The Church celebrated St. Valentine’s Day long before Hallmark learned to make money from red heart shaped pieces of paper. On February 14, 269 A.D. Valentinus was beheaded. His crime, he a Christian Pastor was performing weddings in secret. Emperor Claudius II was forbidding soldiers from marriage to keep them focused on war. As a Christian and a pastor Valentine was committed to God’s Word and to his pastoral duties that included blessing couples who sought to marry. For doing this he was executed.
It is fitting that on February 14 we, in memory of St. Valentine, honor all faithful pastors, especially as the world continues down the dark path of redefining marriage and perverting the definition of love. Even more so, let us fix our eyes on Jesus Christ who in love laid down His life, whose red blood was shed to atone for our sins, and whose heart was pierced for our salvation. He is the pattern, but even more so, the power to love. “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to learn more of this love. Sunday service time 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service, Wed. 7:00 p.m.
The desire for security has led many to vote for a government that will provide food, shelter, and medical care. Everything the government gives comes with more control. People are willing to trade liberty for security. Others seek security in investments, land, savings accounts, stock piling emergency food. Banks fail, stock markets crash, and food can spoil or be stolen. Emergencies, catastrophes, crashing economies, wars, and terrorism could disrupt our lives in a way hitherto unknown in the USA. When that day comes, all that we had hoped to make us secure will fail.
The Bible reminds us, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man; it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes (government)” (Psalm 118:8-9). “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble; therefore, we will not fear” (Psalm 46:1). We prepare for crises by gathering with God’s people to hear His Word: “If God be for us, who can be against us. If God spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things” (Romans 8:31-32). In Him we have security for eternity. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday service is 7:00 p.m.
When God called Jeremiah into the prophetic office, he said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5). Though we do not know the future as God does, it would be to the advantage for every person if we think of them, even when they are in the womb, “God has a very special purpose for this person.” In contrast, license to kill the unborn is an assault on every human being. It is as to say, “You have no intrinsic value.” Abortion is a “leak in the dike” by which a Hitler could kill thousands and Communism could liquidate millions, because they did not fit the agenda. When a culture sees no eternal value in human life, the next step is for those in power–be they government, pharmaceutical companies, or other big money entities–to manipulate, control, and eliminate according to the whims of the elite in power. We need not deceive ourselves into thinking, “This could not happen in the United States of America.”
Repentance begins with acknowledging God is creator, the unborn too are His creation who with all humanity have an eternal purpose, and recognize God’s anger is aroused when innocent blood is shed. To those who repent He assures, “Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they be red as crimson they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.