Today, I would like to encourage you to access our website www.pacifichillslutheran.org for a message on the Fifth Commandment. It will be posted by 7:00p.m., our “normal” worship time this evening. One of the historic practices of the church is to focus on catechesis during Lent. So, during this season of reflection and repentance, we are taking a close look at the Ten Commandments our Lord has given to us.
So, a little bit about the Fifth Commandment…both in terms of God’s will, and our sin and our need for God’s grace. God’s good will for you and for the world is that he wants life protected. He wants life to flourish. After all, he is the Creator of life. He’s the author of Life. Life is a pure gift, a precious gift from him. Consequently, the Lord says: “You shall not murder.” Again, he’s talking to you! “You shall not murder.” That means that you should fear and love God so that you do not hurt or harm your neighbor in his body.
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“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:32-34)
Could you imagine a Sunday where Christians would not gather in their church buildings to conduct their church services? I certainly couldn’t, unless we found our government overthrown and some sort of totalitarian state padlocking the doors. I never pictured a virus being the impetus.
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Thoughts in the Midst of COVID-19
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? …
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-32, 35, 37-39)
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