of this water will thirst again.” Jesus said, “The water that I will give will be a spring of water welling up into eternal life” (John 4:14). Only the life of humble repentance and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ truly satisfies.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church to receive this “water”. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Christ Died for Our Sins

The people involved with the trial, conviction, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ mirror the sins of humanity. There was Judas with his greed for money; Peter who in fear for his life disowned any connection to Jesus; Caiaphas who called in false witnesses to testify against Jesus and then unjustly condemned Him; the soldiers who cruelly beat and mocked Jesus; Pilate, who in weakness and after repeatedly declaring Jesus innocent, condemned Him to be crucified. Look closely and you will see some or all of these sins in your life.

Jesus died because one was greedy, another was unjust, others were cruel, and one was too weak to take a stand for what was right. Jesus died because of these sins. More importantly, He died for these sins. 

“He died for all” (2 Cor. 5:15). “Christ died for our sins” (1 Cor.  15:3). “The LORD laid upon Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). As you hear and receive this Good News, God conveys to you the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Come to Peace Lutheran Church where this message is proclaimed in baptism, preaching, and the Lord’s Supper.

Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service is Wednesday 7:00 p.m.