Parent Category: Thoughts
YOU SHALL NOT GIVE FALSE TESTIMONY (Exodus 20:16). This commandment protects our neighbor’s reputation. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1). It seems that this commandment is suspended in the minds of politicians over against their opponents. News reporting deceptively designed to make others appear radical, unkind, and uncaring break this commandment. When we put words into peoples’ mouths which they did not say, or accuse them of beliefs that they do not hold, the usual desired result is to destroy their credibility, their reputation.
Lying, misrepresentation, deception is the work of the devil, who “was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). To be allied with the devil is to receive his condemnation, “everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
To a people accustomed to hearing lies and telling lies God says, “Let them return to the Lord and He will have mercy, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7.) Our Lord Jesus invites, “If you continue in My Word, you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to learn of Him in whom all Truth (John 14:6) centers. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Lenten service is at 7:00 p.m.
Faith - What is it Really?
Parent Category: Thoughts
A hallmark of the Reformation ignited by Martin Luther 500 years ago is “Sola Fide,” that is, “Faith Alone.” Faith was defined as first knowing Jesus Christ as revealed in Holy Scripture, secondly, assenting to this truth, and thirdly, relying on Christ and the promises of forgiveness of sins and eternal life gained for humanity by His life, death, and resurrection. Faith ALONE means “that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16).
The problem is that our culture has given new meanings to the word “faith.” Positive thinking is considered to be faith. “I can do it.” If one holds to any religion he is referred to as a “person of faith.” Faith is made a synonym of religion, such as “the Muslim faith,” or “the Hindu faith.” Liberal theologians are saying you can have faith without believing the miracles and the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ. These come very close to the cynical definition given by Mark Twain, “Faith is believing something you know is not true.”
The Christian’s faith does not make something true. This faith relies on the witness of the of the Apostles, as recorded in Holy Scripture, of their having seen, touched, and heard the risen Lord Jesus Christ, They declared, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20), and this they did in the face of imprisonment and death. Come join with people of this faith at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service time is 9:00 a.m.