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Mt. Zion Lutheran Church
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The week of January 20 2019
Sun, Jan 20, 2019
9:00 am Mt. Zion Worship

Mt. Zion Congregation: Worship Service

Mon, Jan 21, 2019
2:30 pm Church Council
Tue, Jan 22, 2019
Wed, Jan 23, 2019
Thu, Jan 24, 2019
9:00 am Quilters
10:00 am Choir Practice
Fri, Jan 25, 2019
Sat, Jan 26, 2019
Small Talk 

For many people, the New Year is a time to make resolutions about what they need to do better: Lose ten pounds, exercise more, be more patient with other members of the family, set higher goals for one’s self. Resolutions inevitably center on what we must do.

We Christians find it better to emphasize what Christ does for us: He defeats death, that death that fills us with fear, so much fear that we are afraid of doing certain things like turning the other cheek, loving our enemies, telling the truth even if the truth should kill us, loving our spouse as Christ loves us. Because Christ defeats death and thereby does away with the fear that keeps us bound, we don’t speak of what we must do, but what we are now free to do, for we are no longer bound.

People who live by the law—and new year’s resolutions are essentially law—focus on what they must do, whereas people who live by the gospel focus on Christ and what he has done. He has unbound us, set us free. Before Christ set us free, we were like compressed springs; Christ has done away with whatever it was that was compressing those springs. It isn’t the springs that do the springing, but Christ’s taking away whatever it was that was compressing those springs that enable them to spring.

The new life Christ calls us to live is not something we bring about, but rather something that Jesus makes possible by freeing us from the fear that has kept us bound from ever loving as Christ has loved us. And to keep Christianity Christ’s work and not our work, God gathers us together at least weekly to unbind us and set us free by reminding us what Christ has done for us and our salvation.

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church
5645 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417



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