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February 28, 2016, 3:41 PM

Pastor's Post

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why does Pastor Matt call us brothers and sisters in Christ?" If you haven't, maybe you should! You see, that is part of the Lent and Easter message. Lent reminds us that we are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. It lays before our eyes the awful truth that there is an accounting or recknoning; that our sins demand a payment in the Heavenly court. It also vividly displays the cost of that payment every time we look at the cross of Christ and the events of Good Friday.

The only reason we can call it Good Friday is because we know the rest of the story. HE ROSE! And with His resurrection, Christ brings to us:

  • The promise that we too shall live, even though we physically die, with Him in heaven.
  • The promise that just as Christ rose from the dead, we too will be physically raised to be with Him on the last day.
  • The promise that our citizenship is in heaven - right now!
  • The promise that we have already begun eternal life because our souls will never die.
  • The reality that Christ calls us brothers and sisters and has made us a part of God's forever family.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, I would like to invite you to our Zion family reunion where we will rejoice, laugh, sing, enjoy each other's company and give thanks and praise to the One who has made us family. It all begins on Easter Sunday with our breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Easter Egg hunt at 9:15 a.m., and worship at 10:00 a.m. I hope we have the biggest and most glorious reunion ever!

In Our Risen Savior's Name,

Pastor Matt

February 28, 2016, 3:41 PM

Have You Heard About "The Lutheran Hour"?

In 1917, a group of Lutheran laymen banded together to discover innovative ways of sharing the Gospel. The Lutheran Hour Ministries grew out of this grassroots effort, beginning with The Lutheran Hour radio program launched in 1930.

Today, The Lutheran Hour is still proclaiming the clear message of the Gospel, reaching an estimated 800,000 listeners weekly in more than 50 plus countries.

The exciting news I want to share with you today is that Lutheran Hour Ministries will open a new ministry on location in Istanbul, Turkey. Today there are less than 160,000 active Christians in this predominantly Muslim nation. Seventy percent of Turkey's population is secular and non-religious.

You may remember that it was in Antioch that believers were first called Christians. The Apostle Paul was from Tarsus. This land is rich with Biblical history.

Of course, there are stringent laws hindering Christian content on secular radio stations, however, "We are in talks with Christian stations in Istanbul and Ankara to produce original programming," says Rev. Peter Kirby, Lutheran Hour Ministries' Regional Director for Europe, who oversees the endeavor. "There are mosques everywhere in Turkey, but Islam is a religion of works. It does not offer the forgiveness of sins and assurance of salvation that we have in Jesus Christ."

If you would like to hear the weekly words of encouragement from Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, you can tune into radio station KMJ Fresno 580 AM on Sundays at 7:00 a.m. or KCIV Modesto 99.9 FM on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. You can also listen online here.

For more information and ways to support this wonderful Gospel outreach arm of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod go to their website here. For daily devotions, click here.

May God bless us as we grow together in Christ,

Mary Lou R.

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