Our logo is more than an attractive piece of artwork based on a design original to Martin Luther in the early 1500's. We recently celebrated 500 years of the reformation, which began when Martin Luther posted his ninety five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. "Luther's Rose" is an enduring symbol of that time, and we use it today because it beautifully represents the Gospel message that is at the heart of living a lifestyle of reconciliation.
The gold circle symbolizes our most precious gift – eternal life in heaven – where we will enjoy complete joy and happiness with Jesus Christ, our Savior.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
The sky blue background stands for the joy of the new life and hope of reconciliation, both today and for eternity that God gives to all who believe and trust in Him for life and salvation.
"May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ... May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
(Romans 15:5-6, 13)
The white rose helps us remember the work of the Holy Spirit who brings us to faith, strengthening us with His comfort and peace and equipping us to live a lifestyle of reconciliation as we grow in faith.
"Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
The red heart represents the love God has for us in sending Jesus to be our Savior who shed His blood for our forgiveness - even for our daily conflicts; large and small.
"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.:
In the center is a black cross that reminds us that Jesus died to take the punishment for our sins, even the sin of daily conflicts. Jesus is the center of our lives, the Gospel is at the center of reconciliation, and reconciliation is at the center of the Gospel!
"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
(2 Corinthians 15-21)
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