Lying

In Psalm 116:11 we read, “I said in my haste, ‘All people are liars.” The liar is a child of the devil “who does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. He is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). “All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8).

When presidents lie to get reelected, and candidates lie to be elected, a representative form of government quickly becomes a farce. This is true whether it is about watergate, going to war, weapons of mass destruction, government health care, or the national debt. Lying clouds the future of this nation as was it formed under the constitution.

Of greater significance than the loss of our republic is that a culture of lying destroys any desire for repentance. When one lies, saying, “My sin is no longer sin” there will be no repentance. When lives fall apart, people are quick to say, “It’s not my fault.” As Adam of old they blame someone else (Genesis3). The Bible bluntly says, “If we say we have no sin (if we lie) we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). The end, a lake of fire.

Jesus said, “Everyone who is of the TRUTH hears My voice” (John 18:37).  He calls us to confess our sins and then hear His words of forgiveness (1 John 1:9). He alone can transform our lying nature to become people of TRUTH. Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this message of transformation. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. 

An incurable and deadly illness

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick”  (Matthew 9:12).

At some time or other every person will need the help of a medical person. But Jesus was not speaking of physical illness. He was referring to a sinful heart. “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). This is an incurable and deadly illness with which all human beings are afflicted. The Scripture further describes this affliction as being “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1,5).

The educational establishment, and most church people, would rather say, “We all make mistakes sometime, but at heart people are basically good.” That statement is a rejection of the diagnosis of Scripture. It an illusion that people are basically well. Because they think they are well, many people have no interest in the one Physician who provides healing for this deadly illness. They may see Him as a coach, a great teacher, or a cheer leader, but their only hope for wellness? No!

Those who recognize their illness will rejoice that the Christ is named Jesus “because He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). He accomplished this by His death for all sinners on the cross. Those who believe in Him receive the healing of sins forgiven. Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this message of healing. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Women and Children First

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 three, four, or more times that number. It is sound thinking for a nation to protect women, if for no other reason, for the survival of the nation.

In a Christian milieu there is an additional dimension to this thought:  Jesus Christ offered His life so the Church could 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 believer may be with Him forever.

It is sad when a nation flies in the face of sound reasoning. It is even more so when the people of this nation no longer want to reflect the love of Christ. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.