“Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest–when you have eaten and are full and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them….–then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth….Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish” (Deuteronomy 811-20).
These words were spoken over a thousand years before Christ to the nation of Israel. They also speak to the United States of America. They speak to your family. Israel did forget and were destroyed as a nation.
Must the same happen to this nation? On Thanksgiving Day we heard no mention of God; mention was made only of the things for which we are thankful, as though “My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church where we are made to remember the LORD our God. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Advent service, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m
Sensationalism stirs up excitement, church attendance, and promotes the sale of books, but may not be honest. For instance, the RAPTURE, the sensational idea that Christians will be lifted out of this world leaving behind driverless cars and pilotless planes, is based on “one will be taken and the other left” (Matthew 24:36-42) which clearly speaks of Christ’s second coming. Believer and unbeliever appear alike.
One will be saved; the other damned. Another is THE GREAT TRIBULATION toward the end of the world, out of which believers will supposedly be raptured. This tribulation is here and now and Christians will receive the brunt of it. That is why the promise, “He who endures unto the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13). Another is the MILLENNIUM in which Christ will supposedly set up a kingdom on earth in which there will be perfect peace, based on Revelation 20:1-6. This is sign language (Rev. 1:1) of those who have been brought to life as believers in Christ and live and reign with Him.
Why not just stay with the message of Matthew 25:31-46, that Christ is coming in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, at which time all humanity will be gathered before Him, and He will divide believer and unbeliever as a shepherd divides his sheep and goats, the first to inherit the Kingdom prepared for them, the last to go away into everlasting punishment? This is sufficiently sensational to call every person to repentance and lead every believer to stay alert, not give up under duress, and continue in the Word of Christ (Matthew 24:42; 25:13; Mark 13:35-37; Luke 21:34-38; John 8:31; Rev.2:10.). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
As the famine in the land of Israel lengthened, God sent Elijah to receive sustenance from a widow in Zarephath, which is north of the land of Israel. When he arrived this widow was gathering sticks to build a fire to bake her last morsel of bread. Elijah first asked her for a drink of water; then he asked for something to eat. She replied, “I have only a handful of flour and a little oil. I am gathering these sticks to prepare this last meal for me and my son. Then we will die.” Elijah said, “Do not fear. Do as you have said, but prepare a small cake for me first, and then make something for yourself and your son, for the jar of flour and the jug of oil will not become empty until the end of the famine” (1 Kings 17:8-16). The woman did as Elijah requested, and the flour was not spent nor the jug of oil empty, according to the Word of the Lord.
Our sinful nature says, “Me first!” Over the world it can be seen how people will kill, steal, and riot when they are hungry. What would we do when our food is gone? It will show us that our heart too is sinful.
Christ came to redeem us with His holy precious blood from this futile way of life (1 Peter 1:17). When we humbly trust Him then we too can hear the Word of the Lord, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
God gave the Apostle John a glimpse of heaven which he describes in this way, “A great multitude…of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice saying, SALVATION BELONGS TO OUR GOD WHO SITS ON THE THRONE, AND TO THE LAMB.” One of the elders explains, “These are the ones who come out of the GREAT TRIBULATION and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-14). These are they who “put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27) at their baptism and who remained “faithful unto death” (Rev. 2:10).
One need not speculate about this GREAT TRIBULATION. It is here and now.
Ask the Christians in northern Nigeria where worshiping congregations have been sprayed with bullets (Voice of the Martyrs). Ask Pastor Nadarkhani (World Magazine) after six years of prison in Iran for preaching the Word of God. Ask the Coptic Christians in Egypt who while protesting their church being burned were plowed down by tanks, killing 27 of them. Ask the Christian whose hand is severed because it held a Bible. From every nation…are those coming out of the great tribulation. They continue to confess Christ despite the suffering and persecution.
That they “come out of the great tribulation” is a great comfort to all Christians today. God forewarns us, “We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). It is possible, with God’s grace, to continue believing in our Savior even while in great pain and persecution. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.
A high standard of morality may set Christianity apart from all other religions. What standard is higher than “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Yet this is not the distinguishing factor. Christianity is different from all other religions in that it declares “The GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). All other religions maintain that obedience and good deeds satisfy the justice of God. When the Bible is neglected people will turn again to trust their own goodness to make them acceptable to God. This was the even the way of the church before the days of the Reformation (October 31, 1517).
When the church neglected the Scriptures it began to invent additional things to do to get to heaven, such as, entering monasteries and convents, going on pilgrimages, and purchasing indulgences.
Jesus said, “If you continue in My Word, than are you My disciples indeed, and you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
“Faith comes by hearing…the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). Hearing that Jesus said from the cross, “IT IS FINISHED!”, hearing that “By one sacrifice He has perfected forever those who are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14), generates faith in these comforting words, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Titus 3:5). The REFORMATION was a return to the Scripture which brings this Good News of peace. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.