St. Paul's Evangelical
Free Lutheran Church
21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful
The Pastor's Thoughts
"I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the perfect will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Are you on fire for God? Is a holy life one of the things you long for and actively seek after? I suspect for many of us the answer to both questions is "no." And that is a shame.
I firmly believe that the time before the Lord's return is short. As Jesus told us, there will be wars and rumors of wars until He returns. Evil will walk in the land until all time is completed. It has been that way down through the centuries. But the last century has without any doubt been the most vicious and evil time in the history of the world. Satan is flailing about, trying his best to pull us away from faith and condemn us to the eternity he faces.
All who follow Jesus now, all who profess His Name, should turn our eyes toward Him and seek to live lives that are imitations of His. And I'm aftaid too many of us in these last days are like the church in Laodicea in Revelations 3, we are lukewarm in our faith. We lack fire and zeal for the faith, perhaps because being Christian in America doesn't seem to demand it. But our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and Syria and China and Korea and around the world are not willing to die for a lukewarm faith. They don't endure through persecution for a faith taken for granted. They are the examples Christ holds before us.
As the Day of the Lord nears we need to be refreshed by the Holy Spirit, enlivened in our faith and encouraged in our work. That is the purpose of our Revival services from Sunday the 5th to Wednesday the 8th. We need to get back the fire of the spirit at St. Paul's so we can be ready for whatever is ahead of us.
So I am going beyond just encouraging you to participate. I am pleading with you, as a fellow servant of our Lord Jesus, to come to as many services as you can. Now is the time. Now the day.
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