Nov 29, 2017
A Journey of HOPE
During the next weeks we are going to take a journey together through the season of Advent. The four weeks leading up to Christmas are called Advent, which is a version of a Latin term that means “coming.” We use this time of waiting as a chance to look forward to our celebration of the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, the light of the world, our Savior. Advent is a season of great expectation and of preparing our hearts, we’re glad you’re here with us as we embark on this journey—actually we are joining in an epic journey that began more than two thousand years ago. Just as the wise men in the Bible followed the star to find Jesus, we will follow the star and explore the gifts of Christmas that Jesus brings: hope, love, joy, and peace. 
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  • Nov 29, 2017A Journey of HOPE
    Nov 29, 2017
    A Journey of HOPE
    During the next weeks we are going to take a journey together through the season of Advent. The four weeks leading up to Christmas are called Advent, which is a version of a Latin term that means “coming.” We use this time of waiting as a chance to look forward to our celebration of the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, the light of the world, our Savior. Advent is a season of great expectation and of preparing our hearts, we’re glad you’re here with us as we embark on this journey—actually we are joining in an epic journey that began more than two thousand years ago. Just as the wise men in the Bible followed the star to find Jesus, we will follow the star and explore the gifts of Christmas that Jesus brings: hope, love, joy, and peace. 
  • Nov 26, 2017Love
    Nov 26, 2017
    Love

    Love brings great fulfillment and comfort. But it can also bring deep regret if we do not love well. When Peter does not love Jesus well, Jesus gives him the opportunity to be restored. He gives up the same opportunity.

  • Nov 19, 2017Youth
    Nov 19, 2017
    Youth
    We probably all have things we did in our younger years that we regret now that we’re older. King David wrote Psalm 25. Even though he committed grave sins, God remembered him according to His love, not David’s sins. David speaks of the descendants of the man who fears the Lord; they will inherit the land. David’s descendants lead ultimately to Jesus - He is the fulfillment of all God’s promises to Israel through David. Because of Jesus we inherit the land and all of God’s promises, despite the sins of our youth.
  • Nov 12, 2017Two Centurions, A Saint and More
    Nov 12, 2017
    Two Centurions, A Saint and More
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    In 1526, in "Whether Soldiers, Too, Can Be Saved," Dr. Martin Luther answers in the affirmative.  In this morning's two Gospel Readings, we encounter two very different centurions at very different times in the life and ministry of our Lord.  Yet both display unique and spectacular faith.  Then and now, veterans had and have a special place in the heart of God.
  • Nov 5, 2017Faith
    Nov 5, 2017
    Faith
    Even people who seem to have strong faith sometimes doubt. This was the case even with John the Baptist. John the Baptist wondered out loud if Jesus was the Messiah. Perhaps you struggle with doubt and you wonder if you can ever be forgiven for your doubt. Jesus spoke to John’s doubts lovingly, and He speaks to our doubts in the same way
  • Oct 29, 2017Grounded in Grace
    Oct 29, 2017
    Grounded in Grace
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    Today we welcome you to our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Our theme is “Grounded in Grace,” in which we are reminded that our faith is firm because we are saved by Christ. This service’s Bible readings, hymns, prayers, sermon and children’s message will assure us that we cannot be shaken by the troubles of this world because our Savior, who died and rose for us, is the rock solid foundation of our future.  We put our trust in Him Alone.  We are saved by Grace Alone
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  • Oct 22, 2017Priorities
    Oct 22, 2017
    Priorities
    With all the things clamoring for our time and attention, it is easy for our priorities to become misplaced. We worry about temporal things more than eternal things. Jesus reminds us that the things of heaven always outweigh the worries of this world.
  • Oct 15, 2017Desires
    Oct 15, 2017
    Desires
    In and of themselves, desires can be good things. God has given us the ability to desire.  But as with all good gifts from God, our desires have become tainted by sin.  When we desire something God has given in a way that goes against what God has commanded, disaster results. Just ask Adam and Eve. So, how do we desire well? And how do we recover from mismanaged desires?  This is yet another area of our lives we need to "reboot."
  • Oct 8, 2017Finances
    Oct 8, 2017
    Finances

    Many people have financial regrets that have left them in over their heads. This is why faithful stewardship is so important! No matter how much or little you have, you can steward your resources well, even if you have stewarded them poorly in the past.

  • Oct 1, 2017Parenting
    Oct 1, 2017
    Parenting

    One of the saddest parenting stories in the Bible is that of David and Absalom. Years of neglectful parenting finally resulted in Absalom’s rebellion and death. By the time David sees what has happened, it is too late. What can we do as parents today to escape regrets tomorrow? And how do we deal with regrets for past mistakes we have made as parents?

  • Sep 24, 2017Peace
    Sep 24, 2017
    Peace
    Our lives can get out of control! Jesus knew this too. When He tried to get some rest, needy crowds interrupted His plans. When the pace of life becomes too fast, how do we find rest? The short answer is not always by changing our pace, but by turning toward Christ.
  • Sep 17, 2017Marriage
    Sep 17, 2017
    Marriage
    Marriage is meant to be a beautiful picture of how Christ loves His Church. Because of sin, however, this picture can be distorted and, tragically, sometimes even destroyed. How do we recover the picture of love God desires and has designed for our marriages? Paul answers, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
  • Sep 10, 2017Righteousness
    Sep 10, 2017
    Righteousness
    At the root of all regret is a lack of righteousness. Rather than doing what is right, we do what is wrong. This is Paul’s struggle in Romans 7. But rather than developing a plan to fix his problem with righteousness, Paul looks to Christ to rescue him from his problem with righteousness. Do we look to Christ as well?
  • Sep 3, 2017Joy in Your Finances
    Sep 3, 2017
    Joy in Your Finances
    As the Apostle Paul brings his letter to the Philippians to a close, he talks about how we can find joy in our finances. You and your money have a relationship. In fact, it’s a three-way relationship between you, your money and God. When you figure out that relationship and how it fits together, it puts things into proper perspective. Like with any relationship, if you get it wrong there’s frustration, there’s fear and there’s pain. But if you get it right there’s a refreshing experience of joy. The truth is, money is something like a wild stallion. If you don’t tame it, it can take you on a wild ride for the rest of your life. But properly managed, it can do much good and bring much joy.
  • Aug 27, 2017Joy in Your Thoughts
    Aug 27, 2017
    Joy in Your Thoughts
    We often live without security, peace and joy in our lives because we’re filling our minds with the wrong things.  It’s easy to do that.  The thoughts and objectives that are all around us are so easy and accessible ... and yet they are not good for us, nor do they actually fulfill Godly purposes in our lives.  Imagine if you went to a gas station to fill up on fuel for your car.  But instead of gasoline, you grabbed some other things available at the convenience store: orange juice, beer, Pepsi, windshield washer fluid and a Slurpee. What would happen if you put that in your car?  You wouldn't get very far and you'd ruin your engine. Yet we often do something similar with our lives.  We pour a bunch of impure and inappropriate things into our minds and we wonder why our spiritual "engine" is not working right.  Today we learn from the Apostle Paul, that what we give our attention to has an effect on the joy we experience in life.