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Jesus Friend of Sinners

Jesus Friend of Sinners

Jesus Friend of Sinners
Reformation Day
October 27, 2019

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I can’t make everyone happy.

Setting the right expectations, well what do you expect of me as their pastor? That is a good question that will have many different answers. Setting the proper expectations is a good start. But even when they are set, not everyone is going to be happy. Even the only perfect human who is also true God couldn’t please everyone, even after setting the proper expectation.

Matthew 11:19 (ESV) 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

The opponents of Jesus got it correct, Jesus is friend to sinners.

You know when your opponents get your message correct, then you have done all things well. The message has gotten out, that even your opponents can clearly articulate it. While the opponents do state the message of Jesus correctly, that Jesus is Friends of sinners, they were not happy. Why? This is the promise of old fulfilled, but it wasn’t their expectation.

What were they missing? St. Paul says it:

1 Timothy 1:15 (ESV) 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Jesus even names it Himself in

Luke 5:32 (ESV) 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Question to consider: Who would oppose Jesus who comes to save sinners?

Those who don’t want to be saved, who don’t want sins forgiven, who doesn’t think of themselves as sinners.

Those who want a different message, even though this was the promise promised of old.

Why didn’t they want the old or first promise of God? Why, well it is because of our previous friends. Who are or were the previous friends? That is the promise of old. After Adam and Eve sinned, God promised a Savior. So let’s look at that promise in:

Genesis 3:15 (ESV) 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The promise of a Savior to defeat Satan is in the part “he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” While on the cross Satan had Jesus killed even buried, but Jesus rose from the dead. Satan would be the one ultimately defeated. That is the promise of Old. But let’s return to the issue of friendship. Embedded in this promise that Satan would be defeated is another promise that bring us joy. When God says I will put enmity between you and the woman. After Adam and Eve sinned, they joined Satan’s side, becoming friends of Satan. But the promise of old states that God is going to destroy this friendship, have humanity to be enemies of Satan. What is great news if we want to be with Jesus Christ in heaven above for the rest of eternity. However this promise can be rejected, and humanity can return to Satan.

Who would want that? Those who don’t want to be Jesus to be the friend of sinners. Who don’t realise their sin with its consequences.

Jesus is the friend of sinners, without a cost to you. It cost Jesus, His death on the cross, but for you, there is no cost.

The color is red because it is Reformation day, the day we remember that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses church door in wittenberg.

What did people see in Luther? That answer depends again on your expectations.

The reformation was a start for many things. Educational reforms, Music and Art reforms, Cultural reforms, and even Political Reforms. These things happened, but if that is all you expected from Luther, you really miss out.

Luther pointed the people back to Jesus, as being a friend of sinners. Previously people thought Jesus to be an angry God. But Luther risked his own life, to point the church back to Jesus. Luther realized that Jesus is a friend to sinners without a cost for you. However the church very much like today is always in need of money to sustain itself and even to grow.

Sure we have our own fundraiser, I am sure you noticed even when you walked into Peace Lutheran Church today. But during the days of Luther they were holding the forgiveness of sins hostage to those who would contribute to the fundraiser. It was call an indulgence, which was paying for sins to be forgiven. However Jesus already and completely pain for this forgiveness, so Luther challenged the church, to return the God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures and realize that you can’t do this, it diminishes the person and work of Jesus.

For this isn’t who Jesus is. For Jesus is the friend of sinners not an angry judge that you can appease with money.

So what is your expectation of Jesus and the Reformation? Is it a Political, Social, Cultural, educational reforms? Vs. Jesus being the friend of Sinners.

The correct answer can be seen in Luther’s words in the explanation of the 2nd Article of the Apostle’s Creed:

What does this mean?

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteous- ness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.

This is most certainly true.

In His Holy Name Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Written by dballa

October 26, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Posted in Creed, Sermons

Sound Words

Sound Words
2 Timothy 1:1–14
Pentecost 17C
October 6, 2019

 

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sound which are vibrations that we may be able to hear with our ears is exactly what is going on here with words from the sermon for today. However St. Paul may not have had this part of sound in mind when he wrote to Timothy

2 Timothy 1:13 (ESV) 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

The Greek word the St. Paul uses for the word sound is not that of vibrations, but of that of accuracy and correctness.

But how accurate do we want to be? I guess it depends on the circumstances. When we read or hear the weather report, how accurate are they? Do we get upset is they are not 100%, maybe a little, for we even joke about it. If we are going to a medical surgeon, we would that that surgeon to be 100% accurate, no mistakes? Yes, why because our life depends upon it. But what about pastors, who handle God’s Word. Does it matter if the soul is fed God’s Word based upon the accuracy of the meteorologists or that of a surgeon? Remember we are not talking about if you are going to enjoy the picnic outside, but rather if you are going to be at the eternal banquet in heaven above or torment in hell.

St. Paul gives the command, not a suggestion, to follow or to have the pattern of sound words. Why, well St. Peter said it best

John 6:68 (ESV) 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,

Words of eternal life. St. Peter notes that words can have life in them, and the opposite is also true words can bring death. Back to previous question: Does it matter if the soul is fed God’s Word based upon the accuracy of the meteorologists or that of a surgeon? St. Paul would answer that with 100% accurate, no mistakes and instructs Timothy to do the same:

2 Timothy 1:14 (ESV) 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

Guard another command word of St. Paul. Guard what, the good deposit by the Holy Spirit. Well what did the Holy Spirit give you? Faith!

3rd Article of the Apostle’s Creed Luther reminds us

What does this mean?

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel (word of God), enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.

In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith (this is also accomplished through the word of God).

In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers.

On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.

This is most certainly true.

This is exactly what St. Paul is telling/commanding Timothy. Yes, Luther was a good student of God’s Word.

So where is the problem. Notice what St. Pauls says

2 Timothy 1:8 (ESV) 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,

Why would we be ashamed? The answer

2 Timothy 1:12 (ESV) 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.

St. Paul was suffering because of the Christian faith. Likewise as we live in a world that is becoming more and more critical of the Christian communion, we also may be ashamed of the Christian faith. World wants us to be less accurate with God’s Word for the convenience of toleration with more people. The words of Satan spoken to Eve in the garden ring true in today’s world just as well, when Satan said in Genesis 3:1 “Did God actually say.” As our society continues to question what God did say in the Holy Scriptures, St. Paul encourages not to be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, for that is why St. Paul was in prison.

But St. Paul didn’t not command Timothy to be a people pleaser, but to be accurate with the Words of God. By the way who taught Timothy the faith. His Grandmother and Mother, St. Paul just build upon that which was already taught.

The accuracy of God’s Word is important, why?

2 Timothy 1:14 (ESV) 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

Can a deposit by the Holy Spirit be withdrawn? Just like a bank where you can deposit money and you can withdraw the money. The Bank like the Holy Spirit will want you to keep the deposit, but in the end you can withdraw the money, likewise as we continue to rebel against God and the deposit by the Holy Spirit of faith, can be withdrawn. We see this is the Psalmist words:

Psalm 51:10–11 (ESV) 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

So we gather today at Peace, surrounding ourselves with Sounds Words, guarding the deposit that the Holy Spirit has given, Because God’s Words are life, here, now and for eternity. In His name. Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Written by dballa

October 5, 2019 at 1:52 pm

Posted in Creed, Sermons

Declared Worthy

Declared Worthy Luke 15:1–3, 11–32 Lent 4 31-Mar-19

Philippians 1:2(ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 15:1–3(ESV) 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable:

Jesus tells another parable, which is a heavenly story using earthly means. The purpose of this parable is that the Pharisees and Jewish scribes were grumbling that Jesus receives sinners and eats with them. Apparently that was scandalous at the time. It today’s terms you could say that the Pharisees and Jewish scribes were haters. They didn’t consider themselves as sinners and they did not associate with sinners.

Jesus has some teaching and correction that needs to be done.

The Parable teaches that all are sinners. It is obvious the younger son is a sinner, but also the older son, why, because he refused to join the younger son who is a sinner. Please note that the older son loses nothing from an earthly value, but because of his judgemental viewpoint and not realizing the he also is a sinner loses everything eternal.

That didn’t the older son along with the Pharisee and Jewish scribes realize:

Psalm 51:5(ESV) 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

What did the younger son realize as the Psalmist:

Psalm 119:71(ESV) 71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.

The realization that we are not worthy to be in God’s presence.

Luke 15:17–19(ESV) 17 “But when he came to himself… I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

The younger son clearly states I am no longer worth to be called your son.

This is so true for all of us we are not worthy

Matthew 8:8–10(ESV) 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.

Jesus praises the centurion’s faith and trust in Jesus, by the centurion’s admission that the centurion was not worthy. It is an admission, or you could say a confession.

So what is confession? When we confess the creed together we are stating this is what we believe. Likewise at the beginning of the Divine Service we confess together that we are sinners.

Psalm 5:5(ESV) 5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;

So something happens, so that we can stand before the living God, because by our nature, sinners cannot stand before God. What has changed? True contrition exists when a person not merely fears the temporal punishment of their sins, but also regards themself as eternally lost on account of their sins.

Luke 5:31–32(ESV) 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

This is the understanding the Jesus wanted the Pharisees, Jewish scribes and us to understand.

But do we understand it? How quick are we to judge others vs how quick are we to confess?

I am sure based upon my own experience: that it wasn’t easy for the younger son to swallow his pride and start heading back to his father.

But notice what happen when the younger son did? T

Luke 15:20(ESV) 20 …But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

Embraced Him, connection restored before confession

Luke 15:21(ESV) 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

I am no longer worthy, we are never worthy. Instead we are declared worthy by our Heavenly Father.

Who receives this sacrament worthily?

Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”

But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.

Please note that Luther and the parable don’t require a perfect life. Nor do they go through a long list of all the things that we have done, instead the focus is that we believe and trust in the promises of God. The younger son would not have return to his father is he didn’t think there would be food. Likewise we come to the Lord’s Supper trusting in the promises of Jesus Christ, for in Christ we are declared worthy.

Luke 15:24(ESV) 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Why celebrate, for Sinners declared worthy, are still sinners, but they are also saints.

1 Corinthians 2:5(ESV) 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

So we come before Christ Jesus, not that we are better than anyone one else, we come, because Jesus “receives sinners and eats with them.”

Philippians 4:7(ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Written by dballa

March 30, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Always Enough

Always Enough
1 Kings 17:8-16
Pentecost 25
November 11 ,2018

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

With 36 million dying of hunger each year and 1 out of 6 people are hungry, should we be surprised that 1 out of 5 people are obese. The good news is that there is a downward trend for for those hungry, but an upward trend of obesity. Is there enough food, yes, because some estimates puts the amount of food lost to spoilage at 50%.

We need to keep this in mind as we look our reading from 1 Kings, where Elijah was sent to a widow in Zarephath during the time of a great famine. God allowed the famine so that the people would realize that He is God. We may struggle with the how and why God allowed this to occur.

Jesus Himself names this in Luke 4:24–26(ESV) 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land,26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

The response of the people when they hear Jesus say these words.

Luke 4:28–30(ESV) 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue (God’s people who were gathered) were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.

Wow, they wanted to kill God, because of their wrath.

So what is Jesus trying to teach us? To answer, let me use the words of Luther from the Small catechism:

The First Article: Creation

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.

He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.

He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.

All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.

While some may think that God is being unfair to the widow, please notice that the widow does not think God is being unfair. Elijah’s request that she first give Elijah a cake and may strike us as strange. But as one of the early church father notes, “He certainly did not make this request because he was hungry but to teach the widow that, through the mediation of the priests, some of the first fruits of her crops had to be offered to God.” Please remember that she already received the promise from God through the prophet that the flour and oil would not run out. Now the question, did she trust God to keep His promises? Would she see God as the good gift giver? The answer was she did.

But what about us, do we see God as the good gift giver? Do we see God providing for what we need in this life? Do we see that there is always enough? We have options, follow the example of the widow trusting in the promises of God, or the people from Nazareth the hometown of Jesus who got angry with Jesus and wanted to kill Him.

The widow as she trusted in God’s promises was fed. Probably the widow is not abuse God’s promises to the point of being obese, but enough to care for her needs. But do we follow that same path that the widow did?

Sure God gives us enough and more. What do we do with the more that God blesses us with. Well God gives us the answer to that questions.

St. Luke tells us in Luke 10:27–28(ESV) 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

The answer for the more than enough God points us to is our neighbor.

Yes, God is the good gift giver, and we continue to place our trust in God to care for all our needs. We ask Jesus to continue to send His Spirit, so that we can see God’s many blessings being given.

In His Name Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Written by dballa

November 8, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Posted in Creed, Sermons

Touched by an Angel

Touched by an Angel
Isaiah 6:1–8
Holy Trinity
May 27, 2018

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday. Many people ask why have a special Sunday, since we worship the Holy Trinity every Sunday? Well let’s back up to last week for a moment, the day of Pentecost, when the promised Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. The church moves into the 2nd half of the church year, that focuses upon the life of the church, but still we always proclaim Christ and Him crucified. In the life of the church we need to talk and learn more about the Holy Trinity, if we fail to teach the holy Trinity we will miss the beautiful salvation that Christ accomplished for us upon the cross. So we have a special Sunday to teach the Holy Trinity, which is often marked by the Athanasian Creed one of the Three Ecumenical Creeds.

To better understand the Athanasian Creed and the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, let’s look at the Old Testament reading for day.

Isaiah receives a vision from God, where he sees God sitting on the throne and seraphim, high ranking angels with 6 pairs of wings. Isaiah 6:3 (ESV) 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

First of all we must recognize that only God is Holy. Nothing is Holy, unless God makes it Holy. Also, notice that Holy is repeated three times, a beautiful example of the Holy Trinity, three persons of God, but only one God. If this doesn’t make much sense to you, you are in good company, because this is beyond human understanding, but it is how God describes Himself through His Holy Word.

The foundations were shaking at these words, then Isaiah realized that He is standing in the presence of God.

Isaiah 6:5 (ESV) 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Isaiah realizes that God is Holy and that sinners cannot stand in the presence of God as Moses wrote in

Exodus 33:20 (ESV) 20 But,” [God] said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”

But there is an exception as

Judges 13:22–23 (ESV) 22 And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, for we have seen God.” 23 But his wife said to him, “If the Lord had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us such things as these.”

The exception or should I say the atonement was made with the burnt offering in vs 23 also in Isaiah’s vision.

The atonement that was made for Isaiah when an angel touched Isaiah with a burning coal that came from the altar of the Lord.

This is a wonderful illustration of what takes place in the Lord’s Supper. A messenger, i.e. your pastor takes bread and wine now with the promise of God from the altar is the body and blood of Christ which touches your lips. There are some Christians who receive the host, the bread directly into the mouth instead of the hand which also parallels this account of Isaiah.

So just as Isaiah’s sins had to be atoned for so that he could stand in the presence of God, so also our sins need to be atoned for so that we also may stand before the presence of God in heaven.

Luther in the Large catechism notes as he writes about the Lord’s Supper: Although the work took place on the cross and forgiveness of sins has been acquired, yet it cannot come to us in any other way than through the Word. If I may add especially when that Word of promises is placed upon our lips in the from of Bread and Wine, the Body and blood of Jesus.

We need to realize without the atonement given through the burning coal, Isaiah would have died. The atonement is a must for Isaiah and us.

Let’s move to the Creed, which appears next in the service. The opening words strike us immediately: Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic or if you want to say the Christian faith.

Notice the word must. Must is there, because this is what you need to believe. But we don’t like the word must, because it sounds a little exclusive. Our sinful nature at its heart is a universalist who believe that all people will go to heaven. But the Christian faith is not a universalist faith.

You heard in the Gospel reading John 3:16–17 (ESV) 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Notice it names believing with not perishing. That Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save it,

Let me add the next verse John 3:18 (ESV) 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Also in Mark 16:16 (ESV) 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

We are not universalists in the Lutheran Church. We follow what God’s Word says, and the Athasian Creed articulates very clearly what the Holy Scriptures teaches about going to heaven, and yes there is actually an eternal torment in hell for those to do not keep the Christian faith. This is a must.

We also see the relationship of the Holy Trinity our slavation: The father sends the Son into the world to accomplish our salvation our atonement on the cross. The Son sends the Holy Spirit we heard last week also from the Gospel of St. John: John 16:7–9 (ESV) 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;

So here we have it, the Father sends the Son who sends the Holy Spirit, who creates faith within us and keeps us in the true faith of Jesus the Christ the Son of God, who presents us to His Father. If we don’t follow what Scriptures teach about the holy Trinity, we lose our salvation.

The creed continues: Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally. And the catholic faith is this [defined right here], That we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

Watch the wording, the creed doesn’t say that we understand the Holy Trinity, but that we Worship the Holy Trinity. The rest of the creed focuses on the distinction of the 3 persons of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who Jesus is, and what Jesus accomplished. As we know it is always about Jesus, his incarnation, His Atonement, His Resurrection, His Ascension, and His return on the last day, which the Creed also notes very well.

Once Isaiah receives this atonement, God send Him out Isaiah 6:8 (ESV) 8 “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

This is why we use the Athasian Creed for it articulates extremely well the Christian faith. It tells us that the Christian faith is not about a youth group, choir, praise band nor a building, all of which we are blessed to have, but the Christian faith is always about Christ and His incarnation, His Atonement, His Resurrection, His Ascension, and His coming again on the last day.

If we water down the creed and our Liturgy we create a generic worship that will produces a generic god, that doesn’t save. No need to have a Savior if there is no hell. So we keep the three ecumenical creeds, as we remember Trinity Sunday, for like Isaiah we also have been touched by an angel with the Holy, as God touches us through His Word and Sacraments. For this is what the catholic, or Christian faith teaches. In His Holy name Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Written by dballa

May 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm