The High Calling of Fathers

God lays a heavy responsibility upon fathers:  “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  Fathers who themselves do not live under the discipline of the Lord, do not seek to be nurtured by God’s Word, do not admit their faults and seek forgiveness from God, will provoke their children to anger.

“He (the father) who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him early” (Proverbs 13:24).  “What son is there whom a father does not chasten?…Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:7,11).

Fathers are called to reflect God in caring and providing for their children, teaching them and punishing them when they sin, and when they repent of their wrong forgive them even as God for Christ’s sake forgives fathers.  Hear of this instruction and forgiveness at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

Pentecost

On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the promise Jesus made to His disciples was fulfilled, “You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit….You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:5,8).  He had said of the Holy Spirit, “He will testify of Me” (John15:26).  “He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment….He will glorify Me” (John 16:8,14).”

The evidence of the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost was in the previously fearful disciples boldly confessing that God raised this Jesus from the dead whom the people had so recently crucified.  He is the promised Savior. The Holy Spirit enabled them to tell this good news in native tongues of foreign born Jews.  They exclaimed in delight, “We hear in our own tongues the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11).  Three thousand people were convicted of their sin and given the righteousness of Jesus as they repented and were baptized.

Sunday we celebrate Pentecost and know the Holy Spirit is active as the Good News of Jesus is boldly and clearly proclaimed.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

Is your Christianity strong enough to resist?

Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit was poured out in special measure upon the believers.  The Holy Spirit enabled them to speak in other languages so people from all nations could hear “the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11).  Three thousand were converted and were baptized into the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins on that first Pentecost Day (2:38-41).  The number increase to 5000 (4:4), and soon they lost count (6:7).  This good news that God grants forgiveness of sins and eternal life through His Son’s death and resurrection was proclaimed and received with gladness throughout the Roman Empire, which included Israel, Egypt, and all of North Africa.  A large percentage of the people became Christian.  Today they are mostly Muslim.  Christianity had been “watered down” by Arianism and Gnosticism so that when Muslims came with the sword most had no will to resist.

Is your Christianity strong enough to resist?  The Word of God gives that strength.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.