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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

November 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The month that so many have looked forward to coming and going is finally here. November. And it's 2016 so that means presidential elections. While I don't frequent Facebook all that much, when I do there are many sorts of things posted concerning Secretary Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump. Many of these posts have had an effect on me – none of them good. I'm not talking about my own viewpoint concerning the candidates. Nothing what people are saying on Facebook has helped me make up my mind one-way or the other. Why? All of it is fear mongering – whether that is the intention or not.

What troubles me are all the posts proclaiming hopelessness and anxiety about the future of our country – as if it is the end of the world as we know it without feeling fine. I've seen so many people exclaim that if one person is elected over the other they are going to move to another country – like anyone else is better off than we are. People are acting as if whoever is elected will define them as a person. People seem to be acting as if there is no hope for our country, and therefore there is no hope for them. They worry what the next president will do that will affect them as if it all matters in the end.

Don't let anyone fool you: it doesn't matter. Your earthly life, while dependent on the government to guard and protect you, is not going to come to an end in the foreseeable future. Now, will there be rough times ahead? Only time will tell. So what? For you see, something even greater than all the earthly authorities and power exists: Christ Jesus. His power and authority "trumps" all the competition. His power and glory are what give you eternal life. This makes the difference in the entire world. Because through His forgiveness, life, and salvation you can live boldly with a good conscience, a peaceful, joyous conscience that the Devil, world, and your sinful nature cannot give.

Remember, if someone gets voted into office as president, you can rest assured that at some point their term will end, be it 4 or 8 years. Christ, on the other hand, His reign is eternal – beyond time and space - and it's all for you. You are a baptized child, and through that baptism you can rest assured that the struggles of this present life are meager compared to the coming age. This is where your life truly rests: in Jesus, the founder and perfecter of your faith, who died and rose for your forgiveness, life, and salvation. Thanks be to God, for you can now live in freedom because of it. Therefore, fear not; for the Church and many people before us have survived worse times in history than anything that results from this next election. Fear not; for you are a redeemed child of God.

The Peace of the Lord be with you always. Amen.

Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Jonathan Holmes

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

October 2016

Dear Saints of Faith Lutheran Church,

What is the pastor? That seems to be a better question than "Who is the pastor?". Why? Because it's not about the person who is the pastor. Now, I'm not saying the person isn't important; he is a human after all that sins just like you and me in need of the salvation from Jesus. You see, the pastor is something that Christ uses, a means by which you are given the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation given through the cross and the resurrection. He's not better than you, but he does fill a very specific vocation: the vocation of forgiveness. This is what the Augsburg Confession confesses concerning the office of the ministry:

1 So that we may obtain this faith, the ministry of teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. 2 Through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Spirit is given [John 20:22]. He works faith, when and where it pleases God [John 3:8], in those who hear the good news that God justifies those who believe that they are received into grace for Christ's sake. 3 This happens not through our own merits, but for Christ's sake. 4 Our churches condemn the Anabaptists and others who think that through their own preparations and works the Holy Spirit comes to them without the external Word. (Article V)

Now, this article comes right after the article concerning Justification, your declaration of righteousness before God through Jesus, who has stepped in and taken your sentence of death upon Himself. Notice this: Justification and the office of Pastor are very closely connected; because it is through Him that God gives you the gifts, as I said above. In the end these gifts are for you, a sinner, but also God's greatest treasure. This is why the pastor's message must be salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from works. Period. Nothing attached. God's forgiveness is free. It is for you.

So, my plea to you this month concerns the pastor you will Call in just a few short weeks. Pick the pastor you know in good conscience will give these gifts to you. Don't pick the one you want, who you think will do just what you want, but the one you need - unless of course the one you want is the one you need, then you're good. But Call the man who will call you to repentance in order to forgive you. Who will preach Law and Gospel. Call a man you know will bind and loose sin. Who will preach and teach the truth – the pure, holy, truth of Jesus for you. Then take care of him as one of your own.

You continue to be in my prayers, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray the Lord's guidance, peace, and patience through the coming time.

Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Jonathan Holmes

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