PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

 10/3/18

 

I mentioned two weeks ago in my sermon on Love, (Sept. 23) that 77% of Americans view God as judgmental, vindictive, and punitive. Only 23% view him as a God of love. Viewing God as love has physiological effects on the brain. It lowers the fear circuitry, anxiety, apprehension, fight-or-flight mode and lowers fear. (Perfect love casts out fear.) The more we view God as loving and trustworthy, the healthier our minds and bodies will be according, to Dr. Timothy Jennings.

1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  How much does God love us? Enough to be called His children, part of His actual family through faith in His son Jesus Christ who was perfect, holy and righteous, unlike you and I. (John 1:12) We don’t deserve to be called one of His children much less treated as one because we don’t naturally seek Him. We deserve by our nature and actions eternal separation. That being said, we can’t say all people are God’s children by virtue of their creation. Being God’s child means being given a privileged relationship which one does not naturally deserve and cannot earn.

God is constantly looking, calling and enlightening people with his truth hoping they will turn to Christ in faith and leave behind a life of sin.  That’s love!

As a follower of Christ and his truth the world (unbelievers) will not understand because they never knew Jesus Christ as God and savior. Harsh treatment, rejection and ridicule may come our way because the unbeliever doesn’t know Christ or understand his ways. Therefore, we often come under attack because that is what happened to Jesus.  Unfortunate things come our way not because Jesus is punitive, but because we live in a fallen world and that’s how Jesus was treated.

Change your view of God and change your brain.

 

Pr. Bob

By The Way:

Wednesday 3, 5:30 Confirmation.

October 6, 12-3:00 Sewing session to make dresses for Operation Christmas Child

Sunday 7, 9:00 A.M. Morning worship and Holy Communion. Sermon: How Hard It Is To Enter

10:15 Sunday school for all ages.

Tuesday 9, 5:45 Deacon Meeting & 6:30 Council Meeting