Pastor’s Perspective:

May 2021 

Pastor Paul Mattson

“I live as an alien in the land” (Psalm 119:19a) 

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) 

I’m glad that I am not living as an alien in this land. I am a citizen of this country. I enjoy the many benefits of living here. What a privilege to live in this land! I am very thankful that the United States will be my home for the rest of my life. 

The verse above says: “But our citizenship is in heaven.” Which means we have a place to go when our life is completed here. Jesus goes ahead to prepare a place for us. Someday, he will come back to take us to this place called heaven. 

Jesus has paid a very high price so that we can have citizenship in heaven. He gave his life for us. He died for our sins. He paid the penalty for our sins. Some day He will say: “Come on home, I have a place for you.” 

In the meantime, we have some work to complete as citizens of the USA. And when that work is done, we will enjoy our citizenship in the place called heaven. 

Let us pray– Thank you Lord Jesus, for the blessing of being a citizen in this land. Thank you for adopting us into your family through Holy Baptism. Thank you for the promise and joyful anticipation of having a “citizenship in heaven.” Amen! 

Pastor Paul 


Immanuel’s Vision Statement 

A vibrant and diverse community of faith where lives are changed;
Where people of all ages are invited and challenged
To become disciples of Jesus in their daily lives;
Where real people experience healing, help, hope and harmony

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