golter's mussings January 2021

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

  • A New Year’s Resolution Suggestion

    January 7, 2021

    To learn the proper distinction of Law and Gospel.




    It’s how God approaches you.


    It’s how He wrote the Bible to be read.


    It’s how He cares for you.


    It’s how He wants you to read His Word.


    It’s how preachers are to craft their preaching and hearersare to hear.


    “I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal,” says God ofhow He cares for you (Deut. 32:39; 1 Sam. 2:6).


    He kills with the threat of the Law, of accusation, and Heheals with the balm of the Gospel, His promises.


    Law and Gospel.


    Our Lutheran Confessions state: “The entire Scripture mustbe divided into these two chief topics: the law and the promises,” (Apology IVpar. 5).


    His Word is living and dynamic, cutting and healing thesoul, (Hebrews 4:12).


    God works by judgment and mercy, with mercy always His goalfor you.


    Faith in Jesus then is strengthened, faith in the Champion.


    “And this is the victory that has overcome the world—ourfaith,” (1 John 5:4).


    Think of Law and Gospel as you hear the next sermon.


    As you care for your kids.


    As you ponder your own status before God.


    A New Year’s resolution for you.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran