golter's musings

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

  • In the midst of great loss...

    aPril 2, 2020

    Body bags and freezer trucks in New York City unsettle the soul. Conservative estimates of 100,000 to 200,000 Americans as expected loss of life in the next coming weeks causes a deep pause in the soul.


    People need the Bible. But it must be read as its Author wrote it or it loses its purpose.


    God wrote the Bible to give comfort and hope (Romans 15:4).


    While a very complex Book—prophets, poetry, narratives, spanning centuries, and multiple authors—it owns a deep embedded unity. 


    This deep unity reflects the very heart and work of God.


    The Holy Spirit reveals how God operates.  “The LORD kills and brings to life,”

    (1 Sam. 2:6). God uses the Word to kill and make sinners alive in Christ.


    God speaks through His Word by the message of Law and the Gospel. The Law says: Do this. The Gospel says: My Son has already done it for you.


    Without this understanding, the Bible remains a dark book. And life remains beneath a suffocating stench of death.


    Dr. Herman Sasse of Australia writes: “To believe in the Scriptures is to be believe in Christ, and to believe in Christ is to believe the Scriptures,” (Accents in Luther’s Theology, 1967, p. 65).


    Christ is everywhere in the Bible.


    He’s everywhere for you.


    Upcoming Holy Week wonderfully reminds us of this.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran