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
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.
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! The resurrection from the dead for all believers is a source of great hope and joy. Death is not the end of our bodies. Rather, we shall be reunited, body, and soul, when Christ returns. And our happy existence in that â€œnew heaven and earthâ€ goes beyond our most joyful comprehension.
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Godâ€™s will is not limited by the possibilities that limit us. His blessings to his children are often beyond our imagination. And the most â€œimpossibleâ€ blessing of all is the pardon of our countless sins through faith in Jesus Christ. May God be forever praised by making the impossible possible in Christ.
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Since the Lord defended him in the past against many attacks, Paul was confident of the Lordâ€™s faithfulness right up to the time he entered heaven.
Paul and Barnabas preach the message of salvation to the crowds of people. However, jealous Jews stir up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and force them to leave. But God used persecution to spread his Word to many others, Jews and Gentiles alike.
In fulfillment of Jesus' promise and Joel's prophecy the Holy Spirit comes upon the apostles and disciples in Jerusalem on Pentecost. Boldly and with a miraculous gift of language the apostles preach the wonderful works of God in Christ Jesus to the crowd that assembles to hear and see what is happening. Peter, speaking for all the apostles, preaches a bold sermon of repentance and faith in Jesus.
Peter tells the Jewish high council that Jesus lives and reigns as the Savior of all people. Peter quotes the prophecy in Psalm 118, which speaks of Christ as the stone that the builders rejected, who has become the capstone.
Pastor Clayton Welch
First Lesson, Amos 7:10-15, Pentecost 8
Our Lutheran Confessions repeatedly assert: No one should preach who has not been properly called. Amos, together with the other prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament, had immediate calls from the Lord. Our pastors and teachers have mediate call from the same Lord. It is in grace and to save that the Lord sends his called servants with his Word. Woe to those who maliciously imply that such called servants are merely seeking bread through the message they bring; for in them will be fulfilled the warnings of that Word. Pastors do well to remember and cherish the saving function given them by the Lord through that call; hearers do well to listen to the Word of the Lord and give thanks to God that he cares enough for them still to send his servants into their midst with that Word; for even its sharpest rebukes are sent for our eternal good.
The God who protected his elect in this life will certainly not abandon them in death and in the day of judgment. Those who lived in such lowliness, following in the footsteps of their Savior in his humiliation, will rise in triumph and live with him forever in glory. The fate of the damned, who do not know or who still despise his gracious Word, impels us to labor with all our might to bring them to the righteousness of the gospel. What a glorious special reward of grace awaits all those who thus labor! What a blessed added incentive to all, especially to pastors, to share the saving Word!