Pastor's Update

  Pastor's Update  
Each month, our pastor writes a personal message of encouragement for the members of Christ Lutheran.

Pastor's updates generally correspond to his updates in the monthly congregational newsletter, The Messenger

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Merrill, WI - WELS
June 2019
“But God out of his grace, his undeserved love for us, found us when we were lost.”

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21)

For the past few days I have traveled around Merrill with the purpose of getting lost. I did this in order to see the town and get to know it, and even if I couldn’t find my way back my GPS would have found my way home. But although I am not physically lost, I can feel lost in a different aspect. For the past five years I have served God’s people at my previous congregation and have gotten to know them and become close to them. But now I am here, and I don’t know you yet. I don’t know what you are like. I don’t know what the culture in Merrill is like. Therefore, there can be some nervousness, but I have the confidence that the Lord called me here and he will use me to serve you as your pastor.

Although I don’t know you yet, what I do know is what you have been through the past year and a half. During that time, you may have felt lost. There might have been some nervousness about how to move forward, or even if you could move forward. But look at what the Lord has done for you. The Lord did not abandon you and what you have done the past year and a half he has blessed, and he will continue to bless this congregation through his Word and sacraments.

But this isn’t something we deserve. By nature, we are lost and condemned in our sins and trespasses, and we are the ones who put us in this condition when mankind disobeyed God. Not only did we put ourselves in this condition we had no desire to release ourselves from this condition. We were content being lost and we would have remained that way until we were forever lost from God in hell.

But God out of his grace, his undeserved love for us, found us when we were lost. He found us by becoming one of us, not in the sense as a sinner, but in the sense that he took on our humanity to bring us salvation. Jesus lost his life in order to take away our sins. But then Jesus found his life again by rising from the dead. His resurrection guarantees that our sins are forgiven, and since Jesus lives and ascended into heaven, he is watching over our lives guiding us and blessing us. Therefore, as we move forward into a new chapter as a congregation let us have this confidence that we are not lost. And as we turn to the right or to the left, know that God is behind us saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

- Pastor Neal Behm

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Merrill, WI - WELS

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