July 27, 2020
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. Psalm 1:1-2a
The metaphor from the Psalm is a helpful way to consider the life of the Christian. It especially rings true in these dog days of a Mid-south summer. How much effort have you exerted to keep your yard green and lush and yet it still never seems enough? To see a hydrangea wilting under the oppressive summer sun captures the way you can feel in this life. The heat and pressure of the world for us to give in can leave us parched and dry and wilting. The Psalmist though points us to a source of relief and life in a desolate place. The relief is the ‘law of God’. The law of God encompasses more than the 10 Commandments, it is all the words of God. Such a realization broadens our view of how to view the law of God.
One of the key points of Sunday’s sermon was “the Law always accuses”. That is to say when ever we interact with the law of God we are made aware of our sins and our need for a savior. St. Paul goes to great lengths in the his epistle to the Romans to remind believers that the law cannot save; we cannot be justified by works of the law. It is God who justifies, Paul reminds us in Romans 8.
But the law does more than accuse. It guides and shapes our daily life. The Lutheran Confessions say “The Ten Commandments are clearest explanation of God’s will for creation…” What it is God’s will for your life? Have no other gods; remember the Sabbath day; honor mother and father; do not commit adultery; etc. In this life, as you have no doubt experienced, the scorching winds of persecution often leave us wilting. But the law of God provides a way forward. More than that, with our broadened view of what the Law is, we are sustained in the new life of Christ our Savior. The law does not justify, but Christ who came to fulfill the law does. And it is on the fulfiller of the law that you and I meditate on day and night. It is on the word of God made flesh that sustains us in the scorching wilderness of this sinful world. Day and night, in faith, we drink from the river of life that flows from the throne of God.
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March 30, 2020
Dear People of Faith,
In the absence of the weekly “Happenings” and in stead of our once a month newsletter we are introducing a weekly message to try to stay connected in these physically disconnected times. We are calling it “Faith Connect”. Each week you will receive this missive containing a devotion along with the most important announcement and significant dates and events in people lives.
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Until that time when we can gather back together remember are always connected through faith in Christ and His love for us. Please join us for live-streaming worship on Wednesday and Sunday.
In His Vineyard,