Jesus began His ministry in a region where people were described as “dwelling in darkness…and the shadow of death” (Matthew 4:16). In the Bible darkness describes ignorance, unbelief, and unrepentance, and the consequences: despair, hopelessness, and God’s condemnation.
A shadow is falling over this nation. Since 1973 the unborn are legally slain, so cheapening all human life. The popular “Dear Abby” no longer offers advice on a moral basis. A woman complains that her “boyfriend” will not have sex with her. The advice does NOT say, “Good for him. Both of you should gladly wait until after your wedding day.” The advice given denigrates marriage, as does the Supreme Court decision giving approval to “gay” marriage. Chaplains and others in the military are rebuffed for confessing Christ in their ministry. Now the clamor is on to legalize the substances that will stupify any sensitivity to right and wrong, thus assuring that there will be no repentance. If not now, then soon, the people of this nation will be described as “dwelling in darkness…and the shadow of death.”
Where Jesus Christ ministered, a light dawned (Matthew 4:16). In the presence of his holiness people became aware of sin. As the Savior from sin’s curse and sin’s power, he spoke forgiveness; He gave hope, joy, peace, and a sense of purpose in life. Even now His light dispels this engulfing darkness wherever His Word is proclaimed. Come to Peace Lutheran Church to receive His light. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Nearly 50 years ago, a world renowned geneticist, H. J. Mueller, along with 177 biologists, asserted that organic evolution of all living things, man included, from primitive life forms and even ultimately from non-living materials, is a fact of science as well established as the fact that the earth is round. The same geneticist says, “It would be impossible in a few hours to make clear the significance and the weight of this great mass of extraordinary and intricate finds, to persons not already possessed of a considerable biological background. In fact, even they could hardly grasp them in full without long and deep study, preferably extending over years.”
That statement reminds one of the artists of deceit who promised the emperor to make him a suit of clothes which only the intellectual elite could discern. The day came for the emperor to parade his fashionable apparel before the crowds. They all “oood” and “aahhed,” not wanting to appear less than intelligent. Finally, a little boy said, “Look! The emperor has no clothes!”
The renowned geneticist is no different from those artists of deceit. The most simple minded recognize that in matter of origins there is no science. No one was there! That is, no one but God! As to progression from one kind of animal to another, as required by evolution, there is no record! Change, adaption, mutation yes, but always within one kind. Unfortunately, many are driven by intellectual intimidation to this day to say, “Look how beautifully the emperor is clothed.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church to learn what God says, and how His creation reveals His eternal power and Godhead (Romans 1:20). Sunday service time, 10:00 a.m.
Relatively recent theologians have invented the necessity of personal decision and experience. The only call the Scripture makes is REPENT and believe the Gospel, and even that happens only by the working of the Holy Spirit when such a person is confronted with his sin by the Word of God (Acts 2:37): “When they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren what shall we do?’” His answer is “Repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Peter does not direct them to make a decision for Christ. He does not direct them to trust some emotional experience. That would be turning their faith inward to themselves. They are thus directed, not to trust anything in themselves, but to trust in the working of God for their salvation. This began with the giving of His Son as the sacrificial Lamb to “take away the sin of the world” (John 1:L29. God’s working continues by providing the means by which all the benefits of Christ may be yours, namely, by the preaching of the Good News of Christ and being baptized into Christ. In Baptism God “clothes you with Christ” (Gal. 3:27); His death becomes your death to sin and your rising to a new life (Romans 6). So “It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). For that working come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
One wise pastor noted the progression of evil and false teaching: First, it seeks to be tolerated. Just let us be. We will do no harm. Second, it demands equal time and equal rights. “Isn’t it fair to hear both sides?” Third, evil and false teaching will suppress what is right and true.
When ancient Israel reached the third stage God said, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
In many respects this culture is in stage three Sexual “freedom”, no fault divorce, “gay” marriage undermines God’s design for the family.
Abortion, euthanasia, recreational drugs erode the value of human life.
The mythological interpretation of all miracles, including the creation of the world, has emptied the churches in Europe and is taking its toll here in this nation.
How does this happen? “Because they did not receive the LOVE OF THE TRUTH….And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe THE LIE that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:10-12). While God’s Truth (John 17:3), the Bible, is in your possession, may God give you sufficient love for it that you will study, learn, and guard its contents that you may know Him who is “The Way, the Truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.
“The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9). When the Wise Men came to Herod’s court inquiring about a king being born, Herod with tongue in cheek directed them, “When you have found Him, bring me word that I too may come and worship Him” (Matthew 2). When they did not return, in order to be rid of this rival King, Herod sent a detachment of soldiers who murdered all the baby boys from two years old and under.
How desperately wicked!
In our age when the culture and most churches reject God’s description of the heart of man, saying people are naturally good, our cultural leaders are alarmed when a Hitler kills millions, Communists starve millions in the Ukraine, Tribal feuds in Rowanda turn half the population into corpses, or when an irrate person becomes a mass murderer. Ordinarily people are restrained by law, popular opinion, social pressure. When such restraint is lifted by power, drugs, or drunkenness, they often get a glimpse of their evil nature, even to the point of suicidal despair. We do well to listen when God’s Word describes us: “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?”
When we hear this Word of God we will despair of our own righteousness before God, but then we will also be more ready to hear that God provided for a clean heart and a new nature through Jesus Christ who “redeemed us from a futile way of life, not with gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without spot or blemish”(1 Peter 1:18, 19).
Come to St. Peace Lutheran Church for this good news. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.