Come, follow Me

Jesus said, “Come, follow Me” (Mark 1:17). Peter and his brother Andrew responded. By following Jesus, think of what they heard and saw! They learned that the Law of God demanded more than outward observance. He condemned hate, lust, religious pretense, and greed. He opened the Scripture and showed how the Messiah/Savior must suffer, die and rise again. They observed His miracles of compassion, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, hearing and speech to the deaf/mute. They saw Him despised and rejected, declared innocent yet whipped, mocked, crowned with thorns, and though guilty of no wrong, condemned to die on a cross as though a notorious criminal. When He arose from the dead after three days, they ate and drank with Him.

No wonder that those who followed Him declared: “Salvation (from sin and eternal damnation) is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The account of these Apostles is given us that we too may heed His invitation, “Come, follow Me.” And in hearing and seeing Him through the eyes and ears of the Apostles, we too may say, “He is the only Savior!  He is my Savior.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church where you can see and hear! Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

“Gay” Marriage

To legalize “gay” marriage will be an affront to religious freedom in this nation. Churches and religious organizations that reject “gay” relationships on Biblical grounds have already come under pressures to conform to what is perceived to be a cultural norm.  

Not only does this reject the Biblical doctrine of creation–Adam and Eve for the establishment of home and family (Genesis 2)–“gay” marriage is an affront to the heart of the Christian message, Christ in relation to the Church, pictured by a man and woman, a husband and wife. “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her…wives be in subjection to your husbands as the Church is subject to Christ” (Eph. 5). It is impossible for same sex unions to provide such a picture.

Same sex unions destroy this picture, but so do men and women who engage in sex outside of marriage. The church that tolerates either aberration of God’s order will have difficulty proclaiming the love of Christ for the church. This is a time of repentance, or perish. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Keep Sinning?

“Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? (Romans 6:1). A logical answer is “Yes”. Since God freely forgives our sins, without any works or merit on our part, and He does this because in baptism we have put on Christ (Gal. 3:27) who ransomed us from the curse of sin, why not go on rebelling against God?

The logical answer may be yes; however the theological answer is “May it never be! How shall we who are dead to sin live any longer therein.

Being baptized into Christ’s death we died to sin. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:2,3). Joined to Christ in baptism we died when He died, and we arose to a new life when He arose from the dead. Born again (John 3:6) we are a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). This new nature loathes sin.

We know we have this new nature when there is a constant struggle against sin. When we cease to struggle (live in sin) then we are dead (Romans 8:13). The believer in Christ will always have a struggle with sin (Romans 7) because the old sinful nature still clings to us. The Holy Spirit aids us in this struggle and through the Gospel always turns us to Christ (Romans 7:24,25). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Greatness of God

The Psalmist prays, “May those who love your salvation say continually, ‘Great is the Lord.’” (Psalm 40:16). Adam taught his children the greatness of God to create such a world, but they did not keep saying it to their descendants, and before long they were worshiping idols and violence filled the earth.

The Israelites were marvelously delivered from bondage in Egypt, but they did not keep talking of God’s great deliverance, and their children turned from God (Book of Exodus).

God made known His greatness in delivering Israel in the time of the Judges (Book of Judges), but the people failed to teach their children, and they turned from God and “did what was right in their own eyes.”

God took on human flesh to save mankind from the curse of the Law and the bondage to sin. “May those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Great is the Lord.’” If we do not, the next generation will have a different god and a different standard of morality, and no hope. Come to Peace Lutheran Church and say it with us, “Great is the Lord.” Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.