Return to the Lord

Listen as God through the prophet is speaking to Israel, His chosen people; listen as He is also speaking to those who call themselves Christians, but do not repent:  “’Surely, as a treacherous wife leaves her husband, so have you been treacherous to me, O house of Israel, declares the LORD.’  A voice on the bare heights is heard, the weeping and pleading of Israel’s sons, because they have perverted their way; they have forgotten the LORD their God.  ‘Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness.’  Behold, we come to You, for You are the LORD our God.  Truly the hills are a delusion, the orgies on the mountain.  Truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel” (Jeremiah 3:20-23).

God still condemns those who fashion their own gods and make up their own rules by which they live; yet in love and compassion He pleads that we return to Him, the God who is eager to heal and forgive.  This God is revealed as “The LORD, our Righteousness” (23:5).  Come, return with those of Peace Lutheran Church, and receive of the righteousness provided through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus our LORD (Romans 3:24-26).  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Saints

When one hears the word “saint” the usual mental picture is that of a person who has given her/his life to works of mercy.  The Biblical meaning, however, is not a description of what a person has done, but rather what God had done for the person.  The Apostle Paul writes to the believers in Corinth, “To the Church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified (made saints) in Christ Jesus, called to be SAINTS, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 1:2).  The Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies all believers in Christ.  They are saints because of what God has done.

Their willingness to die as confessors of Christ, their works of compassion, and their works of love in the name of Jesus, do not make them saints.  This is evidence that they are saints, “sanctified in Christ Jesus.”  “Seeing that we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses (saints to encourage us in faith and life), let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1,2).  May you too be numbered among  the saints.  Come, celebrate ALL SAINTS DAY this Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church.  Service time is 10:00 a.m.