The work never stops

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas

Peace Lutheran Church  Natoma, Kansas

January, 2019

This month, there will be another march in Washington DC, this time on January 18th.  It will be the annual March For Life held every year, on or about the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision commonly known as Roe v. Wade.

There will be a lot of people attending this march, including a good number of LCMS Lutherans.  They will march, with banners and signs, proclaiming the value of every life in the womb, no matter race, gender, creed, nationality or viability.

The march, and accompanying LCMS Life Conference that will be held at the same time were mentioned at the National Lutherans For Life conference I attended in October, encouraging those who were able to attend.

I would like to attend one day, but then I also pray that abortion would end one day, and that this march would be retired before I can get there.  At one point in fact, I believe I heard that should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the march would be held one more year, and then retired.

That is probably true with a lot of groups that are centered around pro-life and the issue of abortion.  Once a court case is overturned; once a piece of legislation passes, a lot of them would presumably fade into the background, because the mission would have been completed.  A celebration would take place, those who were so needlessly slaughtered would be mourned, and the movement would fade with the words spoken: well done, good and faithful servant.

And yet, in October, at the National Lutherans For Life conference, it occurred to me that regardless of what all the other groups did, Lutherans For Life would continue on.  For while indeed, a 1973 court decision was the call to action, the ongoing work is far from complete, and is in fact not limited just to those in the womb.

Lutherans For Life is also about protecting life when that life is bogged down with sickness and disease and age.  Indeed, while abortion numbers are down, look for assisted suicide numbers to increase in the coming years with the combination of demographic challenges decreasing the tax base, with increasing costs paid by fewer and fewer people, for that will indeed be the next challenge in the ongoing life movement.

And so the work continues until the time when Christ should see fit to come in glory; because Lutherans For Life is not politically driven.  Lutherans For Life is not based on legislation passing or on judges being appointed or even on elections being won or lost; although to be sure, all of those are on our hearts and in our prayers daily.  The work of Lutherans For Life is based on the word of God.  God says that life is precious, whether that life is just forming in the womb, or that life is living life to the fullest, or even if that life struggles to take its final breath.  God says defending all life is important, and if it is important to God, than it is important to us.

It is as we have said many times: Life Sunday is not the third Sunday in January; Life Sunday is every Sunday, because every Sunday we gather around the Lord’s altar to hear His word and receive His gifts, given to poor miserable sinners like you and me, because God, in His grace and mercy has declared that your life is valuable, so much so that He sent His one and only Son into the world so that you might live and reign with Him for eternity.

If you would like more information about Lutherans For Life, please speak to me, or feel free to join us at one of our meetings. We meet bi-monthly for study and discussion on life issues and plan how to promote life in the congregation and in the surrounding area.

God Bless!

Pastor Schmidt

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Your Savior is here

Christmas Day – St. John 1:1-14

Do you want a Savior?

That has been the question for our consideration this past Adventide.  For in the lead up to Christmas that is the question is all other areas: What do you want?  Do you want this gizmo or that gadget?  And so the natural question would likewise be: Do you want a Savior?

The initial answer is quite obvious: yes, you do want a Savior.  Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were asked this very question: Do you want a Savior?  And they said yes!  And who wouldn’t have said yes, especially when you consider the alternative: which is instant death.  Your sins rightly deserve death and hell; and just as the lightning bolt is about to strike you, just as the earth is about to swallow you whole, here is your lifeline: a Savior.  Do you want a Savior?  Who wouldn’t want a Savior when the alternative is death?

Of course, if only it were that easy.

Which is why sometimes you actually say no to a Savior.  Oh don’t get me wrong, you like the idea of a Savior coming to rescue you, what you don’t like is the idea of giving up all of your favorite sins.  You like your sins after all, if you didn’t like them, you wouldn’t do them.  And so when the rubber hits the road, you actually do say no to a Savior, not because you want to burn in hell for eternity, but because you want to hang onto your sins for as long as you possibly can.

But you would never admit that, would you?

And so when the question is asked: do you want a Savior, your answer is maybe.  Maybe yes, maybe no, but let’s hear all the requirements and stipulations first.  Let’s hear what living a holy and God pleasing life actually means before jumping in with both feet.  Let’s read all of the fine print, before scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking the button that says I agree.

Do you want a Savior?  Never has such simple question been so difficult to answer.  Granted, you know what the answer should be; but you also know what the answer you would like to give is; and yet so often you find yourself lost in the confusion of what to do.

And so tomorrow, when the presents have all been opened, when the living room has been restored to some sense of normalcy, when you are counting up the gift cards and the money received, and looking for receipts for needed returns to the store, what will you do with this gift of a Savior?  Will you keep Him, or will you return Him?  Will you hold onto Him for a time and then put Him out on the spring yard sale?  Or will you re-gift Him to someone else, who seems to need Him more than you?

But here is the thing about this gift of a Savior: He’s a gift; and He is for you.

Whether you want Him or not, He’s a gift for you.

Whether you think He fits into your life right now or not, He’s a gift for you.

Whether you think you need Him or not, He’s a gift for you.

Whether you asked for Him or not, He’s a gift for you.

Whether you keep Him or put Him out on the curb, He’s a gift for you.

Christ Jesus is here, for you.  God the Father looked at your life; looked at your situation; looked at whatever you were dealing with; looked at the future you faced, and decided that this is the gift that you need, this is what you want, this is what will bring about your everlasting salvation.

And so here is your gift: laying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling cloths, seemingly oblivious to all else, this is your gift: Christ, the Son of God, born of Mary, in the flesh, so that you might have forgiveness, life and salvation.

Is this what you asked for?  Not hardly, you had no idea that this was how God would save His fallen creation.

Is this what you always wanted?  Nope; you wanted sin, you wanted chaos, you wanted what made you happy.

Is this exactly what you needed?  Try again; you were convinced that your own good works would save you.

No, this Christ child, who now lays in the manger and who will one day go the cross of Calvary, is exactly what God knew you needed; exactly what God wanted for your salvation; exactly what was intended all along.

No returns allowed; no refunds given; no re-gifting, only passing along the faith to the next generation.

And that is what makes the gift of Jesus the very best gift.  The gifts that Jesus brings are always there when you need them.  There is no waiting until December 25 next year for the gift of Christ, He is here every Lord’s day.  If you don’t want this gift today, have no fear, because it will be here next Sunday, and every Sunday after that.  And it will be here all week long.  In fact, this gift will follow you home, follow you to work and school, follow you wherever you go.  Because that is what Christ does.  He does not go into the closet, or in a box in the basement, Christ is with you all day every day, bringing you His gifts whenever you need them.

Do you want a Savior?  Turns out that’s been the wrong question the whole time.  Because you don’t get to choose; you don’t get to say yes or no or even maybe.  In fact, there was no question at all; because Christmas is not a question, but a statement, a declarative fact.

Christmas is God, coming into your presence with a present of His own, and saying to you, and to all people: Here is your Savior.

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Christmas Eve 2018

Christmas Eve – St. Luke 2:4

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie.

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light.

The hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.

 

To sing those words, one would almost be led to believe that the town of Bethlehem was straight out of a Hallmark movie.

And yet, the truth is that it is a rough time of year to be in Bethlehem.  A census has taken this laid back little town and flooded it with people from far off places all over the kingdom.  All these people are from here, but they have also all left here; after all, there is not much to keep you in a town like Bethlehem.  And well do you know that when you put a whole bunch of people in a cramped little town, things are going to get a little uneasy.

And where there are people, there are going to be tax collectors collecting taxes on anything and everything.  Rome wants its share first to be sure; but anything over the baseline is pure profit in the pockets of the tax collectors.  That’s not going to help the reputation of Bethlehem if you have to take out a small loan just to go there.

Of course that is life under occupation.  Rome occupies the land of Israel; certainly not the worst of the nations that will rule over God’s chosen people; but anytime Israel is not free, anytime Israel is subject to a foreign pagan government, it is the wrong time to be around.

Of all things, Bethlehem makes things even worse, for coming to Bethlehem reminds every one of the good old days, though granted, they were a millennium ago.  Back then, this was David’s home town.  Back then, Israel was a force to be reckoned with, both militarily and economically.

Today?  Israel is an old penny, that has long since lost its shine.

It’s a rough time to be in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago; but how does your visit to Bethlehem today look?

No doubt you will find yourself part of a gathering; your home flooded with people, some from far off places.  It’s a little late to ask, but are you ready?  Everything is seemingly closed tomorrow, and all you will have is each other’s company; will your home be a rough place to visit?

Holidays can be a rough time of year; the movies rarely show that.

Bethlehem isn’t the only rough place to visit right now.  The economy is all over the place, and any discussion on politics should include a trigger warning to proceed with extreme caution.  Does everyone coming home just make things worse, when the games on television are over, the food eaten, and the present opened, and someone tries to ask about how things are going in this part of the world?

Like Bethlehem, the holidays can be a rough time on all involved; making one wish that it were any other time of year right now.

And yet, in the midst of Bethlehem and all its chaos; in the midst of your home and all its trigger warnings, today is the right time for the light of Christ to shine into your lives.

We are always looking for that perfect time for everything to be just right before the company comes over, before the holidays arrive, before we are willing to present ourselves in public for all to see.

And yet, what do we see in St. Luke 2?  It was far from the perfect time in Bethlehem, in fact it was the worst possible time for a Savior to come.  And yet, He came, not because it was the perfect time in our minds, but because it was the perfect time in His time.

Who should be the light that shines forth and lights up this little sleepy town, but the long promised Messiah, the one whom David himself foretold would one day come.

If there were a perfect time in our lives for Christ to come, there would be no need for Christ to come.  Yet instead, Christ comes into our world that is marred by chaos and stress and conflict, and He announces peace and forgiveness, life and salvation.

Bethlehem is far from perfect; far from that picturesque town that is on so many Christmas cards and depicted in so many movies.  Bethlehem is the home of chaos, and the perfect picture of how messed up life is in Israel right now.  And you know who comes down into the midst of the chaos of Bethlehem and the messed up lives of the people who live there and the lives of those who are just passing through?

It is Christ, the same one who comes into the midst of the chaos of this world and your own messed up lives, and announce that He is here, to bring order, to bring light, to bring salvation to all those who hear and believe on His name.

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Do you want a Savior? Maybe

Midweek Advent 3 – St. Luke 1:5-25

Gift giving can be complicated at times.  Not for family, at least not usually.  Over the years you kind of establish a pattern and history for what each family member gets and what the general budget is for each member, only occasionally going above and beyond for special occasions.

But those are hardly the only gifts you exchange.  What about co-workers and neighbors, and even close friends?  What about random gift exchanges?  How do you determine how much to spend?  How do you determine how many gifts to purchase?  How do you know when to even open the gifts you receive?  And whatever you do this year, what about next year?

Gifts are meant to be just that, a freely given item with no strings attached; and yet, as you soon discover, there are always strings attached to gifts.

And so when someone comes up to you and asks Do you want a gift?  Your response is maybe; but let me hear all the conditions first.

You even say when you are offered a Savior.

No, you say?  Look at the Lord’s Supper.  The Words of Institution could not be any clearer that the body and blood of Christ are a gift, given for you, shed for you, with no expectation of return; and yet, how many are looking for the catch?  How many are looking for what happens next, where is the bill, where is the demand for follow up?

And so the question is asked again: Do you want a Savior?

Everyone in Israel would have shouted yes, yes, yes at the top of their lungs; because they thought they knew what a Savior would be; a conquering hero who would bring back the good old days of King David.  And of course, as we saw last week, yes can quickly become no, no, no once you find out that the Savior is not an army general, and that you will have to give up your favorite sins and live a life more pleasing to God.

And yet, for many life is not lived in the extremes of yes, and no, but in the middle, in the maybe.  Do you want a Savior?  Maybe, but let me hear all the stipulations and read all the fine print first.

Is that not what Zechariah says in the temple?  The angel appears and says you are going to have a son who will prepare the way for the long promised Messiah, and all Zechariah can do is come up with excuses and reasons as to why it cannot be; why all these things are working against it happening.

Zechariah says maybe, because he doesn’t know what will be required of him, or how much will need to be done on his part for all of these things to happen.

Is that not the middle road so many try to take?  Is that not the middle road you yourselves wish you could take?

Do you want a Savior?  Maybe.  You truly do want a Savior, because you know what the consequences of your sins truly are; you know that you deserve death and hell.  But at the same time, you don’t really want a Savior because you really like your sins, even if they mean bad things in the end for you; you don’t really want a Savior who forces you to amend your life.

And so the answer is maybe.  Yes you do want the gift; but you want to hear all the requirements and make sure you read all the fine print first before you click the button that says ‘I agree’.

And yet what does the Lord say in Revelation about all those who answer maybe?  You are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm, and so the Lord spits you out of His mouth.

The Lord hears the word maybe come forth from Zechariah, and He silences him for nine months.  He silences him because there is no room in the Lord’s Church for those who would question the intentions and desires of the Lord.

For the gift of a Savior is a true gift in every sense of the word.  There are no strings attached, no stipulations, no fine print.  The Savior comes out of the Father’s great love for His fallen creation.  The Savior comes as the long promised Messiah.  The Savior comes to bring healing and life to all those hurt by the effects of sin in this world.

The Savior comes as a free gift to those who believe.  Just as in the Lord’s Supper, where we receive the free gift of Jesus body and blood for forgiveness, life and salvation, without any bill or any fine print included, so does the Savior come in the Bethlehem manger; there is no bill and there is no fine print.  He simply comes so that you may have life, and that you may have it abundantly.

That is the gift of Christmas, there is no expectation for you to make a gift in exchange for the gift that is found in the manger, or for the gifts given in Baptism or in Lord’s Supper or in the absolution.  These are simply free gifts given out of the Savior’s great love for you.

And so we do not approach the manger in fear and trepidation; rather in confidence.  Here is your gift, here is your Savior, here is your Lord who comes with no maybes about Him.

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Do you want a Savior? No

Midweek Advent 2 – Isaiah 7:10-17

Have you ever gotten a Christmas gift, and been absolutely horrified by it?  I have; I was in high school, and for Christmas one year one of my aunts got me a pair of light blue denim jeans, with a matching light blue denim jacket.  The minute I pulled it out of the box I was revolted by the sight of it.  I had no idea what would have ever possessed her to get it, or my parents to approve it as something I would want.  I smiled politely, thanked her, and pushed it off to the side and never took it out of the box again.

There are gifts like that; not every year, but every so often, someone just completely misses the mark on what to get you.  And it takes great restraint not to throw the gift in the trash the minute you first see it.

Obviously, if you had been in the store with them when they first saw it and thought of you, you would have screamed at the top of your lungs: no!  Do not under any circumstances purchase this; save your money; if you really want to give me something, just give me whatever money you would have spent; hey, I’ll even give you a Sabbath Christmas instead of buying me a gift if all you can find is this abomination.

But only the bravest among us would say such a thing; most are like myself on that Christmas many years ago; we nod and say thanks, and never mention the gift again.

Have you ever felt that way about the gift of a Savior?

Last week you were only too happy about the gift of a Savior.  Salvation from death and hell?  Someone else to bear the burden of your sins?  Someone else who can crush the head of the serpent?  Someone else who is willing to absorb the full brunt of God’s wrath?

Last week, faced with the option of immediate death or a Savior, you chose the Savior; you chose the option that spared your life; you chose the option that all the good baptized children of God choose.  You chose the Savior, because the Savior is what you so desperately needed in that moment.

But that was last week; when you were in big trouble because of your sins.

Now you have the gift in front of you; now you have what you were long promised: a gift, a Savior.

What do you think now?

Because what happens a week or so after you receive the gift you thought you wanted so badly?  Chances are, you wonder why you wanted this in the first place.

Because there is a dark secret about your sins, though one that you would never actually want to admit: you like your sins.  You like doing what you are forbidden from doing.  You like the way it feels; you like the way others look at you; you like the rush of energy and the swelling of confidence and the sense of power it gives you.

That’s why you keep returning to your sins: you like them!  If you didn’t like them, you wouldn’t do them.  That’s the allure of sin, it makes you feel good, at least for a while.  Sin is so appealing because of the thrill, the rush, the sense of control that it gives.

And why would you want to give that up?

Why would anyone want to give that up?

And so when the offer is made, that here is your Savior, here is what you were promised, here is what you said you wanted; you suddenly shrivel up, because while you certainly do not like the eternal damnation that your sins warrant, you do actually like your sins in the moment, and would like to hold onto them for just a little bit longer.

And yet, whereas you can always return those gifts you really don’t want; or sell them on eBay or at your spring yard sale; or even just throw it out after a sufficient period of time, the gift of a Savior is quite different.

You can certainly reject the Savior of the world, and indeed many do, but that doesn’t make the Savior go away.  Christ Jesus came for the whole world, not just those who want Him, not even just for those who emphatically welcome Him with open arms.  The Savior of the world, the true gift of Christmas, is here for all people.

For His death and resurrection is not just for sins up to a certain point in time; rather His death and resurrection is for the sins of all people of all times and all places.  His death and resurrection is for all sins, past, present and future.  There is no sin that is not covered by the blood of Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary.

The death and resurrection of Jesus is even for those sins that you still cling too, even after He has come and announced to you that your sins are forgiven.

Here is your Savior, and He is here for you whether you want Him or not.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you reject Him to your dying day, than you will receive the punishment that you deserve.  But if you make the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord, if you turn from your sins and acknowledge your need for a Savior, than you will know the peace that He alone can bring.

Here is your Savior; no returns accepted; no refunds offered; no shoving Him to the back of the closet or putting Him out on the yard sale, or on the curb with the trash.  Your Savior is the gift that constantly comes to you, and that the Church on earth prays would find a welcome spot in your heart and in your home.

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Do you want a Savior? Yes!

Midweek Advent 1 – Genesis 3:1-21

Every few years or so, there is a hot new toy that everyone wants and that normally ends up being impossible to find.  When I was growing up, the hot toy was the Cabbage Patch Doll.  In the 1990’s, the hot toy was Tickle Me Elmo.  This year?  Well, time will tell what toy everyone is demanding.

Needless to say if you had asked most any child if they wanted a Cabbage Patch Doll or a Tickle Me Elmo, or even today, if you ask most people if they want the latest iPhone or the newest video game, the answer will be a resounding yes!, without any hesitation or qualification.

Its genius on the part of the stores really: they come up with an amazing product, keep production low and the price high, and then stand back and watch as customers trample over themselves for the desired new toy at the grossly inflated price.

But what did those boys and girls, or teens and tweens, or even adults do to deserve the item they so deeply desire?  What gifts do you rightly deserve to receive this Christmas?

The common question at this time of year is: have you been good?  The answer?  Well, let’s just say Santa must not have a very good long term memory; or at the very least does not see and hear nearly as much as the song claims.

The reality is that you have not been good; in fact you have been bad; very bad; very very bad.  As St. Paul says, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; and the wages of sin is death.  And that means no Cabbage Patch Doll, no Tickle Me Elmo, no iPhone, no nothing for you, just the punishment that you truly deserve: eternal death and hell.

But what if someone came up to you and offered you a way out?  What if they looked at what you did and said while it’s not good, we can fix this, we can make things better.  What if they asked you: Do you want a Savior?

Because that is exactly what happens in the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve sin; they break the one rule that God gave to them.  God clearly says: Do not eat of the fruit of that tree.  Adam and Eve understood this command, they knew what the rules were.  And yet, they both eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree.

There is no second guessing here; the law and the punishment are clear.  They sinned, they should die.  The Hebrew is a little nuanced here, in that when God says they will die what He really means is that they will begin the process of dying, which is our lot in life today.  No matter how young and healthy you are, the reality is your dying.

But the truth is Adam and Eve’s crime does not deserve the slow decaying process of old age, rather they deserve the earth opening up and swallowing them whole right there in the middle of the Garden of Eden; they deserve the hellfire and brimstone sent upon Sodom and Gomorrah; they deserve a lightning bolt striking them dead in an instant.

Adam and Eve are fully aware of this; that is why they hide.  They know they screwed up; they know they deserve the full wrath of God poured out upon them; they know that there is no means for escaping the punishment they rightly deserve.

And yet, God looks around at what they have done, and He asks Adam and Eve: Do you want a Savior?

The options are certain death and eternal separation from God, or a Savior.  The choice is that you can pay the ultimate price right now for the wrong you have done; or someone else can pay the price for you.

What do you think Adam and Eve said?

Or maybe the better question is what would you say?

Adam and Eve broke one command and are staring down the barrel of God’s full wrath and anger; you have broken a lot more than one command; how much greater should your punishment be?  How much greater is the anger of God now directed at you?

The true gift of Christmas is found all the way back here in Genesis 3: Adam and Eve fell into sin thus ushering death into the world, and by the sin of one man, Adam, all have now sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

And yet, just as the firing squad is about to fire, God says Do you want a Savior?  And Adam and Eve, and you yourself, give a most resounding yes!, without any hesitation or qualification.

Now the details are sketchy to say the least here in Genesis 3 as to what the Savior will look like, when He will come, and how exactly salvation will present itself, but for right now, that does not matter.  What matters is that God offered you a lifeline, He offered you a means out of the hole you dug yourself into, He offered you a reprieve from the death and hell you rightly deserve; He offered you a Savior, and you said Yes!

Now you might be wondering when you said yes to a Savior, and the answer is no, you were not specifically asked to accept Jesus into your heart to be your Savior.  Rather Christ kicked down the door of your cold, dead heart and planted the mark of salvation upon you.

But each time you remember your baptism; each time you confess your sins, each time you come forward to receive the body and blood of Christ, you are saying yes, you want a Savior; yes, you need a Savior; yes, a thousand times yes is your response to the offer of a Savior.

And on Christmas, that request is fulfilled.  Here is your Savior.  This is what you wanted, this is what you get, this is how God undoes the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, for by one man sin came into the world, so also through one man does life come into the world.

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Do you want a Savior?

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas

Peace Lutheran Church  Natoma, Kansas

December, 2018

More than a few times over the years, I have torn off the wrapping paper on a Christmas present and gazed in horror upon the contents, and wondered to myself: what were they thinking?  Why would they think I would wear this, eat this, or want this thing?

I imagine this is a common occurrence for you as well; the brave among us ask for the receipt so that we can return the monstrosity from whence it came, while others grin and bear it, and re-gift it next Christmas, or just throw it out come the first of February.

What inspires such instances of Christmas gift giving disasters?  A disconnect between the giver and the receiver.  The giver sees an item in the store, and imagines that it is just what the recipient needs in their life.  The receiver obviously has a much different idea about what they need in their life at the moment, and it is often not what the giver had in mind.

The ultimate giver of gifts is of course God Himself; and Christmas is the annual celebration of His greatest gift in the coming of the Christ child into the world, to redeem us from sin, death and hell.

And this gift comes not just once a year on the 25th of December, but each and every Lord’s Day in the Word and in the Sacraments.

And yet, how often do you say to yourself: this is not what I wanted at all.

Indeed, when things are going bad, you most certainly do want Christ and all that He offers to you in whatever form He offers it in.  You so desperately want Him to answer your prayers, to take away your problems, to come to you and make everything better, because you have so royally screwed everything up.

But what about those other days, when you do not really want Christ in your life?  Never happens?  Oh, I bet it does happen, far more than you want to admit.  For when you are enjoying your sins, when you are looking around and thinking that your life is going great without prayer or church attendance, what you are really saying is that you have no need for Christ in your life, and you are rejecting the gift of God.

Of course, life is rarely lived in the extremes, instead it is far more often in the middle gray areas, where life is a muddled mess.  Do you want a Savior?  Do you want all that He offers?  How often is the answer maybe?  Maybe, but you want to hear all the requirements first; maybe but only if it is on your terms; maybe, but you’d like to hear how exactly God is going to make it all happen first.

But like the giver of that horrid Christmas gift that you can’t wait to put up for sale on eBay, God refuses to take no for an answer; whether you want it or not, whether you admit you need it or not; here is your gift of a Savior, who has come into the world for you so that you might have forgiveness, life and salvation.

The gift of Christmas is here for you, it lays before you in the manger, it hangs before you on the cross; it comes to you in the waters of Baptism, in the bread and wine of Lord’s Supper, and in the words of the absolution; may this gift ever be treasured in your heart, for it is Christ the Lord.

As part of this Advent season, join us on Wednesday evenings at 7PM at Peace Lutheran, Natoma for worship, reflecting on this gift of a Savior.  Also, please make use of the daily devotionals for Advent available from Lutheran Hour Ministries.

God Bless!

Pastor Schmidt

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