“Made Him Known”

“No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” (John 1:18, NIV)

When people now use the word, “god,” it can mean almost anything to them. I recall in one class I was in, the professor had discovered around 20 different uses of the term, “god.” That spells confusion!

Praise God He has not left us in confusion! He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ! In Jesus we have truth, grace, love, power, freedom, forgiveness of sins, eternal life!

During the Advent and Christmas seasons, let us thank God that He has made Himself known to us in Christ!

In Christ,

Pastor Russ

“Remember Them”

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)

On the website for Voice of the Martyrs Canada, the following question is asked and answered:

“How many Christians are killed for their faith every year?” Here is part of the reply from Voice of the Martyrs Canada:

“It is impossible to know with absolute certainty the exact number of Christians killed for their faith each year. However, according to the Evangelical World Alliance, approximately 100 million Christians in at least 60 countries are denied fundamental rights solely because of their faith.”

On Sunday, November 24th, 2019, King of Kings Lutheran Church will remember the persecuted Church in our worship service. Let us stand together with our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Please visit www.vomcanada.com for more information.

In Christ,

Pastor Russ

“All In”

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

(Romans 12:11)

On our recent holiday, we heard the pastor of the church that we attended call us as Christians to go “all in” for Jesus. Those two little words, “all in,” sure had an impact on us!

Jesus went “all in” for you and for me, all the way to the cross and the empty tomb. Each one of us needs to ask ourselves, am I “all in” for Jesus? Let’s go “all in” for Christ!

Pastor Russ Howard

Holy Spirit Strong

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” (John 15:26)

Jesus here give a summary of what God the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, is all about. The Spirit bears witness to, and glorifies Jesus (John 16:14) As we soak up the Holy Spirit inspired Holy Scripture, as we feast on the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion, our life in Christ will be made “Holy Spirit strong!”

Let us all be diligent to use God’s Word and Sacraments that we may be rock solid in Jesus!

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Pastor Russ

“Christ has risen!”

The Easter angel announced the news as recorded in Luke 24:5-6: Christ has risen! This is what Easter is all about, the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead. What does this mean? It means at least four things:

  1. Death is defeated
  2. Eternal life is real
  3. Our sins are fully forgiven
  4. We are passionately loved by God in Christ

Believe the Good News and rejoice! Christ has conquered, for you and me!

Christ has risen, He is risen indeed!

Pastor Russ

Cross Central

“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)

Over the years, I have had people tell me to quit talking about the cross of Christ. We cannot do that. We can clearly see from the words of Paul the impossibility of taking such a course. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is our only hope of rescue from sin, death, and the devil. Our place in heaven is assured only because of His finished work. What a joy to know that our eternity is safe in Jesus!

Pastor Russ

The King of the World

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'” (Matthew 2:1-2)

January sixth is the day in the church calendar that we remember the visit of the wise men to Jesus and His family. We call this day Epiphany, meaning Jesus’ manifestation as both God and man. What does it mean for you and me? It means that Jesus is the King for all people, for the whole world, not just for the Jewish people. He is the true King who loves us all so very much, the true King who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Pastor Russ