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August 2014 Pastor's letter
Dear Fellow Followers of Jesus:
A phrase in the Bible that I see regularly is the phrase, “steadfast love.” The Lutheran Study Bible defines steadfast love as follows: “Steadfast love: Hebrew word is chesed, ‘loyalty’ to one’s community; most common term for God’s grace in the Psalms (125 times). Luther described chesed as ‘goodness in action’ (American Editon of Luther’s Works, Volume 14:50). … God’s unwavering devotion to the salvation of His people finds its fulfillment in the cross of Christ” (page 843).
Psalm 6:4 states, “Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.” Psalm 25:6-7 uses the words in the following way: “Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!” In Psalm 103:8 God is described this way: “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
Throughout the Book of Psalms the words, “steadfast love,” are used to teach us an important quality of God. We are sinners in need of mercy from God. We are people who cannot save ourselves from our sins no matter how good we try to be in life. We fail to show steadfast love to those around us on a regular basis. Our love can go from hot to cold toward others in a hurry. We are not good examples of steadfast love most of the time.
Steadfast love is all about God in Jesus Christ. Steadfast love points us to Jesus Christ and His saving mission. Jesus Christ is at the center of the Bible. The Old Testament points ahead to Jesus Christ. The New Testament points back to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God’s “goodness in action” as Martin Luther described the Hebrew word meaning, “steadfast love.” Our entire salvation is based on God’s steadfast love that sent Jesus Christ to die and rise again for us. God’s steadfast love is the best news ever for believers like you and I.

In Jesus Christ’s Service,
Pastor Richard Milbrandt

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