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Welcome to Grace Lutheran Church-LCMS

Join us for worship and Bible class this Sunday!

Service Times

8:30am

Sunday

Worship

11:00am

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Worship

 

 

 

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Bible Class & Sunday School 

9:45am

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Radio Broadcast

Every Sunday

8:30 am  KGMT 1310 AM

From Pastor Meyer’s Desk:

“I Am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. … 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 you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.  …You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.”   John 15:1-2, 5, 7-8, 16

I know about burning garden waste.  At different times in my life as a gardener, I have burned piles of tree branches, leaves, and vines from my garden.  They’ve usually burned quickly.

Not so, the fires of hell.  Those who distance themselves from God’s Word & Sacraments, end up cutting themselves off from our Savior, Jesus Christ.  If they die in such unbelief, they will eternally perish in Hell in a fire of separation from God that will never end.  Yet, we know that God, nor His people want this for anyone, hence our call to do ALL we can to share the Good News of Jesus and His gift of salvation offered to all!

Yet, we must make certain that the Gospel (Good News) that we share is indeed the Good News of the true God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit. We live at a time when many people say they want God, but appear to only want Him according to their own views and standards.  They want Him to approve and okay what they ‘feel’, ‘do’ and think is ‘okay’ and if He won’t, then they basically say, ‘I don’t need You’ or ‘You’re not my Jesus.’  Folks, we don’t get to define God in the way we want to picture Him. 

God is Who HE is, and always will be!  We worship and adore Him for His commitment of love and mercy that He has given to us and to all believers in Christ Jesus.  But know this, it will ALWAYS be on HIS terms!  And whether or not everyone wants to admit this, we all need the real Jesus, every day and moment.

In Jesus, we have life, true life.  In Jesus, there is forgiveness and salvation offered to all even in the midst of troubles and confusion.  Trusting in Jesus and leaning on Him, we have the assurance of His strength, grace and power to keep us on the right path in times of blessing and to carry us in times of trial. 

 

At our home in Wisconsin almost 20 years ago, I had planted four grape vines that had done very well, but the problem was that they kept growing out over our fence into our neighbor’s bushes and small trees.  (She was a dear neighbor but her yard was a jungle!)  I eventually put up special posts and wires for a grape vine ‘trellis’.  This helped keep the vines on my side (the sunny side) of the fence.  It worked to perfection.  The vines produced wonderful bunches of grapes that were easily harvested instead of being hidden, scattered, inaccessible and unproductive on the ‘wrong’ side of the fence.

In a way, this is similar to what we try to do as a caring Christian church and family in Christ Jesus.  We look to God’s Word for instruction and guidance and put together the ‘trellis’ - the paths and structures on which our children and others can grow and be productive.  We help them grow in the full ‘Son-shine’ of God’s grace and mercy.  We feed and nurture their faith and life with God’s gifts of baptism and His Word.  We remind one another daily of God’s love and promises.  When someone in God’s family starts wandering towards the weeds and bushes of spiritual darkness, we make every effort to show them loving care and guidance.  We try to help turn them back towards the grace, mercy and direction of God our Savior.  We continually pray for one another and seek to help one another live productive and fruitful lives in Christ, trusting Jesus and His Word, “Bearing fruit that will last.”

Yes, life is not always easy.  I know that I do not have all the answers.  But I trust God’s Word more than my own feelings and urges and this approach has served me and countless of God’s people over the centuries very, very well.

God cares for us and has compassion on us.  Nothing can separate us from His love for us.  (Read Romans 8)  Our faith and trust in God and His Word will not be disappointed!  Keep the faith!  Keep leaning on Jesus!

Let us do all we can to encourage one another, reaching out to one another, our neighbors and community with the love, understanding and compassion of Christ our Savior.  All, so that by God’s grace, more may trust in Jesus as their Savior and follow where He leads.  By God’s power and blessing may we all bear fruit, ‘fruit that will last.’  Always to the glory of God!

Your interim pastor and fellow servant in Christ,

Pastor Meyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Phone 402-729-5163
Email gl92901@windstream.net
Address 1100 G. Street
Fairbury, NE 68352

 

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