Faith – What is it Really?

A hallmark of the Reformation ignited by Martin Luther 500 years ago is “Sola Fide,” that is, “Faith Alone.”  Faith was defined as first knowing Jesus Christ as revealed in Holy Scripture, secondly, assenting to this truth, and thirdly, relying on Christ and the promises of forgiveness of sins and eternal life gained for humanity by His life, death, and resurrection.  Faith ALONE means “that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16).

The problem is that our culture has given new meanings to the word “faith.”  Positive thinking is considered to be faith.  “I can do it.”  If one holds to any religion he is referred to as a “person of faith.”  Faith is made a synonym of religion, such as “the Muslim faith,” or “the Hindu faith.”  Liberal theologians are saying you can have faith without believing the miracles and the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ.  These come very close to the cynical definition given by Mark Twain, “Faith is believing something you know is not true.”

The Christian’s faith does not make something true.  This faith relies on the witness of the of the Apostles, as recorded in Holy Scripture, of their having seen, touched, and heard the risen Lord Jesus Christ,  They declared, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20), and this they did in the face of imprisonment and death.   Come join with people of this faith at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday Service time is 9:00 a.m.

What is Mine is the Lord’s

YOU SHALL NOT STEAL. This commandment from Exodus 20 assumes the right to private property. However, the Scripture also reminds us “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Tim. 6:7). God also reminds us, “Every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). So what we call “our own” is really a temporary trust from God for us to manage during this brief lifetime. This a good reason for us not to get upset when people cheat us, steal from us, or otherwise take advantage of us. No wonder our Lord directs His disciples, “If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also” (Matthew 5:4).

Yet God forbids us to take for ourselves what He has entrusted to our fellowman. He prohibits cheating, robbing, patent infringement, or plagiarism. “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands (this could include his brain) what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28). The alternative to stealing is good, honest labor, not just to have more to consume for ourselves, but instead of taking we can be giving to those who have need.

The Christian can think this way because Christ has redeemed Him and provided him a treasure in heaven “where moth does not corrupt nor thieves break through and steal.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this treasure. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

What is Mine is the Lord’s

YOU SHALL NOT STEAL. This commandment from Exodus 20 assumes the right to private property. However, the Scripture also reminds us “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Tim. 6:7). God also reminds us, “Every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). So what we call “our own” is really a temporary trust from God for us to manage during this brief lifetime. This a good reason for us not to get upset when people cheat us, steal from us, or otherwise take advantage of us. No wonder our Lord directs His disciples, “If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also” (Matthew 5:4).

Yet God forbids us to take for ourselves what He has entrusted to our fellowman. He prohibits cheating, robbing, patent infringement, or plagiarism. “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands (this could include his brain) what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28). The alternative to stealing is good, honest labor, not just to have more to consume for ourselves, but instead of taking we can be giving to those who have need.

The Christian can think this way because Christ has redeemed Him and provided him a treasure in heaven “where moth does not corrupt nor thieves break through and steal.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this treasure. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

God Created Two Genders

The January, 2017, issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC purported humans to have many genders.  A college student was questioned on a test, “How many human genders are there?”  To answer as the teacher expected, she wrote down “infinite.”  Not only does this ridicule the Scripture, “God made them male and female” (Matt. 19:4), our Lord Jesus quoting the first chapter in the Bible, it is also contrary to sound reason.  A new human being cannot be conceived without a male and female, that is, a man and a woman.  Furthermore, a father and mother, who have committed themselves to each other and to their offspring, provide a natural setting for the care and nurture of children. The two genders God created are for the perpetuation of the human race.

If there seems to be more than two genders, this would be one of many distortions which sin brought into the world.  God promises to remove all the curses which sin brought into His perfect world.  The two genders which God created provide an analogy of how He would do that: In Ephesians 5, “Husbands, love your wife as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself (into death) for her that He might sanctify and cleanse her….Wives be subject to your husband as the Church is to Christ.”  Christ gave Himself that people may be forgiven and that finally all the 

Good Marriage Protects Family

YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY! (Exodus 20:14).  This commandment protects marriage and the family.  When a man apart from the lifelong commitment of marriage engages in sexual intercourse with a woman, he is more likely to further dishonor her by physically abusing her.  The offspring from such a relationship suffers even more.  As David Blankenhorn documents in his book, FATHERLESS AMERICA, “We have too many boys with guns primarily because we have too few fathers.”  Without the security of a father caring for his wife and supporting his children, boys in particular often turn to gangs for security, and from gangs to violence.

When this commandment is violated women suffer, children suffer, the whole nation suffers.  Violence will escalate, the police force be strengthened, taxes must increase.  When God speaks of repentance, He declares the evidence for repentance is “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children” (Malachi 4:6; Luke 1:17).  Such a turn begins with a loving loyalty to their mother before they are conceived, and most certainly, if possible, after they are born. Such fathers will seek “to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to affirm with us God’s commandments.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.