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Hope for Life

January 23, 2018
By Pastor Ramthun

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, we celebrated Life Sunday here at Guardian. It is a great reminder to celebrate the life we have been given by our Triune God and to be reminded of how we are to be a voice for life in a way that is God-pleasing! God’s Word is very clear on how He is the Author/Giver of life and only He is to take life. It is not our call.

Lutherans for Life chose the theme, “Hope for Life” for 2018. It is a great theme that points to Christ alone in whom we do have hope for life now and into eternity! Does life get messy? Yes! Does life give us hurts and heartaches? Yes! Does our own sinfulness bring about some of the messiness? Yes! Does our Triune God give us hope for this life and all its messiness? YES!! In Christ we do have hope! We can share that hope! We can speak of that hope! We can show that hope!

God’s Word is very clear on how He is the Author of Life and only He is to take life. Our heavenly Father created all things and is still in control of all things. He alone can deliver us into eternal life in heaven and He alone can destroy and send unbelievers to hell. We are to be faithful followers of His Word. His ten commandments are very clear on how He is the only true authority. He has given us the gifts of life and marriage and sexuality and set up the way it is to be designed according to His plan. Yes, we’ve all sinned and broken the commandments and yet as repentant children of God, we have His grace and forgiveness in Christ alone.

1 Peter 3:15 tells us to be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the HOPE that is in you. It is in God’s Word and striving to be His faithful followers that allow us to see the hope for life in Christ alone! God’s Word and promises gives us plenty of reasons to be people of hope! God does not give up on us and wherever there is life; there is God’s grace and compassion! May we continue to be people of hope that share the good news of hope in Christ alone that offers healing and promise in this messy and sinful world.