From the Pastor’s Desk

In The Word

When I was in my final year at the seminary, the Synod President, Al Barry, came and spoke to us. He talked about the ministry, and offered some bits of wisdom that he had gained throughout his own ministry. One of the things that he mentioned was how necessary it is to be
“in the Word.”

To that end, I would like to focus on being “in the Word.” In John 17:17, Christ said “Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth.” The word sanctify means to make holy or to set apart something for holy use. God’s Word sets us apart, and makes us holy, by renewing our faith, strengthening it, and giving us wisdom. In John 17:15, Christ said “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” The way God keeps us from the evil one is by means of His Word.

In Romans 1:16, St. Paul wrote “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” God’s word is powerful, able to create faith and to keep us in that faith. His Word is able to make us holy by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit, who creates a new nature within us, one that delights in God’s will. Paul also tells us that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

So my hope and prayer is that we will all spend time in Holy Scripture, reading and studying it so that our faith and love may increase. I would invite everyone to our Tuesday bible study, which meets at 1:00. (We’ll be paused in July, but will restart on August 6 at 1:00pm). In the fall, our Sunday Morning Bible Study will begin once again. There are also many bible reading plans available on the internet that can be an aid in reading through Scripture.

In Christ,

Rev. David L. Putz, Pastor
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (LCMS)
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Good things are happening at Holy Cross!  Praise God for that.  When we keep Word and Sacrament ministry at the heart of what we do, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is sown.  As we share the Word, God gives the growth and we rejoice as humble stewards of the God who changes lives and hearts.  Help us always, Lord, to keep Your Word at the center of our life together under your Holy Cross!

Please continue to pray for our congregation and each other.  Don’t forget to visit our church website www.holycross-crawfordsville.org to find links for all our services on YouTube.