Advent 2017: Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
Advent midweek Services begin Wed. November 29.
Potluck dinner at 6:00 pm, Informal service follows 6:45 pm
When feelings of Christmas are not what we envisioned. When Santa becomes surreal, whenChristmas becomes a crisis, when heaven is no longer our haven, when the babe adored is no longer our Lord. The distractions of Advent can cause disenchantment and lead us to disengage with family and friends. But our Heavenly Father sent His only Son for us! It’s time to refocus. Its time to Fix Your Eyes on Jesus the incarnate One. Being in very nature God, he made himself nothing; being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and was obedient. For the joy set before him he endured the cross. Take time this year to really think about, to worship and to pray to God in the name of Jesus. And may the Greatest Gift of all be yours, both to have and to give away.
May He bless and fill you this Advent with true faith, peace, hope and love. Pastor and Mrs Frusti
“You cannot hold a good man down.” The best man who ever lived was made out to be the worst. But in the end he bore the brunt of every wicked plot. He fought the devil down to the last drop. Even saved a crooked thief before it was too late. He was a good man, the greatest who ever lived. Now He lives AGAIN. The Victory won— was won for all!
Celebrate the Son’s life and death. Jesus lives again. Hallelujah! Sing praise to the LORD!
Sonrise Praise begins at 6:30 am Easter Sunday. Easter breakfast at 7:30. Slides of Susanna Frusti working with Kids Alive International in the Dominican Republic will be shown.
Celebration Service starts at 9:30am. Easter egg hunt will take place during the service. The dance of the merrymakers returns. “Let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 31:6 ESV).
We had a nice turnout for “Christ in the Passover” by Jews for Jesus missionaries Arielle and David Randle. The presentation covered all the mysterious clues hidden in the traditional Jewish Seder which come out so clearly in the passion narrative. Thank you Arielle and David for stopping at Faith and sharing this wonderful mystery unfolded in the Afikomen!
St Paul writes, “But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, the same veil remains un-lifted, because only through Christ is it taken away” (2 Cor. 3:14). Then he says in verse 16, “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit….” O the joy and freedom we have in knowing Christ by His Spirit. The message of the Bible is revealed by The Holy Spirit in the all atoning blood of Jesus, holy Lamb of God.
Our response of thanks and praise for lifting this veil is Hallelujah! The Lord Jesus is God!
Jesus came from His blessed throne, salvation to bring to the castaways of this earth. He Himself became a castaway as he surrendered himself to the will of the people, was crucified and quickly buried in a grave own by another. As Jonah was three days in the belly of a great fish after being cast into the sea, Jesus was three days in the heart of the earth, till the grave opened up and He arose from the dead.
Moses led the people through the sea on dry land. But Jesus leads all who believe through the ocean of this forsaken world to our Father in Heaven. Join us this Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 as we explore how Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb slain for the sin of the world.
Celebrating Easter Sunrise at Faith 6:30am. Easter Breakfast will follow. Celebration Service of Christ’s victory over sin, death and the devil will be held at 9:30am.
Dave and Laura Knoerr will be back for Easter Sunrise Service here at Faith Sunday April 16th at 6:30am with the men making breakfast at 8:00. Celebration Service at 9:30.
Is It God’s Plan?
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
After being anointed king of Israel, instead of immediately going to Jerusalem and claiming his throne, David was forced to spend years living like a fugitive and hiding in caves because Saul was out to take his life.
More than once he must have asked himself, ‘What about the promise God gave me?’
Then an interesting thing happened. One of David’s soldiers found Saul asleep; he came to David, saying, ‘God has delivered your enemy into your hand … let me strike him’ (1 Samuel 26:8). What an opportunity! Get rid of the man who wants to kill you, come out of hiding, and claim your throne. After all, you’re already anointed to be king!
It all made sense, except for one thing – it wasn’t God’s plan. As much as David wanted to rule Israel, he knew that in order to succeed he must do it God’s way. This story should make you think twice, and pray before acting. When Abishai offered to kill Saul, he had David’s welfare at heart.
So be careful; your friends can give you advice contrary to God’s will. That’s when it’s hard not to go along with it, or defend your decision by rationalizing that the end justifies the means.
Never let anyone, however well intentioned, persuade you to do what you know is wrong. ‘Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice … he’s the one who will keep you on track’ (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Heavenly Father, help me to always do what I know to be right in Your eyes and not be persuaded to do differently by those close to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Ash Wednesday is March 1 and begins the Lenten Soup Suppers every Wednesday for 6 weeks at 6:00 pm. Followed by a Lenten Service at 7:00 pm.
The Themes for Lent will center around:
Our theme this year is Cast Me Not Away based on Psalm 51.
Dates of soup supper: March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th. .
Join us at Faith Lutheran Church, 2525 Helm Rd, Carpentersville IL 60110;
Which way to go? Can’t make up your mind? We see yards decorated with tombstones and ghosts and spooky costumes with kids inside walking the streets looking for treats. For most its harmless fun, a way to get out and visit the neighbors. For Martin Luther it was a time to nail a statement on the church door: you cannot buy a person’s way into heaven by giving money to the church.
Luther was a very devout Roman Catholic monk who worked very hard trying to make God happy. But he feared Him terribly. Then he discovered that God sent His Son Jesus, not to judge him, but to bear all of his sins on the cross. That’s when Luther saw the gates of paradise open before him. He said he was born again.
So began the reformation of the Church. It did not come easily. Yet many others discovered that same wonderful truth of the Bible. We are saved by grace through faith alone, not by works, but by faith in Christ. No one need fear the wrath of God because Jesus suffered for our sin, and hell and death as well. The way to heaven is paved by the Lord Jesus. Hell is real. So is Satan. But Jesus protects us, loves and accepts us. All we do is accept his free invitation to come to a banquet with him in the Kingdom of Heaven.
MIRACLES happen everyday. Like hail falling today on the church here in Carpentersville on a very warm spring day before Palm Sunday. This is not so uncommon we know. But there are several astounding miracles that happened the day Jesus was crucified on a hill called Calvary. Join us this week at Faith as we talk about darkness covering the whole land for 3 straight hours, the temple veil being torn from top to bottom the moment Christ died, followed by an earthquake, tombs breaking open and believers rising up and walking around Jerusalem after the Resurrection of our Lord. A film will be shown on Thursday evening here at Church on Helm Rd at 7:00pm. All are welcome.
Marriage came into existence, if you believe Jesus, by God’s design. In Matthew 19:4-6 he says “Have you not read that he who created them from beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” According to evolutionists man and woman, and subsequently marriage, came into existence by accident through thousands and perhaps millions of years. The Bible says that God designed us and fashioned this union of a man and a woman for the sole purpose of bringing Christ glory ( Ephesians 5:31-32). Creation is a mystery, as much as the virgin birth and the incarnation of the Son. Marriage is his creation, just as much as every child that comes forth into life through this union. It testifies to our Creator and his desire to relate with us and to multiply our happiness.
I agree whole-heartedly with our church position on marriage and grieve for our country and her citizens since the Supreme Court has handed down today’s decision in favor of “gay marriage.” Like the Roe v Wade decision, which has brought much pain and emptiness to countless numbers of individuals and families, this statement by the court flies in the face of the Designer of marriage and will most certainly contribute, not to an explosion of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but to an implosion of the same. Pray that Jeremiah’s word might still be fulfilled in the generations to come, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Yet again there will be heard in this place…. the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say, “GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD OF HOSTS, FOR THE LORD IS GOOD, FOR HIS LOVINGKINDNESS IS EVERLASTING” ‘ (Jer. 33:10-11).
Below are a couple of links to read. One from the Lutheran Reporter on-line and the other from Focus on the Family.