Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Deuteronomy 30:19-20: [Moses is saying,] "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for He is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
Moses and the nation of Israel are parked just outside the Promised Land. It is his final message for them before Joshua leads them on.
This is what God is saying. Do not deviate from Him. Do not let go of His love for you. Hold fast to His grace. Lean on God the author and perfecter of your faith. Rely not on your own will and understanding. God is your source of life and light.
And this is what the servant of God says. This is what Pastor James and I say to you. This is what you say to your families. This is what we together say to the world.
God loves you. He sent Jesus to die for you in order to forgive your sins. Then Jesus rose in order to bring life and immortality to you.This is what the servant of God says. Let's pray.
Father God, thank You for giving us life and grace. Embolden us by the Holy Spirit to say what needs to be said. We pray this in Jesus' name. And all God's children say...
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.