Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For those who may charge us with living in a dream world, wishful thinking, or propagating a fabricated story, consider this:
On the days following His crucifixion and death on the cross, confirmed by a spear thrust into His side:
- He was seen alive by many witnesses (1 Cor. 15).
- The apostles and many others were killed because they dared to proclaim Jesus and His resurrection.
- Fifty days later 3000 believed the message: He is risen.
- He fulfilled His own prophetic word and that of the Old Testament Scripture.
“If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” but “now is Christ risen.”
“Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ are perished” but “now is Christ risen.”
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied” but “now is Christ risen from the dead and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (died)” (1 Cor. 15:17).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church to rejoice that Christ who accomplished our redemption is the living Savior who shall come again to receive us to Himself. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“The earth was filled with violence” (Genesis 6:11). Did this include suicide bombings where twenty, forty, sixty people were massacred in one blast? Did this include the ravaging of whole villages? Did this mean bringing an argument to a close with murder? We are not told what that violence included when God brought a universal flood to destroy a wicked people. We are told that the unconstrained nature of the human being is “swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways” (Romans 3:15-16).
Video games play on this nature. Corrupt religions play on this nature and seduce the vulnerable with the promise of this “thrill”. God had said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever” (Gen. 6:3). How bad does it have to get before God brings this world, this civilization, this nation to a close? The call is to repent. The call is to return to the God who created you. The call is to return to Him who “redeemed us from this futile way life with the precious blood of Christ” that we may serve Him and help our fellow man in every bodily need. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday worship is 10:00 a.m. Good Friday service will be at 7:00 p.m.
A man shot and killed his wife because she was in such great pain, and then he killed himself. Friends explained, “He did it in love.” A father shot his drug addicted son. He justified himself, “I killed him because I loved him.” “Love is love,” so the President rationalizes the Supreme Court decision in support of same sex marriage. Obviously, there is no action so evil that it cannot and will not be said to be motivated by love. This fits perfectly with the person who has declared independence from God.
God, however, gave Ten Commandments. Among those He said, “You shall not commit adultery.” “You shall not murder.” “You shall not give false testimony.” Everyone ought to be afraid to disobey these commandments, inasmuch as God threatens to punish all who disobey these commandments (Exodus 20:5). God determines right from wrong, not love. The commandments are the boundaries for expressing love. “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:10). The Christian loves “because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19). “The love of Christ constrains us” ( 2 Cor. 5:14). Learn of this love at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
The Department of Defense announced on December 3, 2015, that it will open all combat positions in our nation’s armed forces to women. The next step is military conscription. Early in February when questioned by a senator, Gen. Mark A Miley, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant replied, “Senator, I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft.”
Pastor David Ramirez of Union Grove, Wis. comments: “No civilization, Christian or heathen, has ever purposely sent women into combat as a regular matter of policy, nor dared to conscript them. It defies nature and all reason to send the bearers of life to be bearers of the sword. This revolutionary change is part of the same attempt by the proponents of gay marriage, transgenderism, and feminism to erase the distinction between men and women….The men of a nation can indeed be called upon to serve, and if necessary, die in defense of the homeland. They are willing to do so precisely because they know it is right to lay down their lives for the sake of their families.” To conscript women for war is just one more departure from the Christian milieu where a man is called to lay down his life for his wife (Ephesians 5:25). This nation needs God’s Word to think straight. Come to Peace Lutheran Church for that Word. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
EVOLUTION, though unreasonable and unprovable, is not only applied to the biological world. The Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, according to Justice Kennedy, is that laws are based on historical facts and express historical facts and perforce must change with the times. “Facts” in this context are understood as public opinion and sentiment. He makes the evolutionary assumption that history brings constant improvement, thus the term “living Constitution” and thus a decision which radically changed the definition of marriage.
Does history really bring improvement? Among behaviors and practices formerly ranging from socially unacceptable to immoral to illegal, the following have, in the past few decades found their way largely unhindered into the mainstream of culture: sodomy, recreational sex with multiple partners, bearing children out of wedlock, “shacking up” before marriage, and government-sponsored gambling as a means of extracting more money from citizens. This is progress? “What will you do when the end comes?” (Jeremiah 5:31). An honest view of history is that a culture apart from God’s created order, and His Word to support it, degenerates. So we also read in Romans chapter one. Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear this Word. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
The word HATE usually means “to desire the hated one harm.” To act out such behavior against a person of another race, religion, or sexual orientation is designated “a hate crime” by the government. The first act of hatred in the Bible was when the unbelieving Cain killed his believing (Christian) brother, Abel (Genesis 4; Hebrews 11:4). The Bible gives another dimension to HATRED in Leviticus 19:17, “You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin against him.” Not warning a person as to where his sin is taking him would be like making no effort to warn or rescue the person who is oblivious his house is on fire. This Bible passage designates such indifference as HATE.
Hating, even when only a hidden thought or an attitude of indifference, is a damnable sin: “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in Him” (1 John 3:15). Forgiveness, and the power to love even our enemies, comes from God who “demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to receive the love that overcomes hate. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.