“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’
“But the tax collector, standing afar off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified (forgiven) rather than the other.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:10-14). Another Scripture says it this way: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness….The Blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7-9). Come to Peace Lutheran Church where God’s Word will humble and exalt us. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. This will change to 9:00 a.m. on November 6.
The Christian faith is that there is one God who created the world and all that is in it. This God revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, His only Son, and the Holy Spirit. God loves His creation, especially His human creatures. Tragically they rebelled against Him and fell into darkness, death, and rebellion. But God the Father sent His only Son into the world, to become human like us and to redeem and save humanity by His death and resurrection. God sent His spirit so that people might once again be His own, trusting through faith in His Son, who is the world’s only hope, life, light, and salvation.
Remove God as creator, and one does not have the Christian faith. Remove the special place of humanity in creation or humanity’s rebellion against God and one does not have the Christian faith. Remove the truth that humanity’s only hope is in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who redeemed humanity by His death and resurrection, and one does not have the Christian faith. Come reaffirm and confess this faith with us at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.
A book in the Bible named RUTH relates how God worked in the life a Moabite woman. She married into the family of Naomi and Elimelech who had immigrated to Moab to escape the famine in Israel. All the men died, possibly of martyrdom; Moab was a land where child sacrifice was practiced. Ruth, Naomi, and Orpah were left widows.
Ruth, who through the witness of the family, had come to know the God of Israel and His promise of a Savior. This gave her a binding love for her late husband’s mother. When she, Naomi, started back to the land of Israel, Ruth insisted on accompanying her with these words: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so me, and more also if anything but death parts you and me” (Ruth 1:16,17). These are words often used as a wedding text. If so, it is best to remember that the knowledge of her Lord gave Ruth this binding commitment to her mother-in-law; likewise in marriage.
God gave this foreign woman the honor of being the great grandmother of King David from whose ancestry Christ Jesus came. God works all things for good to those who love Him (Rom.8:28). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
God forgives! It is God-like to forgive. The ungodly know only retaliation, revenge, or “getting even.” It is the nature of people to “pay back” the wrongs that have been done them, if in no other way, by a cold, hard look, or giving the “silent treatment.”
The Bible reveals that forgiveness comes from God because Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, satisfied the justice of the Holy God by His death and resurrection. For this reason He appeals to the believer, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING one another, just as God in Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). When one has thoughts of revenge, or retaliation, that person is invited to humbly repent, remembering the huge debt of sin that God canceled because Jesus paid that debt (Matthew 18:21-35). God also warns, “If you do not forgive people their trespasses (sins), neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:15).
The ministry of the Church is to forgive: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven” (John 20:23). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to be forgiven and to forgive. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.