Thursday, February 18

By Faith

Dear Friends,

Last evening at our Mid Week Lenten Worship, Pastor Stickley reminded us of a few key things about faith:

1. Faith is a gift.  It is not by our own understanding or strength that we come to believe (Some of you can dust off Luther's Small Catechism and read the Third Article of the Apostle's Creed for more on this) but rather because Christ comes to us by grace.

2. You can lose faith.  It's not that anything has changed about God and his promises.  Just in some seasons of our lives it seems harder to see and trust.  

3. While faith is a gift, acting out of faith takes a little more effort.  It often involves difficult decisions, risk taking, and journeying outside of our comfort zones to places where we never imagined we would go.  However, this is often where the greatest growth is found.

In our assigned Gospel lesson for this weekend, Jesus begins to set his face toward Jerusalem.  He knows how difficult this will be.  And yet he knows that it is the right thing to do and the way that deep blessing will be found for the people he loves.  The path of discipleship is filled with challenges and yet we never journey alone.

Next Wednesday, we will hear about the journey of Abraham as we welcome back Pastor K to the pulpit to share the Word with us.  Abraham journeyed to an unknown land, embraced great risk, and trusted God's promises.  May you be renewed by Christ's presence and promises in this Lenten season.

"Return to the Lord, your God.  For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love."

Peace,
Pastor Mueller


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