First Lutheran Church Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church Natoma, Kansas
You have been lied to.
Repeatedly. On more than one occasion. Quite possibly even today.
By everyone and anyone; many of whom would probably surprise you.
They have told you things that are quite simply, not true.
And the worst part is not that they lied to you, bad enough as that is, but that you believed them. You bought the lie; hook, line and sinker. You took the bait and you swallowed it whole.
At which point you noticed that you had been tricked. So you called for help; and help came. And they lied to you. And you bought the lie; hook, line and sinker again.
That is the story of your life: people lie to you and you believe them, because what they tell you sounds really good, not just in the moment, but even right now at this very moment.
The scary thing is that we’re not talking about the tooth fairy here; we are talking about your salvation. These lies that you have been told, and that you have believed, are about God Himself.
Who in their right mind would lie about God?
Well it is none other than the original liar himself: Satan. He first lied to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and has not stopped since. He will lie about anything, he will lie about everything and he will lie to anyone. And over time, he has told some real whoppers about God; which you have been told, and too often believed.
All of these lies however, have a common theme: they all involve you. Satan has told you that you can do things, know things, be things that sound great, but they are things that you cannot do, or know or be; because you are sinful, and all of your thoughts are sinful and all of your actions are sinful. Satan will tell you that does not matter, that there is a loophole designed just for you; but of course, that is just another lie.
This Lent, our midweek services are all about exposing and breaking these lies.
Sometimes, the exposing is going to hurt, for these lies are very popular among Christians today, and hearing that you have been lied to can at the very least bruise the ego, if not crush you in more ways than one. Adam and Eve were most certainly disappointed when they realized that they had been lied to, and that as a result, they were going to be cast out of the Garden of Eden.
But here is the good news: when you go out to expose and break the lies of Satan, you do not go with an undercover camera or a piece of circumstantial evidence. You go with the sledge hammer that is Jesus Christ. For the heel of Christ stomps the head of the serpent; the cross of Jesus breaks the chains which have long held you captive; the empty tomb is your portal to eternal life with your Father who is in heaven.
For standing against each and every lie that Satan tells, is the truth of Jesus Christ.
Join us each Wednesday during Lent at 10AM at First Lutheran and at 7PM at Peace Lutheran as we expose the lies of Satan with the truth of Christ.
Our series is based off of a book by Rev. Jonathan Fisk, Broken: 7 ‘Christian’ Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible. Rev. Fisk is an LCMS Pastor and the host of the YouTube series Worldview Everlasting. He traditionally posts two videos a week to his YouTube channel, one on Tuesday examining a text for the coming Sunday, and one on Friday answering viewers emails.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt