Pastor Karl Galik

Pastor Karl Galik

Pastor Karl Galik is the Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Naples Florida.
Friday, 16 March 2018 12:39

Do You Need to Lighten Up1?

Do You Need to Lighten Up!? 

"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another."

- St Paul (1John 1.7)

You are Invited to Experience God this Sunday at Peace!

You've likely said it to others - and they to you, "Lighten up!"
Well, as it turns out, God, through Jesus, is supplying the same invitation.

The profound difference is it's not something we do but something we allow Jesus to do with us, for us!

You'll be invited to extend your hand within your personal darkness and trust Jesus will both lead you to the Light - but also be the Light in which you're walking! 

Come at 8:30AM and meet in the sanctuary for a time of prayer. 

Walk down the Early Learning Center Hall at 9:00AM to find a deep dive Bible study on the nature of "walking in the Light." 

10AM is the sacred conversation called worship. 

11AM is a Boy Scout prepared breakfast; hosting and fundraising to build a Memorial Garden at Peace! 

Leave from the total morning experience inspired and equipped to walk in the Light! 

Thursday, 08 March 2018 17:21

Are You Separate Yet Connected!?

Are You Separate Yet Connected!?

This is one of those fundamental theological and philosophical “both/and” tensions present on the planet!

If you stop and look, you’ll notice that life is everywhere…separate but connected! From the life of a healthy cell working within your body to the Body of Christ, God’s church, we are separate yet connected.

In this the second-to-last worship theme on Experiencing God, we’ll be inspired and equipped to change the world by changing ourselves. We’ll discover how God’s creation creatively reflects the nature of God Himself! We’ll be empowered and encouraged to make significant steps in mission because of the design of the Creator and the work of the Redeemer!

“So, we though many, are one Body in Christ!” – St Paul (Romans 12.5)

This and many other examples from God’s Word will take us to those places God is going, God is working and to which God is calling!

See you soon, Good Lord willing,

Friday, 02 March 2018 17:47

Are You at Home with God!?

Are You at Home with God!?

“If anyone love me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” – Jesus (John 14.23)

The success of a professional tennis player is dependent on conforming to his/her coaching. A musician in an orchestra must conform to the rhythm and musical interpretations of the conductor for the symphony to sound great. Parents are responsible to get compliance from their children to establish disciplines and respect boundaries.

This is Jesus’ essential point in the above Scripture. We experience him as a friend in our home when we conform to his calling; are obedient to his commands and follow his lead. The power of the cross comes alive in us through both forgiveness received and granted. The peace of God resonates through our lives from the confidence won in the resurrection.

The home of our soul is prepared for his visit as we “conform” – as we are shaped by His Word, obey his teachings and walk with him.

Come to worship to be inspired and equipped to obey and welcome Jesus and His Dad into the home of your soul!

Plan to stay afterwards for brunch to celebrate the company of God’s saints conforming to God’s will!
Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:39

Can You Stay Put and Go with God!?

Can You Stay Put and Go with God!?
"...any of you that cannot renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple."
                                                                                                                 - Jesus (Luke 14.33)

No...just like the cliché of wanting to have our cake and eat it too, we cannot stay where we're at AND go with God at the same time. And isn’t this at the root of the human struggle!? We want it all!

We want adventure – but not with all that risk.

We want comfort – but not without some excitement in our life.

We seek financial stability – and like to spend (or worse yet, charge it).

We want to enjoy ourselves – and not worry about sinning.

We seek forgiveness but are less inclined to spiritual disciplines designed to create holiness.

And so, into our torn tension between stability and surprise Jesus interjects sobering absolutes.

Here’s one. “...any of you that cannot renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple." - Jesus (Luke 14.33) Without question and with plenty of Biblical history as witness God calls us to adjust our life to him; to say “kaput” to staying put and put everything at the feet of Jesus.

But…here’s the paradox. By renouncing all that we have, we gain everything! By following on his adventure of discipleship, we gain stability. By letting go of ourselves, we gain our self as God created and redeemed it!

Come Sunday to be equipped and inspired for new paths that lead to familiar places!


Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:28

Exp God 7 Crisis of Belief

Do You Really Believe That What You Believe is Real!?

Ever Had a Crisis of Belief!?

The answer is most likely, but of course!

They’re quite common throughout the Bible; in history and, frankly in our day-to-day lives. In fact, where there is faith in Jesus, there is going to be a crisis of belief.

This is because those of us who live by faith are called on to translate faith into action, good works! The book of James states pretty definitively, faith without works is dead! (James 2.17)

So…we’re daily, maybe hourly called on to take action on God’s Promises.

Will we worry or trust?

Will we give of our first fruits, or leftovers?

Will we hold a grudge or seek reconciliation?

Will we seek the quick fix of feel good or believe God will provide the blessing…later on!?

Sunday is installment 7 in our Experiencing God journey through March. These next few weeks are a kind of “rubber-hits-the-faith-road” Biblical messaging. Come prepared to be challenged – but be prepared to receive the Gifts of God, the power of this Holy Spirit to lift high the cross and leave the sanctuary inspired and equipped to really believe that what we believe is real!

Other Things I’d Like You to Know…

After worship is the Hog Roast! Man oh man, Chef Tony has been rubbing his hands together anticipating cooking up a storm for us! Eat a light breakfast and then chow down on incredible BBQ pork and more! This one is a fund raiser, so you’re welcome to be generous beyond the requested $10/adult!

We’re honoring the work of the LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) this Sunday which will be recognizable by women in service in worship! We’re also utilizing this Sunday to launch the permanent recruitment of women ushers and worship assistants. Although new to the traditions of Peace, women in service in worship is thoroughly Biblical and sound doctrinally within the LCMS!

Next Wednesday’s Lent worship, at 7p will continue with the deep dive by delving into the stories of those who have faced their crisis of belief and, by the grace of God, translated faith into action! The Sonic Fall of Jericho (Joshua 6.1-5) follows the crisis of belief Joshua encountered when told to conquer a city in a most unconventional manner. Come be inspired and equipped to trust God when he promises victory in the most unconventional ways.


Pastor Karl
Do You Really Believe That What You Believe is Real?
Navigating Your Crisis of Faith in Lent

The entitled question is designed to invite (invoke?) a crisis of belief – which is something each and every disciple of Jesus is called to face. Can your faith withstand a reality check? Can it stand up to temptation? Unconventional obedience? Terrible, horrible odds? Violating the laws of physics? Total trust? Persistence in the face of a silent God? Our Lent journey is about finding out…  

Ash Wednesday, Feb 14th: Jesus’ Faces Off with the Devil when hungry and tired (Matthew 4.1-11) Come be inspired by Jesus’ refute of devilish temptation. Come be inspired and equipped to do the same when down and out!  

February 21st, The Sonic Fall of Jericho (Joshua 6.1-5) follows the crisis of belief Joshua encountered when told to conquer a city in a most unconventional manner. Come be inspired and equipped to trust God when he promises victory in the most unconventional ways.

February 28th, Gideon’s 90% Victorious Reduction in Force (Judges 6.33; 7.1-8) If you’ve ever felt insignificant, you’ll want to meet Gideon; part of the least of the tribes of Israel and youngest in his family. Still God selects him for overcoming outrageous odds with skill and military deception. Come be inspired and equipped to overcome the worst odds imaginable!

March 7th Jesus Walks On Water (& Peter Does a Little Bit) (Matthew 14.22) Come be inspired and equipped to get out of your boat and on top of Jesus’ calling. You can’t walk on water if you don’t get out of the boat!  

March 14th Rich Young Ruler’s Just One Thing Left to Do (Mark 10.17) Here’s a real crisis of faith if there ever was one. Sell all that you have and follow Jesus! What “one thing” keeps getting in your way!? Come be inspired and equipped to set it down, place it at the feet of Jesus and let him decide what to do with it. Yikes!

March 21st Canaanite Woman Whose World Went to the Dogs (Matthew 15.21) If your crisis of faith has to do with a felt lack of response from God, you’ll want to be here for this last Wednesday evening Lent midweek worship.

It is my prayer we all answer a resounding, “Yes” at the end of Lent and Holy Week! Yes, I do really believe that what I believe is real!

Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:39

Are You Interested in God's Perspective!?

Are You Interested in God’s Perspective!?

Your point of view can change everything.

How many times, in raising children did I say, “So that’s why Dad did that!” Only when I became a parent did it become apparent how the intricacies and complexities of parenting were understood only from the change in perspective.  

The Bible is designed to provide God’s perspective – in contrast to our own. Only when I read the Scriptures does it become apparent that, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14.12)

Actually, the Divine Perspective is so radically life-altering I’ve discovered we’re sometimes not really interested in seeing life from God’s Point of View. It’s too upsetting. Too challenging. Too…I don’t know… different than my own. And, once I know God’s Perspective, I can’t unknow it (so to speak). Seeing things from God’s Eyes can be – unsettling to say the least.

It also promises to be life-altering and completely freeing! Living every day, each day, one day at a time from God’s Perspective is an amazing way to celebrate life (more than just live it). From Jesus’ Perspective, He’s arrived on earth to provide for over-abundant life; life-squared; life-to-the max and beyond. (John 10.10)

We’re in Unit 6 of Experiencing God and ready to listen to God who speaks to us in Worship’s Word and Sacrament. We’re allowing the Spirit to show us where and how God is working – and then accept his invitation to see Life from his Perspective and live it over-abundantly!


Pastor Karl

And speaking of no brunch at 11AM – we’re having a Congregational Meeting instead, to approve the annual budget; and address any congregational questions. Catch a quick cup of coffee and a snack and then sign-in to our Congregational Meeting to deal with the King’s Business.

And speaking of Lent and Ash Wednesday – worship will inspire under the banner, “Do I Really Believe What I Believe is Real?” We’ll hear the stories of Biblical characters and modern-day disciples who have each had to go through their own “crisis of belief” and trust God for a blessed outcome!  Ash Wednesday will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and a more liturgical order of worship than we’ve typically practiced, including the imposition of ashes for those who choose.

You’ll also notice the piano and choir have been moved upfront. This has been done for acoustic reasons and increased seating availability. It looks like the arrangement of choir cantata Sundays.

Lastly, announcements at the end of worship have begun to become unwieldy as our congregational life begins to accelerate, so we’re providing an announcement summary handout as you exit the sanctuary and the same summary on our web site and emailed to your “door.”  
Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:11

Do You Hear God Speaking to You?

Do You Hear God Speaking to You?

It naturally raises suspicions, doesn’t it!? If someone says they’re hearing from God, you may be wondering about their medication. You likely take a step back and proceed cautiously.

If someone calls themselves a “prophet” or an “apostle” or some religious even cultic title and says they are hearing from God, it might be time to step away, maybe run away. The endless chatter of news and news alerts that find our phones love these kind of stories that make “religion” look stupid.

However, well beyond and above mental illness and devilish practices lies Biblical Truth that God does speak and his children, in faith, hear what he says. Jesus says, “Whoever is of God hears the words of God.” And in heated conversation with the Pharisees says, “The reason you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” (John 8.47)

In this week five of our twelve week “Experiencing God” journey, we’re proclaiming Biblical Truth on the how and what the Bible says about God speaking! And, as it turns out, God does have a lot to say about His loving pursuit of us; his merciful desire for us and his invitation to love him back!

You’re invited to a morning of transformation where we’ll listen to God who speaks and speak to God who listens! 
Saturday, 27 January 2018 12:11

Has God Manifest Himself to You?

Has God Manifest Himself to You?

Out of context, the title-question could sound like it is a part of a psychological examination, can’t it? “Has God appeared to you? Do you hear his voice? What is it telling you to do?”

Indeed, in my training as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I was instructed how to listen for “God talk” – people using supposed commands from God to support their unhealthy or unethical or illegal behavior.

On the other hand, Jesus points out a strong, healthy spiritual connection between loving him, obeying his commands and him “manifesting” (i.e., making himself visible) to us.

Jesus says, “Whoever has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father. I will love him and manifest myself to him.”  (John 14.21) The word in the New Testament has the sense of “showing oneself” or “appearing.” 

So…allow me to repeat the question in the Biblical context. Has God manifest himself to you? Has God manifest himself in you? Through you? Sunday’s Bible study (9a) and worship (10a) is a call by Jesus and the Father to love Him, obey his commands and wait and watch how He “manifests” himself, how he appears to you – and others around us. 

It’s not an abdication of responsibility, but taking full spiritual responsibility to love and obey – and trust he will appear! I know He’ll be there in Bread/Body, Wine/Blood. I know He’ll be there because more than two or three are gathered in his Name. I wonder how else he will appear through His people at Peace!? 

And, speaking of brunch, you are invited to our 11 AM (newly formatted) Sunday brunch prepared by Corey Grier, whom we’re calling our “Brunch Lady!” J  Corey is a member of Faith and with her husband, Quinton, a professional chef, are helping us upgrade our fellowship experience. For $5/adult and for free for kids, we’ll be treated to hot egg dishes and breakfast meats along with other fare! 

And, speaking of Children’s Ministry, introducing our new Children’s Ministry Director, Pan DiSarro! She will be launching our new children’s ministry on February 11th with an upgraded Children’s Church. We’ll begin there and grow as the Lord blesses. Pam also comes to us from Faith where she has led numerous and successful ministries for children. More to come, but for now, thank you Pam! 
Friday, 19 January 2018 10:36

Do You Believe You Are Loved?

Do You Believe You Are Loved?

Longing. Emptiness. Anxiousness. Thwarted emotional and spiritual development.

Some combination of these is likely if you do not believe you are loved. Psychologists know it. Therapists know it. Pastors know it.  Most importantly, you know this to be true. Those who are unloved struggle and suffer. Those who believe they are unloved by God struggle and suffer chronically, profoundly.

Enter the Pursuing God.

“I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” – God (Jeremiah 31.3)

“You did not choose me, but I chose you…” – Jesus (John 15.16)

“I stand at the door and knock…” – Jesus (Revelation 3.20)

Enter, you, the pursued person into a Loving Relationship with the God of the universe and the God of the cross.

Satisfaction. Fulfillment. Assurance. Maturing emotional and spiritual development!

Multiple combinations of these are the fruits of those who accept the Loving Relationship God the Father initiates through His Son, Jesus as enabled by the Holy Spirit!

This is the Good News at the center of our worship and Bible study this weekend! It’s really powerful stuff!

But wait – there’s more! J

This Sunday:

We’re welcoming new members to the vision and mission the Lord has given us!

We’re upgrading 11:00 AM Fellowship time to BRUNCH! Come prepared to enjoy eggs and such for a $5/person donation!

We’re having the blessing of the quilts – hundreds of “woman-hours” will be appreciated and sent out to global destinations!  

Oh- and by the way – the main point, you are loved.

Believe it! 

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