Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 64)

Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 64)

GOD OF OUR FATHERS

A number of years ago, on a “Golden Oldies” radio station, a funny-man announcer would routinely break in and say:  “We don’t break the rules; we make them up as we go along.” After the initial chuckle, a sobering truth rolls in like a gray cloud.  This really is the creed of our times.  We hear it all the time:  “Whatever you think is right for you…if it feels good, do…

THE WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN

President Reagan stood at the Berlin Wall years ago and intoned a dramatic summons:  “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  Few expected that what Winston Churchill called “the iron curtain” would come down so soon.  It was such an imposing barrier for so many years.  It would almost take a miracle. But the Berlin Wall was nothing compared to the barrier of sin which…

A REVIEW OF THE BASICS

Sometimes it is good to review the basics – for our own understanding of what we believe, and to help others understand also.  The message of the Bible can be summed up in the three-fold motto of the Lutheran Reformation: By Grace Alone By Faith Alone By Scripture Alone GRACE ALONE We believe that all people are by birth and nature sinful, alienated from God.   We believe…

“LOOK AT THE FIELDS!”

The disciples show up just as Jesus has finished talking to a shady lady at Jacob’s well.  She has gone back to the village with her tale of a man who told her everything she ever did, a man who offered her living water, a man who must indeed be the Messiah, the Christ of God! Pointing to the fields of grain blowing in the breeze, Jesus reminds the disciples of their own…

A FAMILIAR VOICE?

In June of 1940, Hitler’s armies were poised to destroy the cornered British army stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. As the British people anxiously awaited word of their countrymen’s fate, a three-word message was transmitted from the besieged army:  “But if not…” The British public recognized the familiar words from the King James Version of the Bible…the words of…