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The Supremacy of Christ 5/31/2015
Dear friend,

May the grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and His Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with us today and always!
Are you afraid of getting the flu? Have you had your flu shot? Non of us wish to get the flu so often times we will be inoculated with a shot to prevent if possible contracting this sickness that brings along with it high fevers and can be fatal to those who are elderly.

Spiritually speaking, it is also wise to be inoculated against false teachings that have been offered from nearly every direction all through the ages. Just as one receives preventative measures to ward off the flu, likewise one may be protected against false teachings through being rightly instructed and rightly understanding as to the truth of the Word of God in Christ Jesus.

As we seek to understand the threats to the truth in the ages in which this was written, may the Holy Spirit teach of the true teaching of Christ as contained in this letter to the Colossians, may He rebuke us of our false understandings, may He show us the correct understandings and may He continually instruct us in the way of righteousness.

Introduction to The Book of Colossians

Brief Summary. Paul had been imprisoned at Rome and received messages about heresies at the church in Colossae. Paul defended the faith by exalting the person of Jesus, and clarifying the true doctrine of Jesus Christ.

Purpose: The purpose of Paul's epistle to the Colossians is to instruct the believers that salvation is only in Jesus Christ. The person of Jesus Christ must be understood accurately and that "He is the image of the invisible God and in Him all the fulness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form (Colossians 1:15, 19). When Jesus died on the cross he put an end to the civil and ceremonial laws of Judaism. Believers can trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ, our God and creator.

Contents: The epistle to the Colossians contains Paul's instruction about the new life in Christ which comes through a spiritual union with Christ in heaven. This new life produces a Christlike character: brotherly affection, forgiveness, peace, worship and ministry, devotion to Christ, and thankfulness in everything.

We invite you to read the entire letter over and over again, asking our Father for the Holy Spirit, so that "ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;" It is our prayer that through this study of Paul's letter to the Colossians that we will be inoculated against false teachings and understandings that exist in the day in which we live. May we pray for one another to this end!

Those who are assigned to keep counterfeit money out of circulation study the legitimate currency so that when a false bill comes along that they are able to spot it immediately because they know the real one so well. May that be the sense of how we follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ so that by the Word and Spirit we will discern those teachings that come along that are not according to Him.

As we begin our time in this wonderful letter, I thought it good to go through and look at all the verses which describe the Christ of the Bible in this letter. It seems like a good place to start and then we will go through this first chapter in our study.

The Supremacy of Christ

1) He has rescued us..and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, (1:13),
2) He is the one in whom we have redemption (1:14),
3) He is the image of the invisible God (:15),
4) He is the first born of all creation (1:15),
5) He is the predates creation (1:17),
6) He is the source of creation (1:17),
7) He is the head of the body (1:18),
8) He is the beginning (1:18),
9) He is the firstborn from the dead (1:18),
10) He is the preeminent One (1:18),
11) He is the embodiment of all fullness of God (1:19),
12) He reconciles us by His blood (1:20),
13) He is the wealth of the glorious mystery (1:27),
14) He indwells believers (1:27),
15) He is the hope of glory (1:27),
16) He is key to the mystery of God (2:2),
17) In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden (2:3),
18) “In Him the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily, (2:9),
19) He is “is the head over every ruler and authority” (2:10),
20) He is the One in whom we are raised from the dead, (2:11-13),
21) “He erased the certificate of debt” (2:14)
22) “He triumphed over all principalities and powers (2:15),
23) He is the Messiah, the substance to which all shadows point (2:16, 17),
24) He is the Messiah, seated at the right hand of God (3:1),
25) He is the One in whom your life is hidden (3:3),
26) He is your life and you will appear with Him in glory (3:4),
27) He is “all in all” (3:11),
28) He is the One who forgives us (3:13),
29) He will reward believers with an inheritance from the Lord (3:24),
30) He fills the believer’s heart with peace (3:15).

I do not know about you, but just reading those descriptions of Christ causes me my mind, my heart and my soul to leap in anticipation of what is to come.....

This letter is written between 57-62 AD, by Apostle Paul while he was in prison. He never was in Colosse and he got his information from Epaphras, who was a servant in the congregation at Colosse.

KJV Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

What gives us hope today? We are waiting for our true inheritance, which is not rooted in anything that we see with our eyes, but it is that which has been revealed to us through the hearing of the Word, howbeit it at our mothers knee, being with our father, learning in Sunday School, hearing the Word preached, being with brothers and sisters talking about Christ and so on....

6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

Epaphras visited Paul in prison, and shared the life of the congregation that he has been called to shepherd, and hearing about this Paul not only thanked God for their believing and sharing of the Gospel, but he prayed that God would continue to work in their spiritual lives. Let us note that he does not speak at all to their physical needs.

9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (qualified us) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

After praying for them, he then speaks of what God has done through His Son, Jesus Christ.

13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image (made God visible) of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

The world holds together in the elemental sense, and the body of Christ holds together for the same reason, that the world would hold together so that people would be saved from death. It is through the ministry of the body of Jesus Christ until the completion of the mission that the 'world is held together."

Jesus is the head of this body, He is the one who has made it and given it this mission. That is why Jesus told the disciples that even as He had been sent, He now sends them. (as well as us) He is preeminent one, for He has overcome death. Only in Him will the church accomplish that which He has been sent to do. He is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End...He is the only One who can do this work and it is done through us. He is first place in all things and in nothing is He last place.

19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

God was delighted to dwell in His Son in the fullness of His divine nature, so that He could turn the state of enmity to the state of friendship. God has come in the flesh to buy it back, to save it, to change it from a state of enmity to a state of friendship. He demonstrated it in this very marvelous manner, and it was through the blood of the cross that He carried it out.

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

He explains what he wrote above, saying that all have been reconciled in the body of his flesh to present us holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight. It is not after we repented, but it is as the result of that which was done by God. He changed us in his sight and the means of entering into this reality is by faith.

v 23=This is in past tense. It was preached unto every creature which is under heaven. It is a present reality. There is nothing that humans can do to change that which God has done, for He does not find enemies among us. Satan's work is to destroy this reality. If we as the body are in the destruction mode, we will be about destroying the body of Jesus Christ, and that is not consistent with the nature of the kingdom. All of the work of God is just that, that God has done it all.

"Was preached" Seems to indicate that this was a proclamation to all and has already been done. "World, your sins are all forgiven." When Jesus died on the cross for the race of Adam, He died as the last Adam and through it redeemed the new humanity. When Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do." It is not for God, it is for us.

24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

What does this mean? As Christ suffered coming into the world, we who are Christ's will suffer in our identification with Him. As being a part of His body, we will suffer and in that sense Jesus Christ continues to suffer so that the message will be brought across. Through this apparent weakness, God still shows His might.

After speaking of what Christ has done, Paul now applies all that he has written to his own life.

25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

One of the greatest things about God is shown here in the life of Paul: He could have broken Paul out of prison, but He did not for He chose to allow Paul to suffer in prison while he wrote this letter.

v 27=The splendor of this mystery is that Christ is in us, with us and will never leave us. This we preach, warning every man, teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every person perfect in Christ Jesus, the present every person as a mature adult in Christ.

What is this full grown state in Christ? This is what he labors in this writing for, so that he may present every person a mature person in Jesus Christ.

In conclusion, we have heard and felt that heart stirrings of a man whose heart is turned towards those he loves, even though he has not seen them. He is writing this letter, as we stated in the beginning, to build them up so that they will be so filled with the presence and knowledge of Christ that they not only will be able to discern the false Christ's that come along, but they will be living in a state in which they have found and are finding complete satisfaction in Jesus Christ, His life, His death and His resurrection.

Let us also note that he has spent the first chapter not directly addressing the concerns he has about the false teachings that he is wishing to vaccinate/inoculate them against. As we continue in this letter, we will begin to see how he placed the supremacy of Christ in front of them in order to set their mind on Him so that when he begins to bring the specific concerns that Epaphras has shared with him, their minds will perhaps go back to this first chapter and they will make the connections; "Now we see why Paul said the things he did about Jesus Christ, it is beginning to make sense now.."

In the same manner, our minds have been put in the right place according to this letter which was inspired by the Holy Spirit and put into words by our beloved Apostle Paul. May close this message with the same prayer that our brother Paul offered in behalf of the believers in Colosse, which I am going to adjust so that it will keep the pattern, but will be in the first person.

Lord, thank you for our beloved congregation here in Kingston, whom you have brought to life through the gospel, who are desiring to grow in your knowledge through Jesus Christ. How we pray that we all may be filled with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,so that we might walk in a manner worthy of the You, fully pleasing to You, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You, our God. We ask that we would be strengthened with all power, according to Your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to You, our Father, who has caused us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

Oh, Lord, increase our desire to know You, increase our thirst and hunger after righteousness, and send us away from here today rejoicing in that which you have given us, but yet wanting more of You.......

In Christ's name, Amen

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 31 May 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Don't forget the Truth! 5.24.2015
Dear friend,

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Well, it is nice to be back feeling a lot better after being sick for over three weeks. I thank many for their prayers for my healing and am thankful to get back to work as there is a busy time coming up in the month of June.

Today in the church year is the Day of Pentecost, which is the day that we mark on which God gave Himself to the world when He sent His Spirit. This event occurred 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus and 10 days after His ascension. Please read how Peter responded to those who saw this amazing event happen (Acts 2:1-13) as he spoke after some said that those affected by the coming of the Spirit are merely drunk! I have highlighted the two key parts of the coming of the Spirit. It was poured upon all and whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

This was a one time event never to be repeated, but one that is foundational to our Christian faith, as it declared in the meaning of the third article of the Apostle's Creed.

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.

Only through the work and presence of the Holy Spirit are we able to be in Christ Jesus and for that we praise our Heavenly Father in a way that if the shackles and restraints of our fleshly pride were taken off, we would blow the roof off of the church that we are in today. In our sermon text today, which we are going to only briefly refer to, the Apostle Peter exhorts us to remember that grace and mercy of God that has been granted unto us by God our Father through the giving of Himself in the Holy Spirit.

He tells us that we have the grace and mercy through the knowledge of God, in other words, knowing rightly who God is, what He has done for us in Christ and what He has in store for us, both here on earth as well as in eternity. Allow me to put the verses that I am referring to here in front of us:

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We could summarize this section by saying that God has downloaded Himself into us via His Spirit so that He has taken up habitation in us, thus we have become partakers of His divine nature. That does not mean we are God, but that we are indwelt by His Spirit according to His promise which enables us to escape the corruption that is in the world through fleshly lust. Let then note that Peter does not stop there, but uses the word "add" to point us to growth in Christian character, or in Godly attributes. It is important to note that all these attributes are to be added to faith, for faith is the well spring of all these succeeding attributes, characteristics. Unless faith is sprung forth, there cannot be any real fruit of the Spirit.

He calls upon us to add to our faith, and to do it diligently: virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity (love) There are seven characteristics that he calls our attention to. I will place the ESV translation for clarification's sake on these words.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,(moral goodness) and virtue with knowledge,
6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,(reverence toward God)
7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He is saying that we are to seek diligently to grow in our relationship with our God and our Saviour through the increase in these characteristics which are of God. They are not to be considered as to bring favor from God towards us, but they are as evidence of the life of God in us. It is very important to keep that distinction in mind always.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is stated that if we lack these things, that we are blind, cannot see afar off and have forgotten that Christ has washed us of our sins. We remember that we spoke a few weeks back of the reality that fruit bearing is entirely dependent upon being hooked to the Vine, Jesus Christ and without Him we will bear no fruit. Here it is saying the same thing as there is a call for us to grow in our relationship of love and commitment to Christ so that the evidence of the growing relationship would be evidenced by our attitudes and actions towards others. We note that the last two characteristics are brotherly love (which Philadephia is named after) and love, which is the love of God (agape) The love of God is unconditional and it is one way from Him. He pours it out upon us in abundance!!

The last part of the first chapter is where Peter brings the word remember into play. Three times he tells them of the importance not forgetting, but to be in remembrance!!!

12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

Let us note of how he hammers the word remembrance to them. He says that I am not going to be a slacker in reminding you, even though I know you know them, for I want you to be established in the truth. He knew that he had only so much time left to live here on this earth, and he was going to use that time to stir (wake up, arouse) them up by reminding them of what he had written in the first part of the chapter:

God's grace and mercy is yours, you are His offspring, you are a partaker of His divine nature, you have escaped the world's lust but don't relax in that state. Add to your faith virtue, (moral goodness), and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,(reverence toward God) and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Peter wants to leave such a deep impression upon his hearers, he wants to have these truths so embedded in them that they will not forget it when he is no longer there in person to remind them. For he is leaving, under the inspiration and the direction of the Holy Spirit, a written record of these things. It is more than an oration that he is leaving them, for the Holy Scripture is being left
with them.

He goes on to tell them that he was an eyewitness of Jesus Christ on the Mt of Transfiguration and that he heard the voice of God from heaven with these words:

"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount."

19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

We understand that the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were all written either as a result of eyewitness accounts or the testimony was written by one who had been an eyewitness to the events. This is what Peter is attesting to here, but he is doing more than that. What he is saying that, yes, he saw with his own eyes Jesus Christ, and he ties the Old Testament together with the New Testament when in verse 19 he talks about the more sure word of prophecy (Old Testament) For the Old Testament prophecies were not some cunningly devised fables, but as Peter writes in verse 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

The Old Testament prophesied via the Holy Spirit as He inspired men to write the scriptures, Jesus fulfilled the prophecies, the writers of the New Testament recorded these eyewitness accounts and so we have the written record with us today to teach, rebuke, correct and instruct us as to the ways of God.

Wow this has gotten kind of long. I am going to have to figure out a way to reduce this down for the sermon somehow, as I want to speak a little on Memorial Day as we remember tomorrow those who have given their lives in the service of our country.

This I would like to do by the way of illustrations, and I pray that we will be blessed through these contributions as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

KJV John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

This man is an example of giving himself for his friends in the time of war. Albert Romberg was the brother of Elna Niemela, my wife's aunt, Elna is a very good friend of Steve Hendrickson's mother Verna.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Frederick Albert Romberg (ASN: 36823878), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 85th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, on 14 April 1945, near Castel d'Aiano, Italy. When well-emplaced snipers held up the advance of an assault company and deadly mortar and artillery fire swept the immobilized men, Private First Class Romberg acted as the first scout for a platoon sent around the flank to wipe out the hostile snipers. Advancing ahead of his comrades, he crept to within a short distance of a building which housed three snipers, who had been particularly effective in their fire. With no more cover available, he then rose to his feet and charged the emplacement. All hostile fire was directed at him, but he continued throwing grenades, killing all of the three snipers and enabling his company to advance. Inspired by his gallant deed, his comrades overran all enemy resistance and quickly secured their first objective. Private First Class Romberg, by his extreme heroism in the face of great danger to expedite the assault, has earned the undying memory of all who witnessed his splendid action, and perpetual commemoration in the finest traditions of the united states army.

This account from former Senator Bob Dole in his book Our Soldier's Story.

"Moments later, a heavy machine gun opened fire on us, from the farmhouse.....the men and I scrambled from out behind the hedgerow and started up the steep, rock grade toward the farmhouse. The Germans might get some of us, but they would not get all of us before one of us go them. We were about fifty to sixty feet away from the hedgerow before the machines guns crackled again...Private Fred (Albert) Romberg, our first scout, had a better angle than I did. He stood so he could throw better, get some distance to his grenade toss, but he had no sooner stood up than the machine gun fire cut him down. He writhed in the air and fell face forward in the dirt. His helmet fell off and rolled in front of him. As in a surreal movie, Romberg's helmet rolled away from its owner and tumbled down the slope, clanking by a few rocks before coming to a stop. I wanted to run to him, but I knew that if I did, there would be two of us dead in the dirt. "Romberg, you are a good man, I won't forget you."

On our prayer list we have the names of those who are connected with our congregation who are serving in the military

For those soldiers and their families who have been in harm's way, have not lost their physical lives, but have returned with wounds inside that continue and continue.

The effect of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome are terrible......

(From a member of our congregation who suffered abuse as a child)

Once tattered and worn, my soul was torn.
My wounds have healed, a new life revealed.
Far better than the one before, And yet I can't seem to ignore...
That the scars remain, just the same.
They are a part of me, of who I was,
They are not there just because.
For without them I simply would not be.
The person who God inspired in me,
Yes I remember the hurt the shame, the scars remain just the same.

And lastly, which goes along very well with our text today, is from our only graduate this year, Marla Peterson. She had been to the National Holocaust Museum and at my request wrote the following short article. She calls it protecting the Truth.

Protecting the Truth
“Where books are burned, in the end people will be burned.” Heinrich Heine’s powerful words compelled me to stop while walking through the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.. The words were carved into an impactful granite wall with a large stack of books piled next to it. The quote was shocking. My immediate reaction was that it couldn’t be true. But there I stood, surrounded by the evidence that Heine’s statement was, in fact, complete truth.

Books are most often created to explain, inform, or introduce an idea. Book burnings occurred in an attempt to destroy an idea. Eventually, people who believe in this idea will also be destroyed. This tactic was used in 1933 when the Nazi regime began burning all books opposing Nazi ideology. Today, Christians in our country are experiencing a similar assault on Christian ideas and beliefs, which are based on the absolute Truth of the Bible. Although few have gone as far as burning books, our beliefs are consistently called into question, while other religions have become more prominent in our country. However, we should not discourage. Our nation is changing, but the Truth will never change. It is as eternal as our lives in Jesus Christ. Under the protection of an all-powerful, living God, we must continue to pray for our nation and challenge worldly beliefs with courage and confidence in the name of Jesus.

19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

I pray that you will have time of mediation and reflection over what has been written here today. It is quite long, but it is fairly simple to follow along, I believe. God bless you!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 24 May 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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The Supremacy of Christ 5/31/2015
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Carol Fischer and her family as they grieve the loss of Bob