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Pastor David Mohr

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A few people havr asked me to comment on the murders in Las Vegas.  I will tell you what I told them.  Jesus Christ gave up His life to forgive you.  He rose from the dead on Easter Sunday to give you a resurrection of your body and eternal life.


​Perhaps you find this a bit beside the point.  You may even find it a bit cold and unemotional.  It is not.  From the moment Adan and Eve ate that fruit in th eGarden of Eden,  this world has been filled with hatred and violence.  Eve's first borne son was the first murderer and very little has changed since then.  In fact it became so bade that Genesis 6 relates:  The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, " I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and bird of the heavens, for I am sorry that I made them."


​Because the thoughts of man were continually evil, the Lord sent a flood and illed all humanity except for Noah and his immediate family.  That changed nothing.  Down through time evil and murder have been constant part of life in this world.  Even great men of faith such as Moses, King David and St. Paul were murderers. Murder and threars of murder are so common place that most pass without notice.  Each day dozens of people are deliberately killed.  Nobody notices except when the rare story hits the news.  Last December, a professor at Drexel University, a teacher of our children, wrote that all he wanted for Chrstmas was "white genocide (the mass murder of white people in America)."  Yesterday Nancy Sinatra stated that she wished every member of the National Rifle Association would be killed.  Murder will remain a constant part of the human existence until the end of this world.


​As a pastor, how do I respond?  I respolnd by pointing you toward Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior. Murder is a feature of life in this world.  Jesus Christ has given you the key to another world, a world in which people treat each other right.  Jesus Christ has given you hope and a future.  In His death and resurrection you know that you will one day die in this world and wake in the world to come.  This world of death will vanish and the world of eternal life will open before you.  As a pastor, I do not bring you my opinions.  I observe the reality of this world and point you to the only one who can rescue you from it and take you into a better one:  Jesus Christ.


~ Pastor Mohr



 



 

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