St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran Church

St. Paul's Evangelical

Free Lutheran Church

21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road

Hagerstown, MD  21742


Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful

The Pastor's Thoughts

"Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in His Resurrection. Let him say, not merely, Christ is risen, but I shall rise."
Phillips Brooks

He is risen! He is risen indeed! So goes the centuries old call and response marking the greatest event in history. This year we will again celebrate the salvation of believers through the mighty miracle of Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Every year at this time I wonder what is going through the minds of believers as we journey through Lent and finally come to this most joyous celebration. Are you excited as we go forward? Are you anticipating it with all the enthusiasm the world gathers to anticipate things like the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards and the new model year of Detroit?

If you're not excited by this celebration, what would ever excite you? I can't help but ask. Of all the things that have happened since Creation, nothing has been as important as that first Easter morning. Nothing has done as much for mankind. And yet, I find myself today wondering what new anti-Christian attack will be spewed forth this year. For it seems that every year right before Easter, somebody tries to undermine faith in the Easter Event.

But frankly, whatever the enemies of Christ say, it doesn't matter a hill of beans. Let's be perfectly clear. After suffering death as a substitute for us, Christ rose on the third day and He sits today at the right hand of the Father. All of believe on His Name and in His redeeming work are saved from sin, death and the devil. There is no death for those who will gather Easter morning to proclaim once again His eternal power and love.

So let the world rant. Let the world rave. Let the world lie and try with all its might to bring down the faithful. I don't care.

Christ has risen from the dead and there is nothing that can or will change that. And because He rose so will we rise too—to eternal life with Him.

Pr. Culler


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