1385 S. Main St.          First Service: 8:15 a.m.
Tipton, IN 46072        Second Service: 10:45 a.m.
(765) 675-4090             Bible Study between services

Office Hours: Mon-Fri
8-11:30am, 1-3pm

"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."

                                                                                         Pastor's Message:

You may have heard the expression, "If you hang around long enough...it'll change." Now while you may be thinking that you've used that with regards to the weather, I'm actually using it in reference to the knowledge, science and philosophy of mankind.

Indeed, history is chalk full of ideas that just never panned out, ideas that were considered bedrock sure things...ideas you could really count on, a scientific certainty or a philosophical idea that you could stake your very life on, only to have the wisdom of a man proven to be wrong or just plain foolishness.

We tend to think we're so smart and that we've got everything figured out, and yet, take a look at a high school science text book from just 25 years ago and on many of its pages, "scientific fact" from just two decades ago have given way to new thinking, new science.

And it's not just scientific changes; there are cultural ones too. It used to be that sexual perversion and loose morals was considered a bad thing, now it's a celebrated event and you're "enlightened" if you personally don't find anything people do to be offensive or a sin.

And let's not forget the changes that have taken place in religion as well. It wasn't all that long ago that a Christian church was where one would hear about the cross of Christ as the only means of eternal salvation...not any more.

I guess I don't care if people want to call me "old fashioned," some things are just plain wrong, and the fact of the matter is; Christians are supposed to be like the needle of a compass...always pointing in the same direction no matter what the conditions of the world are. We are not to be like a weather vane, letting the winds of popular opinion or the philosophy of the decade turn us about from what God has revealed to us in His holy Word.

Of course, the world around us is increasingly willing to call us "fools" for adhering to and believing that an ancient book was actually authored by God. "Foolishness," people would say to those of us who say there is no other way to heaven except through the cross and suffering of Jesus. Now nobody likes to be called a fool, which is why I suppose so many denominations are succumbing to the wisdom of our society. 

But as bad as things seem to be getting, and let's be honest, things are pretty bad for those who proclaim the truth about Christ; these kinds of things have been happening since Christ returned to heaven and gave us the command to spread the Gospel.

My point in all of this, is that, this is the year we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, an event that reclaimed the Gospel of Christ that had been lost. And oddly, here we are, 500 years later, pretty much back in the same boat that Luther was in when he nailed his 95 Thesis to the Castle Church. So let us use this special year to "stand firm" in the faith as Luther did when confronted with the forces of the world that want us to recant our faith. A faith whose bedrock is the bible, and that it is the inspired, inherit Word of God, a book that does not change through the centuries or with the fads of society.

Until next month...

God's blessings to you.

Pastor Robb Roloff


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