Message from Pastor

Friends in Christ,


     Martin Luther said, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.” God’s Word is powerful. It is described as sharper than a double-edged sword, able to discern the heart and the motivations of a person. As Lutherans, we love to talk about how God’s Word, contains both God’s Law and Gospel, and how important it is to keep those parts of scripture distinct. The Law says “do” and the Gospel says, “done.” God’s Law kills the old sinful self that we contend against daily, and His Gospel resurrects us to a new life in Christ Jesus, our Savior and Friend.

     There have been many times in my life, when confronted with a conflict or setback, my mind runs back to some phrase or sentence from God’s Word. I believe those times are not just human memory tricks to give comfort, but the work of the Spirit of God within my heart, soul, and mind. It describes the work the Holy Spirit in John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

     Those moments of reflection are a source of strength in my daily life, and I am sure in yours as well. Even if you cannot find the exact verse, the idea, the phrase, the promise stays with you wherever you find yourself throughout the week.

     The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God, which is some technical theological language, to say that we believe that God’s Word is true, and it doesn’t contradict itself. We can and should rely on God’s Word daily, as we walk in faith throughout our lives. It is a great privilege to be called to serve Redeemer Lutheran Church, to proclaim the promises of God in Christ Jesus among you. We, as the Church, are the body of Christ. We are gathering around God’s Word, celebrating His Sacraments, as the Church always has done so, until that great shout of acclamation happens, when “every knee shall bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Phil. 2:10-11).

     My prayer for you is that as Luther wrote about the Living Word grabbing a firm grip on his life that God’s Word would continue to do so among us and those whom God has placed into your life.

     Another quote from Luther is whimsical and yet bound to the truth, “The Devil fears the word of God, He can't bite it; it breaks his teeth.” When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He stood upon the Word of God to fight back and break the teeth of that ancient foe. Some good news is that we can too can join Jesus, standing on the same Word of the Lord, and then respond with lives echoing gratitude, saying “Thanks be to God.”


In His Grip, Pastor Ryan Honeycutt