The truth hurts! Sometimes. The truth will make some people angry. Herod locked John up in prison when John told him he , Herod, was committing adultery. When Jesus told the people of Nazareth that God cared for the non-Jews just as much as the people of Israel, they tried to kill Him by throwing Him over the cliff. Politicians can be ruined by speaking the truth. Hence, they expend much effort to be “politically correct.” On occasion when they are blasted by the media for letting the truth slip out, they will hasten to apologize, There is so much “spin” and deception in all phases of life that one becomes skeptical enough to ask with Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”
Yet, “the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Our founding fathers knew this. They recognized an informed public was necessary to avoid falling under the control of tyrants and dictators. It is even more serious in the religious realm. Lies and deception lead to hell. They are the devils’ work (John 8:44). The truth about sin separating you from God, the truth about the one Savior from the curse and power of sin, must be heard and believed to have life and freedom (John 8:32-32). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this life and freedom. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Pastor Harold Senkbeil describes what is happening as this nation ignores the Biblical narrative of creation. He calls it a schizophrenic attitude toward sex: “On the one hand it prizes sensuality and promotes sexual indulgence, yet at the same time is hypersensitive to anything that could be remotely viewed as sexual harassment. People are encouraged to dress as whores and gigolos, yet express alarm when others respond sexually. Sexual innuendo in entertainment is passe’, and now overt sex-play and mock sex acts are woven into song and dance routines. Yet at the same time, our world professes great shock about the rise of sexually transmitted diseases and the sexual abuse and violence that abound.”
When people turn from their Creator they lose their sense of reason: “Therefore, God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves” (Romans 1:24). God is calling the people of this nation to repent. Hear this message of repentance and hope for a new life at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
The Christian lives in two kingdoms. They may be thought of as The Kingdom of the Left, and the Kingdom of the Right. The Left provides order by restraining evil and promoting love for one’s neighbor. It does this by rewards and punishments (1 Peter 2:14). The Left operates through secular government, parents, teachers, business administrators. Governments engage in war to restrain evil nations. Parents and teachers discipline their children to curb their harmful behavior and reward their care for others. The purpose of Left is that people can live quiet and peaceful lives (1 Timothy 2:2).
The Kingdom of the Right operates with the Word of God, which is “living and powerful” (Heb. 4:12). It has no authority to use earthly weapons. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). “The Gospel of Christ is the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). The Right reflects the love of Jesus Christ by heeding his word: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who despitefully use you” (Luke 6:27-28). The Right makes disciples of our Lord Jesus by “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Both Kingdoms, the Left and the Right, are ordained of God. They are complementary but must not be mixed. Christian citizens, parents, schools, operate in both Kingdoms, but will be wise to distinguish at the moment in which Kingdom they are operating. Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service is at 10:00 a.m.
The close of the old year and the entry into the new is a reminder to pray: “Lord, make me to know my end and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You. Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them. And now Lord what do I wait for? My hope is in You! Deliver me from all my transgressions” (Psalm 39:4-8).
As God answers this prayer and reveals forgiveness and hope in Jesus Christ, His birth, life, death and resurrection, we give you this wish for the New Year: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear more of this “living hope” (1 Peter1:3). Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.