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

  • At the Sound of a rustling leaf...

    March 27, 2020

    People watch. Pandemic times. Interesting.


    Irrational panic.


    Toilet paper.


    People are shaken.


    God used fear in Leviticus 26:36 to tear down any false confidence. “I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight…”


    God is working. He unsettles souls.


    Fear at the slightest of threats, a rustling leaf.


    Of what do they fear? Temporal death. Fear of dying cripples.


    How different for those in Christ?


    Taught by God, there’s the bigger picture. Eternal death, that’s the big penalty.


    Repeatedly, the Bible preaches: Christ Jesus Himself took eternal death off the table by His own temporal and eternal death on the Cross.


    Done deal.


    Luther writes in the Large Catechism: “He (Jesus) has snatched us, poor lost creatures, from the jaws of hell, won us, made us free, and restored us to the Father’s favor and grace,” (LC page 31).


    Talk to those veteran believers. “If the Lord takes me now through this virus, I’m ready. I’m His either way.”


    Go ahead. People watch.


    Settle their souls with the Gospel.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

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