The Responsibilities of Father and Mother

The Word of God clearly states, “You fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  The evidence of repentance is that “the hearts of the fathers will turn to the children.”  God adds, “Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:6).   This truth is borne out by the number of those who had no functioning father who are now in prison.  Perceptive teachers will recognize that most of their problem pupils have no functioning father.  Men who only sire (like an animal) offspring but take no responsibility for them, are bringing God’s curse on themselves, their children, and the nation.

What about the mothers?  Mothers also teach.  Yet the wise mother, contrary to the feminist movement, will uphold her husband as primary teacher of the things of God. She should be sure he is capable of this before he begets a child with her.  Husband and wife do well to carefully study Ephesians 5:22-33 to provide a living illustration for their children of our relationship with Jesus Christ.  Sunday service time at Peace Lutheran Church is at 9:00 a.m.

Trust God to Guard

Because of the shooting which left 26 dead, some churches have a plan of armed defense against such aggression.   Christians need to remember our Lord’s rebuke of Peter when Peter sought to defend Him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52).  Another Scripture to remember is this: “Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Far more important than protecting ourselves, we should be concentrating on faithfully proclaiming and hearing the Word of God.  If for faithfully proclaiming God as Creator, humans in need of humble repentance before Him, and our only hope and life is in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ—if in doing this we are shot and killed, then we join with a great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us (Hebrews 12:1).  In the meantime we are invited to trust our God who not only “guards the city” but also His little congregations of believers.  Sunday service at Peace Lutheran Church is 9:00 a.m.

Depart In Peace

“LORD, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word, for my eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:29).  God had promised Simeon he would not die before he had seen the promised Savior.  Having taken the infant Jesus in his arms, he could leave this life in peace

Having heard the Christmas message, “To you is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,” we too have “seen” the salvation God provides.  Every believer can depart this year with the assurance of sins forgiven.  He can enter the New Year in peace, no matter what forebodings and uncertainties lie ahead.  The Christian can even face death as Simeon did, because this Child as an adult declares, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live” (John 11:25).  Come for this peace “which the world cannot give” (John 14:27; 16:33; 20:19) to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

The GIFT

Gift giving at Christmas began two thousand years ago.  “God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).  Included in that GIFT is the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23) in contrast to the wages of sin.  The forgiveness of sin is not something we earn or deserve.   “It is the GIFT of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9,).  Speaking of all that comes to us through the BABY born in Bethlehem, the Apostle exclaimed, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable GIFT” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

If you give your child, your friend, your spouse, the latest fashion or the most expensive gift, but fail to pass on to them God’s GIFT of Jesus, they remain impoverished.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church to receive this GIFT, to rejoice in this GIFT, and to give this GIFT to family and friends.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 7:00 p.m.

How Long?

“Lord, how long?” Isaiah the prophet asked.  How long was he to go on preaching and teaching, when the only apparent results were hardened hearts, deaf ears, and blind eyes.  God’s answer: “Until the cities are laid waste without inhabitant, the houses without people, the land is utterly desolate.,,,Yet a tenth will be in it” (Isaiah 6:9-13).  A hundred years later those words were fulfilled when the Babylonian army laid waste the cities of Judah.

Isaiah had no good news for those who refused to repent: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,” who “have rejected the Law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 5:20, 24).

For the tenth, for the remnant, for those few who did repent, he spoke forgiveness, “white as snow” (1:18) because the Son born of a virgin, Immanuel (7:14), the Mighty God, Prince of Peace (9:7) would be “wounded for our transgressions…cut off out of the land of the living for these transgressions (53:5, 8).  “How long?”  The words of Isaiah are timeless, a warning and comfort to our generation.  Sunday services at 9:00 a.m.   Advent Service on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 p.m.

Continue – Be Sober, Be Vigilant

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” Like pigs lured into a trap by free corn, so people allow themselves to be lured into bondage by government “handouts,” and for a while they like it. There is a parallel in Christianity. Christians are lured to disregard God’s commandments protecting marriage, life, property, and reputation. They are lured even to rethink God as one other than their Creator. There is the ever-present temptation to conform to the culture intellectually, in “scientific” thought, and in behavior. By conforming, they may even feel “free” for a time and like it, but the Bible describes them as “slaves of depravity” (2 Peter 2:19). The price for keeping true Christianity “is eternal vigilance.” The Christian is admonished, “Be sober, be vigilant” (1 Peter 5:8).

Jesus promised, “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). Continue with us in God’s Word at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m. Advent services are Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

God’s Great Gift of Marriage

In 1885 the New York Times quoted this sentence from a Supreme Court decision: “The union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony is the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization.” The current redefinition of marriage, and the increasing number living as though marriage should be redefined, is confirming this Supreme Court decision of another generation. Despise this definition, which comes right out of the Bible, and chaos erupts. Life itself is cheapened. Women are viewed as play toys. Men live as barbarians. If there is no widespread repentance, one can predict without error that every value we hold dear will be lost.

Pray that we and our fellow citizens heed the call: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD (the God of the Bible, the Creator), and He will have mercy; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). This repentance and forgiveness though Jesus Christ will return us to God’s great gift of marriage. Begin this renewal with Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service time is 9:00 a.m. Advent Services are on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

The Final Verdict

In the account of the Last Judgment (Mathew 25:31-46) when Jesus Christ will come in all His glory with His holy angels to judge mankind, He will give only two verdicts: To those on His left whose lives reflect unbelief, He will say, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” “These will go away into eternal punishment.” To those on His right whose lives reflect faith in their Savior, He will say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” There will be no “in between.” There will be no “second chance.”
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Now, while you are alive; now before our Lord comes again, turn and be clothed with the righteousness (Gal. 3:27) of Jesus Christ who died for you and arose again; now enjoy living for Him, and hear the verdict on that final day, “Come you blessed by my Father.” Sunday service time at Peace Lutheran Church is 9:00 a.m. Advent service is on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Final Judgement & The Flood

“For this they are willingly ignorant of…the world that then was, being overflowed with water perished” (2 Peter 3:5-6). Dr. Alfred Rehwinkle, in his book, THE FLOOD, pointed out that before Darwin, the subject of geology was studied with the assumption that there was once a UNIVERSAL FLOOD. Now the evidence for such a flood is totally ignored: the laying down of the strata of the earth, the polystrate fossils piercing these strata, the fossils found on every continent and on the highest mountains, which could only be formed by a sudden and great catastrophe such as the flood.
Sinful man finds it convenient to ignore this great judgment of God when He “saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth” (Gen. 6:5). A second reason to push such an event out of his mind is that our Lord Jesus Christ compares the FLOOD to the final judgment, “So also shall the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:39). He finds it safer to date every fossil as millions of years old. Noah and his family found this safety in the Ark. God has provided for our refuge from the final judgment in His Son, Jesus Christ. Learn of Him at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service is at 9:00 a.m. 11-19-17

Enter the Ark and Be Saved

A great tourist attraction is the replica of Noah’s Ark, now acclaimed to be the largest wooden structure in the world.  More than a tourist attraction, this 500 foot long, 100 foot high, three storied construction shows the feasibility of carrying and feeding every KIND (not species) of animal and bird for over a year in a flood that covered the highest mountain top by 20 feet, just as described in the Bible.

Our Lord said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:38-39).  As those who entered the one door of the Ark escaped the devastating flood waters, so our Lord Jesus Christ is the door to escape the final judgment to eternal damnation when He comes on the last day.  Enter that door while it is open for you.  At Peace Lutheran Church the Sunday service is 9:00 a.m.