When the commandments of God are no longer taken seriously– Honor your father and your mother; you shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not give false testimony—moral chaos will erupt. With shows depicting children ridiculing parents, movies and music presenting casual sex, entertainment thriving on murder and violence, should we be surprised that news stories abound with sexual violence, bullying in our schools, organizations crying when the government ceases funding abortions, or even mass killings abroad and some here at home. When people “do that which is right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25), instead of learning and taking seriously God’s commandments, this or any nation will become a fearful place to live. Furthermore, there will be no repentance.
Only those who know God’s commandments, take them seriously, and repent when they break them, will be able to hear that “God will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this good news. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
Sunday is Mothers’ Day, a good day to emphasize how God ordered the family, a husband and wife in a life-long union, to whom children are given by God to “bring up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:4) The family, where the mother and father love each other, and their children grow up obedient and honoring them and loving one another, is the greatest joy, happiness, fulfillment that God gives people in their earthly journey. Sadly, sin distorts and so often brings to grief this great joy intended by God.
This is why we do well to set our hearts with God’s eternal family, where we are all “the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3) The Church is our eternal mother from whom “we desire the pure spiritual milk of the Word that we may grow up to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2). In these times when many people choose to be independent of the church, they should take to heart these words: “The person who does not want the Church as his mother, does not have God as his Father.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this eternal family. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
“God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; MALE and FEMALE He created them” (Genesis 1:27). “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (1:31). The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (January, 2017) takes issue with God by insisting there are more than two genders. That people cannot figure out if they are male or female, or being one, prefers to be the other, is simply a result of mankind’s fall into sin (Genesis 3). Sin has in many ways distorted God’s wonderful creation. According to an article in WORLD MAGAZINE (April 15,2017), of those who seek to live out a different gender than that with which they were born, 30 percent have attempted suicide and another 40 percent reported self-injury.
Some say the growing rush to label children “transgender” promotes physician-approved child abuse. It is comparable to agreeing with an anorexic child that he or she is fat. Sensible parents, teachers, physicians, psychologists will seek to help a girl to “thank God for making me a female,” and a boy to “thank God for making me male.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church to rejoice in the God who does not make mistakes. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
Except for a few atheists, every person and every culture believes in life after death, be it the “Happy hunting grounds,” “The Grand Lodge Above,” “nirvana,” “heaven,” or the indescribable “better place.” The belief that there is life after death is not uniquely Christian.
What is uniquely Christian is the teaching that the dead will rise again. In the Book of Daniel we read, “Those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2). Jesus said, “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28,29). There is also 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13f.
For the unbeliever and unrepentant sinner, the resurrection is not a happy thought, but for those who are covered over with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, it stirs a joyful anticipation. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.