With history books minimizing, or in some instances ignoring, the influence of Christianity on our founding fathers and the framers of the Constitution, the ACLU taking legal action to remove every vestige of Christianity from public life, and a later organization called “Freedom from Religion” seeking to make their name a characteristic of this nation—one can readily recognize that there is a war being fought against Christianity. Add to this what is happening in other nations: ISIS decimating Christians in the Near East, Boko Haram burning Christian villages and massacring the men in northern Nigeria, the martyrdom of Christians in Malaysia, Somalia, North Korea and other nations.
This war is nothing new. Not many years after Jesus Christ had completed His work and ascended into heaven, the Apostle Paul quoted, “For Your (Christ) sake we are killed all day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter” (Romans 8:36). The problem is that many Christians are oblivious of any war going on. Besides the overt efforts to stamp out Christianity, the battle goes on in subtle ways. Every adulterous scene designed to entertain, every sale of recreational drugs, every attempt to destroy your marriage, etc., is a battle against your Christian faith. You and every Christian are warned: “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:12-13). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this necessary armor, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
That two women, graduates of West Point, successfully completed the elite RANGER training program of the army, made the news. That was quite an accomplishment, considering that many good men never succeed. Now the question is being considered: does this make them eligible to serve in combat?
That the question should arise, indicates a shift in the culture. When the Titanic was sinking, it was women and children into the life boats first. The men gave their lives so the women could be spared. Now it would be every man for himself.
That men lay down their lives for women grows out of a Christian milieu. “Husbands, love your wives as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25). In Biblical language, God is the husband and His people are His bride. This is fulfilled when God chose to become one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. He gave Himself into death on the cross to rescue lost and condemned humanity. Those who believe in Him are His bride and rejoice in the security of His love. Come to Peace Lutheran Church to bask in the protection of the Bridegroom. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 5:6). All people seek to excuse their behavior, and there are many “authorities” to support them. “You were born that way.” “That is your right.” “You are liberated to do this.” “You have the freedom to choose.” So as people seek to excuse themselves, government and society deceive with empty words concerning abortion, same sex relations, extramarital sex (adultery or fornication), and covetousness (wanting more unearned government handouts).
The Roman Empire, and every other great civilization, was plagued with these same deceptions, leading to its decline and fall. The wrath of God will eventually fall on nations, families, and individuals who deceive themselves into calling “evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20). God’s Word calls “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesian 5:14). Hear this awakening call at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
The journalists of the news media, Television, Radio, and the printed page, must be selective, due to the volume of world news, in what news should be reported. One may, however, question: Why is the illegal slaying of a lion in Zimbabwe repeated several days running, and nothing is reported about 20 of 40 Lutheran Churches burned in northern Nigeria by the militant Muslims called Boko Haram? (WORLD MAGAZINE). Why is one male lion so much more important than 13,000 Nigerians killed over the past six years by these extremists? The Lutheran Heritage Foundation, working in that area, report that most of these were Christians. THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS also reports the terrifying brutality suffered by Christians.
By the new standards, animals are of equal importance to human beings. By the old standard of the Bible, God “created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27). God gives special value to the human being, confirmed by sending His Son to redeem them from sin and its eternal consequences. The nation and the world are in trouble when the killing of an animal is more news worthy than the killing of people. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service is 10:00 a.m.
The Bible (Genesis 6-9) speaks of a flood of water that covered the whole earth. Dr. Alfred Rehwinkle, in his book THE FLOOD states that before 1850 and the time of Darwin, geological studies assumed there was such a flood. Since Darwin, silence, because the Flood would speak of rapid change and cast doubt on the millions of years necessary for the evolutionary process to take place. The Flood is the best explanation for fossils, even of marine animals, on higher elevations and on every continent. Is this ignored because the Flood speaks of God’s judgment upon a people who has rejected their Creator? Rehwinkle postulates that there could have been between one and ten billion people on earth at that time. He also tells of what is never reported these days, fossilized human bones among fossilized bones of prehistoric creatures.
Jesus compared the Day of His Second Coming to that of the Flood: “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:38-39). Now is the time to enter the ark of God’s grace by way of repentance and faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. Come with us to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
God does not blame Supreme Court decisions for the moral decline in America, nor does He blame the entertainment industry, though each have a share of the blame. In Jeremiah 23:21-22 we read, “If they (speaking of the prophets, or we could substitute ‘pastors and other religious teachers’) had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.” God placed the blame for the moral decline of His people in Judah upon the prophets. Should He not also do the same for the religious leaders in America?
These prophets were more interested in making the people feel good about themselves: “They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, You shall have peace’ and to everyone who walks according to the imagination of his own heart, ‘No evil shall come upon you’” (v. 17). Such a message could bring about “Church Growth,” but would have little effect in calling people to repentance. God admonishes, “He who has my Word, let him speak My Word faithfully” (v. 28). For Jeremiah this meant being hated by government leaders, imprisoned, and finally martyred. All preachers and teachers of God’s Word must ask themselves, do I want to be liked? Or will I be faithful? If faithful, am I willing to endure the trials of Jeremiah? Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.