“The borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:&). The national debt has increased more these past two years than in all the years this country has been a nation. Most of this debt was supposed to pull us out of a recession and put us back on the road to prosperity. The question is: “Do the people of this nation desire prosperity so greatly that they are willing to be ‘servant to the lender’?”
As we begin a new year, this is a question each individual must ask himself. In considering the answer one does well to consult the Word of God which says: “One’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses (Luke 12:15). “In Jesus Christ 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…(but the righteousness) which is through faith in Christ” (Philippians 3:9,10).
Join with the people of Peace Lutheran Church in humbly repenting of our greed for things, and place your heart on the true treasure of forgiveness and freedom through our Lord Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
God became flesh (John 1:14) in Jesus Christ in order to save mankind from the curse of sin. That is the joyful news of Christmas.
Remind yourself and others that the gifts under the tree celebrate the greatest of all gifts, “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The decorated tree sadly brings to mind the tree by which mankind fell into sin (Genesis 3), but the tree also happily brings to mind the tree of the cross on which this Child of Christmas will die to redeem sinful mankind (Galatians 3:13). The lights of Christmas point to Jesus who is the light that shatters the darkness of those who sit in the shadow of death (Matt. 4:16). The star atop the tree reminds us of the those names of Jesus: Star of Jacob (Numbers 24:17, the Sun of Righteousness (Mal. 4:2), the Morning Star (2 Peter 1:19. Or if an angel at the top he brings the message, “‘To you is born…the Savior who is Christ the LORD” (Luke 2:11).
Hearing and telling “the glad tidings of great joy” is the way for you and those you love to have a very merry Christmas.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church for the Christmas Eve Children’s and Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m. Christmas Day (Sunday) is at 10:00 a.m.
Since the first temptation when the Serpent said to Eve, “You shall be like God” (Genesis 3:4), a fault of human beings is that they think of themselves as God, establishing their own standard of right and wrong, and seeking the glory of others. This is not just the weakness of the great athlete or the movie star, or of the Eiensteins and the artists.
Every person is at heart a worshiper of self.
The forerunner of Jesus Christ dashes this idolatrous mind set declaring, “All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades” (Isaiah 40:6-8). Since the fall of man into sin, even those with the most powerful intellect, the greatest athlete, the rich and talented, all must grow old and die.
So much for this god.
So what hope is there? “The Word of our God will stand forever.” That Word of God speaks of the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). It tells of the crucified and risen Savior that “whoever believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Christmas Eve Children’s Program and Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m.
When reporters with microscopic lenses expose the faults of those aspiring for political office, notice the near impossibility for the candidate to say, “I did wrong….I have sinned.” They are only a sample of all people. Everyone knows intuitively that their sins must be covered over.
God, however, is even more effective than reporters. “You understand my thoughts afar off…and are acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139:3,4). The Psalmist recognized the foolishness of trying to cover his own sin: “When I kept silent, my bones grew old…day and night Your hand was heavy upon me” (Psalm 32:3,4). The Bible concludes, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Yet God speaks of covering sin so that He does not see them. “Blessed is the one whose…sin is covered” (Psalm 32:1). We can only ask the people around us to forgive our sins. In contrast, God’s promise is sure, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God covers our sins because they were laid upon Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:6).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Advent Service at 7:00 p.m.
Gene Edward Veith writes in his book, POSTMODERN TIMES: “When the Greeks converted to Christianity, they were introduced to the Bible. The Hebrew Scriptures gave them new ways of thinking about God and the creation, human beings and moral truth. The new religion squarely opposed infanticide, abortion, and homosexual vice. Liberals who think the New Testament condemnations of homosexuality, for example, were only an expression of the culture of the day are precisely wrong. Greek culture not only tolerated but encouraged homosexuality….Even Plato believed that women were inferior, and therefore, the highest love would be expressed between men. New Testament sexual morality was counter cultural, as it is today.” p. 31
Repentance comes only when God in His Word tells us, not culture, what is right and wrong. Only the troubled sinner is ready to hear what God says for Christ’s sake, “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you”
(Matthew 9:2). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.