Pastor's Pen for 05/22/2018For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6)


In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. LAW & GOSPEL. This summarizes the teaching of the bible. The LAW teaches what we are to do and not to do. The LAW places demands on us. Love perfectly God and your neighbor. Sinners fall short of the glory of God. By works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Romans 3)


The wages of sin is death. The LAW is: you get what you deserve. Our labors bring the payment. The payment for our sin is death. Sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1) The LAW shows our sin and God's anger. The preaching of the LAW calls sinners to repentance. Repent…that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3)


The GOSPEL is ALL GIFT. Jesus comes down out of heaven to save sinners. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1) The GOSPEL teaches us what God has done and still does for us by His Grace. The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1)


God so loved you that He has gifted you His only Son. Jesus comes to stand in the place of sinners as our substitute. Jesus loves God and His neighbor perfectly. We were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (Romans 5) Jesus stands in the place of sinners under the wrath of God for all our LAW breaking. JESUS takes the punishment for all our sin. Christ crucified.


For our sake God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5)


Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (2 Corinthians 9)


GOSPEL Good News – Jesus has bled, Jesus has died, Jesus has risen from the dead. Good News – JESUS has done it all for you! Salvation is a gift full and free in the Gospel preached to you. For by grace you have been saved through faith. This is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works. (Ephesians 2)


The Holy Spirit is at work on sinners by the power of the Word of God. Both LAW & GOSPEL. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10)


Receiving GIFTS is a GREAT JOY. No need to wake up children on Christmas morning to receive gifts. Sunday morning is time for God's Baptized Children to gather around our Risen Lord Jesus. The kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel. (Mark 1)


“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2)


Christians happy hearing God’s Word of LAW & GOSPEL. REPENTANCE and FORGIVENESS ALL FOR CHRIST’S SAKE. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.


The Gifts Christ Freely Gives  LSB 602:1

The gifts Christ freely gives

He gives to you and me

To be His Church, His bride,

His chosen, saved and free!

Saints blest with these rich gifts

Are children who proclaim

That they were won by Christ

And cling to His strong name.