Pastor's Weekly Message
August 17, 2017
Dear members of our Calvary family:
   Do you like to go tent camping? It’s always great to be outdoors. Who doesn’t love the beauty of God’s world and time away from the stress of every-day life? But even the most ardent camper would have to agree that after a while, you want something more comfortable and permanent than a sleeping bag and a tent. After an adventure into the outdoors, it always feels good to be home.  But as good as it is to be home, earthly homes aren’t permanent either. In fact, God’s Word compares all our life to an extended camping trip! “Here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). Life this side of eternity is like always living in a tent. While there may be days of adventure and joy, life “in this earthly tent” also includes dreary days, days of discomfort and pain, days of sadness – even death all because of our sin. Facing death can be a frightening prospect if we don’t know what comes after it. That’s why Jesus means so much to us! Jesus “tented” among us. Only he never once marred his earthly life with sin. Rather, he took all our sin and suffered and died for it. he then rose from the dead to prove that he paid for our sin in full.
   Because of Jesus we have the hope that “if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a
building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1).  Jesus has taken care of the Problem that underlies all of our problems. Because of him, we have eternal life. Never take him, his Word and Sacrament or his Church and its ministry for granted. Through these means he strengthens us as every day we pitch our earthly tent one step nearer to our eternal home. Through the gospel power the Holy Spirit will keep us in faith
until the day we enter heaven’s gate and exclaim, “It’s good to be home!”
   Keep in your prayers Pete Sachs who injured his back and hip in a fall from a ladder as he painted his house.  He will be in a hard shell and using a walker for 6-8 weeks as he recovers.  Also keep in your prayers Ron Enderle who is recovering from a broken femur at Chandler Regional Hospital and will be going to an acute rehabilitation center.  May the Lord give both of them speedy recovery.
Pastor Martin Spaude

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