"The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge" - Proverbs
Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Church. We have been serving the faith needs of Tipton for over 100 years. Please take a look at our site! We have many events ongoing throughout the year.
Our Mission Statement:
"As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek His strength through
His Word and Sacrament and seek to reach
out with the Good News of the Gospel."
With the month of May comes the typical transition to summer and is seen in our youth here in church being confirmed in their faith, but also in graduations from institutions of learning, whether it be Emanuel's own Preschool, or from High School, college, or seminaries.
This May I also get to graduate again, this time from Concordia Theological Seminary located in Fort Wayne with my Doctor of Ministry degree, which makes me a product of both of our synod's seminaries. (I received my Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary - St. Louis)
This particular D.Min. degree, could perhaps best be looked at as the equivalent of an M.D. but instead of being a "medical" doctor, the degree is more or less like a doctor of souls. Indeed, the soul is just as important if not more important than our physical bodies and the truth is, we all need to take care of, and in some instances, repair broken souls. After all, they last forever!
In any event, I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank the members for their support and encouragement these last four years. As those closest to me know, all my spare time was taken up studying, writing, and trust me...encouragement was often needed! I would also like to thank the congregation and the various boards for the financial assistance I received; it really lessened the burden.
Education is important, and in particular those studying to serve our Lord's church. The Scriptures inform us, that St. Paul had to constantly teach the pastors the correct interpretation of the Bible, otherwise false doctrines would easily find their way into the church, and then soon the church would be providing what "itching ears" want to hear, not what people need to hear. So, education is important for those who serve God's people. In light of this, I'd like to encourage you to encourage others, just as you did for me, that is, to enter some field to serve the church. Perhaps you know a young man who'd make an excellent minister who only needs to hear that. Maybe a young lady with a gift for teaching or has a compassionate heart who'd make an awesome deaconess needs to be told that such a profession exists. The truth is, fewer and fewer people are filling the classrooms of our seminaries, and if we don't encourage those who are gifted to enter the mission field, or pray for people to enter it, the future may not be so bright when pulpits go dim for lack of a qualified preacher.
Until next month...
God's blessings to you.
Pastor Robb Roloff