Shepherd Notes June 2024
                                         

Sheherd notes
Remember the Sabbath Day, keeping it Holy

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.  For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.  Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Revelations Chapter 3

      It is very easy for us to become complacent during the summer months in worship and our walk with Christ.  After all, there is so much for us to do.  There are cabins, fishing, vacations, family reunions, and many other wonderful activities.  Those things are really neat and we should enjoy them, for they are gifts from God.  However, when we begin to rationalize that we deserve a break from God’s Word, His sacraments, and worship, our break turns into something that distances us from God. 
     In our text, Jesus was speaking to the Laodicean church.  He was not just speaking to the church, He was rebuking them.  The Laodicean’s material abundance made it easy for them to imagine that they had little need for spiritual things.  They were very comfortable.  They were growing self-satisfied and indifferent to their faith.  Though the church at Laodicea may have looked good enough outwardly, it had grown self-satisfied and thus indifferent to growing in faith and spreading the Word.
     Becoming complacent and self-satisfied about our Christian walk can be as destructive as outright hostility and persecution.  True spiritual riches come from an active faith; a faith that, through the help of the Holy Spirit, is constantly strengthened by the Word, the Lord’s Supper, and the daily remembrance and life in the gift of baptism. Despite our common failing, Christ still comes to us in His Word and sacrament, granting repentance and forgiveness.  Week after week, throughout the whole summer, and every month, our Lord, with the help of the Holy Spirit, will be at His church.  He will be there giving forgiveness, life, and salvation.  He will be there strengthening faith and giving only the peace that He can provide.   He will be at His church, just waiting to be received by His people.  No matter what time of the year it is, it is important that all of us continue to hear His Word and receive His sacraments. 
    The reason we need to receive what our Lord has given us is so our faith can continue to be strengthened.  Our faith must be strengthened so that we can stay in the faith and do the work that our Lord wants us to do.  I pray that you have a great summer.  I pray that you are able to spend many great moments with your family, but don’t forget about our precious Lord Jesus Christ.  You my friends, are so blessed to be a child of God.  Words cannot describe how blessed you are to have Jesus as your Lord and Savior! 

                                                                                             

                                                                                             Pastor Brian