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Pondering From the Pastor

Dear Friends at Lake Eunice,

What a joy it is to be able to call each of you friends! As I have seen church after church in this area fall into division in the last few months, it is with great joy that I can say at Lake Eunice, we are unified in our mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Soli Deo Gloria, To God alone be the glory. And we look forward with great anticipation to our 125th Anniversary celebration on June 22nd through the 24th. It will be here before we know it! There are lots of wonderful things to look forward to this spring. We are going to have a Walk thru the Bible Old Testament live event on March 17th, if you haven’t signed up please do so as soon as possible. Then we have our community Good Friday service at Faith Lutheran this year, and our Easter breakfast and celebration service on April 1st. Then there will be a wild game feed on April 28th and lots of other things too numerous to mention. Watch the calendar and bulletins to keep track of our events!

            I thought it was ironic that Easter falls on April 1st this year. This is normally the day we call April fools day.  I read a verse this week that tells us in 1 Cor. 1:18 that “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but for those of us who are being saved, it is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”  To the Jews, that God would crucify His own Son on a tree, making Him a curse seemed like foolishness to them. It became what the scriptures called, “A stumbling block,” or something that causes people to stumble. They knew that anyone hung on a tree would incur a curse, they failed to realize that because Jesus was hung on a Roman cross, He took our curse of death and judgment upon Himself and became a curse for us in our place.

To the Gentiles it was foolishness, why would God crucify His own Son? They failed to realize that He was our sacrificial Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, as John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” People in his day would have gotten it immediately, it was that lamb, spotless and unblemished that was offered on the day of atonement for their sins, pointing forward to the day when the true Lamb of God would take away all sins past, present and future for all of mankind.

1 Cor. 1:20-21says, “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God, God was well pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” Verse 24, “But to those who are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”                  Pastor Dale