Sewing Seed

To the casual observer who knows little about gardening or farming it would appear that the person scattering seed on the ground is wasting good seed.  Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground” (Mare 4:26f).  In several parables Jesus compared preaching and teaching the Word of God to sowing seed.  To the cynic and skeptic this appears to be a waste of time and effort.  He may reply, “Why should I attend church on Sunday morning.  I’ve heard all that before.  Besides, I had rather hang out with my friends, play video games, or sleep in.”

God would remind the skeptic that just as the seed in a mysterious fashion sprouts, grows, and produces a harvest, so God’s Word accomplishes  “what He pleases and prospers in the thing for which He sends it” (Isaiah 55:11).  “Faith comes through hearing the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).  By the Word of Christ He defends us from the attacks of the devil (Ephesians 6: 10f).  Through the promises that we have in Christ, the believer can be confident that when the “tent” of this body must be “folded up,” he has “a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”  (2 Cor. 5:1).  Come to Peace Lutheran Church to receive of this seed.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Fill Your House

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places seeking rest, and finds none.  Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’  And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.  Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that man is worse than the first” (Matthew 12:43-45).  These words of Jesus warn us that a mere reform of life leaves the “house empty” unless it is filled with the Holy Spirit as one comes to faith in Jesus Christ.

Current events illustrate this truth of our Lord.  Execute a Sadam Husein and ISIS fills the “house”.  Kill Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaida, Boko Harom, El Shebob arise or grow stronger.  “The last state of that man (country) is worse than the first.”

The same is true for you.  Let your “house” be filled with the Holy Spirit by listening to God’s Word calling you to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.