“He is not evil, but he has committed an evil act,” such was the judge’s analysis of a man who just drowned his two young sons. Our culture resists the Biblical teaching that human beings are sinful, “Sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). The judge would be more Biblically correct to say, “He is evil; that is why he did an evil act.” “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
However, this does not describe only those who commit atrocities. It describes every human being. Remove all restraints and inhibitions, even the “good” person can commit unimaginable evil. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not enter this world to reform us. He came to redeem us with the price of His death upon a cross. He came that we may have a new heart and a clean heart. “If anyone is IN Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). “He who believes and is baptized” (Mark 16:15) is in Christ.
Come to Peace Lutheran where the Sunday morning service “fixes our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). Time, 10:00 a.m.
Of the babies born throughout the world, 52 percent are boys, 48 percent are girls. Infant mortality rate is somewhat higher for boys, so by reproductive age the proportion is almost identical. This leaves no space for polygamy or polyandry. Nor is there room for same sex “marriages”. The ONE who designed the world in this way affirms it in His revelation, “He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall…be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’” (Matthew 19:4-6).
A culture that follows the design of the DESIGNER will prosper. Within these boundaries is creativity, security, less need for the force of law. Ignore God’s design for the sexes and there will be disease, poverty, crime, and ultimately the demise of a civilization as happened in ancient Greece, Rome, Israel and other cultures of history.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church where God’s design is repeatedly affirmed in the context of forgiveness through our Lord Jesus Christ along with the power of the Holy Spirit for living within His design. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
What the Bible reveals about the Holy Spirit has led many to view Christianity as “speaking in tongues”, working miracles, especially healing, and coming to an emotional high. Yet just as the Bible was given “to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15), so the Holy Spirit was given to bring people naturally dead in sin (Eph. 2:1f) to life by faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to preach of Jesus, the crucified and risen Savior(Acts 2), gave them the gift of speaking clearly of Jesus even to foreigners (Acts 2), convicted people of sin (John 16:8; Acts 2:37), and glorified Jesus by bringing people into the body of believers (John 16:14; Acts 2:38-42; 1 Cor. 12:13)). “No one can say Jesus is LORD except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12: 3). For the believer the Holy Spirit brings forth the fruits of”love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23).
Join with the people of Peace Lutheran Church this Pentecost Sunday to rejoice in this work of the Holy Spirit. Service time is 10:00 a.m.
God blesses those who are counted righteous by faith in Jesus Christ.
These blessings include peace with God, forgiveness of sins, a clear conscious, and the power to forgive and love even our enemies. While some Christians may be prosperous in this world–large and happy families, wealth, health, success in business, people of notable talent–preachers create delusions when they proclaim it must be so.
Jesus said to us, “In the world you will have tribulation!” (John 16:33). This fits His first call to discipleship, “If anyone desire to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24) and is understood in the words, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake” (Matthew 5:11). The meaning of Jesus’ words are evident when His disciples are imprisoned, killed, beaten, stoned as recorded in the Book of Acts and throughout history. Why would anyone want to be a Christian?
Jesus continues, “Take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matt. 5:12). “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt.16:25).
Come receive the true blessings in the Divine Service at Peace Lutheran Church Sunday 10:00 a.m.