November 2107 Message

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:2-5

All Saints day, the first Sunday in November, is a day when we give thanks to God for those relatives and friends who have died over the past year. Then on November 11 we give thanks for all the Veterans — brave men & women past, present and future — who have faithfully sworn to protect and defend our country. For without their sacrifice we would not enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans. Then again on November 23, Thanksgiving Day, we gather as family and friends to give thanks for all the blessings we have because we live in the land of the free because of the brave.  

Thinking and reminiscing along those lines of giving thanks for freedom, Martin Luther wrote one of his most famous treatises, “The Freedom of a Christian,” in 1520. What is a treatise, you ask? Good question! A treatise, according to Merriam-Webster, is a systematic exposition or argument in writing, including a methodical discussion of the facts and principles involved and conclusions reached. In his writings Martin Luther gives us an explanation of our freedom as a child of God and a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. In his discourse, he defines what it means to live a life not only professing and confessing that we are Christians but also in how to live our lives of faith in the daily grind of work and family responsibilities in response to the Good News found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Luther presents the central theological vision of how he sees the Christian’s life. Luther bases his argument on the writings of Paul, and especially on his own earlier Galatians lectures. Luther presents the situation of the Christian who lives both in freedom and for service in a well-known paradox: “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.” Although these two statements seem contradictory they are completely complementary only in the light of Gospel.

The gospel gives us a completely radical standard of conduct compared to what the dog-eat-dog world standard and nature’s standard of survival of the fittest as the code for daily living would have us believe. In the words and actions of Christ we learn this drastic departure from the norm and how we have come to understand them in a Lutheran perspective based on the writings of Martin Luther and fellow reformers like Phillip Melanchthon, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin, etc. We give thanks to God for them and their courage and sacrifice in the face of brutal resistance to their thoughts and ideas of what it meant to be a Christian who reflects the love of Jesus Christ in thought, word, and deed.

In closing, I give thanks to God for all of you reading this article for being a part of the ministry here at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. Without your participation and support both physically and financially, this place at 1769 S. Sycamore would be a just another building. But together we are the church; the hands and feet of Christ in this community and the world, sharing the Good News. I challenge each of you to fill out the time and talents survey and your pledge cards as a way of saying thank you to God for this place and the ministry that comes from within and goes forth from here throughout the world. Without your continued support for this ministry, the doors of this place would not be able to be opened, the Gospel would not be shared and help not extended to the least of God’s kingdom.

Giving thanks to God for every one of you!
Pastor Paul   

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RSS Daily Bible Verse

  • Romans 4:1-12 February 23, 2018
    ​So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: "Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin."
  • Romans 3:21-31 February 22, 2018
    ​But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe

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