Let the Truth be Heard!

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. ~ John 1:6-7

The Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3:16-17

There was electricity in the court room. The eyes of everyone were fastened on the defense attorney. The people who filled the court room knew his reputation. Not only did he have a flair for the dramatic, he could also be persuasive. Slowly he eased himself from his chair. Deliberately he walked past the prosecutor’s table. Silently he positioned himself in front of the jury. His every action made people ache with anticipation to hear his closing oration. He did not disappoint. His arm shot heavenward. His features became terse. Then with a thunderous roar he proclaimed, “Let the truth be heard!”

There are many times when I would appreciate an advocate who would demand the truth be heard. Day after day I am bombarded by exaggerations and all sorts of claims that only lead to confusion. Where can I find clarity? Where can I find some semblance of certainty? Where can I hear the truth?

While the world may offer little hope of providing the truth, there is one source I cannot afford to overlook. This is the Lord. Not only did he cause the truth to be recorded in the Bible, he also proclaimed it through servants like John the Baptist. When the time was right, the Lord sent John to testify to the truth that “the light was coming into the world.” His message was simple, and it pointed directly to Jesus as that light.

The Lord’s message through John has not changed, and it continues to resound through every generation: Let the truth be heard! Jesus, the Light of the world, has come into the world! I, along with every sinner, desperately need to know that Jesus has brought light to my sin-darkened life. I also need to know that he has shattered the darkness of death with his victory over the grave. Equally important, I need to trust that God’s Word is the never-failing light and guide for my life.

Certainly the world offers many substitutions which only become confusing. The devil joins in to promote this confusion with his endless stream of deceptions. By myself I can not sift through the cacophony of claims and get to the truth. This is why I have to depend on the words of John along with every word the Lord caused to be recorded in the Bible. Through these precious words the Lord offers me a thunderous proclamation: Here is the truth that saves, let it be heard and believed!

Prayer: O gracious Lord, I thank you for the truth you have caused to be proclaimed for my blessing. Open my ears to hear it. Prepare my heart to receive it. Send me your Holy Spirit so I can believe it. Amen.

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What’s on your calendar?

Sundays

  • 9:00 AM ~ Sunday School, Adult & Teen Bible Study
  • 10:00 AM ~ Sunday Worship Service

February

  • Feb 14: Valentine’s Day

March

  • March 2: Ash Wednesday
  • Wednesday Lent Services in March: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

April

  • April 6: Wednesday Lent Service
  • April 14: Maundy Thursday
  • April 15: Good Friday
  • April 17: Easter Sunday
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The King Worthy of Our Worship

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11

When was the last time you looked at a baby registry, either for yourself or for someone else? What kinds of things did you see listed there? Most likely, you saw a lot of very practical things that the new parents could use in taking care of their new baby. Perhaps there were diapers, bottles, blankets, washcloths, onesies, books, and even a few toys.

But have you ever seen a baby registry that listed gold, frankincense, and myrrh? Probably not. For us, those three things don’t seem all that practical for taking care of a young child, unless you sold them and used the proceeds to buy other things that you might need.

However, those were the gifts that the Magi gave to Jesus when they finally found him. And they were extremely appropriate gifts, given what the Magi knew about who Jesus was. The Magi understood that this child, whom they had traveled a very long distance to see, was more than just a child. He was God’s promised Messiah. He was their Savior. As their Savior, he was worthy of all their worship, which they gave him as they bowed down before him. And he was worthy of their best, which they gave him as they opened their treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

We who have seen much more of what Jesus did as God’s chosen Messiah have even more reason to give him our worship. We, after all, know exactly how Jesus fulfilled his mission as our Savior. We have seen the perfect life he lived on our behalf. We have seen the death he died to pay for all our sins. We have seen his glorious resurrection, through which God declared that Jesus’ saving work was complete. For all that and more, we cannot help but join the Magi in worshiping Jesus and giving him our best. He most certainly is worthy of every bit of worship we can give him.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, to you I give myself in worship, for you are worthy of all honor and praise. Amen

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Looking for Jesus In All the Right Places

Seek the LORD while he may be found.
Isaiah 55:6

We don’t know much about Jesus’ childhood from the Bible. Only the books of Luke and Matthew tell us anything about baby Jesus, and when it comes to Jesus’ childhood, we know even less.

What’s interesting about the accounts we have, however, is that almost every one includes people searching for Jesus.

The shepherds were told by the Christmas angel to seek out a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. They said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about” (Luke 2:15).

When the wise men, or magi, mistakenly arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2), they were redirected to Bethlehem because of what the prophet Micah predicted (Micah 5:2). When the magi later duped a jealous King Herod, he became enraged. An angel warned Joseph that “Herod is going to search for the child to kill him” (Matthew 2:13), and he urged Jesus’ stepfather to escape to Egypt.

And when the twelve-year-old Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem unbeknownst to his parents, Mary and Joseph spent three days searching for Jesus before finally finding him at the temple. “Why were you searching for me?” Jesus asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).

What do all those accounts demonstrate? That it’s natural for us to look for Jesus in all the wrong places. When searching for the Lord, we imagine that we should be looking out for something visually spectacular. After all, it’s God, right? And God must be easy to spot because he’s big, grand, and glorious.

Well, yes, he is. But when God calls on us, as he does through the prophet Isaiah, to “seek the LORD while he may be found,” he wants us to go looking for Jesus in all the right places. And where will we find him? In his Word, the Bible, where we learn of his unconditional love for sinners like us, his perfect forgiveness of the sins of the world, and his promise of everlasting life to those who place their trust in Jesus alone.

Prayer:
Jesus, guide me to look for you in all the right places. Send me to your Word, where I know you’ll be found. Amen.

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The four dreams of Joseph

an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” …When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

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egypt

When they (the Magi) had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

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After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.  But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there.

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Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth.  So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he (the savior) would be called a Nazarene.

Read Matthew 1 & 2

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A Promise Kept

He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
Luke 1:69-75


Each New Year, millions of people make a promise to improve something about themselves. Each New Year, millions of people break those promises within a couple of days.

I don’t know how serious you are about New Year’s resolutions, but they seem to be promises that aren’t taken too seriously by people who aren’t very serious about improving something in their lives.

Zechariah lived in the same world we do. He knew how sin infects a person. He also experienced the fickle nature of the promises of man. When an angel came to Zechariah to deliver the good news that his son John would prepare the way for the Savior, he doubted God’s promise.

How easy it can be to doubt our God. When things don’t go as planned, when we experience heartache and loss, we might assume our God has forgotten us, left us, maybe even forsaken us.

But despite our doubt, God keeps his promises. God kept his promise and sent a son to doubting Zechariah and Zechariah rejoiced, “He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David…the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies.”

Because God kept his promise, Zechariah knew God’s love for him, knew God had not forsaken him. Because God kept his promise of a Savior to us, we know God has not forgotten us. He has given us hope and a future—an eternal future. Praise God for his promise of salvation!

Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, we praise you for keeping your promise of a Savior. Remind us of your love and faithfulness every day of our lives so that we never doubt you. In Jesus’ name we ask this, Amen.

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New Year’s Eve Worship Service

New Year’s Eve Worship Service

Please join us at 6:30 PM

No worship service will be held on Saturday, New Year’s Day.

Sunday, January 2nd: 10:00 Worship Service.

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A Sign

Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.” Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:10-14

I just wish I had a sign from above!

Have you ever said this? Have you ever thought it?

Life is filled with all kinds of forks in the road. We often have to make important decisions. We frequently face seemingly life-altering choices. Should I take this job? Should we move into a better school district?

In moments like these we may wish God would come down and show us the right path. But would we listen? If God told us to do something we didn’t want to do, would we do it? If he told us that the lonely, painful, and sorrowful path was best for us, would we humbly, willingly, and cheerfully follow his way?

In courageous moments we might boldly say yes. But in day-to-day decision making, our sinful inclination is to pick pleasure over pain and temporary peace over eternal security. We do what we want more than we do what God wants.

But God has given us a sign. The virgin Mary gave birth to a special child, Jesus. In Bethlehem, the Son of God became flesh and so much more. God sent his Son into this world to live righteously. It was a lonely, painful, sorrowful path—but he walked it for us, for you! He humbly, willingly, and cheerfully sacrificed his life for your salvation. This child came down to be your way.

You don’t have to wish for a sign, because God, the Creator of all things, has revealed his love to you in the person and work of Jesus.

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to be what I could not be. Guide me in the paths of righteousness and blessedness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Christmas Eve Worship Service

when the time had fully come, God sent his Son…  Galatians 4:4a

Celebrate the birth of God’s only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Worship Service at 6:30 p.m.

(no Service on Christmas Day)

Sunday, Dec. 26th, we will celebrate Christmas together at 10:00 AM

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Virtual Christmas Concert

Martin Luther College, Virtual Christmas Concert 2020

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