November 2, 2014
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses disputing the teaching of indulgences. This event started what is known as the Lutheran Reformation and is probably one of the most significant events of the last 1000 years as it restored the correct Bible teachings of Christ to the church. Some of the main emphases of this Reformation were the return to the Bible alone as the ultimate authority of teaching and doctrine; faith alone as the way of salvation; and grace (God's undeserved love) alone as being the reason for our salvation.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
GOOD NEWS OF JESUS!
“Superior, they said, never gives up her dead.
When the gales of November come early.”
And so goes the story of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
This is probably the most recognized ship disaster of the Great Lakes, due in large part to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1975 ballad of the same name. Thirty-nine years ago, the Edmund Fitzgerald—with a crew of 29—sank into the freezing waters of Lake Superior.
Sadly, life is filled with tragedies, despite the fact that God never intended for disasters of any kind to be a part of His creation. God originally gave mankind a perfect world, body, and soul. But with Adam’s disobedience long ago in Eden’s Garden came the destruction of His perfect paradise: the influx of sin, a sinful nature, and death that infects the hearts of every human being. Sin brings trouble and death to all of us, (“… the whole world is a prisoner of sin.”-Gal. 3:22) and left to ourselves, there is no escape. Like the doomed crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald, we too would be lost forever if God had not given us His Word of Law and Gospel.
The Law crushes us by exposing our utter sinfulness and need for a Savior, but the Gospel provides the Life-Preserver that rescues us from the deadly waters of our sin. It reveals the Good News that God has forgiven all our sins, through the perfect life, innocent death, and victorious resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.
As the Gospel assures us, (“…that whoever believes in [Jesus] shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16) all who believe in Jesus receive forgiveness, new life, and the certainty of life everlasting in God’s heaven.
Such Good News fills us with heartfelt thankfulness and becomes the motivation for our Christian living, and telling others the Good News of Jesus!
Welcome to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. We are a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) and in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We invite you to visit our church. Sunday service is at 11:00 am. Feel free to share any comments or questions that might be on your mind through our online guest book. If you're not currently a member of our church and would like more information please call Pastor Londgren (231 330-2095 cell).
We hope you and your family will have a warm and Christ-centered experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our service, events, and Bible Studies.
Many blessings to you,
Pastor Jeff Londgren
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain that which he cannot lose."
(attributed to Jim Eliot who was killed as a missionary in Equador in 1956)
Meditations is a daily home devotion booklet published by Northwestern Publishing House (WELS). We would like to give you a free copy. Contact Londgren@msn.com or call 231 330 2095.