Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Romans 13:11-12: Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Finally! School here at Faith Lutheran School started. Hurricane Harvey had something to do with starting at week later than normal. And that's okay. Why? Because we are starting. The hour has come. The children are here. The teachers and the aides are here. Kristie and Carol and Linda are here. IT'S TIME!
And TODAY is the day that begins the rest of your life, too. IT'S TIME to get back to school, back to work, and back to living the Christian life that God gave to us. IT'S TIME to not just complain about the condition of the world. IT'S TIME to do something about it. IT'S TIME to stop worrying about people and their condition before God and IT'S TIME to take up our crosses and follow Jesus into the world to engage the world with Jesus' grace and mercy. IT'S TIME to bring to the world the light of salvation. IT'S TIME to reveal the sin that lives in us, confess it to God, believe that Jesus' death on the cross took away our sin and washed us clean by His broken body and shed blood, and live in the new resurrected life that Jesus gave by His resurrection.
IT'S TIME to live as warriors for Christ. Let's stop living our faith in the background. Let's bring it forward. Let's bring it out of the shadows and let it shine to a world that needs the salvation of God. Dear God, lead us to live more fully in the bright radiance of Your Grace, Amen.
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.