March 2018  
Bible Search
March Messages


Charles Handy wrote, “I know people who attract other people’s problems like a magnet; I know managers who see  it as their duty to solve all their subordinates’ problems for them and I know very caring people who want to save their aging parents from any decision at all.”

Solving others’ problems is something many of us secretly relish.  Again, Handy, “…isn’t it lovely, sometimes, to be given a problem, to be the expert, the responsible one, carrying the burdens of the world, or at least of the family or the firm?  And isn’t it hard to say ‘no’, to say that he or she must decide, it’s their responsibility, when you know that you could do better?”

But returning the responsibility is also an act of love.  “…I’ve come to learn,” notes Handy, “that it’s often kinder to hand it back, because it’s only by managing their own choices that people learn to grow and be free.”

             Managing one’s own choices comes with its temptation to ‘leave it to the Lord.’  Here the Christian is tempted to pass the buck on to God, thus getting off the hook of personal responsibility.  But, if the final judgment means anything, it means the buck stops with me and the Lord holds me responsible for my life’s decisions.  Because our Lord knows that choices sometimes weigh heavily, he stands ready to guide us by his Spirit and to support us in acting as his responsible children. 

The Christian’s confidence lies in knowing oneself as a child of God, claimed by the Lord in baptism and blessed by the guidance of his Spirit.  God does not guarantee that every choice made or decision one arrives at will be the right one.  We all make poor judgments and wrong choices from time to time.

Faith accepts the privilege of Christian responsibility in a world that has few black and white choices.  Faith does not defer responsibility to God but rather trusts the Father’s love and his Spirit’s wisdom in facing life’s challenges.  Luther’s advice to his colleague Melanchthon, who was afraid to act for fear of doing the wrong thing, was, “Sin boldly, and trust more boldly in the grace of Christ.”  In other words, don’t be intimidated by your fears; remember that the grace of Christ is far greater than any bad decision you might make. 


- Rex

Security in Christ
    “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. [28] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28
Who would not like to enjoy security?
     Job security, secure health, security of our belongings; unfortunately these things are short lived, here today and gone tomorrow. Although security of lifethat we say we have does not take effect until one dies and practically speaking, that our families might not worry about the bills that go along with our death, and that our children might have better economic solvency. But there is something about which we must be sure and that is our Salvation in Jesus Christ.
    There is a plant called hinojo marino that grows only in the rocks close to the sea. Although it grows close to where the waves of the sea rise, it does not grow where the salt water can reach. On one occasion a group of shipwrecked sailors climbed up some very sharp rocks, fleeing the rising sea. One of the sailors saw a flowering plant of hinojo marino. He immediately shouted for joy, assuring his companions that they were out of danger. It was possible that the waters might come very close but they would never reach the place where they were.
     Perhaps we are surrounded by threats and irritations of desperation, afflicted by doubts and temptations. The testimony of Christ about who he is and what he can do for us makes us feel a great security. He said, “He who is in my hands, no one will snatch away.”
    but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. Hebrews 3:6
     Our security is in the great love that God has for us, that nothing and no one can separate us from the one who gave His life for us.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us and protecting us from the dangers that surround us. We ask you in the glorious name of Jesus your beloved Son to pardon our sins and help us in our weaknesses because we want always to be secure under your divine protection. Amen.
Contents © 2018 Hope Lutheran Church / Iglesia Luterana Hope | Church Website Provided by | Privacy Policy