golter's mussings December 2020

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • GOlter, Was your Test Positive?

    December 3, 2020

    Golter, was your test positive?


    Why, yes!


    Oh, you mean my Covid-19 test. Yes, it was positive.


    But I thought you meant another test.


    Which one is that?


    The faith test.


    Did I test positive for faith?


    I did by God’s grace! And, it’s all by His grace and HisHoly Spirit.




    The Apostle James teaches God tests His own people for thepurpose of revealing faith.


    “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials ofvarious kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith producessteadfastness…” (James 1:2-3).


    God causes or allows trials not because He’s a killjoy.Rather, He’s always pushing for more trust in Him.


    “When you test positive for faith, it’s a very good thing.Faith was first planted in you by the Holy Spirit, and it grows steadfast underfire, strengthening your grip on Jesus and His cross,” (Harold Senkbeil, Christand Calamity, pp. 72-73).


    More of Him.


    Less of you.


    “Uh, Golter, remember, you have Me!”


    How did your test come out?


    Which one?

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

  • Why would God do this?

    December 11, 2020

    Why would God do this? Do what?


    Cause some members of the Corinthian congregation to getsick and die over the Lord’s Supper.


    They took the Real Presence of Jesus for granted,haphazardly, perhaps mindlessly and most certainly, sinfully.


    God wasn’t happy with them.

    Most stunningly, it shows who is present and presiding atthe Holy Communion rail, none other than Jesus Himself! Oh, we see the pastorthere. But unseen is the true High Priest, Jesus Christ. The pastor is thereonly to do the Lord’s bidding.


    This Meal and moment is no mere trip to American FamilyRestaurant.


    Since the fall into sin by Adam, God has restricted accessback to Him. The Old Testament required the blood of animals as safety fromGod’s anger over sin. God set up the way to approach Him.


    Jesus’ blood is now such a safety, a holy covering, to beable to approach and stand in His presence.


    I fear many today have no sense for God’s holiness, no fearor trepidation over their sin. Beware!


    The Lord’s Supper is not an OTC product (over the counter),whereby anyone can go to the pharmacy and buy. Rather, it’s a prescriptionmedicine that has severe side effects. One must be instructed, taught by theWord and Spirit.


    This is why our Lutheran Confessions state (year 1529): “Forwe do not intend to admit to the sacrament and administer it to those who donot know what they seek or why they come,” (Book of Concord, Tappert, p. 447).


    God requires self- and pastor-led examination (1 Cor. 4:1;11:28; 2 Cor. 13:5).


    Access is restricted for God’s honor and for the safeapproach by His people.


    The season of Advent teaches patience and hope. But it alsoteaches a right preparation to meet and greet the Savior in the Holy Meal andon the Last Day: A deep sorrow over sin and a child-like trust in His promises.


    It’s not complicated but…


    The Corinthian church failed to understand this.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

  • Generous Habits

    December 18, 2020

    So, I’m reading “Contagious Generosity: Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Church.”

    It’s a good book; you ought to take a peek.

    Of course, a pastor this time of year is thinking Advent and Christmas and God’s giving of His Son.

    I read this statement: “It’s not enough to say that we want to be a generous church. We must also ensure that the steps we take toward generosity are natural…rather than contrived. If we seek change from people but fail to develop a culture that inspires and supports generous habits, we should not expect to achieve the long-term vision of having a more generous church,” (emphasis added, p. 33).

    “Generous habits” caught my eye.

    And I thought, “My, page after page of Holy Scripture, God’s habit is generosity!”

    The most remembered bible verse of all is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave…”

    Another possible translation is this: “For in this way…”

    It’s God’s habit; it’s what God does.

    And it’s most explicit in the giving of His Son, the birth, life and, in particular, the crucifying of His Son.

    The more you hang around Jesus in church and bible study, well, you pick up the same habit: generosity.

    You are given to so you give away.

    You’re not looking first to get a return or to seek the praise of others. You look to give.

    It’s the Christian habit.

    Think of this when exchanging gifts.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

  • Just Saying...

    December 31, 2020

    God’s Son came into this world first as a baby. You knowthis. He came to save you.

    The Holy Spirit uses a Greek word for His description ofbabies.




    He uses BREPHOS to describe John the Baptist in His mommy’stummy, age six months (Luke 1:41, 44).


    He uses it of Jesus after His birth (Luke 2:12, 16).

    He uses it of young children who are brought to Jesus so Hemight touch them (Luke 18:15). And Jesus blesses them.


    And please consider as well when John the Baptist was sixmonths old within Elizabeth’s tummy (Luke 1:36), he actually makes a commotionwhen His Savior arrives.


    The baby “leaped in her womb” when Mary spoke (Luke 1:41),per Elizabeth’s words. She gives the interpretation (Luke 1:41) by the Spirit’sguiding.


    An average six-month baby within the womb is 12 inches longand weighs 2 pounds.


    That was the size of John the Baptist! He—John—purposelymade a commotion, please note.


    How big was Jesus in Mary’s tummy?


    It depends on Mary’s travel. Nazareth down to Jerusalem isroughly 60 miles. One covers around 20 miles per day depending on the terrain.The text says she went with great “haste;” she was full of excitement to sharethe good news of her own miraculous pregnancy of her Savior but her cousin’spregnancy.


    Likely Jesus was 2 inches long or less. Two inches is theaverage size of a one or two week baby in the tummy.


    BREPHOS is used to describe babies in the womb and afterbirth. BOTH are growing children.


    God makes no distinction.


    It’s not a lump of flesh. It’s not an “it” but a baby, a boyor a girl, created by God.


    They are precious to Him. 


    These biblical teachings apply directly to Abortion.


    The details surrounding the Christmas story preach.


    Just saying…

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran