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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
SERVICE TIME CHANGE:
  • Sunday: (Time changes with Daylight Savings)
    • 9:00 am from March 11 through October 28
    • 10:00am from November 4 through March 3, 2019
  • Monday:
    • 6:30 pm 
Consider This...
1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible joy.

Whether it is an unplanned pregnancy, a terminal illness diagnosis, questions about one's sexuality, or the prospect of healing despite a compromised quality of life, faith is on trial. God is not the judge and jury. He already knows the verdict. We are the judge and jury. We are the ones who, in a crisis, see the depth and sincerity of our faith.

C.S. Lewis once wrote:  God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn't. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.

In the story of the resurrection Thomas gets a lot of air time. Scripture says he was also called "Didymus," which means "twin," but you would think his real name was "Doubting Thomas" for all that we say about him. His insistence on seeing Christ's bodily injuries stands out in sharp contrast with all that had already happened that first Easter morning. Others had seen the Risen Savior. Others had spoken with him. Yet, doubt remains. It did for Thomas, and it often sneaks in on us as well.

Thomas had trouble shaking his worldliness. He insisted on measuring life by what he could reason, see, and touch.

Sometimes we are like Thomas. We demand to be the final arbiter of what will work, what is best, and what must be done. Sometimes that means an unborn child dies. Sometimes it means seeing lives as useless and unwanted. Sometimes it means giving in to the crowd, bending to our desires, and embracing those we find who agree with us - right or wrong.

We are, however, people of faith. And faith is more than just believing Jesus is our Savior. Faith is believing everything that comes with that reality. Faith means accepting God's commitment to work things out for our good (Romans 8:28). Faith means walking through the darkest valleys without fear, trusting God is with us (Psalm 223). Faith is God's gift through the Holy Spirit. Faith is trusting that God will work out a painful truth for our good. Faith is believing that, though mistakes have consequences, forgiveness is found in Christ. And as we embrace that forgiveness, we trust God to help us face the consequences.

It is our faith in the resurrected Christ that compels us to find hope in despair, joy in sadness, and courage when we might otherwise be in fear.

Billy Graham wrote in 1958:  Surrendering to Christ is like signing your name to a blank check and letting the Lord put in the amount.

Faith does not permit us to neglect responsible decision-making. It is not a retreat into apathy. Rather, faith compels us to learn what is right through God's Word (Hebrews 5:11-6:3). We chart life-courses in accord with that Word (Psalm 119:105). We accept that living by faith is not always easy in a world of sin (John 15:18; Acts 14:22). As we face those challenges we trust God to "fill in the amount." We rejoice in the news of our salvation, even when life hands us hardships (1 Peter 1:5-6).

Pastor Robert Fleischman
National Director
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Do you have spiritual questions? Redeemer would like to help you find answers in God's Word. View commonly asked questions and answers on the Q&A page. If you are located nearby, please consider visiting for Worship or Bible Study. Redeemer would like to be your Christian church home. Come visit and give us a try.

Redeemer is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). WELS is a Lutheran church body made up of 400,000 members from all over the world. To learn what we believe, please arrange a visit with one of our staff or view our brief statement of belief.

Our congregation is served by Pastor Mark Rohrback, a 2001 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Pastor Rohrback served for six years as a missionary in Russia before coming to Redeemer in 2007.
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