Pastor’s Perspective:

March 2021 

Pastor Paul Mattson

“Our Father…rescue us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13 

We all have two things in common. We all have the same enemy, and we all have a need to be rescued from the evil one. 

Movies and novels seem to enjoy the theme of rescue missions. A few select individuals, going behind enemy lines, endangering themselves, but willing to risk their own safety for the sake of those held captive. 

This prayer, from Matthew’s gospel, has been prayed by so many down through the generations. Prayed by those who were held captive by awful memories that scarred their heart and soul, or an unwillingness to forgive or be forgiven for what seemed so unforgivable. 

Read the scripture accounts of God’s people and you’ll find the cry for help from the enemy is everywhere. You also read in the scriptures about our God who sends angels, prophets, kings, men and women of faith to rescue those whom he loves. 

Still, we are captives. I being one of them. 

So I, along with you, confess that “I am in bondage to sin and cannot free myself.” But this I know and believe – the rescuer is Jesus Christ. Through His death the rescue operation is fully underway, and by His resurrection I am set free. 

Lord Jesus, rescue us this day from words and actions that hold us hostage. Amen 

Blessed season of Lent, 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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