Reports of Christians fleeing cities in Iraq; pictures of Islamic militants marking the doors of the faithful as a sign they must leave or be killed; stories of men being killed, women raped, children beheaded: All are now in the news, and all this for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Such news as this should remind Christians that faithfulness and persecution go hand in hand. They are admonished, “Take unto yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13). “The evil day” may very well be the day when Christians in this nation suffer as those do in Syria and Iraq. The “armor” for that day is the certainty of salvation through the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit brings this certainty to those who hear, learn, mark, and memorize the Holy Scripture, Come and join with Peace Lutheran Church in doing this. Sunday Divine Service is at 10:00 a.m.
“Walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes, but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment….For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil” (Eccles. 11:9; 12:14). There is much evil in this world for which there is no apparent consequence. Pornography produced and viewed on the internet is an example. One political candidate slandering another, lying and deception, rejecting the Creator In favor of evolution and hence rejecting His order of creation for the sexes, all with little apparent consequences in this life.
However, God warns, “Know that for all these God will bring you into judgment…including every secret thing” (11:9). “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). To the unrepentant and the unbelieving His judgment will be, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Today is the day to repent and look to Jesus Christ who suffered your curse on the cross that His judgment for you may be, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (25:34). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
CHILD ABUSE IS REPREHENSIBLE! Even our Lord condemned those who would harm a child, “Whoever offends (causes to stumble or fall away) one of these little one which believe in Me, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).
On the other hand parents must provide consequences to disobedience if they love their children. “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him early” (Proverbs 13:24). “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him” (22:15). Better to feel pain on his bottom when he is small than to have to learn the consequence of disobedience in the penitentiary later in life.
Even God’s purpose for pain is to lead us to repentance and thereby to receive the assurance that “the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin” ((1 John 1:7; Hebrews 12:5-11). FAILURE TO LEAD ONE’S CHILD TO REPENTANCE IS ALSO REPREHENSIBLE. Our Lord says something about a millstone for such a person. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.