“Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!” (Luke 17:1). The strongest words of condemnation are reserved for those who tempt others to sin. In our times this includes those who introduce children to drugs and sexual perversion, the purveyors of pornography on either the internet or the printed page, and those who seduce the distraught woman to end her pregnancy with an abortion. “Woe to those through whom these temptations come!”
What hope is there when our culture is flooded with so many temptations? Sadly, so many succumb to these temptations to their temporal and eternal harm. What hope is there for them? The Scriptures say that we have a High Priest who sympathizes with our weakness. He was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15). This High Priest is Jesus Christ who also offered the one sacrifice to redeem us from sin, its curse and its power. He offered Himself! He is your hope! Become acquainted with Him at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“The people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16). This is a description of the ministry of Jesus Christ. “He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons” (Mark 1:34). He “preached the Gospel of the Kingdom” (Matt. 423). He had compassion on the sick and He defeated the devil by His perfect life and sacrificial death. He gave hope to a dismal world, a light in darkness.
What would the world be like if Christ had not come? In his book, HOW CHRISTIANITY CHANGED THE WORLD, Dr. Al Schmidt describes that world into which Christ came. Human life had little value. Infanticide, abortion, suicide, even human sacrifice as practiced by the Aztecs and Incas, gladiatorial games where combatants fought to the death as entertainment is evidence that life had little value. A brief look at ISIS, notorious for killing boys and making sex slaves of little girls, beheading people to strike terror, gives a glimpse of life without the influence of Christianity.
Christianity changed the world. Abandon the message of Christ and this world will revert to darkness. Let us introduce you anew to the Christ who changes lives. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
The nature of people is to “cover up” errors, mistakes, sin, so people do not know. That was King David’s thinking (2 Samuel 11). He had sexual relations with the wife of Uriah. She conceived his child. To cover up this sin he brought Uriah home from war, but Uriah refused to be with his wife. He then sent a letter to General Joab with orders that Uriah be placed in battle position where he might be killed. Uriah died in battle, and David, appearing compassionate, took Uriah’s wife to be his wife. The “cover up” seemed to work.
But God knew, just as now when contraception or abortion “covers up”, at least in the eyes of people, the sin of adultery. God knows, as does one’s conscience. David during the time of his cover up was so troubled that his health began to fail (Psalm 32:4). God sent his pastor, the Prophet Nathan, to reveal God’s perspective of how awful a crime he had committed (2 Samuel 12:1-15). David in repentance, confessed, “I have sinned.” Whereupon Nathan said, “The Lord also has put away your sin.” David later wrote, “Blessed is the one who transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered…in whose spirit there is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1-2). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear how God because of Jesus “covers up” your sin. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.