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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

What does this mean?

Bombarded by the ever-changing times, I’ve come to realize the importance of asking the right questions. The world has many proposals for restoration, but in the end, it seems we are always struggling in these grey and latter days. I call it the plague of the “only if’s”. Only if the pandemic subsides, my life would be better. Only if civil unrest would end, our world would be better. Only if my present circumstances improve, my life would be better. Throughout these times, I’ve realized that it is so easy to live in the “only if” conditional. Whether it is in the past present or future, this conditional continues to be the fulcrum to which we rise or fall.

It is an important time to sift through it all and ask, “what does this mean?”. Rather being entrenched in the fear and hysteria, it is during this time where we see through the eyes of faith. It is a time to see the landscape as more than just a temporal struggle, but rather discerning that everything flows from the spiritual.

Knowing this, how important it is to be rooted in The Living Word. Short roots flail and soon whither and fade. Long and deep roots endure and even strengthen as the days draw near. This is a time, a critical juncture, to which we must assess the true colors of our faith. Humbly we assess and honestly speaking, we repent.

As Lutherans, we are blessed to have teachings that root us in the Holy Scriptures. We are not dandelions in the wind that wave to and fro by the itching ears of man. Rather, through the teaching of the Small Catechism, we are rooted and equipped for what is ahead. I urge you to never stop reviewing, marking and inwardly digesting what you have learned through the catechism and the Holy Scriptures.

In light of this, beginning in September, we will have a bible series that will answer the pertinent questions of our time. Every Thursday at 10am on Facebook live, we will answer the great Lutheran question, “What does this mean?” I highly encourage you to take the time and make this class part of your day. And yes, if you are unable to attend, I pray that you will set aside time, whether it be later in the day or in the week, and make it a part of your schedule. It will be archived and available for you. I pray that everyone at FLC will listen and take notes as we walk together [how important it is to walk together] rooted in His Word. Now is the time to renew the roots as we reside in what is true and eternal.

Also, use this study as an opportunity to invite your family, friends, neighbors, loved ones, co-workers, and anyone that needs to hear the truth in the midst of these ever-challenging times. It is difficult to reconcile in what has become a confusion-riddled time. Yet, the Lord’s Word clarifies and points everyone to the truth. So invite everyone you know. Who wouldn’t want to know the truth?

So join me as we walk together as a church. Learning and discovering, reviewing and renewing the word of God as He answers the question, “What does this mean?”

See you there! 

✝️ Pastor Jeong

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Five Words

2 Timothy 4:2-5
“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. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry”.

If we believe that the Word is true [Jn 8:32], we very well know that it shall stand even through the trying times that we face. “The grass withers, the flowers fade but the Word of God stands forever [Is40:8]. In the midst of the pandemic and social unrest, many minds wonder, “when will this end?” Uncertainty continues to loom as it weaves within the plight of humanity.

A trying time it truly is. Magnified in isolation, we face many challenges ahead of us. In waiting, the itching ears become itchier, impatience surrounds the surface. Worry and anxiety continue to pile up, and we begin to wonder how to proceed. Trust me, the devil has the megaphone ready as he attacks with the deceptive whispers of disbelief. So deceptive he is that we are at a loss for words and thus we may ask, “Are we all alone in this?” In times of uncertainty, I am always reminded of Ezekiel 37 and the valley of dry bones. Lost in exile and in need of restoration, Israel was hopeless and discouraged. What were they to do?

The Lord asks Ezekiel, “can these bones live?”

Dry and dead, no hope it seemed for these lifeless bones, yet Ezekiel responds with five words. “Oh Lord God, You know”

Commanded by the Lord, Ezekiel prophesied over the dead bones and said, “Oh dry bones, hear the word of the Lord”.

By the word of God, these bones lived!

And we do too! For I know the spiritual battle is before us, yet the Word is true. Through the death and resurrection of our Lord, we stand victorious in Christ as His truth has set us free. So take comfort and pray that the Lord may grant you the continued faith to endure. For He is our true Father and we are His true children! What a wonderful truth this is as we live under the promise of Christ and in Him crucified! And though we face much in this world today, we are not alone, “Behold I am always with you until the end of the age” [Mt29:20]

As we continue in the life of faith, I encourage you to be in the word. For the Word points us to Christ and the comfort that He gives. In the midst of our world today, how important it is to be in the truth of God’s Word. For when we are in the Word, there we find ourselves echoing Ezekiel’s five words, “Oh Lord God, You know”.

I encourage you to follow along in our services on Wednesday and Sunday along with our daily devotions [Tues-Saturday], and our Wednesday bible study on the book of Galatians. It is in the Word that we find ourselves saying, “Oh Lord God, you know”. Indeed, Thy will be done!

In Christ,

✝️ Pastor Jeong

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