Salvation what is it

Posted: November 23, 2013 in Messages
Tags: ,

What is Salvation?

What is Salvation? What does that mean? Are we saved? Can I be saved and what shall I do to be saved?  Do I have to be perfect to be saved?  These are all good questions.  Salvation is being saved, protected from harm; being saved or delivered from some dire situation. When we talk about salvation we mean this: the saving of the soul from sin and its consequences.

Sometimes we over think and worry so much about what we have done, We view our lives and say there is no need to be save; God doesn’t want a sinner like me and I am so beyond repair; not even if I repent, I can’t be saved.  Well what if I said to you that all you need to do is to come empty handed and receive it; no work, no perfection just as you are; a free gift; you don’t need to purchase anything or sign a contract.  Some of you are thinking right now and saying sure – everything comes at a cost nothing is free in this world. You are correct nothing free but Jesus paid the price for us.  Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

why-people-don_t-go-to-church

My Bad Church Experience

(Welcome and Serve – Be all to all)

 Text: Ephesians 4:1-5  I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism.

Today we are starting a new series My Bad Church Experience. Intended to be a community where all are welcome and that we love to be a part of, far too often something strange or downright nasty happens that makes us wonder if life as church is worth the weirdness. In this series we’ll share our stories and scars of how church can go wrong so that together we can continue to be a community that–despite our brokenness–brings great blessing to others. Read the rest of this entry »

bible-verses-about-love

John 13: 34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Good morning, how are you?
I am good, thank you for asking and you?
I’m good, thanks.
Well have a nice day – you too

Now is this what Christ meant to love one another as I loved you? If so I think we are all good, but just saying hi is it love or just being friendly? A thief, a murderer can say hi even our mother-in-laws can say hi. So that being said it’s not love. Read the rest of this entry »

Chirst

O Christ, Lamb of God, Slain for the sin of the whole world, with penitent heart i come to Your cross, pleading for mercy and forgiveness. My sins- and they are many- have added to the burden of Your suffering and have nailed You to the accursed tree. For me You tasted the agony of the utter darkness that i might not perish, but have everlasting life. Have mercy upon me. Read the rest of this entry »

Have pity on me

Luke 18: 35-43
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. 42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome the weary and burdened

Posted: December 30, 2012 in Messages

Image

Welcome the weary and burdened

As I share with you today’s message, I want you to keep in mind whatever it is that is weighing you down, what’s heavy in your heart , whatever the doubts you may have or keeping you up at night – Today is the day to let go.

For many of us this year has not been easy.  Perhaps we may have had to face illness, death in the family, financial struggles or conflicts with friends and family.  Even turning on the TV or reading the newspaper has become gut wrenching.   Sometimes when confronted with these issues we begin to question God.  Questioning why is God allowing this to happen.  We ask, why me?  I am such a good person, why me?  I come to church every Sunday, why me?  I pray before ever meal and before I go bed, why me?  Read the rest of this entry »

The Calling (The Great Commission)

Posted: September 16, 2012 in Messages

Image

Read Isaiah 50: 4-10

The Calling

At first when I was asked to share today’s message, I was thinking “where should I begin?  What should I talk about?”  Now I understand when CFW Walther says when writing a sermon you must be in a state of tribulation.  We heard today about a father who cries out to Christ and says “I believe, but help me overcome my unbelief.”  I feel the same way when preparing my sermons.   To translate God’s message is not a simple task.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen

In today’s Old Testament reading, Jesus Christ, speaks directly through the prophet Isaiah.  “I offer my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting.”  It was like Isaiah foresaw what was to come which was the arrest, trial and the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross for us at no cost to either you or I.

Throughout the bible we read of Saints who sacrificed themselves for the sake of speaking the truth of our Lord.   Stephen was stoned to death for declaring that Jesus was the Messiah.  Paul and Peter were beaten and imprisoned numerous times; St. James was beheaded. Even In today’s society Christians around the world are being persecuted for their beliefs.  This is the reality that we face as believers.  Being Christians has never been easy.  Today in America we may not be at risk of being imprisoned or facing death but will still face various obstacles when sharing the word.  Has it ever happened to you when you bring up Jesus, people roll their eyes, try to change the subject or simply try to avoid you?  At times this could be discouraging and bring out feelings of hopelessness and rejection.  But we must remember what our Lord tells us “Don’t be afraid!  Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you…” Read the rest of this entry »

Doubt

Posted: July 21, 2012 in Messages

Image

Read: Mark 6:30-44

In the Gospel Reading, we learned how Christ provided to the masses with the little he had.  This is one of the better known miracles of Jesus, with feeding the 5000 with just 5 loaves and 2 fish and with 12 baskets of food to spare.

Jesus was teaching the disciples about compassion.  However, the disciples were not quick to learn these lessons.  At first they didn’t want to be bother by the needs of the people.  It was too much of an inconvenience.  They doubted that with limited resources that they could provide for these families.  These were the men who ate with Jesus, walked with Jesus and witness miracles.  However, they couldn’t wrap their minds around the fact that all these people could be fed.  Yet they were through the miracle of Christ.

Let’s take a look at our own lives.  How many times in our lives have we worried about whether or not we are going to be able to pay our mortgage, our rent, how are we going to provide for our families.  However, time and time again our needs are met. How many times have we been faced with illnesses and Diseases?  How many times have we witness a friend or family member suffer through health issues.  Yet God performs his miracles and eases the pain and cures.  Despite all he has done and provided for us.   We still don’t put our faith and trust in him. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Friday Meditation

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Messages

Image

Eli Eli Lema Sabachthani /My God, My God, why have you forsaken me these are the words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ when he was hung on the cross to die.

We also find the same cry from King David in Psalm 22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.”

When we are presented with overwhelming, uncomfortable or unpleasant situations in our lives we are quick to utter these words as a sign that God has abandoned us.  But in fact it is not He who has abandoned us, we through our sinful nature have abandon Him.  We have turned our backs on God.  Our sins are the barriers to our salvation.  Our Holy God cannot associate himself with our sins.

For this reason God sent his only begotten Son. He was delivered to us not to abandon us but rather to be abandoned so that through Him we might be brought back to God.  Jesus took the sins of the world, our sins, our debt our filthy hearts onto himself so that we can be reconciled with God.  When he hung on that cross we heard that painful statement My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me. At that moment he felt what we feel- abandoned, pushed aside and ignored.  Our sinful nature does not allow us to approach God.  So he took His life, the ultimate life to become the Lamb of God so we can be with him in paradise.  He wrote the check with his blood to pay for our debt; for my sins; for your sins.  So we can be with him.

 As the scripture says: For God who so loved the world he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me; we may think of those words as a sign of mourning but today those words are music to my ears,  Those words paved the path to our salvation. Today we can look at the cross as God speaks into our hearts; My Child, My Child, I haven’t forsaken you.

Prayer: Almighty God, Our heavenly Father, because of your tender love towards us sinners you have given us Your Son that, believing in him, we might have everlasting life. Continue to grant us your Holy Spirit that we may remain steadfast in this faith to the end and finally come to life everlasting; Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen

Ash Wednesday will be the start of the Lent season.  It is important for us to keep our minds and hearts pure for our Lord.  Its a time we focus on God more on a personal level. 

Lets read the hymn below and start this Lent season with a clear mind.  I hope you will join me in these forty days of prayer.

“O Lord through out these forty days you prayed and kept the fast inspire repentance for our sin, and free us from our past. You strove with Satan and you won, your faithfulness endured; Lend us your nerve, Your skill and trust in God’s eternal word. Though parched and hungry, yet you prayed and fixed your mind above; so teach us to deny ourselves, Since we have known God’s love. Be with us through this season, Lord, And all our earthly days, That when the final Easter dawns, we join in heaven’s praise.”  LSB 418

 

 

 

Posted: February 19, 2012 in Messages