golter's mussings August 2019

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • More shootings: Scarred souls

    August 9, 2019

    More shootings, more innocent victims, more… Please God, no more.

    Every tragedy is more than skin deep; the soul is wounded, deeply wounded. Eyes don’t capture the depth of hurt

    .Commentators scramble for a right cure and proper solution: less guns, more treatment for the mentally ill, stronger families, less hatred; these all may help. But the deep darkness and hurt of the human soul is not healed by solutions from below.

    The Church, though, remains God’s answer. How so? It’s not the Church per se, but what’s been given to her, Jesus Christ Himself.Last week, I attended the third of three weekends of Doxology training in Kansas City; the intent is to better the pastor. It was a clear reminder that pastors are to take care of the soul. They don’t bring people nice concepts or a few pious platitudes to bring a better mood to face the day.

    They bring Jesus. Through words spoken and preached, Jesus Himself teaches that His Word offers and generates true life. “The words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and life,” (John 6:63). Only Christ’s words work life in the midst of brokenness and death.

    Violence is not new for Jesus. His first-created family had a brother murder his brother, Cain killing Abel (Genesis 4:8). And, remember, the violence afforded to Jesus Himself on the Cross for your sins.

    In the most remarkable way, humanities’ violence and hatred to Jesus — His own deep wounds — is the Father’s balm for scarred souls. “And with His wounds we are healed, (Is. 53:5c).

    Scoffers will mock the Church, of course. Expect their casting of doubt.We offer what we’ve been given.And God does the needed healing.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

  • Throw a sunshine bomb

    August 15, 2019

    Words happen; harsh and biting words get thrown your way.

    What do you do? Smirk? Attack? Withdraw?

    Here’s a suggestion: Throw a sunshine bomb!

    Not with an attitude of resentment but of openness and all genuineness.

    And say, “Anything else you want to tell me.”

    So was the suggestive response by one of the presenters at the Doxology conference in Kansas City two weekends ago.

    More ears, less mouth.

    Per a Cigna 2018 survey, nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone or left out. Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) is the loneliest generation.

    Lonely people are all around. And, they react out of need or hurt. You do, too.

    God built people for community. God built people with ears to hear and also to speak.Paul says in Colossians 4:6. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

    Part and parcel of your baptismal aroma is a defenseless attitude. With confidence that Christ has owned all of your sin, you have no edge about you. You are what you are; you own what you need to own. And, you put the other’s needs ahead of yours.

    Just as Christ did and does for you.Throw a sunshine bomb!

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran