A community garden is underway at Faith, the produce from which will be given to people in need. This project is for anyone who likes to work in God’s earth with a heart to help and encourage a neighbor or friend struggling financially. If you would like to be involved or want to know more please call the church and leave a message at 847-428-2079.
All seeds are incredible creations. Each one develops into a plant that grows at n amazing rate, with intricate design and for a specific purpose. Trees, fruits, flowers and vegetables all are given to bless us and help sustain us. Many plants also contain elements that are use to heal us and help restore our health and strength. But seeds must be planted and gardens must be tended and then harvested for all this to be possible.
Remember that seeds were made by God for his glory. Even we ourselves are born of a tiny seed in the womb of our mother for his glory. But our seed is corrupted by sin and subject to wither and die. So Jesus said “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” The reason the Lord came was to die for our sin that many would be made righteous in the sight of God. The planting of his body in a grave and his resurrection from that plot of ground brought God glory and is bringing many children to become living witnesses to his presence, here in the earth and in heaven forever.
Gardens require love, work and care if they are going to be fruitfull. Yet so few seeds can bless so many! Praise God with every seed you plant in a garden. Most of all, sow your own life like a seed that others may see your good works and in turn give glory to God.
Pastor Mark Frusti
We sometimes take the Bible for granted. We read Scriptures from the lecturn and pulpit every Sunday. We have copies of the Bible on our shelf at home and can access one quite easily. But what would it be like if we had no Bible at all? Rev Richard Wurmbrand, a Lutheran pastor, who was imprisoned for his faith for 14 years in Communist Romania was deprived of everything and kept in solitary confinement. In his book The Triumphant Church he wrote:
“One of the greatest problems…is knowing how to fill up solitude. We had absolutely no books (in prison). We never heard a noise, and there was absolutely nothing to distract our attention. We looked at the walls; that was all. Now normally a mind under such circumstance becomes mad. Read great books about prison life just to catch the atmosphere of prison as much as a free man can catch it. You will see the maddening influence of being alone for years with nothing to distract the mind. I can tell you from my own experience how I avoided becoming mad, but this again has to be prepared by a life of spiritual exercise beforehand. How much can you be alone without the Bible? How much can you bear to be with yourself without switching on the radio, a record player, etc?” (excerpt taken from Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, March 2013).
The Bible is full of the words of life that Jesus confirmed over and over again, and after he rose from the dead. Fill your mind with it everyday, the time could come when you will not be able to exercise that freedom, for whatever reason.
By the way, after communism ended in Romania and other European nations, Pastor Wurmbrand visited the same prison where he was kept in confinement and it had become a storeroom for Bibles waiting for distribution!
Learn more about the Voice of the Martyrs at www.persecution.com.
Pastor Mark Frusti
“Unto him that sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb, be blessing and honor and power and glory for ever and ever” Rev 5:13
We worship the Lamb who reigns. He also remains the great Shepherd of our soul.
According to Watchman Nee “To worship the creature rather than the creator is an inbred tendency in us. All the conflict in this book of Revelation turns on this issue.”
But the Lamb is worthy because he triumphed over every rival. Trust Him to deliver your soul to himself in Heaven.
Heaven is my home. Our evening with Don Piper, author of 90 minutes in Heaven was amazing. He is a walking miracle.
If you were blessed by Don’s testimony and sharing of God’s word, or would like to let us know how you felt about it, please leave a comment.
Pass this link to our church website along to a friend. He is risen indeed! He is worthy!
Hi, come hear Pastor Don Piper tomorrow night, you’ll be blessed more than a pack of penguins. In fact, you will be surprised and so will your family! We are looking forward to seeing you then. Don’t miss it!
On his way home from a church conference in 1989, Don Piper’s Ford Escort was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler. He was killed instantly — pronounced dead by four sets of paramedics. Shortly after the accident, a pastor from the same conference arrived on the scene and began praying for “the man in the red car.” God worked a miracle and sent Don back to a now-broken body. To date, 34 surgical procedures have taken place. He walks only as a result of miraculous and in some cases medically unexplainable circumstances. During the time he was dead, Piper was granted the extreme privilege of glimpsing Heaven itself.
Since the release of his bestselling book co-authored with his writing partner Cecil Murphey,90 Minutes in Heaven – a True Story of Death and Life (Fleming Revell, 2004), Don has traveled across the country and around the world sharing his amazing story. His message is simple … We can have a better life now and an eternal life someday through faith in Jesus Christ! In three years, Don has reached millions of people through his writing and speaking. A second book released in late 2006, Daily Devotions Inspired by 90 Minutes of Heaven(Berkeley), contains heartwarming stories compiled from his extensive travel and personal ministry. Don’s third book, Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy, from the Man Who Spent 90 Minutes in Heaven (Berkeley), was released in August 2007.
Don Piper Ministries is dedicated to spreading the Gospel through one-day rallies, conferences, and revivals via Don’s remarkable testimony delivered in print and in person. Currently booking dates into 2011, Don Piper Ministries continues to trust the Lord as He guides these efforts, changing lives and healing hearts.
Don Piper Ministries is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization.
Faith Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Sunday Services 10:00 AM
2525 Helm Rd Carpentersville, IL 60110
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