Stained Glass Round

Message from the Pastor
from the Bethel Beacon

            Bethel Lutheran Church       Bemidji, Minnesota

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JUNE and JULY of 2018


The Greeks had a story to illustrate the power of positive goodness to drive out the negative force of evil. It was about the sirens that sang so sweetly that sailors, hearing their music, could not resist the temptation to go toward them. This always brought the sailors to their destruction. Finally, however, they solved their problem; they put better music on the ship than that which came from the sirens outside. When Orpheus sang, the sirens lost their appeal.

When I lived in western North Dakota, I used to hunt on Freddy’s ranch. He only asked one thing: “Be sure to close the gate when you pass through it.” He didn’t want his cattle to wander from his ranch onto the government pasture land that bordered his own. This is exactly what God does for us. He closes the gate on our yesterdays so that past sins cannot break into our today. They are forgiven and forgotten. He gives us a fresh start and a new song every morning. Jesus requests us to do the same to my neighbor. “Love keeps no record of wrong…”(I Cor. 13:5). Grudges should be dropped at the close of the day. When the gate is closed, the irritations can’t wander from one pasture to another. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins”(Eph. 1:7). That’s the right song to sing and will keep us from following the seducing sirens.

Rev. Mark Kindem


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