Open Letter on Marriage

Here is a paragraph of an open letter sent by the president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and also signed by 35 other church leaders in America.  

“The redefinition of marriage to include any other type of relationships (other than one man and one woman) has serious consequences for religious freedom.  It changes every law involving marital status requiring that other such relationships be treated as if they were the same as the marital relationship of a man and woman.  No person or community, including religious organizations and individuals of faith, should be forced to accept this redefinition.  For many people, accepting a redefinition of marriage would be to act against the conscience and to deny their beliefs and moral convictions.    Government should protect the rights of those with differing views of marriage to express their beliefs and convictions without fear of intimidation, marginalization or unwarranted charges that their values imply hostility, animosity, or hatred of others.”   Next week another paragraph of this letter happily endorsed by Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

They Were Not Dreaming

When the crucified and buried Jesus Christ appeared to His followers that first Easter evening, the account in the Gospel of Luke makes it clear, they were not dreaming.  It would be reasonable to think they would see Him in their dreams.  Such is the nature of human beings as is expressed in one of the old camp fire songs, “You are my sunshine…I dreamed I held you in my arms, but when I awoke dear, I was mistaken, and I hung my head and cried….”  To assure them that they were not dreaming or were not seeing some sort of apparition, Jesus requested them, “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.  Touch me, and see” (Luke 24:36-49).  “And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling….They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate before them.”  In the song the lover wakes up and cries in disappointment.  The disciples awaken to reality, HE LIVES!

The senses of sight, touch, and hearing are confirmed by the Old Testament Scripture (Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms) as Jesus explained from them how the Christ “should suffer and on the 3rd day rise from the dead.”   Because this is more than a dream, the Church, along with Peace Lutheran Church can proclaim “repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name.”  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

I am not sinning

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the TRUTH is not in us” (1 John 1:8).  This includes those who would like to say, “What I am doing is not sin.”  This includes those who live in a sexual relationship apart from marriage, those who insist on their right to terminate a pregnancy, those who engage in homosexual acts,  those who cheat, lie, and steal, and say, “I am not sinning.”  The culture aids in this self-deception when our laws and the “Dear Abby” counselors no longer regard sin as sin.  This self-deception indicates “the Truth is not in us.”  Even our claim to be Christian is a lie.

But the passage continues, “if we confess our sins (that includes recognizing what the Bible, not the culture, calls sin), God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.”  (1:9-10). Those who repent have this promise, “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (2:1-2).  Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear this law of condemnation and this Gospel of forgiveness.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

The Ten Commandments

What is wrong with displaying the Ten Commandments on public property?  These commandments are neither exclusively Jewish nor Christian.  Any other religion which advocates the violation of these commandments would be a dangerous religion, opposed to all we hold dear in the United States.  Would a religion advocate dishonoring parents or other authorities?  Murder? Destruction of marriage? Stealing?  Lying and slandering? Or craving what you cannot have?  May this nation be delivered from such a religion!  While the Christian believes that these commandments came by special revelation from God (Exodus 20), they are just plain common sense.  Those who want to get rid of these commandments are determined to be rid of this nation as we know it.

Perhaps the first page of the commandments is what galls their opponents most:  You shall have no other gods;  you shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God; you shall remember the Sabbath (Rest).  Yet without this first page, the second page become “suggestions” rather than commandments.  Common sense and historical experience teaches that it is dangerous when people have no absolute standard of right and wrong.  Chaos follows when “everyone does what is right in his own eyes” (Judges).  Come to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.