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
Jesus instructs his followers about his suffering, death, and resurrection. When Peter Tries to discourage him, Jesus points out that the way of the Christ - and of the Christian - is the way of the cross.
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.
Adding to God's Word is just as bad as subtracting from it. In both cases man sets aside what God has said in favor of what he wants in order to justify himself apart from God's Word and Christ's work. Precisely because the Word of both the law and the gospel is addressed to the heart, it allows for no additions, no subtractions. For to the extent that the heart is cleansed by the gospel, to that extent what flows from it will be clean in accord with the law. An unclean heart can produce only unclean works, whether that uncleanness is apparent or hidden behind a veil of hypocrisy. Those who would take the law seriously need first and always the cleansing power of the gospel; those who refuse to take the law seriously prove thereby that their hearts are still unclean and separated from God.
Jesus plainly tells us about the crosses we will bear as his disciples. We can expect the world to treat us no better than it treated our Master. What a comfort to know that our life, death, and eternal future are in the hands of a God who gives loving attention to creatures far less significant than we are! He takes careful inventory of the smallest details of our lives. Therefore, we are bold and cheerful in proclaiming his gospel in a hostile world.
Any Peace at Any Cost Costs True Peace at the Greatest Cost
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Our fellowship with Christ severs our fellowship with evil. Our peace in Christ will cause division and strife with those who still cling to their fellowship with evil.
When we are at peace with God, we are, of necessity, at war with the world, which has rejected our Savior. Our love for Jesus may sever the closest bonds of human love, or it may cost us our lives. We can be sure that when we suffer crosses with Jesus, we will receive eternal life by the grace of God. Likewise, the most insignificant act of mercy done out of faith in Jesus will receive God's eternal favor.
"Jesus Is Worth Listening To" - Matthew 17:1-9. Sermon by Pastor Clayton Welch on Transfiguration Sunday, February 26, 2017. As Jesus prepares to go to Jerusalem to offer up his life for the world, he is transfigured in glory before Peter, James and John on the mountaintop. Moses and Elijah flank the Lord and attest to his glory while the Father speaks words of loving approval of his Son.
It is impossible for an unforgiving person to live in fellowship with a God who has unconditionally forgiven him. Those who rejoice in the Master's grace will "forgive from the heart gladly and gladly do good" to those who sin against them.
The point here dare not be lost. It is not that anyone who wants to be or claims to be a preacher is one. For the text expressly tells us that the Spirit of God did indeed rest on these two men, so that they prophesied in accord with God's will and Word. They preached with an immediate call, even though that call had not been publicly attested, as was the call of seventy. The point rather is the humility of Moses. He rejoiced in the gifts that God gave to his people and desired that those gifts be even more abundant to the glory of God and the benefit of God's children. Service to the glory of God is our goal, be it that of the greatness of the prophets, that of the seventy chosen by God to assist, or that of those in the assembly with still other gifts from the Lord. For not one of us has all of God's gifts; the needs of each, no matter how gifted, should keep each one humble as each looks for his God-given opportunities to serve, while giving thanks for the gifts and service of others.