golter's mussings April 2021

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

  • Utterly Thrilling

    April 1, 2021

    Holy Week is uttering thrilling.


    Oh, yes, for preachers there’re lots of sermons.


    But I love it. The extra services, studying and preaching of the Holy Texts of salvation, you can’t beat it.


    It’s utterly thrilling.


    But this week, I have on my mind the Prodigal Son story in Luke 15.


    Not the wayward son per se, but the waiting Father.


    Yes, the younger son returns home broken.


    The world does this to people.


    Rejection.


    Bad choices.


    Digging deeper and deeper holes.


    A slide downward of emptiness.


    But the Father does not chastise.


    He embraces his wayward son.


    This Holy Week is no passing commercial that appeals to the emotions.


    It’s not empty entertainment.


    Rather, it’s the real, live unfolding of the drama of salvation.


    People are itching to get out of isolation. Isolation has had its corrosive impact, deep down to the soul.


    The Father waits to embrace wandering souls, bruised and broken.  


    We wait to welcome with His embrace of surprising mercy and forgiveness.


    I’m wondering what new faces will come home to the Father this Holy Week.


    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

  • Practical Easter Living

    April 10, 2021

    What does Easter life look like?


    Well, it’s a whole different life.


    Even strange.


    You can’t calculate it by normal standards.


    It’s something of joy in the strangest things.


    Oh, I find joy in this weekend’s Master’s golf tournament, but that joy is fleeting. Easter causes an impulse to give, a life of giving.


    The opposite - of course - is clutching, calculating, fearing that you don’t have enough. God sets you free from such stinginess.


    He didn’t first calculate the cost of His Son for you.


    Many Christians see the tithe (10 percent) as a godly way to support the Church’s spreading of the Good News.


    The tithe is not like some kind of government tax that you have to do. Rather it’s a “get-to” of joy.


    Clutching is joy-less; giving is a fundamental principle of Christian living.


    “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” (Acts 20:35).


    The offering is not a mere act but a giving of our very self.


    In fact, this is the most important part of our offerings.


    The giving of ourselves!


    A life of generosity is Easter made practical.


    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran