August 27, 2018
Philippians 4:8-9: Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Have you ever tried to find "the holy grail?" What I mean is that elusive good, that is said, is in all of us? Paul is, for all intents of purpose, is telling us to search for the good, the noble, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
It is an elusive search, isn't it? After all, look at the world, Everybody is out for themselves. There is no community, there is no honor, loyalty, nothing commendable, and nothing seems to be trustworthy. Do you want to know why?
Sin is the root answer. We are conceived sinful. This means there is no connection to God. It means we do not have the linkage to the source of anything Paul describes.
Again we ask, to where to we go for truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, commendable, excellence, praise? We go to God. We go to the ONLY one who is all of the above. We go to Jesus Christ, His Son, our Savior and Lord and His sacrifice that forgave our sins and freed us from the power, impact, and devlishness of sin. We have a new life to seek out God in all His glory.
And we go to the Church, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection and the body and the life ever lasting. The Church is the people and the place where we learn and grow and receive and hear of God's grace and love. It is through the Church that we receive the answers and source of our search. It is in and through the Church and the Holy Bible that the Holy Spirit works.
The holy grail is God and through the Church. Your search begins and ends here.
And come to Faith Lutheran Church and School. You'll find what you're looking for here.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.