Innuendo or Free Speech

He didn’t say, Innuendo, surmise, allegation, might have, could have, maybe—these words define much of the “news” being excitedly reported in the national news.  One must ask, “Is the purpose of such reporting an effort to destroy the credibility and reputation of our leaders?   To speak this way of one’s neighbor in court or otherwise must not be tolerated.  It is a violation of the intent of the commandment, “You shall not give false testimony!” “Free speech” is not license to destroy the reputation of our leaders or our next door neighbor, even when that speech is only innuendo.

The positive side of this commandment is “Defend your neighbor, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.”  “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” (Prov. 22:1).  How the Christian speaks of another reflects on his own name and the name of Christ.  “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).  The purpose and prayer of Peace Lutheran Church is to “Hallow God’s name” as stated in the Lord’s Prayer.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

The REAL Christ

The August issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has an article featuring a number of men from various countries of the world claiming to be Christ.  Is the editor’s agenda with such an article to imply that the one confessed to be The Christ, the Son of God, two thousand years ago is just one among many?  That would be in tune with multicultural thinking of our times.  Unwittingly the editors are pointing out the fulfillment of The Christ’s words: “False christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).

Let these christs be crucified publicly on a cross for everyone to view, and then let them rise from the dead on the third day if they wish to convince the world.  This is what the real Christ did to reconcile mankind to a just and holy Father (2 Cor. 5:18-21).  He then showed Himself alive by many infallible proofs (Acts 1:3).  Little wonder that the Apostles would say, “Salvation is found in no other” (Acts 4:12).  Sunday service time at Peace Lutheran Church is 9:00 a.m.

Science or Speculation

Many young people explain, “I guess I’m just too scientific to take Christianity seriously.”  In questioning them they explain, “The evolution I was taught in my biology classes is just not compatible with what is taught In the Bible.”  In that they are right, but can evolution rightly be called scientific?  True science depends on what human senses can observe, measure, and repeat.  The origin of the universe is outside the realm of science.  The beginning of life and many kinds of creatures cannot be explained by science.  God asked Job (38:4) “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”  Job would have had to answer, “I wasn’t even born yet.  I have to take Your word for how You created the world and brought forth life.”  God could have answered, “Well then, do not call your speculations about the origin of the world and the life in it science.”

God’s account of the creation of this world and all that is in it (Genesis 1 & 2) fits well with what can be observed.  Come study the Bible with us at Peace Lutheran Church to see how this is so.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

Boys to Men

“Boyfriend” in many relationships has replaced “husband.”  Even though in his twenties or older, he is a “boy.”  The word “boy” suits the person who enjoys the sexual pleasures of a female companion apart from marriage.  Marriage is the commitment to provide for her, provide for a child who may be conceived, and give of himself exclusively for her emotional security in a life-long relationship.  As long as he cannot make this commitment, he is a self-centered “boy.”  The woman who makes the male companion wait with sex until marriage helps him to become a man; otherwise she confirms him to remain a “boy.”

The commitment of marriage helps a boy to become a man.  When husbands “love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5), then they become real men.  We husbands never fully attain that status, but in trusting Christ and His forgiveness, we grow toward the goal of becoming “real men.”  But without the public commitment of marriage boys remain “boys.”  Sunday service time at Peace Lutheran Church is 9:00 a.m.