May 1, 2016
Heaven Breaking Through

God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic SermonMany Christians view the gospel message as being little more than the minimal entrance requirements for heaven. They miss out on the “living life on earth in the presence of God” portion of the gospel that Jesus says is available right now. To what extent have you missed out on the fullness of life with God in the here and now? Don’t wait till you die to start living in the presence of God.

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  • May 1, 2016Heaven Breaking Through
    May 1, 2016
    Heaven Breaking Through

    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic SermonMany Christians view the gospel message as being little more than the minimal entrance requirements for heaven. They miss out on the “living life on earth in the presence of God” portion of the gospel that Jesus says is available right now. To what extent have you missed out on the fullness of life with God in the here and now? Don’t wait till you die to start living in the presence of God.

  • Apr 24, 2016God Wants a Relationship with You
    Apr 24, 2016
    God Wants a Relationship with You
    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic Sermon
    There is no one-size-fits-all way to draw close to God. God created you, knows you, and wants to have a relationship with you that is unlike his relationship with any other being. The miracle of the Incarnation is that God came to earth as one of us in order to connect with us. But an even greater miracle is that after Jesus ascended into heaven, he continues to be connected to His people through the Holy Spirit!
  • Apr 17, 2016Listening to the Voice of God
    Apr 17, 2016
    Listening to the Voice of God
    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic Sermon
    The voices we listen to and the thoughts we allow to occupy our minds eventually shape who we become and what we do. If our goal is debauchery and depravity, we don’t have to do much—just avoid God, avoid Scripture, and avoid godly people. If our goal is a mediocre spiritual life, we can just occasionally focus on God’s Word, and the rest of the time focus on whatever else is out there. But if our goal is to have a mind that is the dwelling place of God, we need to fill it with what God says, and meditate on His Word.
     
  • Apr 10, 2016Partnering with God Today
    Apr 10, 2016
    Partnering with God Today
    God Is Closer Than You Think Graphic Sermon
    Spending the day with God does not necessarily involve doing different activities than you already do. It involves learning to do what you already do in a different way—doing it with God. It means acknowledging your dependence on God, telling him about your concerns, and inviting Him to share each moment of the day with you.
  • Apr 3, 2016Where is God in My World?
    Apr 3, 2016
    Where is God in My World?
    2016 GICTYT Postcard Front
    Do you sometimes wish that God would show Himself more plainly?  He can seem to hide somewhere between the clouds and the pages of the Bible.  Wouldn’t it be nice if God showed up the way that He did for the Disciples of Jesus and the nation of Israel?  When there seems to be so much wickedness at work in our world today, you may be tempted to believe that God has “left the building.” Don’t.  Jesus has promised never to leave nor forsake you … why start doubting Him now?
     
  • Mar 27, 2016God’s Great Desire for People
    Mar 27, 2016
    God’s Great Desire for People
    2016 GICTYT Postcard Front
    According to 1 Corinthians 15, more than 500 people saw Jesus after his resurrection.  Some believed, some didn’t.  Paul said “He appeared also to me.”   Have you had a personal experience with the Lord?  Would you like to?  You can.  Jesus encourages you with the same words he said to Thomas,
    “Stop doubting and believe.”  The resurrection of Jesus is just an interesting story or an historical detail until you put your faith in Christ.  The promise: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.”  Faith in Jesus and in his resurrection has an eternal impact! Jesus himself put it this way, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  Our prayer is that if you are not yet a believer, today begins a new step of faith for you, and if you are already a believer that you will be strengthened and encouraged in faith.  Thanks for joining us.  Please come back again and again.  There’s more Good News
    !
  • Mar 24, 2016Maundy Thursday – Bloodbath
    Mar 24, 2016
    Maundy Thursday – Bloodbath
    Suffering savior (2)
    The name for this day comes from the Latin word "mandatum," meaning "commandment."  It refers to the two commandments our Lord gave to His disciples on this day.  The first is, "Love one another;” the second is, "Do this in remembrance of Me."  Our service today is part-one of what the early Church observed as "the triduum," a three-day remembrance of the events of our Lord's suffering, death, and resurrection.
     
  • Mar 20, 2016His Triumphal Entrance
    Mar 20, 2016
    His Triumphal Entrance
    Suffering savior (2)
    “Hosanna” means “save us now!”  Jesus received great praise as he entered into Jerusalem and the people shouted, "Hosanna. Save us, and do it now!" But that day was also the beginning of the end for our Lord, an end that will culminate in the most humiliating of deaths: by crucifixion. Yet we can rejoice, not for a palm parade, but for the truth that after his death, resurrection and ascension, God exalted his obedient and humble Son to the highest place where he receives all glory as King of kings and Lord of lords, having won for us the forgiveness of sins!
  • Mar 13, 2016Is There No Justice?
    Mar 13, 2016
    Is There No Justice?
    Suffering savior (2)
    Travesties and miscarriages of justice are all around us. Christ suffered the greatest injustice of all: stricken for our transgressions, He was cut off from the land of the living. Through Him, God has accomplished His own plan of justice: our justification by grace alone.
  • Feb 28, 2016Stray Sheep
    Feb 28, 2016
    Stray Sheep
    Suffering savior (2)
    We all like sheep have gone astray. We were lost and vulnerable to the wolf. (Some still are.) The Good Shepherd became a sheep and laid down His life to bring us back into the fold of salvation.
  • Feb 14, 2016Appearances Can Be Deceiving
    Feb 14, 2016
    Appearances Can Be Deceiving
    Suffering savior (2)Judged by outward appearances, the crucified Christ held no attraction. But He took upon Himself the ugliness of our sin, that we might be gloriously clothed in His righteousness before God. (Our Suffering Savior
    , p. 145)
  • Feb 10, 2016Who Has Believed?
    Feb 10, 2016
    Who Has Believed?
    Suffering savior (2)We ponder how Christ overcame unbelief and skepticism and powerfully rescued all humanity. He is the arm of the Lord, strong to save! (Our Suffering Savior, 145). A Christian custom on Ash Wednesday is to receive a mark of the cross made with ashes upon the forehead. Ashes are a symbol of repentance and of our mortality, especially as we hear the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
  • Jan 31, 2016Sola: Christ Alone
    Jan 31, 2016
    Sola: Christ Alone
    Series: Sola
    sola_3_300x155Last week we saw how God's grace alone gives hope to sinful human beings.  Further, we believe that the basis for God's grace to us is the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ alone. The Apostles and Jesus have taught us that there is no other name under heaven, given to men, by which we must be saved.  According to our Small Catechism, and the explanation of the Apostles' Creed, we believe "that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature." In other words, we are saved because of God's grace to us in Jesus Christ alone
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  • Jan 24, 2016Sola: Grace Alone
    Jan 24, 2016
    Sola: Grace Alone
    Series: Sola
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    At the heart of what Lutherans believe is the conviction that salvation is the free gift of God's grace (undeserved love and mercy) alone for the sake of Christ alone.  "Since the fall of Adam, all who are naturally born are born with sin" (Augsburg Confession, per Romans 5, Psalm 51). This ... makes it completely impossible for anyone to
    earn God's love and forgiveness.  If salvation were dependent on human initiative and effort, there would be no hope for anyone. But God forgives our sins, says Luther, "freely and without condition, out of pure grace" (Large Catechism).  God's grace alone gives hope to sinful human beings.  And the sole basis for God's grace is the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. - An Introduction to the LC-MS,
     CPH 2009.
  • Jan 17, 2016Sola: Scripture Alone
    Jan 17, 2016
    Sola: Scripture Alone
    Series: Sola
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    Today we begin a message series that will look at four phrases known as the “Solas” of our faith.  They summarize teachings that we as a Church affirm and are taught in the Bible. The phrases themselves can be traced back to the 16th Century Reformation. Each contains a form of the word “Sola” (a Latin word meaning “alone”) and summarizes a foundational truth in regards to how God saves sinners. Today we look at “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone).  The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.  It is authoritative and powerful in the life of the Christian.