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NEWS LETTER
MT. OLIVE EVANGLICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH                October 2018
 
SOMETHING TO FEAR
 
Romans 11:20 “Do not be arrogant, but be afraid!”
 
At this time of year we see all kinds of spooky sights intended to fill us with fear. Stores prepare for Halloween pull out all the scary stuff that’s been put on the back shelf until this time; TV shows highlight ghosts and ghouls and other frightening creatures that are connected with death; little children search out the scariest costume they can find so they can frighten their friends and others from whom they solicit as much candy as possible.
 
As the Apostle Paul reminds us there is something which we Gentle Christians should greatly fear-losing our place in “the olive shoot.” As he lovingly points out-we Gentle Christians are the “Johnny come latelies” to the scene of Christianity. Because of the rejection of the Jews to Christ, we now have been grafted into the vine so that we draw forth “nourishing sap” from Jesus-the root. We have been so very blessed to know Christ and to be alive and well in and because of Him!
 
But we must never take the blessed situation we find ourselves in for granted. Because of God’s grace alone we have been spared the most horrifying sight (and sensation!) ever imaginable-a view of hell. Eternal death is something so horrible that even the movies cannot portray it properly. No experience in this life accurately conveys the torment and agony of that God-forsaken place. Because of the humility of our Savior alone we will never have to experience it. Thanks be to our God for his wonderful grace to us in Christ!
 
Our faith, next to Jesus himself, is the most precious treasure God has given us. Faith in Jesus can be lost however and must be carefully nurtured and fed so that it continues to grow and flourish. Jesus himself encouraged this when he said:  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” (John 15: 5-6).
 
He Bible does not teach that once we are saved we are always saved (so that nothing we do or fail to do can make us fall away from Christ). Faith in Christ is a blessing that can and sadly has been lost. That’s why we continue to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” That’s why we repent for holding on to our faith too loosely by replacing faith-building time with “fritter” time. That’s why we study God’ Word and read our Bibles and devotion books-so that we do not lose what we already have.
 
Faith in Christ fears-for the good of the faith in Christ. May God bless you-to be confident and secure in His grace, but also to continue to be filled with a healthy respect (fear!) for the need for faithful faith-building.
 
Happy to Serve You with The Truth,
 
Pasto Kemnitz
 

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