Monday, January 28, 2013

Peace For All People

For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.  For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;  and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.  ~ 2 Corinthians 5:13-15

Lutherans invite people to church once in 27 years.  Twenty-seven.  That is more than a QUARTER OF A CENTURY.  Are you shocked?  When I heard that I was shocked.

It is a lot of work to love those who are different from us.  It is a true gift of the Holy Spirit to be
able to listen to others and not take offense, for the sake of the Gospel. 

Our culture today thinks Christians have nothing to add to conversations in the public square.  We
know this is not true, because God speaks to them through us of salvation in Jesus, for where
there is forgiveness of sin there is also life and salvation.

In our Lutheran services, we confess our sins and receive absolution weekly.  We can be confident that God uses the gospel message for those who will receive the good news of forgiveness.  Break the mold and boldly invite a friend to church this year! 
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