Be still; yes, still

Dear friends in Fallbrook,

In the face of a quaking earth, rising water, falling rocks, and roaring rivers, the Lord God said, “Be still.”

In the shadow of armed conflict, tortuous disease, emotional distress, and death itself, the Lord God said, “Be still.”

In the both the highs and lows of your life today God says the same thing. “Be still.”

“Be still, and know that I am God.” That beloved phrase comes from Psalm 46, a portion of the Bible that cries out for a foundation greater even than the bedrock of the earth itself and finds it in the God “who is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Long ago God offered peace. “Be still,” he said. He still offers the same. “Be still,” he says. “Yes, still.”

Next month we’re observing a major milestone in the history of God’s work in the world. October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran reformation of the church. Now, I mention this not because we’re primarily interested in something that happened in the past, but because the reformation is something happening still!

It pains me to know that many people think the message of Christianity is, “Believe in God, belong to a church, and behave yourself.” I’ll be the first to admit that Christians often have themselves to blame for that. I also know firsthand that such a message is no sure foundation for anything remotely close to what we’d call a satisfying life—to say nothing of a blessed death.

The message of Christianity is far deeper, more challenging, and more thrilling than, “Believe in God, belong to a church, and behave yourself.”

The message of Christianity is far deeper, more challenging, and more thrilling than that. And 500 years ago a movement began to restore that message, and today that movement continues still.

The good news found in the Christian message is still comforting, still hopeful, still, still needed, and still sure—still now, perhaps more than ever. Thankfully, the Lord our God still offers it freely. Come, listen, learn, hope, and be still—still.

Serving in Christ,

Pastor Bassett

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All people yearn for a foundation greater than even the bedrock of the earth. Many have found that foundation in the God who is our refuge and strength. In the face of political threats, natural disasters, and inner turmoil the Lord offers peace. “Be still,” he says. “Yes, still.” The message of Christianity is still needed, and still offered.

  1. Still Scripture — October 1, 2017
  2. Still Grace — October 8, 2017
  3. Still Faith — October 15, 2017
  4. Still Christ — October 22, 2017
  5. Still Glory — October 29, 2017

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The weekly sermon isn’t the pastor’s story, it’s the story of Jesus risen from the dead for you.

If all you hear from the pulpit each week is politics, moralizing, and life-lessons then you’re probably starving for some good news. Don’t go hungry.

Lutherans believe that Jesus Christ sets the agenda for what the pastor should preach. Jesus himself said, “Feed my sheep.” He also said, “Preach the gospel.” The gospel is good news—not good advice, good morals, or good ideas. As a Lutheran church, we won’t starve you with more commands to do this or do that, we’ll feed you with the Savior who forgives the very people who don’t keep the commands of God. So feast your ears on some good news at St. Stephen Lutheran.