Pastor's Weekly Message


 

February 21, 2019
 
Dear members of our Calvary family:
 
   The Sunday School teacher was describing that when Lot's wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted. "My mommy looked back once while she was driving," he announced, "and she turned into a telephone pole." A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt." His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"

   These are some humorous stories about Lot's wife.  But what happened to her is not funny at all.  When Lot’s wife “looked” back on Sodom it was with longing. She yearned for life to go on as it had. Apparently she had no qualms about living in such a sinfully filthy place as Sodom. But as she looked back, the judgment meant for Sodom’s inhabitants overtook her. Either God miraculously turned her skin and bones into a salt deposit or the salty sulfur falling from the sky buried her where she stood, the way the ash from Mt. Vesuvius buried people in Pompey.
  We need to take this as a warning and remember Lot’s wife when we think we can hold to heaven’s treasures and this world’s trash at the same time. It doesn’t work. Sooner or later we won’t be content to hold on to this world’s trash with one hand. We’ll want more – more house, more car, more toys and then we are in danger of letting go of heaven without even realizing it to reach for this world’s junk with both hands. That kind move will only bring trouble.
   Our greatest treasure is the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus our Savior.  This forgiveness assures us of peace with God, that glorious peace that surpasses all understanding.  May we hold to our Lord and his Word every day.
   I look forward to seeing you in church this weekend as the Lord comes to us through his Word.  May our hearts always yearn to give our God his praises.

Pastor Martin Spaude

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