Right in the Eyes of God

God ordered His people before they entered the promised land: “You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt…and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you” (Liviticus18:3). They were not to engage in incest, same sex relations, and or offer their offspring to the god Molech “lest the land vomit you out also…as it vomited out the nations that were before you” (18:28). What was common practice, and legal, was not right in the eyes of God.

Christians are often guilty of regarding what is common practice and legal as if that would make it right in the eyes of God. Because a majority of the population engage in sex relations before and apart from marriage, many who call themselves Christians do the same. Because same sex relations is no longer illegal, it is no longer thought to be a sin. 

Since the sacrificing one’s offspring (abortion) to the god of lust (Molech) is no longer forbidden by the laws of the nation, this has become common practice even among Christians. “Do not be deceived,” the Bible warns, “The unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).

Let it be said of you, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11).

Hear this message of repentance and forgiveness at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Same Sex Marriage

God instituted MARRIAGE as recorded in Genesis 2:21-25: “God made a woman and brought her to the man…therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Jesus Christ affirmed this institution in these words: “So then they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6). To protect this institution God gave this commandment: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). The institution is adulterated when people have sex relations before marriage, or with anyone apart from marriage. They are tearing down the institution of marriage.

Same sex couples do not enter this equation at all. That same sex marriage should even be considered is the symptom of a culture “that did not like to retain God in their knowledge” (Romans 1:28). “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions” (1:24-32). No matter how often the word “god” is used, when a people disregard the Biblical order for marriage, they no longer have God.

The prophets word “repent” can also be translated “return’: “Let him return to the Lord, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).

Come to St. John Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 8:00 a.m.

Women in Combat

Military leaders, and the women and politicians who support them, who choose to place women in combat are not thinking straight. Biology should teach them that a nation decimated by war can be replenished only by women. To put it bluntly, one man (God forbid that it should ever come to this) could impregnate a hundred women, and do this into his 60’s and 70’s. Men are expendable. On the other hand if a hundred women die in war, the nation is reduced by two or three times that number. It is sound thinking for a nation to protect women, if for no other reason, for the future of the nation.

In a Christian milieu there is an additional dimension to this thought.

Jesus Christ offered His life so the Church may live. A hundred years ago when the Titanic was sinking, the call was for women and children to get into the life boats first. Men were to sacrifice their lives, and did so, for the safety of the women. This order reflected the love of Christ for the Church (His bride) (Ephesians 5). He gave His life on the cross so the body of believers may be with Him forever.

It is sad when a nation flies in the face of sound reasoning. It is even more so when this nation no longer wants to reflect the love of Christ.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Forgiveness of Sins

By showing them His hands and His side, Jesus reminded His disciples that first Easter evening (John 20:19-31) how “Peace with God “ had been achieved. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”  (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus made “peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20), that is, He achieved the forgiveness of sins for all people by His crucifixion. His resurrection on the 3rd day affirms that God was satisfied (Romans 4:25).

God “so loved the world” to achieve forgiveness in this way for all. But His love goes further. He also provides for the distributing of this forgiveness. That first Easter evening He commissioned the Apostles, “If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven.” When the pastor, a successor to the Apostles, after private or corporate confession of sins, speaks forgiveness, he is distributing to the repentant sinner the forgiveness achieved by Christ on the cross. When the Good News of Christ is proclaimed from the pulpit the forgiveness of sins is being distributed. When a person is baptized, the forgiveness achieved by Christ on the cross is distributed to that person (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

The forgiveness achieved by Christ on the cross is being distributed to the repentant communicant in the Lord’s Supper. So Jesus speaks, “This is my blood of the New Testament shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church where this forgiveness achieved by Christ is distributed on Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

Where there is no repentance there is no forgiveness

When the absolutes of God are abandoned, right and wrong are governed by majority opinion. As opinions are influenced by the media, especially TV, what was unthinkable only decades ago is accepted by the majority. This has happened with “gay” marriage. So also with abortion. As young people get caught up in this culture, their parents, be their name Portman or Cheney, suddenly support what they once considered wrong.

What will the people be swayed to accept next? Polygamy? Enforced suicide for the infirm and elderly? An exit pill for those who are terminally ill? This could be very attractive to a majority of the younger generation which becomes weary of footing medical bills and social security. Morality by majority can be frightening. We are warned in Scripture, “You shall not follow a mob to do evil.”

Frightening as this may be for the future of this nation, the greater curse is that when a culture makes up its own rules, there is no repentance. Where there is no repentance there is no forgiveness. The grace and mercy God offers in Jesus Christ is rejected. Come join the minority who still believe God will have the last Word. St. John Lutheran Church Sunday service time, 8:00 a.m.

If Christ is not risen, your faith is vain

Sunday is “The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord.” It is not a rite of spring. It not merely a day to celebrate new life and hope for the world. It is certainly not just a day for children to frolic through the lawn looking for Easter eggs. It is a day to celebrate the crucified, dead, and buried Lord Jesus Christ being raised from the dead. The Apostle Peter expresses the joy in these word: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who caused us to be born again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3).

There are those who would have you regard the resurrection of Jesus Christ as mere myth. Consider before you concede to such persuasion: 1) The enemies of our Lord would have squelched any rumor of a resurrection if they could, such as producing a corpse. 2) The followers of Jesus only believed after they saw, touched, and heard their nail scarred Lord (1 Cor. 15; John 20; Acts. 3) These same believers willingly died for declaring Jesus the crucified and risen One to be the only Savior. 4) Shortly after Jesus’ resurrection (50 days) there is an explosion of church growth, 3000 who could easily have examined the evidence.

The conclusion still holds: “If Christ is not risen, your faith is vain, you are still in your sins…but now is Christ risen” (1 Cor. 15:17). Here is the assurance of forgiveness, the basis for a new life, and the assurance for the dying, you will risen again. Come to Peace Lutheran Church to receive this message of life. Easter service at 10:00 a.m.

What is truth?

When Jesus was on trial before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor in cynical fashion asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:8). Pilate’s question reflects our generation. When lying is commonplace, when everything historical is challenged, when sacred Scripture held for centuries to be the Word of God is viewed as the opinions of men– people become skeptics with the question, “What is truth?” Such skepticism gives permission to become one’s own god, making one’s own rules, setting one’s own goals which will include pleasure, power and self-glory.

Such skepticism leads one to ignore some very salient facts. When pleasure is the only goal in life it will end in pain. The glory of man fades like the grass and flowers of the field (Isaiah 4:6-8). This body, despite one’s efforts to remain young, beautiful, and strong, will return to dust (Eccl. 12:7). Skepticism leads many to ignore those who witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the meaning the Bible gave these facts seven hundred years before they took place: “All we like sheep have gone astray, but God laid upon Him the iniquity (sins) of us all” (Isaiah 53).

Skeptics such as Pilate forfeit the peace, joy, forgiveness and life Christ came to give. Come to Peace Lutheran Church where God gives these blessings in Christ through His Word of Truth.. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten service Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.