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All Saints Day November 1st 2018

If there is every a time when I get nostalgic its all saints day. I start to think about all the funerals...all the friends I have preached for and to. I remember the sadness and loss that is very prominent at the funeral. But then I remember this hymn verse from "For all the Saints". "And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave again and hearts are strong, Alleluia, Alleluia!" vs 5. I remember the hope that I preached at every funeral. Christ is risen! Death has been defeated! The dear saint of God that we miss,now rests from their labors, rests in Jesus.

We are reminded of this victory every time we receive Holy Communion. When we hear the Proper Preface we are reminded of the Christian victory over death through Christ's resurrection. The Proper Preface ends with this All Saints day reminder, "with angles and arc angles and all the company of heaven"! The saints of God that now rest are with Jesus gathered around the throne at the marriage feast of the lamb! Angles and Arc Angles are with them. Our family and friends that have died in faith find their peace with Jesus. Our children that we have not met because of miscarriage, or abortion are resting in the perfect peace that only Jesus can give. All the saints of generation ago, Abraham, Noah, Isaiah, Matthew, John, and the Baptizer John, and the unending list of faithful men and woman of the Bible will be there also. They are victorious over death, not victorious on their own, but victorious because Jesus has walked that valley first. Jesus is the firstborn from the dead, and He gives that victory to us through the cross, the tomb the resurrection. He continues to give us His victory in Baptism, in forgiveness, in His Supper with His very Body and Blood.

A very blessed All Saints day to you dear baptized Saint! Soon, very soon, our battle will be over and we will be with those who now rest!!


Vote Pro Life Nov. 6

file:///C:/Users/bswan/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpgIt’s time to vote!   What a great and unique opportunity we have in this great Nation to be a part of electing who will serve us.   You have heard the quote “with great power comes great responsibility”.  No place is that more clearly defined than at the voting booth.   We, in electing those that will serve us are giving them great power.  We have the responsibility to know who we are electing and what they will stand for or give in on. That is not an easy task.

Each of us have issues we believe are very important.  When we choose a candidate, we want to know if they will support that issue or not.  Unfortunately, a candidate can say things that they do not mean to look good to those who ask the question.  A great way to see what a candidate supports is to see how they have voted on those matters. 

As the body of Christ, we bring a unique perspective to the voting process.  When we vote we are guided not just by what we feel or think, we are guided by the Sanctified life given to us when we were brought from the death of unbelief to the life of Christ.  As baptized children of God our perspective in the voting booth must be driven by our Christian world view. Our Christian word view is guided first and foremost by God’s Word and His 10 commandments given to us. 

When I choose which political candidate I am going to give my approval to, and therefore give great power, there is one question that must be answered first.  Are they prolife?   If they are I will further investigate them to see if what they say, and how they have voted in the past, lines up with what I am looking for in a political candidate.  If they are not prolife the candidate is immediately dismissed. 

That may sound idealistic and simplistic but that is what God calls us to do.  The 5th commandment, “You shall not kill” is very clear.  We do not have the authority to take life through abortion.  Every life God gives, even those given through rape or incest or other less than perfect situations is a life God has created.

King Solomon in the book of Proverbs has a lot to say about life and how we are to support it, “ Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy”. Proverbs 31:8-9

It is our responsibility to defend those who can not speak for themselves.  When a woman has an abortion the child living in her does not get to defend themselves!  We have that ability at the voting booth. 

King Solomon also writes “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 a heart that devises wicked plans,feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers”. Proverbs 6:16-19 

When we support political candidates that will not defend the rights of the unborn we are supporting those that “shed innocent blood.”  That is not who we are as the body of Christ. 

file:///C:/Users/bswan/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.pngYou have a great gift and responsibility on Tuesday November 6th.  You have the right to vote and elect those who will use the power we give to them to lead us.  Please pray about your choices and pray for the candidates.   Please do your homework on each candidate.  You can find where each political candidate stands on life issues at SD Right to life

God’s richest blessing to you as you vote!!

Pastor Randy