As I write this, I’m nonetheless at my daughter’s residence simply exterior Washington, D.C., as I used to be once I wrote my final article right here in The Citizen on July 2nd. Please learn that article. It comes so instantly from my coronary heart about our nation and our founders.

I failed to say in that article the explanation I’m at my daughter’s residence right here. She gave delivery two weeks in the past to a “bouncing child boy!” We’re joyful and grateful to the Lord.

Leo Paul, named for each of his grandfathers’ center names, makes eight grandchildren for us. “Our quiver is full.” Concerning the quiver factor, Casey Stengel and/or Yogi Berra would say, “You possibly can look it up.” Within the Bible, that’s. Right here’s what you’d lookup, Psalm 127:3-5, “Blessed is the person who fills his quiver with kids (and I add, grandchildren).”

So now, sure, as my title above would proclaim, I’ve nice delight in my Church, my “Church Physique,” The North American Lutheran Church (NALC). As I say this, I understand that I’m instantly in want of Confession and Forgiveness as a result of “delight” is a Biblical sin, even one of many “Seven Lethal Sins” based on Roman Catholic theology.

And, certainly, not solely “one in all” them, however when listed, “delight” is “primary.” In line with Wikipedia their order is delight, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. Extra “Googling” on every of those can be fairly enlightening.

You will need to observe, I imagine, that what makes these sins “lethal,” by Roman Catholic theology, is that these explicit behaviors or emotions “encourage additional sin.” Now, as a Lutheran, I’m not certain by these distinctions, however I definitely is not going to argue in opposition to such perception.

As an example, when delight is grossly misplaced in emotions and behaviors which can be opposite to the Will and Phrase of God, not solely is the preliminary habits a sin, however these behaviors “encourage additional sin,” that’s, reckless ongoing sin which mocks God and rightfully requires His righteous judgment and punishment.

Which will sound harsh, however as Casey and Yogi would say, “You possibly can look it up.” Within the Bible, that’s. Search for Galatians 6:7. “Don’t be deceived: God is just not mocked, for no matter one sows, that may he additionally reap. For the one who sows to his personal flesh will from the flesh reap corruption.”

This at all times begs the query, “What ought to we do about individuals who have such misplaced and misguided delight?” The reply additionally might be seemed up within the Bible. What does the Bible say? It says we love them.

We love them as a result of Jesus loves them. Romans 5:8 “However God reveals His love for us in that whereas we (all) had been nonetheless sinners, Christ died for us.”

We lovingly present them the hazard and penalties of their habits/sin. We name sin a sin. We lovingly warn them that the primary sin is the reason for rather more sin. And rather more sin is so damaging to their lives now and to their everlasting souls.

As well as, we be a part of with them in collectively confessing our sin as a result of all of us have sin of 1 type or one other, the “Seven Lethal” and plenty of extra. All sin is sin. And it have to be confessed and forgiven.

At this level we inform them The Good Information. What the Bible says is that if we’re actually repentant, actually sorry for our sinful emotions and behaviors, all of us obtain forgiveness of all of our sin as a result of Jesus died on The Cross.

He died on the cross to forgive us our sins for which we’re actually sorry. He died on the cross and rose once more to free us from the burden of our sin. And, by the facility of God’s Holy Spirit, we will then mould and bend our habits to God’s Will, not ours. That is what we inform these buried of their sinful and misguided delight.

That is the important thing: It’s the energy of God’s Holy Spirit that allows all of us to withstand our sinful habits. Sure, resist. Battle it. Maintain quick in opposition to it. We’re empowered by God’s Holy Spirit to beat the sinful habits we now have.

We inform the pricey of us with sinful delight that they are often empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, if they may merely ask for it, to withstand their wayward habits. And we rejoice that we, with no matter sin reveals heavy in our lives, are additionally empowered by God’s Holy Spirit to withstand our sinful behaviors.

Is that nice, or what? That’s why it’s known as The Good Information!

Nevertheless, there may be one other form of delight. Not delight in one thing in opposition to God, however relatively delight in one thing that’s God-affirmed, God-pleasing. That is the form of delight we now have in our kids once they accomplish nice issues, once they excel, once they present that they’re rising up and behaving the nice approach we now have taught them. That is well-placed delight. That is delight that’s God-affirmed, God-pleasing.

And that is the form of delight I’ve in my Church, my “Church Physique,” the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Sure, I’ve God-affirmed and God-pleasing delight in my Church!

All of this involves my thoughts as a result of I’m privileged to function a Pastoral Delegate to the nationwide gathering of our NALC in simply a few weeks in Oklahoma Metropolis. The nice of us at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Midtown Atlanta haveasked me to function their pastoral delegate, and I’m honored to take action. I’ll in all probability have some reflection on this blessed occasion in an article in The Citizen at a while sooner or later.

So, why am I so pleased with my Church? The “Good Proud?” Let me share only a few of the pillars of the religion we share, inviting others to affix us in our religion and mission. These come from our formal statements of religion.

• In regards to the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re individuals who imagine and confess our religion within the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We belief and imagine in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

• In regards to the Gospel of Salvation. We imagine and confess that every one human beings are sinners, and that sinners are redeemed by the demise and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God alone justifies human beings by religion in Christ — a religion that God creates by way of the message of the Gospel. As ambassadors for Christ, God makes use of us to talk his Phrase and construct his kingdom.

• In regards to the Authority of Scripture. We imagine and confess that the Bible is God’s revealed Phrase to us, spoken in Legislation and Gospel. The Bible is the ultimate authority for us in all issues of our religion and life.

• Regarding Marriage and Household. We imagine and confess that the wedding of female and male is an establishment created and blessed by God. From marriage, God kinds households to function the constructing blocks of all human civilization and neighborhood. We educate and observe that sexual exercise belongs solely inside the biblical boundaries of a devoted marriage between one man and one girl.

• Regarding our Mission and Ministry of our Native Congregations. We imagine and confess that the church is the meeting of believers known as and gathered by God round Phrase and Sacrament, and that the mission and ministry of the church is carried out inside the context of particular person congregations, that are capable of work collectively domestically and globally.

Three NALC church buildings are in our space. I might advocate all of them to you.

Phrase of God Lutheran Church on Hwy. 34 in Sharpsburg. Nice church. Nice younger pastor.

St. Martin Lutheran Church on Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta. Lovely and majestic worship with hymns and liturgy.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Hwy. 314 in Fayetteville. Affords each fashionable/modern worship and conventional worship every Sunday.

And at last, I might be and am “Good Proud” of any church in any denomination or non-denominational that shares these nice pillars of our Christian Religion.

God’s Peace to all!

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[Dr. Justin Kollmeyer, a thirty-seven year resident of Fayette County, is a retired Lutheran pastor. He offers his preaching and teaching pastoral ministry to any group seeking or needing a Christ centered, Biblically based, and traditionally grounded sermon or teaching. Reach him at]