Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church
Worship Service Times: Thursday Evening 7:00 pm and Sunday Mornings at 8:00 and 10:30 am
Family Bible Study: Sunday mornings at 9:15 am
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Welcome to Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church! We invite you to join us for worship every Sunday at either 8:00 & 10:30 A.M. If you can not be with us in person please click on the link above to view our live web cast during service times or use the "archive" tab to view previous services. "Growth in the Word" for all ages begins at 9:20 & concludes at 10:15 A.M.
"That's not fair! You have dad on your side!" So yells the older brother who is frustrated with the "unfairness" of a father who has taken sides to help out the younger brother in a game of hoops played in the driveway. Dad's just trying to "even the score". He's trying to help out the "underdog" - to make things a bit more fair...
When it came to sin, we sinners didn't stand a chance. What's worse is that we had no one to complain to for the "unfairness" of our situation: We were heading for certain hell! The rules were clear and we clearly violated them. The "dos" and "don'ts" had been spelled out for us-ten of them, in particular, which we were to play by. "Do love God!" "Don't cause harm to your neighbor in any way!" "Don't even have bad thoughts or unloving words!" We've stepped over the line with every one of them and our Judge was only being fair to blow the whistle and to call "foul". He only called it like He saw it. We were clearly "out of bounds."
Into "the game" came our substitute. He's the One dressed in all white-Who was dressed in strips of cloth while lying in a manger. He came to topple the big bullies on the block: sin and death and hell! He's God Who came to take our side-to even the score by living a perfect life for us before taking on himself the due penalty for our transgressions.
This is where the game got ugly. Jesus needed to suffer and even die while we could only sit by and watch from the bench. The agony of hell was apparent even as he cried out in anguish because His Father had taken sides against Him! Finally the suffering was over and He mercifully breathed His last. All was lost or so it appeared...
...so it appeared until the third day... when our Savior would make the ultimate comeback-rising from death and the grave. His victory translates into a victory for us. His sufferings and death brought life eternal for us. It wasn't fair! But it was effective!!!
God is obviously for us. And we're not complaining!!!