Our Mission...... As men, women, and children united in faith in Christ Jesus, we believe he commanded us to “go and make disciples.” We therefore will proclaim the Gospel of Christ through our words and actions to the community, campus, and others. We will teach God’s word in its truth and purity to help each other grow and mature in faith preparing us, God’s people, for “works of service.”
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, River Falls, WI
545 Apollo Road
River Falls, WI 54022
Revelation 1:4b-8, Pastor Clayton Welch
Of all the things that this only King could have chosen to show forth his glory, he picked this one thing: to redeem us by his suffering and death, that we should live with him for all eternity! All by itself that defines the nature of grace. How we long to see him as he is, to worship him perfectly, whose greatest triumph was the cross for us and for our salvation! Some day we shall; for he has promised it, he who is our King, the center of all that can be spoken that is true and good, the ruler of time and eternity.
It is God's nature to give good gifts to his children. In fact those are the only kinda of gifts he can give. For his essence is changeless. His surpassing goodness he has demonstrated in becoming our father by means the gospel. What then should we conclude in every time of trouble or need? It is a good gift from God and will yet be seen as such. Freed by his fatherly goodness from fear, we strive to follow after him in imitation of is purity and his kindness. Yes, we even try to become vehicles through which he shows kindness and goodness to those around us who are in need.
How tragic! This young man was concerned about the law of God and devoted himself to it. Still he was under its curse. How tragic! The disciples loved Jesus and spent years with him. Yet they too were in danger of missing the whole point of his coming. The root of the problem for both was the same: failure to love God alone. We fix our hearts on the temporal and perishing at the expense of complete devotion to God and the eternal. Thus we are all doomed and damned by the law. The young man went away sad. The disciples stayed and cried out to Jesus on their despair. The young man did not hear that God does the impossible, and therefore did not come to trust in God’s divine agent for doing that impossible. May our confession be as desperate as that of the disciples; for our condition is the same. May our trust be in him alone who does the impossible.
Pastor Clayton Welch
Christmas 1, New Year's Day, January 1, 2017
God's grace is not random or chance. Christ came at precisely the right time, deliberately, purposefully, to extend the grace of God over Jew and Gentile alike that all who believe might receive adoption into the family of God as his children.
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! God keeps his promise of redemption.
First Lesson Genesis 17:1-7
When Abram was 99 years old, God confirmed his covenant with Abram. God again promised that he was going to be the father of many nations, so God changed his mane to Abraham which means â€œfather of many.â€ God promised to show love to Abraham and his descendants who, by faith, would also look to Jehovah as their God.
Behold our humble Savior with his lowly Word. He endures it with patience and sadness that even his countrymen and relatives reject him; but still he continues to proclaim the Word. What a comfort to those who preach Jesus and his Word faithfully, and see few immediate results! Christ does not change the Word to become popular; for that would cost far too much—even the loss of our salvation. Jesus could not do many miracles near his home, because the people would not listen to the Word. Let us not repeat this latter monstrous crime, and so hinder that saving work of Christ and his Word in us.
The appearance of Moses and Elijah with Chrsit gave Peter, James, and John a foretaste of heaven. They wanted to keep this taste of heaven on earth.
Special thanks for Vacancy Pastor Roger Vomhof, serving our brothers and sisters in the Faith at Emmanuel, Hudson, for brining us God's Word today. Pastor Vomhof and Pastor Welch switched pulpits as part of the circuit puilpit rotation.