"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."
Last month I was given the opportunity to fly in a World War II B-17 bomber. Those of you, who know me, know I love aviation as well as history, so this was a real treat. (Thank you Lee Schweitzer) As I was crawling around the plane while it flew in the sky north of Lafayette, I tried to imagine what it must have been like for those American crewmen flying over war torn Europe some 70 years ago. How frightening it must have been to know that death at any moment was a real possibility. Putting it all on the line so that friends and relatives back home would have freedom and not have to experience the oppression of Nazism.
Laying it all on the line, putting yourself at risk for others, is something we can readily see and acknowledge when it comes to troops and airmen who have fought the forces of evil and oppression over the course of our nation's history.
However, how often do we think of the same sort of sacrifice...individuals laying it all on the line...in service to our Lord? The truth be told, many missionaries of our church are serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel on our behalf in some faraway places that can be just as dangerous as any battlefield.
Missionaries have always been my heroes, because they are not unlike troops leaving home to confront an unknown future that is full of risks...and yes...perhaps even the ultimate risk...giving one's life for the mission. And let us make no mistake, a missionary's task is no less important than that of an American soldier securing someone's freedom, it's just that the freedom a missionary is securing for people, is freedom from the oppression of Satan.
In this month's issue of the LAMP, there is some information pertaining to my friend and missionary Chuck Ferry and his family visiting Emanuel on October 30th which will be our Reformation service. I know how busy our schedules get, so that is why I'm bringing up their visit this month...so that you can mark your calendars and save the date in order to be in church that day to hear from and meet a "real" hero. Someone who is laying it all on the line on your behalf in a distant land...bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who are currently held captive to sin in order to set them free!
Until next month...
Serving our Savior,
Pastor Robb Roloff