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Friday, June 4, 2021

Carry On

Greetings to you in Christ Jesus!

“to equip the saints...for building up the body of Christ, until we attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes”.
Ephesians 4:12-14

Though we have faced many challenges in the last year and a half, we learned much in regards to the unity of faith. When times are troublesome and circumstances difficult, we flee to God’s Word, “take heart, it is I, do not be afraid” [Mt14:27]. For in Christ, the unity of the faith carries on. Though the waves attempt to toss us to and fro, and the devil blows every wind of crafty deceit, nonetheless, the faith carries on.

For in the Word, you are equipped to carry on in faith. From the Law to the Gospel, we are not only convicted of our sin but also comforted by the faith of Christ who willing went to the Cross only to be slaughtered for us. For it is our Lord who carried on as He wore the crown of thorns, shedding His blood for you as your Passover Lamb. Thus, by His sacrificial blood and His conquering victory over the grave, there your faith is [and will always be], and thus you carry on.

Just as St Paul encouraged the Ephesians to carry on in the unity of faith, we also are to do the same. Through the preached Word, bible studies [Sun & Weds], devotions [Tues & Thurs], you are constantly being bombarded with the equipping of your faith through the words of the Crucified Christ [1Cor1:23]. And through the strengthening of the faith in the Gospel, dwelling in the gifts of Holy Baptism, and feeding on His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper, we carry on because the battle has already been won!

I know there is much going in this world today. And in fear, we tell ourselves, “escape! escape!”. As parents, we look at our children and the future generation, and many see a dark and gloomy forecast. Some will run for the hills in an attempt to escape the world. Yet, there is no need to escape for Christ has overcome the world [Jn16:33]. For the Word of Christ is rooted in you and your children. Therefore, we prepare our children in the Word as they will go into their fields and become the greatest of lights of Christ to those they are called to serve. So, in the meantime, I encourage you, to bring your children to church, to bible study, and continue to nurture them in the Word [Eph6:4]. For the Word carries on in Christ who is the same yesterday today and forever [Heb13:8].

So join us as we carry on in the Word!


Sunday: Divine Service 8:00am or 10:30am
***As of June 20th, masks will be optional. Use your own discretion***

Sunday: Bible Study “Question and Answers”, Sunday School [k-12] 9:30-10:15am 

Tuesday: Law and Gospel 9:00am on Youtube

Wednesday: Bible Study on the book of Ephesians 10am or 7pm.

Thursday: Small Catechism Live! 9am on Youtube

Friday [Just added!]: For the Kids! [prerecorded devotions for the children on YouTube]


In Christ,

✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2021/2021-06-Newsletter.pdf

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Attacking Christianity

“Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths”
2 Timothy 4:2-4

Every night Abe plays the piano before he sleeps. I love the way he makes music as it reminds me of what it means to get lost in the sea of sound. Sound is truly beautiful especially when we understand the foundation of music theory, understanding scales, progressions and chords. Yet if we are inadequate in regards to musical theory, we will miss the pure beauty of which this sound brings.

And so it is with St Paul’s words to Timothy. “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teach- ing”. The greatest attack that is the devil’s arsenal is his trickery upon the word. And thus, St Paul teaches Timothy of the reality that is found within ministry. False teachers will teach words that suit the passions of the flesh and soon the hearer will turn from the truth and become lost in sea of unsound falsehood.

If you read the many conflicting news stories pertaining to Christianity, it is a tragic reality as many have turned from the truth. And every time I read about these tragedies, it reminds me that as a church it is absolutely necessary that we teach, teach and teach the complete Word of God. For without knowing the Holy Scriptures how can we even discern whether the ears are itching or falsehood is being taught. For without the knowledge of God’s word, our passions will be the filter to which we proceed which is a dangerous detriment to our faith.

And this is the way the devil attacks Christianity. To bring the dissonant cacophony of unsound teaching that turns people away from the truth of God’s Word. Biblical illiteracy amongst Christians is at an all-time high and thus it is of no surprise how many fall to the itching ears of the unsound teaching. For without the study of God’s Word, how can anyone know what is true or what is false? It’s an important time to renew and study the bible so that not only do we come to the knowledge of truth, but also, learn and inwardly digest the purity of sound teaching.

Therefore, as we restart Sunday Bible Study [9:30-10:15am] this week, I encourage you to attend bible study as we grow deeper into the Word of God. This is a very crucial time and I pray that you will see the importance of study in the Word of God. So come and enjoy as we dwell upon the Scriptures and find great comfort in the Word of our Lord.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, without Your help our labor is useless, and without Your light our search is in vain. Invigorate our study of Your Holy Word that, by due diligence and right discernment, we may establish ourselves and others in Your holy faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
[A prayer before the study of God’s Word, Lutheran Service Book, 312]

God’s blessings to you all. 

✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2021/2021-05-Newsletter.pdf


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