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Thanks for visiting. We’re excited about what pilotknob.org can offer to both members of Pilot Knob Lutheran and the surrounding community. There are many churches in the North Iowa area, each with its unique ability of serving in the Body of Christ. We pray you find the congregation God has chosen for you to serve.

We encourage you to not only take a look around, but also tell us about your visit: how you use the web site, and what you’d like to see added to pilotknob.org. We desire to be a resource for the Christian and non-Christian alike. Thank you, and may God enrich your day.

We hope you’ll visit us in person, too! We’re a short drive from numerous communities: Forest City, Fertile, Hanlontown and Joice, Iowa.

Rev. Robert Snitzer Rev. Robert Snitzer
pastorbob@pilotknob.org

Christ has come and is coming again

Christmas is upon us once again and it is important to be reminded of its true meaning and importance every year. As we listen to the Christmas carols we are reminded of the themes of peace, love, sharing, praise and great joy. Secular music also bears similar themes, but will include Santa Claus, giving, reindeer, gifts and parties. Overall the theme is one of joy, happiness and celebration.

Christmas is a holiday
where the corridors of heaven
echo the announcement that
the end is about to begin.

Christmas is a time when something tremendously unnatural occurred, something that altered the course of human history 2000 years ago and continues today. That supernatural event was Almighty God expressing his deep love for us by becoming a human being like you and me. The God of all creation who is spirit took on flesh, entered our world to show us what God is like and to show us how we can be at peace with him. But he also came to confront the enemy of peace, joy and life itself, to challenge the supernatural power of darkness. This power is not a blind, impersonal force or the collective elements of what is bad in our world.

“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
 —I Peter 5:8

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
 —John 10:10a
Our enemy is a spiritual being that rebelled against God by wanting to be like him. He was thrown out of heaven along with many angels and earth is his last stop before proceeding to hell for all eternity. That is our enemy who never sleeps, nor does he stop trying to destroy our life and render faithless everyone he can. He wants to take as many to hell with him as possible.

God warned us from the outset that his Son would come to earth to rescue us from Satan and spiritual darkness.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
 —Genesis 3:15
This is the meaning of Christmas; this is why God had to become physically human so he could suffer. Not exactly a pleasant reason to come into our world, but I’m very grateful.

Christmas is a holiday where the corridors of heaven echo the announcement that the end is about to begin, his promise is being fulfilled, that God loves you and me very much, and that he is willing to lay down his innocent life for our guilty ones. His love is so strong and powerful he is willing to wait as long as possible for people to come and follow him. How gracious is our God!

All too often we only see half the picture; a wonderful story of a baby born in humble circumstances surrounded by stars, music, angels and great joy. We forget that this great joy is rooted in suffering, death and rejection. From the very beginning of his life on earth, our great enemy tries to either kill him or commit some kind of sin which would render him useless and powerless to help anyone. But Satan is not that powerful and his authority is controlled by God himself. He would soon face defeat as Jesus would die and rise, to rescue you and me from sin and an empty life on earth. It is in knowing Jesus that all of life bursts forth with meaning and value along with inner joy and peace.

This is Christmas, whose purpose will never change and God’s work will last an eternity. Give the greatest gift of all; share Jesus with family and friends.

 —Pastor Bob

 



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