Aug 19, 2018
The Power of Words
Series: (All)
Our Old Testament Lesson reminds us of a truth we often forget: words once spoken have irrevocable power. God conveys His love to us in the Word Made Flesh!
  • Aug 19, 2018The Power of Words
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Power of Words
    Series: (All)
    Our Old Testament Lesson reminds us of a truth we often forget: words once spoken have irrevocable power. God conveys His love to us in the Word Made Flesh!
  • Aug 12, 2018Sacrifice
    Aug 12, 2018
    Series: (All)
    Faith is trust in God no matter where He leads you...and even when you do not know for sure your life's destination. The God of Abraham and Isaac is the same God who reveals Himself in Jesus.
  • Aug 5, 2018Acting Our Part
    Aug 5, 2018
    Acting Our Part
    Series: (All)
    As we look to discover the work of the church, we find that we are all given roles as characters in the gospel, and the work before us to learn to embody our parts in faithfulness, love, and truth. Christians are called to act out the unity that is ours through the body and blood of Christ.
  • Jul 29, 2018Taking Care of Business
    Jul 29, 2018
    Taking Care of Business
    Series: (All)
    This morning's Gospel reminds us of the source and center of our faith:  Jesus.  It invites us to focus on Him, not on secondary matters, not on lesser goods.  Our restless hearts will only find rest when they rest in Him.
  • Jul 23, 2018Pursued by Mercy
    Jul 23, 2018
    Pursued by Mercy
    Series: (All)
    Can any of us remember a time when we did not know the words of Psalm 23? It speaks to us from the very beginning of life to life's end. It speaks of a childlike trust in God's ability to protect us, just like a shepherd.
  • Jul 15, 2018Our God is Awesome!
    Jul 15, 2018
    Our God is Awesome!
    Series: (All)
    Our God, the Creator of the cosmos is far too great to fit into our cranium. Yet graciously He reveals Himself to us in wonderful ways that should cause us to bow in wonder and worship. May the vision of the prophet Isaiah open our eyes to the awesomeness of the God who created us, who redeemed us in Christ and empowers us to be His people and do His will through the work of His Holy Spirit.
  • Jul 8, 2018Hearing Past the Familiar
    Jul 8, 2018
    Hearing Past the Familiar
    Series: (All)
    The Gospel is always proclaimed by flawed mortals ~ otherwise it would never be proclaimed at all. The Gospel is also always heard by flawed mortals ~ otherwise it would never be heard. Our Gospel lesson for today is a powerful commentary on the wisdom of that statement.
  • Jul 1, 2018God’s Work – Our Hands
    Jul 1, 2018
    God’s Work – Our Hands
    Series: (All)
    Jesus is at work in many places. We see him in the middle of the action and also on the margins. Our Gospel reading tells the stories of two different touches and the transforming power of Jesus’ touch. Being physically present is an important part of Jesus’ ministry. What are the implications of this to us as the body of Christ?
  • Jun 24, 2018Daring to Wait on God
    Jun 24, 2018
    Daring to Wait on God
    Series: Daring Faith
    Few things make us more irritable than having to wait. And yet waiting is an important part of life. It will come. There will be times of waiting. When you find yourself waiting on God, ask these questions: What do I need to remember when I’m in the waiting room of life? And what do I need to do when I’m in the waiting room of life? There are things we need to remember while we wait, and things we can do while we wait. Today we will learn of the incredibly patient nature of our God. His patience of us demonstrates His great love for us. And His waiting on us demonstrates the great work He is doing in us. If God is willing to wait on us, how much more ought we be willing to wait on Him? As we learn to wait, we learn what it means to be more trusting of God. It takes daring faith to wait on God.
  • Jun 17, 2018Daring to Plant in Faith
    Jun 17, 2018
    Daring to Plant in Faith
    Series: Daring Faith
    On this Fathers' Day we remember how our Dads "planted" in our lives. They sowed lessons of life and wisdom - not perfectly - but lovingly. By God's grace, those seeds are growing in us and continue to produce fruit in many ways. Today we will look at God’s laws of planting and harvesting. As we do, we learn that planting is an act of faith. We must trust the seed to do its work and trust in the power of God that gave that seed to us in the first place. This law of planting and harvesting extends into multiple areas of life - our relationships, our health, our finances, and our careers - but it has the greatest impact when we sow the seed of God's Word. God has promised us that His Word will not return to Him without accomplishing the purpose for which He has given it. May we demonstrate daring faith as we liberally and generously sow the seeds of God's Word near and far!
  • Jun 10, 2018Daring to Commit
    Jun 10, 2018
    Daring to Commit
    Series: Daring Faith

    Our lives are shaped by our commitments.  Our commitments reflect what we deeply believe in.  It's no wonder so many people are afraid of commitment; they don't fully understand what they believe. Thankfully our Lord Jesus was not afraid of commitment.  His commitment of love toward His Father and toward us caused Him to sacrifice His own life for us.  Today we will explore how our faith motivates our commitments, and where those commitments bear fruit. The goal is that our trust and love of God will cause us to connect with other believers for worship, fellowship and growth, and to use our talents to serve others in ministry and mission to make a difference in eternity!

  • Jun 3, 2018Daring to Imgaine
    Jun 3, 2018
    Daring to Imgaine
    Series: Daring Faith
    The word "imagination" has at its root the word "image." We were made in the image of God, and part of that image is the ability to imagine. Our imagination is a gift from God, just like our faith is. In fact, there is a relationship between our imagination and our faith. But how are the two supposed to work together? And how can we unlock our imagination so that we dream God-sized dreams and imagine the world the way that God already sees it? The Bible has something to teach us about that.
  • May 27, 2018Daring to Give God My Best
    May 27, 2018
    Daring to Give God My Best
    Series: Daring Faith
    The Bible frequently talks about how the faithful are to live, demonstrating their faith in life. It is only natural that those who have been given - and forgiven - everything by God, want to respond to that gracious gift. We see this in the Old Testament as the prophet Isaiah dedicates himself to God’s service. In the New Testament we see examples of soldiers, athletes and farmers all giving their best to God. We can learn much from these godly examples, and certainly we strive to offer our best to God. Though ultimately the greatest offering made to God was that of His Son, as He poured out His life for our sake. It is only in Him and through His Holy Spirit that we are able to offer any good thing to the Lord.
  • May 20, 2018What Happens When You Have Faith
    May 20, 2018
    What Happens When You Have Faith
    Series: Daring Faith
    Today is Pentecost Sunday. On this day we remember how the Holy Spirit was given to the Church as Jesus promised. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to create faith in a person through Word and Sacrament. So it is fitting that on this day we are having our young confirmation students profess their faith and we are receiving the Lord’ Supper! In our message today we will delve into the topic of faith, and discover what happens when we see with eyes of faith instead of eyes of fear. We will look at the Old Testament example of the twelve Israelite spies going into the Promised Land, and the difference between the reports of the ten, versus the reports of Joshua and Caleb, who saw the land with God’s perspective
  • May 13, 2018Pray
    May 13, 2018
    If we are on a mission to connect, serve, share, and grow, doesn’t it make sense that we should stay in communication with the One who is sending us out? Prayer is how we stay connected to God, and is the source of our power and strength. Finding God’s heart for the world starts with prayer because it moves us from our perspective to His perspective. It is a central, consistent means to bring God’s power to bear on every life we touch. We cannot live a life on mission without prayer.