Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Shouting from the rooftops
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Cautioning how the ministry in Jesus’ name may meet with opposition but as disciples one is required to have absolute trust in God and exhibit an unswerving commitment to the Lord were the thoughts provided in the homily of the Rev. Wally Schievebein, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Second Sunday after Pentecost.

While at one time observing one’s religion was kept a secret for fear of persecution, Jesus told his disciples to shout from the rooftops their beliefs. One was told to believe that nothing can be covered up nor kept secret but all will be made known on the day of redemption. One should not fear those who might kill the body because they can not kill the soul. Rather one should fear he who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Jesus promises the disciples that those who acknowledge him before others, he will not deny before his Father in heaven. Contrary, anyone who denies God before others, Jesus will deny before God in heaven. God does not want for one to whisper their beliefs, but rather proclaim them louder and louder. Some people have reverted back to whispering what they believe.

One should follow another track in which one proclaims and gives voice to their joy and love so all will recognize they are a part of God’s family. Theological, ethical, and worship issues can and do divide families. Each person likely has friends and family members whose understanding of God’s will is remarkably different or even inimical to theirs. One can try to work through these disagreements or agree to disagree.

One has many roles in life, but sometimes question the one they follow. There should be nothing one can not proclaim in their beliefs. At the final moment, all will stand before God and nothing about their actions or activities will remain hidden. God has promised all will be forgiven and not remembered. These actions are in the past and should cause no worry. Only those not willing to take up the cross and follow will be found unworthy.

Good Shepherd reaches out with a spirit led by joy, love and service to invite others in the area to visit and participate in the church. Please come to the service on June 29 at 9:30 a.m. and perhaps join the Adult Sunday School class at 10:45 a.m.
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