640 Seventh Street West
Columbia Falls, Montana
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March 28th, 2020
Beloved in the LORD,
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5.1-2.
Good role models give us something to aspire to. The very best role model for us is our LORD who showed His love and devotion not only to those who agreed with Him but those who actively opposed Him. As children emulate their parents, we are told to imitate the love of Christ by “walk(ing) in love”, which means to live out our lives in faith in Christ and with our attention directed outward to His cross and from there, to the neighbor.
This Lenten season my homilies have focused on the movement from the sacrificial system to the One, great, and final sacrifice of Jesus. Here in Ephesians, St. Paul reminds us again that there is no further need for sacrifices to satisfy God because our LORD Jesus has already accomplished that. Now, we “walk in love.”
Today is the first day of a ‘remain at home/shelter in place’ order by our Governor. We Christians consider the actions of our duly elected government leaders through the lenses of two Biblical injunctions: first, that we “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”; and second, “to God the things that are God’s” (Luke 20.25). In all things we confess along with Peter and the Holy Apostles, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5.29). Our District President, Rev. Forke, has rightly observed that this order is not directed against churches or the exercise of faith, but rather is an action intended to protect the health of the citizens of Montana. Irrespective of any individual’s opinion about the content of the order, there is nothing in it that is intended to repress the exercise of our faith; if it were otherwise, our path forward would be guided by Acts 5.29.
This website is going to be the primary means for sharing the Divine Service, sermons, devotional readings and kid’s messages. Please visit it frequently (you may find it necessary to “refresh” the web site at the beginning of each visit). In addition to this we are mailing sermons to those who do not have the internet and who have requested them. I am making and receiving a fairly large volume of calls from members; please reach out to me or Diane for absolutely any reason (including feeling lonely). Please know that I am calling members who may be particularly isolated or have needs that are going unmet. It is my intention to follow the directive, including the exclusion of ‘helping a friend.’ You are my friends and I am not bound to remain in place if you have a need that I can meet.
Every Sunday I am singularly privileged to extend to you the Blessing of the LORD. Receive it now: “The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The LORD lift His countenance upon you and give you (+) His Peace.”