Jesus said, “If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). The simple Truth is that people are in bondage to sin and destined for God’s eternal condemnation unless made free by the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ, who redeemed us by His holy, precious blood. To know and believe this Truth is to have freedom from sin’s curse and power and to have freedom to serve God in righteousness for time and eternity.
There is a parallel in the political sphere. Where government officials lie to the people, when business dealings include fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation, when those appointed to serve the people refuse to unless bribed—the culture and economy reverts to that of a third world nation and citizens will be made ready to accept a police state and a dictatorial type of government.
A fringe benefit of a people continuing in God’s Truth is a people who want the truth, and will not tolerate a lie. Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this Truth. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
In Psalm 106 we hear a description of God’s Old Testament people: “But they mingled with the Gentiles, and learned their ways. They served their idols…they even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan….Therefore the wrath of God was kindled against His people.” Christians have no choice. They too mingle with unbelievers, adulterers, and those who sacrifice their children (abortion) to idols. There is a powerful tug to conform to this culture. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world” (Eph. 6). How can a Christian resist? How can parents give their children strength to resist?
God gives His Word. It is “living and powerful” (Heb.4:12). It is ultimately the armor of defense (Eph. 6) and our strength to stand firm in Christ. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16). Fathers, lead your children daily by reading to them God’s Word. It is like building a house upon a rock. That house will stand when the storms beat against it (Matt. 7).
One may wonder that drug dealers should stoop so low as to shape amphetamines as candy to appeal to children. One may marvel that someone at a local car dealer would sell a car valued at no more than $25,000 to someone with signs of dementia at a total cost of $50,000. One is aghast to learn of an inmate casually murdering fellow inmates in hopes of getting the death penalty. When one believes the Bible, this behavior should come as no surprise. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus Christ confirmed the word of this Old Testament prophet: “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adultery, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). Our culture refuses to believe that this describes everyone, hence the surprise.
Yet this is why the Scripture teaches people to pray for “a clean heart and a right spirit” (Psalm 51). Jesus said, “Except a person is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:4) Jesus Christ came to redeem you from this empty existence (1Peter 1:18) and give you a new life. Learn of this at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
The early American patriots saw the need for armed conflict. Out of that conflict came a nation with a new form of government that allowed the people to have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Less than a century later another armed conflict led to the freedom of a large percentage of the population. In the political realm, the price of freedom is a perpetual struggle.
Spiritual freedom is no different. There is the continual battle with the sin nature: “Put off…the old self which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts” (Eph. 4:22). “Put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness” (Col. 3:5). There is also a conflict between truth and error. I exhort you “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). To keep the Good News of peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ the Church has often had to forfeit outward peace. In this sense Jesus forewarned, “I came not to give peace” (Matthew 10:34). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for the peace and freedom our Lord gives. Sunday Service 9 a.m.