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
If anyone ever had reason to be discouraged and to complain, it was surely Elijah in this chapter! But what does God do with Elijah's complaints? He ignores them! For God has work for the prophet to do and lays on him no more than Elijah can bear, in spite of Elijah's complaint to the contrary. But since God has commanded him to do what seemed impossible, to continue in the face of such adversity and persecution, God gives Elijah a powerful sign of providential care in the face of human need and weakness. That is always his way with us, to demand and expect the impossible, to show us our total inability to do the impossible and then to provide what is needed to accomplish his bidding.
Peter exhorts Christians to follow their Shepherd who has recalled them to himself for his mercy's sake. Especially in times of suffering, they should remember the redemptive suffering of Jesus, who died for them, and whose suffering leaves them an example to follow.
1 Peter 2:4-10
Christ the “living Stone,” builds up his people like living stones into a spiritual house. Jesus is “rejected by men but chosen by God,” and he makes his people into a holy priesthood to the glory of God. This is all the work of God's mercy in Christ. Calling sinners to himself, he recreates them as his “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,” that they may declare his praises now and in eternity.
The whole world does indeed go into God's courtroom. But how astonishing, how amazing, how wonderful the result! Christ trades places with the world, takes on its well-deserved punishment and effects for it reconciliation. In view of that central fact of history and of the scriptures, who would want, who would dare say in the day of distress that God doesn't care? Far better to say: In deepest woe his sublime act of love for me has given me every reason to trust him. Reconciled, redeemed, forgiven, I am a new creature and live to serve in love him who loved me perfectly and gave himself for me.