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.

The Truth

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.

The Living and Powerful Word

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). 

Out of the heart…no surprise

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.

Spiritual Freedom

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.

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.

What Happens When People Do Right In Their Own Eyes

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.