January 8th, 2021

Justified!

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 5:1

The past ten months have been a tragic display of egregious acts against fellow Americans and our property. We have seen businesses destroyed, police departments burned, and Wednesday the United States Capital ransacked. But that is not the worst part. The bones of our fellow Americans have been broken mentally and physically, people have been shot, and lives have been taken. Ten months of disgusting behavior. It doesn’t matter what “side” people are on, one must admit that property and the precious lives of our fellow Americans have been destroyed. Incredibly, we would not teach our children to act this way yet underwritten by ideological views the chaos is somehow “justified.” This is nothing new. In the annals of history throughout the world, we see the horrors of human judgment and the bloody trail left behind. 

Judea was no exception. King Herod was ruling when Magi from the East came for a visit. They asked the King, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?” Herod was not happy, and he devised a plan. He told the Magi to report back to him so that he could come and worship this king. God intervened via an angel and told the Magi not to return and they didn’t. God intervened again and told Joseph to leave for Egypt because bloodthirsty Herod would search for and destroy baby Jesus. Joseph led his family to Egypt, but all the baby boys of Bethlehem were destroyed. The horrors of human judgment will never thwart God’s divine purpose - no person, no nation, no king, no ideology, no riots, no looting, no murders.  

We all deserve God’s wrath and his condemnation, we do. We try hard to justify our actions, and justify ourselves, but apart from Jesus, we humans are helpless and alone wandering the blood-stained streets looking for justification. But when the smoke clears and the blood is washed down the gutters, we realize our attempts are futile. Looking to justify our violent actions will lead to nothing but death and destruction – the past ten months underscores that. Let us repent of our sins as a nation, let us turn to our crucified and risen Lord, Jesus. Let us ask for our Lord’s mercy. 

I have really good news for you today: we are justified, not by the blood of our fellow Americans, but by the blood of Jesus. The Apostle Paul states,

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. – Romans 5:9-11

Incredibly, the prophecies in Matthew chapter 2 were fulfilled and Jesus was spared for a purpose. He wasn’t spared to make awesome furniture (although I am sure he made a great kitchen table). Jesus wasn’t spared just to teach and preach (we all know he was the best). Jesus was spared for one purpose – to die for you taking all of your sins upon himself and giving his righteousness- That is justification. 

We have been reconciled to Christ in his death and resurrection, let us be reconciled to one another. Let us love one another as Christ loved us. Let us not focus on our differences, but focus on what Jesus did for ALL people, even YOU. May God’s peace rule in your hearts tonight and let us love one another as Christ loves us. 

May God Bless America

Austin

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January 10th, 2021

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Nursery for Newborns – 2 year olds.
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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • Our nation and our leaders.

  • Opal, who was hospitalized with a fever and stomach issues.

  • George Kerr, who is suffering from severe back pain.

  • Sue, Dave Carle's mother who is struggling with her health

  • Glenn Kraft, Austin's Uncle, who is recovering from surgery.
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  • Juan Marcez, who is recovering from Covid.

  • For all those in our church and community who are sick with COVID and other sicknesses. We also pray for families who are quarantined.

  • Leslie and Don's grandson, Weston, who is now home after surgery- thanks be to God!

  • Roy Sande, a friend of the Krafts, who is in his final days here on earth, but anxiously awaits the life to come with Jesus. May God's peace be with him and his family.

  • Carol Proffitt, who is recovering at home.

  • Alex Marchetti and his family, as he continues to recover from medical complications but is doing well.

  • Jack Swedlund and his wife Tanya, as Jack is in hospice care at home suffering from cancer.

  • strength, comfort and support for Carol who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her.

  • Virginia Hurd, who is at Castle Peak and is very weak. Pray for all the residents and staff of Castle Peak.

  • complete healing for Sal and his father Alex Marchetti as they continue to recover. Pray for strength for Lisa and Kathy as they care for them.

  • everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Connie Kerr; Jack; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Brad Bluhm; Rance Ketterling; little Sal Marchetti; Amanda; Jonette; Carol; Jerry; and Suzanne.

  • everyone affected by illness, surgery or accidents - wisdom for doctors, peace of mind for patients and loved ones, and answers and best treatments revealed.
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
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Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101
Email: Austin@GraceGypsum.com 

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, austin@GraceGypsum.com 
Nancy Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 303-870-3433, njokraft@yahoo.com
Susan Flock, App and Website, 970-361-4771, flock21@aol.com
Israel Hernandez, Worship Team Leader, 970-331-6177, Israelh08@hotmail.com
Jesse Meryhew, High School Youth Leader, 970-390-3617 jesseleemeryhew@gmail.com
Pastor Dan Rohlwing, Pastor Emeritus in Memoriam

Sunday Schedule during COVID-19
Worship Services: 9:00 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am services.

Affiliation
Grace Fellowship is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (lcms.org).

Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

Proclaim Jesus as Savior. 
Nurture faith in Jesus. 
Serve in the name of Jesus.

Our Purpose
Embrace Christ!