St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: Christians are salt and light
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Last Sunday the gospel lesson for the fifth Sunday of Epiphany at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge was read from the holy gospel according to Matthew the fifth chapter. "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

Jesus was using salt and light, two things that people were familiar with, to demonstrate to the crowds of people how a disciple of Christ should spread the good news. Salt was used to flavor and preserve food, but when salt has lost its usefulness and becomes flavorless, it becomes like a person who does not exude the love of Christ in their lives. If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God and become worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else. Instead, they should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food. Likewise, believers are the light of the world. Disciples of Christ should shine God's light on this world. If believers live for Christ, they will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. Believers nurture that light by study of his Word, the Bible. Christians, be a beacon of truth, don't shut your light off from the rest of the world.

Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship, adult Bible study, and Sunday School. The women's Bible study is Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Monecke's home and Wednesday evening Bible study is "Saints and Sinners" beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Third Thursday Fellowship for community senior citizens will be Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. A World Day of Prayer service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 7. Everyone in the community is welcome. The peace of Christ be with you always.
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