By establishing and maintaining Lutheran Schools, our churches are bestowing innumerable blessings on their local communities and the world. Motivated by the love of God, our students go forth loving and serving their neighbor as they live this life continuing in what they have learned and have firmly believed, being acquainted with the sacred Scriptures which are able to instruct them for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus and equip them for every good work.
As Christians, our "job" is one of the means that God uses to care for us and one of the means that God uses to care for society through us. As we consider "Labor Day" from a Christian vantage point, we should consider all the the roles that God, Himself, has placed us in and how He desires that we fulfil those "Holy Orders and Places in Life".
What started as a desire to be self-sufficient in the face of adversity has turned into something else - a desire to use my background and skills to assist others who are facing adversities of their own. I'm still pursuing my business plan, but much of the plan and most of the purpose has changed.
Now that the Gosnell trial is over, how ought we as Christians think about the whole mess? Here's something to spark your thinking...
The only thing that saves is a clear proclamation of Jesus -- not just speaking His Name and attaching it to the vague concept of grace offered on account of a loving God who desires to bring us into communion with Himself.
Two questions I think every member of our congregations and especially every member of a church council, board of elders, evangelism committee, and stewardship committee should be able to answer consistently and clearly giving witness to the Biblical teaching without hesitation:
If you have been directly impacted by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, know someone who has, or simply live in that area, THIS POST IS NOT FOR YOU. But those of who have NOT been directly impacted by these events . . . can we be honest with one another?
In a world that seeks "deeds not creeds", I was set to wondering, "what would it really look like for a Christian to 'live their creed'?" Here's my answer.
One defense of the use of modern "Praise" and "Worship" music in the Church today is the superficial resemblance these songs have with the Psalms in the Old Testament. But this similarity is merely superficial and the "offering" of the praise contained in these songs has more in common with the offering of Cain than that of Abel.