The Associated Press article appearing in the TEXARKANA GAZETTE on April 14 reports that Megan Huntsman is accused of killing seven babies to which she gave birth over 10 years. The article concluded that she “was booked Sunday into the Utah County Jail on six counts of murder.” This raises two questions:
1) Why is she accused of murder when if she had aborted seven children, with the assistance of a health care worker, she would be considered innocent?
2) Where was the father of these children who was responsible for protecting his offspring, providing for them, and supporting the mother of his children at a time when she was emotionally distraught?
No matter how our culture chooses to answer those questions, the fact that they need to be asked indicates a radical shift in our moral grounding. This is a shift that should sound the alarm for both men and women. Come to Peace Lutheran Church for a true grounding in Holy Scripture. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.
It is not enough to declare that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was only a spiritual rising, or that out of this event His body, the Church, arose. The Bible allows for no other explanation than that the corpse of Jesus came back to life and made an exit from the tomb. The very existence of the Christian Church rests on this fact. The Apostle Peter declared, “Men of Israel…you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified and put death….This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses” (Acts 2), and three thousand were convicted of their sin, repented, and were baptized in the name of Jesus.
These three thousand could have gone to the empty tomb, spoken with the hundreds who ate and drank and visited with the risen Christ (1 Cor. 15). Thus the Christian Church was born and thousands so close to the scene soon joined them “Continuing in the Apostles’ teaching, and in fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Since that time Christians have lived in the comfort of Jesus’ words, “Because I live you shall live also.” His resurrection assures us that “God the Father looked upon the travail of His soul and was satisfied” (Isaiah 53), satisfied that the sacrifice for sin was complete. Come rejoice with Peace Lutheran Church. Easter service, 10:00 a.m. Easter breakfast, 9:00 a.m.
The Bible loads the word “God” with meaning. Remove His work as creator of the world and one has a different god. God made the first Gospel promise about the “Seed of the woman” crushing the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), a promise fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ, “conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” Remove this promise and one has a different god. He reveals Himself as the God who caused water to flow from a rock, Who opened the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape on dry ground, Who fed them with manna for forty years in the wilderness. Remove these miracles and one has another god. This God took on human flesh to redeem us from the curse of sin (John 1:14; Gal. 3:13) by His death on the cross. Reject that and one has another god. The God of the Bible offers salvation as a gift to be received by trusting His Word (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 6:23). Those who maintain that one must earn the favor of deity by good works have another god.
The words “In God we trust” on our coins, or “under God” in our pledge of allegiance, are meaningless to those who reject what the Bible tells about God. When this is a god of people’s imagination, rather than the God of the Bible, their god is an idol. The Bible repeatedly calls, “Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). We return to Him by hearing and heeding His Word. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Good Friday service is 7:00 p.m.
At Jesus’ trial, in order to placate the people and be just in his verdict, Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, placed a notorious criminal beside Jesus whom he knew to be innocent. At the Passover Feast the governor had adopted the custom of releasing a prisoner to please the Jews. This prisoner’s name was Barabbas. “Who do you want me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus?” Pilate had hoped they would call for Jesus, but instead they asked for Barabbas, and demanded that Jesus be crucified.
Pilate’s frustration at this request would only be exceeded by Barabbas’ astonishment. Barabbas could expect crucifixion for his crimes, but they call for Jesus to be crucified. “The cross they fashioned for me, they make Him bear. They nail Him to that cross when it should have been I. He took my place, hanging in mortal pain for six long hours,” Barabbas might have thought.
Yet it was not only Barabbas who could say that. Everyone can! “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us…Christ died for our sins…God laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 15:3; Isaiah 53:4-6). Faith joyfully says, “He bore my sins in His own body on the tree (the cross)” (1 Peter2:24). Come hear of this new life in Christ at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten service, Wednesday 7:00 p.m.