The Christian wants to listen when the Word of God says, “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit….You were bought with a price!” (1 Corinthians 6:20-21). The immediate appeal is that one does not satisfy his sexual desires with prostitutes. You belong to the Lord; you are His temple. Application, however can be extended beyond adultery. The one tempted to use tobacco should ask, “Is this the way to treat the temple of the Holy Spirit?” The person who is addicted to surgery foods and drinks should ask, “Is this good for the body which our Savior bought with a price?” The producers of illegal, “recreational” drugs would be out business, if everyone would say, “No, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I belong to my Savior who redeemed me with His life blood. I will not contaminate it with drugs!” With this attitude the police and the medical personal would have far less to do.
Why don’t we live this way? Because we forget that it’s not our body to do as we please. We forget that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; we are bought with a price; God gives us this body to glorify Him. Come to Peace Lutheran Church so you will not forget. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
“If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:2). Jesus compared our sins to a servant who owed his master/king ten thousand talents (Matthew 18:24), an impossible sum to repay. He is not speaking to notorious murderers, adulterers, or thieves. He is speaking to His disciples, ordinarily thought of as good people. No one can repay, or make up for, the debt of sin. Every person is totally dependent on the mercy of God to forgive.
God, who demanded the penalty of death for sin (Gen. 2:17; Romans 6:23), took on human flesh (Hebrews 2:14) in the person of Jesus Christ, to pay that debt. He did this by His suffering and death on the cross. Through Christ He provides forgiveness for all (John 1:29; 2 Cor. 5:15); yet only those who acknowledge this debt and trust Christ to forgive receive this forgiveness (John 3:16; 1 John 1:8-9). Come hear this Good News at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
“What is a person profited if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul (or life, as some translations say)? Or what will a person give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25). This is a question everyone pursuing an education, a career, or the wealth of this world must ask? It is one thing to forfeit marriage, family, and friends and die a lonely, wealthy scrooge. It is quite another, yet similar, to get so wrapped up in trying to find life, and in so doing neglect the Word of God, the fellowship of Christian people, and the Divine Service in which God calls us to repentance and assures us of His forgiveness through Jesus Christ. That person will die in unbelief and lose his soul.
Jesus Christ willingly gave up His life on the cross so forgiveness now and the eternal treasures in heaven may be ours. Seek first this Kingdom (Matt. 6:33) with us at Peace Lutheran Church. Divine Service is at 9:00 a.m.
“Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him saying, ‘Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to You.’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’” (Matthew 16:21-23). Peter only minutes before clearly confessed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter wanted a “crossless Christ” as do many today who are okay with a Healer, Teacher, Giver of Success, Coach, Example, or even a King-like leader to give peace and prosperity to the nation, and would agree with Peter, “Far be it from You to be crucified for the sins of the world.” Jesus had said, “He MUST” go to the cross. This was His purpose for coming into the world. The prophets had said he would be “wounded for our transgressions…God will lay upon Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53). As Jesus said to Peter, “Speaking of Christ apart from the Cross is of Satan.” Sunday service time at Peace Lutheran Church is 9:00 a.m.