“Beware that you do not forget the Lord you God….You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth….If you by any means forget the Lord your God, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish” (Deuteronomy 8:11-20). This exhortation and warning was given to God’s Old Testament people, but these words apply to any nation or family today.
Remembering comes with review. That is one reason God gave His people the Sabbath and the festival days such as the Passover. They were to remember week after week, year after year. Likewise the Church today observes Sunday to review and remember Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It has the Church Year to review God’s complete plan of salvation for humanity in a sin darkened world. At Christmas we review how God fulfilled His promise to send a Savior when Jesus was born. The season following Christmas reviews the wonderful works of Christ all the way to the cross and His death on Good Friday. Easter recalls His victory over death which is the victory of all who, by remembering, live in repentance and faith.
Without review we forget. Come to Peace Lutheran Church this Sunday for remembering what God has done for you. Bible Class is at 8:00 a.m. Divine Service is at 9:00 a.m.
When Jesus Christ was nailed to a cross, He did not appear to be a king. At His trial Pontius Pilate had asked, “Are you a king?” Jesus answered in part, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate sarcastically posted the criminal charge against Jesus, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” The soldiers taunted Him, as did others, but one person in a request of faith said, “Lord, remember me when you come into your KINGdom.” He believed what the prophets in the Old Testament had foretold, that this One would as an heir of King David, sit upon his throne, and have an eternal kingdom. Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:26-43). The promise was given to one who was crucified with Jesus.
For now our Lord informs the Christian, “The kingdom of God is within you.” By His death on the cross and His mighty resurrection He redeemed us that we may be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom. The Christian awaits the time when Jesus will appear as King of kings and Lord of lords, “in all His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory, and all the nations will be gathered before Him” (Matthew 25:31-46). At that time “every knee shall bow,” some knowing they will be damned, others anticipating the paradise promised the criminal. While you have time, confess Him as your King at Peace Lutheran Church. Bible Class is at 8:00 a.m. and Divine Service at 9:00 a.m.
Among the signs of His coming to judge the world (Matt. 24:3) Jesus Christ gave this one, “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (v. 12). Mark Regnarus, associate professor at the U of T at Austin, is quoted by Matthew Rueger in his book, SEXUAL MORALITY IN A CHRISTLESS WORLD: The children of those who disregard God’s law concerning marriage, “One man for one woman in a life-long relationship” are five times as likely to attempt suicide, have lower academic and social achievements, are more susceptible to alcohol and drug abuse. Breaking just this one law is love grown cold toward one’s children.
It is love grown cold when murder is the solution to disputes, when homes are invaded, when couples sneer at marriage as they link up sexually, when one exploits the poor to enrich himself. And love grown cold is a symptom of a culture that has thumbed its nose at God. The Lord is coming soon. “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Bible Class is at 8:00 and Divine Service at 9:00 a.m.
Some random thoughts on the election of the president of the United States of America: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This includes any candidate. “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes (or presidents)” (Psalm 118:9), whether morally sound or otherwise. Despite the election process, or perhaps through this process, “God removes kings (presidents) and raises up kings (presidents); He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:21). Pray “for kings (presidents) and all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy2:2), a directive given when Nero, the most cruel, wicked, and perverted emperor, ruled the Roman Empire and was ultimately responsible for the death of thousands of Christians, many of whom were executed for the entertainment of the citizens of Rome.
Pray for whomever is elected so this truth may be freely proclaimed, “There is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave His life a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:4-6). Pray with us at Peace Lutheran Church, Bible Class at 8:00 a.m.; Divine Service at 9:00 a.m.
“You have to work for what you get” is a good slogan for this life. It is natural for people to make this slogan a principle in their religion. Earning the favor of one’s god, or doing good to earn a better afterlife, is default in all the religions of the world, including Christianity when it neglects the Holy Scripture. The REFORMATION, dated October 31, 1517, returned many to the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, where it states clearly, “The GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord “ (Romans 6:23). When the leaders of the church, and the people of the church, had no knowledge of the Bible’s message, they came to depend on life in the monastery or convent, paying for masses, going on pilgrimages, doing penance, along with living a moral life. This was thought to be the way to heaven. Neglect the Bible and your religion goes the same way.
This left people with the nagging thought, “Have I done enough? Have I been good enough?” The Law of God, which tells us how to live, always makes us conscious of our sin (Romans 3:20), that we fall short of what God demands (Romans 3:23). The REFORMATION, by returning people to the Bible, returned them to the Gospel, that is, the good news that God reconciled sinful mankind to Himself by the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24-26). “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Peace Lutheran Church is a Reformation church. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m. Next Sunday 9:00 a.m.