Bible Verse of the Day

Philippians 1:29
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,”

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AYP October 2015

Grace mercy and peace from Christ our Lord be with you all. Amen.

The baptism this past Sunday stirred something up within me, in particular, how we stand up for and live out our faith in our daily lives.

In the Lutheran Book of Worship, the opening address regarding Baptism starts out as such, “In Holy Baptism our gracious heavenly Father liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are born children of a fallen humanity; in the waters of Baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life. By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church which is the body of Christ. As we live with him and with his people, we grow in faith, love, and obedience to the will of God.”

Then we look at the world around us. We see the fighting in the Middle East, what some call a holy war, because there are those that are fighting to preserve, and promote their beliefs. Even to the extent of killing others that do not believe as they do.

Then there are others in this country that have said that this country would not be where it is now if we only had God back in our lives. Well this could indeed be true. The way that I see it is that if people were living out their baptisms, and were faithful in their attendance, and participation in Church, the world would indeed be much different, and in my humble opinion, much better.

How do we do this you might ask? Well, simple. It begins by living out the promises made in our Baptism, and again confirmed at the Affirmation of our Baptism, or confirmation, where again in the Lutheran Book of Worship it says. “You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism; to live among God’s faithful people, to hear his Word and share in his supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, and serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?” And then we answer, “I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.”

So the question remains, are these empty promises? Do we really mean these things that we said or were they just lip service? I personally like to think that I meant these things that I promised. Yes, there are times that I slip and fall, but the grace of God allows me to get back up and continue on and continue to live in the promises of living among God’s faithful, to proclaim the good news, serve all people, and strive for peace and justice in all the earth. I also like to think that this is something that we can do while having fun with the community around us. And the more that we have fun, the more that we are likely to continue to live out these promises, and invite others to join us on this pilgrimage.

So if you have ideas, or want to know how to better live out these promises, please let me know. I want to hear from you. I want to join you in this work and with you to invite others into the community of faith, and again make this a great nation under God, were we all work for peace and justice throughout all the Earth, for all people.


Peace, Pastor Paul D. Hansen

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2015 20:28