Alexis De Tocqueville is quoted as saying over a hundred years ago after observing the working of the USA republican form of government: “The republic will survive so long as the people do not discover that they can vote for themselves a largesse out of the national treasury.” The people have made this discovery, and those in power become very popular when that check comes in the mail, or when that plump project comes to their congressional district. One is made to think the money comes from some inexhaustible source with no strings attached. In the meantime this nation sinks deeper and deeper into debt. How long can the Republic survive?
At Mount Sinai God said twice, YOU SHALL NOT COVET! God spoke that twice because He knows our greedy nature. We want more than what we have, more than what we need, more of our neighbor’s, especially if we can get it “legally” by way of the government. The resistance to higher taxes and the demand for more “hand outs” brings on massive debt. This huge debt is the result of greed. “Covetousness is idolatry” (Eph. 5:5). The trillions of dollar debt indicates that America has the wrong god.
The God of the Bible says, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Come to Peace Lutheran Church where this healing can begin. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize” (1 Cor. 9:24). The summer Olympics will soon be here, and we are reminded of this truth from the Bible: only one in each category will receive the “gold”. In contrast every believer in Jesus Christ who is “faithful unto death receives the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).
“They do it to receive a perishable crown” (1 Cor. 9:25). History tells us it was made of woven Olive or Pine branches, soon to wilt away. The “crown of life” for the Christian is “incorruptible and undefiled and does not face away” (1 Peter 1:4).
Every runner, gymnast, swimmer, etc. spends hours in training and discipline themselves in what they eat and how much they sleep, for a perishable wreath which they may or may not win. How much more shall the Christian, who is certain through Christ to win the race, struggle against that which would lead him to drop out of the race –“pleasures” of sin, seductions of wealth, peer pressure, the taunts of the world, and trust in his own goodness.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church where God through His Word keeps us in the race. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful. He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). God’s promises do not depend on our believing them. We may disown Jesus Christ, reject the promise of forgiveness, turn to a life of wickedness, but that does not change this truth: “Christ died for our sins…He arose again on the third day” (1 Cor. 15), “In Him is life” (John 1:4). “Repentance and forgiveness (are)…in His name” (Luke 24:47). “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Though one strays from the promises, they remain. One may remain in evil and unbelief and be eternally condemned by God, yet the unfailing promises of God continue to call him to repentance. “He who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). This is comfort for the person who lives in regret of his past life, a shield against all the accusations of the enemy, an answer to all the sins that disturb his conscience, and an antidote for the dread of death and judgment. “God is faithful, He cannot deny Himself.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear anew the promises of God. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.