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Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Turlock, CA

Pastor's Thoughts for June 2009


Each month our pastor writes to us from our Turlock church to share his thoughts on a topic of religious significance. His goal is to link the word of God as it is presented in the Bible and apply it to the context of our daily lives. Although each of these messages is dated they are in fact timeless in their spiritual significance.

We are Under Orders

Paul was most often found in the temple arguing his case that Jesus was the Christ. Again in Acts 18: he was still making his case. After all, this was Paul who had persecuted the followers of Jesus for so long. Now the Lord said to him in a vision one night (verse 9) "Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you."

As Christians we are under orders to spread the Word of God in Christ. These orders are never changed. They are what the armed forces would call "standing orders". Remember we are not responsible for the effect of the speaking that we do for God. Our mission is to continue to speak. We are to be witnesses. We trust God to do the rest.

The story of God's love may be old to you. But for someone, somewhere, it is new. Keep telling it.

My favorite hymn is 390 in the LBW (Lutheran Book of Worship). Some of the key words are: I love to tell the story because I know it's true. It satisfies my longings as nothing else would do. . I love to tell the story, for some have never heard the message of salvation from God's own Holy Word. . I love to tell the story for those who know it best, seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

What more can I say. The Pentecost season is upon us. For the next six months the emphasis is on the Holy Spirit living and dwelling in you. Let His Spirit lead you to be His presence to those you meet each and every day. Share your faith. Jesus is Lord!

-Pastor Starkey