The Apostle Paul describes himself and what is uniquely Christian, “Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Cor. 6:10). How can one be both?
Sorrow is with the believer in Christ because of the corruption, evil, pain, and injustice in this world. He is sorrowful when he sees his own sins in the light of God’s Word. This sorrow is not only because sin carries the consequences of disease and broken homes, but also because sin is an affront to the Creator of all things. Peter “went out and wept bitterly.”
“Yet always rejoicing” comes through the love of Christ, Who in love for sinners was led as a gentle lamb to the slaughter (Jeremiah 11:19). The joy is that He cleanses the hands of sinners and purifies their hearts.
“The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son cleanses us from all sin” (1John 1:7). Rejoicing takes place even in affliction, for He works all things for good “to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church where sorrows of sin are followed by the joy of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
The pastor visited a member in the hospital. When he arrived she was very distraught. “I suppose I do not have enough faith,” she said.
Several days earlier she was taken by some well meaning acquaintances to a “faith healing service.” She came back saying, “I have been healed!”
Several days later, with her abdomen swelling and the color of her skin turning yellow, she cried to her pastor, “I do not have enough faith.”
This woman was led by her friends “to have faith in faith.” She was led to trust that a sufficient faith would make her well. This in reality was making herself the object of her faith. This was nothing less than making herself a false god. False gods lead to an eternal disappointment. No wonder she was distraught.
The pastor sought to comfort her by directing her to“fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter (object) of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2). Through the blood of the cross of Jesus she could be assured of peace with God (Col. 1:20).
Not in how great her faith, but in how great is her Savior, could she find comfort. Come to Peace Lutheran Church where faith comes by “hearing the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
As responsible citizens we seek to elect to office those people whom we trust will serve for the good of the nation. In every instance these elected officials will fall short of our expectations, some because of a basic dishonesty, others in their lust for power, and others because they are inept. Each may be good in one facet of government; all will have some weakness. They are human. They are not gods.
In sharp contrast we hear it spoken, “He has done all things well!” This was not said of a government official. It was spoken of Jesus Christ (Mark 7:27). In the immediate context He had opened the ears of a deaf man to hear and loosed his tongue to speak. In the broader context, every miracle He performed led to the exclamation, “He has done all things well! That He should willingly be the Lamb sacrificed to take away the sins of the world, and on the third day arise from the dead, that He has prepared a mansion in heaven for those who believe He is their Savior, moves the believer to say, “He has done all things well.”
While we should want to be responsible citizens, we do well to remember, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes (elected officials)” (Psalm 118:8,9). At Peace Lutheran Church your confidence will be directed to Him who does all things well. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
It is refreshing to hear political candidates extol the importance of the family: a husband and wife, a father and mother, children loved, disciplined, and taught in the home setting. This is the basic unit for a strong nation. The collapse of the family spelled the end of the Greek and Roman civilizations, and can easily bring on the demise of our great nation.
While we laud the politicians who emphasize family, we must be aware of the enemies who war against the family. Movies of yesteryear depicted man and woman attraction leading to the marriage altar. Such attraction in current movies leads to a rendezvous in bed. Many media present sexual pleasure apart from marriage, and more than half of our young people live this way. The beauty and joy of a strong family will be only an illusive dream for those who disburse their sexual energies apart from marriage as defined by God, one man and one woman in a life long relationship (Genesis 2:24).
“Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand in the evil day…against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11,13). That armor is the forgiveness and peace with God that is ours who trust in Jesus Christ. That faith comes through the Word of God. In Christ there is salvation from sins’ curse and sins’ power. Come to Peace Lutheran Church and take up this armor with us, for a strong family and for a stronger nation. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.