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From Pastor...He further said to them, "Go, eat choice food and drink sweet drinks and send portions to whoever has nothing prepared, for the day is holy to our Lord.  Do not be sad, for your rejoicing in the Lord is the source of your strength."  [Nehemiah 8:10], (JSB)
For one reason or another, [really hungry], Kathy and I found ourselves eating out twice this past week.  The routine is the same in most restaurants.  We get seated, what do we want to drink, study the menu, waiter/waitress takes the order, get a salad, possibly some bread or bread sticks, then the real meal, and possibly some more drinks and or dessert, and then pay the bill and leave a tip.

BUT, there's something more to life though...different nourishment, albeit a nourishment it seems less and less that people hunger for.  This paragraph leads us to our REAL NEED.  Howard and Phyllis Rutledge, wrote this in their book,
"In The Presence Of Mine Enemies."  Howard was an airplane pilot in Viet Nam and was shot down and captured and spent the rest of the war in captivity.
  He said "Now the sights and sounds and smells of death were all around me.  My hunger for spiritual food soon outdid my hunger for steak.  Now  I wanted to  know that part of me that will never die.  Now I wanted  to talk about God and Christ  and the church.  But in 'HEARTBREAK' [the name POWs gave their prison camp] solitary confinement, there was no pastor, no Sunday school teacher, no Bible, no hymnbook, no community of believers to guide and sustain me." 

The Israelites, we could say, were in a "solitary confinement," too. Long before Pilot Rutledge, the Israelite people had a hunger too.  Amos was inspired to write these words:   "The Lord God says: 'The days are coming  when I will cause a time of hunger in the land. The people will not be hungry for bread or thirsty for water, but they will be hungry for words from the Lord.'"   [Amos 8:11b]        

I write this, Friday, before Father's Day. On the one hand, we, like many, many families will be having some special meal. But, at some level, I hope we all will
feel a hunger like the Isrealites did or especially like Howard Rutledge did, in captivity in "NAM"... A HUNGER FOR NOTHING BUT, SPIRITUAL FOOD, EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD!"  That is the FOOD that Causes our Rejoicing in the Lord, the source of our strength...the strength that in our worst predicaments in one way or another DOES HEAL OUR 'BROKEN HEARTS and BINDS OUR WOUNDS.' 
ACTION STEP:  Fathers, well Mothers, Kids too...Sunday would be a great day to start reading God's Word.  Three chapters a day and you'll read through the Bible in a year.  Or, just read a chapter or a verse or two.  You could begin reading the Gospel John. You'll  be blessed.  WE ALL NEED THAT SPIRIUAL FOOD!
"That's not news but it too is reality" as Peter Truman of the Global News to say!



"There is SALVATION in NO ONE ELSE!  There is NO OTHER NAME in all of heaven for people to call on TO SAVE THEM!"  [Portions of Acts 4:11&12]  Jesus is the One to call upon!  He said about Himself, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one gets to the Father except by Me!"  John 14:6

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!"  Acts 16:31

About our fellowship..Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving fellowship, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about us.

If you are considering relocating to our area, we would love to have you be our guest for Sunday School and worship.

When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will welcome you
  • Preaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Ministries to meet the needs of every age
  • A corporate outlet for truth-filled and inspiring praise and worship


Contact Us  
Redeemer Lutheran Church
265 Falconer Street
North Tonawanda, New York 14120
Phone (716) 692-5734
Regular Schedule  
  • Education Hour - Sunday School
    – 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
  • Morning Worship
    – 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday Worship
    – 6:00 PM
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