PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
As we begin a new calendar year it is common practice to look back and review the highs and lows of the past twelve months and view 2019 as a new beginning or fresh start. This is a new year, only a few days old, hopefully not enough time to sully it.
As we begin we should remember the New Year will hold many choices and decisions that come our way by will or force. That which calls for our decision making is not what determines or shapes our future, but rather the very choices we make in response to our circumstances. Every day you make decisions such as: what will you wear, what will you eat, who will take the kids to practice, lessons and school, when if at all will there be a vacation, will you get up Sunday and go to church , will you make time for prayer and bible study and so on. Some choices will have little or no impact on your day let alone the future. Other choices will impact life for decades. Oh, how important it is to make responsible decisions since they can impact not just you but others and sometimes for many years.
The Old Testament history was written that we might gain wisdom from those who lived before us and thus aid us in making the correct choices. A very clear example is Deuteronomy 30:19. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. God makes it very clear that generational life and his favor will rest upon Israel in the new land. However, it was contingent upon the daily choices they made. It is clear life and blessings did not come because they were God’s chosen, but because they chose to obey and love the Lord.
If they chose to follow other gods, those of the pagan nations that inhabited the new land, then God would withdrew his hand of protection and his blessings, eventually leading to death. Their choices would develop a culture of life or one of death, simple as that.
How can we receive God’s blessings and cultivate a culture of life - daily choices. This is true for us as individuals and as a nation. January is when we remember the millions of innocent babies who never had a chance to take one breath of life due to abortion. But there are also an increasing number of senseless killings in schools, businesses, and on the streets. There is also the killing of one’s spirit through abuse, addiction, ridicule and withholding the Gospel. As God’s children we are called to do our part to bring an end to such behavior through sharing the truth about it, communicating it to members of congress, neighbors and family. Also by living and sharing the law and gospel of Jesus Christ who not only condemns such actions but is ready to forgive and heal all who come to him in repentance and faith.
So as we begin 2019 may we seek the Lord in prayer, search his word, worship in spirit and in truth, that we might make God honoring choices today and throughout the New Year. Pr. Bob
By The Way:
Wednesday 9, 3:00 Confirmation.
Sunday 13, 9:00 A.M. Morning worship. Sermon: Wise Men Still Seek Him
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