Jean’s Gospel: Jesus is in His Father’s House!

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  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Jean – good article – thanks.

    If we are looking for Jesus, we must look where he promised to be – in his preached word, in the waters of baptism, in the bread and the wine of the supper (re His Father’s House)

    I would compare those looking for Jesus with the relatives being the person who does not see the necessity of going to church – that Jesus can be found in their own easy chair, the fishing lake or the golf course.

  2. dusty says:

    MLD what if one is to afraid of ‘church’

  3. Jean says:

    MLD,

    Good points. If I had a couple hundred more words to work with I would have elaborated with your suggestions. Christ’s word of forgiveness, given through the preached word and tangibly delivered in the Sacrament are external, that is they come to us objectively from the outside. Where we get into trouble by rejecting church is that we can easily get trapped in our subjective inward thoughts and feelings, which is a dangerous way to defend oneself against the lies and accusations of the devil.

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Dusty,
    “MLD what if one is to afraid of ‘church’?

    Duane Arnold said here once (and he can correct me if I got it wrong) that he is at a place where he is in and out of the church service – he goes, says the prayers, listens to the message and takes the communion and is “outta there”

    The difference between the more evangelical style church and a liturgical church is that we go to church to receive — so get in, receive from Jesus and get out. The evangelical style is that it is a weekly hootenanny and family reunion. 😉

    Find a place.

  5. em ... again says:

    well… we are a family and sometimes God uses a hootenanny too – Acts 16:25

    shallow church gatherings are to be avoided, but God can turn up almost anywhere His name is mentioned … beware … 🙂

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    “shallow church gatherings are to be avoided,”

    If it’s a divine service and the Lord’s Supper is not present – that is the definition of a ‘shallow church gathering.’

  7. Jean says:

    When really bad stuff happens, Satan plants thoughts like these in our minds:

    My life is ruined,
    My sin is unforgivable,
    I will never be able to recover from such and such,
    God hates me,
    There is no God,
    I hate God and everything the church stands for,
    I hate so and so; I will never forgive him,

    These thoughts are absolute poison. The produce in us a bad conscious and are in one form or another evidence of unbelief.

    I am suggesting that our only defense against a spiritual attack is to hear God’s Word and receive His forgiveness. To hear that Christ suffered and died for the exact sin that either I committed or that was committed against me. He suffered, so that I don’t have to.

    His Word is effective; it accomplishes exactly what it says.

    “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
    9 Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
    11 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
    12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

  8. em ... again says:

    Jean #8 – amen – “His Word is effective; it accomplishes exactly what it says. ” yes, it does and the Psalm below those words is a wonderful one to hold onto – tightly

  9. Jean says:

    Thank you Em. We had a teen suicide recently in my small community that caught many off guard and has created many questions. I have been searching for a helpful word to give to others who may be dealing with the arrows of the devil.

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