Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Something To Think About

The "Something To Think About" stories in this section are published weekly in the Texarkana Gazette. 

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.

Mother's Day

Sunday is Mothers’ Day, a good day to emphasize how God ordered the family, a husband and wife in a life-long union, to whom children are given by God to “bring up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:4)  The family, where the mother and father love each other, and their children grow up obedient and honoring them and loving one another, is the greatest joy, happiness, fulfillment that God gives people in their earthly journey.  Sadly, sin distorts and so often brings to grief this great joy intended by God.

This is why we do well to set our hearts with God’s eternal family, where we are all “the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3)  The Church is our eternal mother from whom “we desire the pure spiritual milk of the Word that we may grow up to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2).  In these times when many people choose to be independent of the church, they should take to heart these words: “The person who does not want the Church as his mother, does not have God as his Father.” Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this eternal family.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

Casting Doubt on the Resurrection?

Near Easter news articles in the major magazines have delighted in casting doubt on the resurrection account of Jesus Christ.  Why this attack on the very foundation of Christianity?   “If Christ has not been raised, your FAITH is futile; you are still in your sins,” (1 Cor. 15:17).  This of course is nothing new.  Already on Easter morning when the guards of the tomb reported the events of Easter, the enemies of Christ paid them to say, “The disciples came by night and stole His body” (Matthew 28); those who called for His crucifixion were “grieved” when the Apostles preached “in Jesus the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 4:2); even the Apostles did not at first believe the witnesses to the empty tomb and risen Lord, “Their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them” (Luke 24:11); and Thomas would not believe unless he could see and touch the One who was crucified (John 20).

Why would anyone not want to believe the witness of the Apostles who died proclaiming the risen Christ?  Why would anyone reject the testimony of 3000 people who 50 days after the resurrection were convinced that the One crucified lives?  For the unbeliever and the unrepentant it means that they will have to stand before Him the final Judge on the Last Day.

While the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a terror to unbelievers, it is comfort and strength to those who believe.  Jesus assures them, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19).  Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this comfort and strength, and join us in believing and telling Easter Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

MALE and FEMALE He created them

“God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; MALE and FEMALE He created them” (Genesis 1:27).  “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (1:31).  The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (January, 2017) takes issue with God by insisting there are more than two genders.  That people cannot figure out if they are male or female, or being one, prefers to be the other, is simply a result of mankind’s fall into sin (Genesis 3).  Sin has in many ways distorted God’s wonderful creation.  According to an article in WORLD MAGAZINE (April 15,2017), of those who seek to live out a different gender than that with which they were born, 30 percent have attempted suicide and another 40 percent reported self-injury.

Some say the growing rush to label children “transgender” promotes physician-approved child abuse.  It is comparable to agreeing with an anorexic child that he or she is fat.  Sensible parents, teachers, physicians, psychologists will seek to help a girl to “thank God for making me a female,” and a boy to “thank God for making me male.”   Come to Peace Lutheran Church to rejoice in the God who does not make mistakes.   Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.

By One Man

“I delivered to you AS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE what I also received; that Christ died for our sin in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures….And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by one man came death, by a Man has come the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5,17-32).

The events of this coming week, Holy Week, recognize what is of first importance to the Christian faith.  In fact without these events there would be no Christianity!  Come, join with us in praise to God for our Savior’s death and resurrection.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.   Good Friday is at 7:00 p.m.