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Mon, Dec. 09

This week at Grace Lutheran

Grace Community Lutheran Church, 5100 Stevenson, Rimrock, has Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.

In the Lutheran faith we talk about the law and gospel. They are the two main themes of the bible. The law is that part of the bible that shows man’s sin and separation from God. The gospel is that part of the bible that tells us the good news of salvation given to us by God as a free gift. We sin and separate ourselves from God, God has taken the action that restores the relationship.

Since we now have the possibility of a restored relationship with God, the first thought or priority is: do you have this restored relationship? We have this relationship by faith, by believing that God loved us enough to send His Son, to suffer and die, to atone for our sin. That is the basic message of Easter. It is the basic message of Christianity. The question for each person in the world is; do you believe in Christ?

All to often the journey of faith can stop right there. A person believes and perhaps joins a church and that is about it. But we have this restored relationship with God and shouldn’t it be a growing relationship, not so different that any other relationship between two parties that care about each other? If you have been a Christian a long time, a good question to ask yourself is; has your relationship with God grown and matured over the years? Or is is pretty much the same as it always was. Everyone has in their lives people we have known, who were close at one time, but have since drifted away from us, or we have drifted away from them.

Don’t let this be the case with your relationship with God. He has given so much to make us His children and wants to have a strong and growing relationship with us. But God doesn’t force Himself on us. It is up to us to spend the time or make God a bigger part of our lives. Do you think that having God as a bigger part of your life would be a bad thing? Or do you think that spending more time with your creator and savior would be a waste of time? Of course not. but often the way we spend our time and live our lives would lead an impartial observer to think that is the case with us.

A relationship with God, a relationship with our Savior can and should be a growing. maturing. learning relationship. God offers us much more than forgiveness and a trip to heaven after we die. I encourage everyone to reach out and grab and experience what is possible in a growing relationship with God. I am certain you will find it a very worthwhile experience.

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