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?
 
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  • 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 25, 2016Good Friday – A Rich Burial
    Mar 25, 2016
    Good Friday – A Rich Burial
    Suffering savior (2)
    The ancient Tenebrae Service dates back to the 8th century.  It commemorates the sufferings and death of Christ with the progressive extinguishing of all candles until only the Christ candle remains.  The fading lights symbolize the fading loyalty of the disciples in Jesus’ hour of greatest need.  The six extinguished candles remind us that over the course of six hours, our sins extinguished the life of Christ who was the Light of the world.  Solemn as tonight is, we do not end in despair; at the end of the service is a hint of the promised resurrection.
     
  • 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.
  • Mar 6, 2016Knowing When to Keep Quiet
    Mar 6, 2016
    Knowing When to Keep Quiet
    Suffering savior (2)
    Countless are our sins of speech, especially against the Second, Fourth, and Eighth Commandments. A silent lamb led to the slaughter, Jesus kept quiet when He could have spoken out. By suffering and dying in silence, He atoned for all our talk.
  • 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 21, 2016By His Wounds We Are Healed
    Feb 21, 2016
    By His Wounds We Are Healed
    Suffering savior (2)
    Have you ever heard of anyone who has never been sick for even one day throughout their life?  That would be nearly impossible.  Regardless of how good or bad, poor or rich we may be, our lot in this broken world is to experience sickness, pain and ultimately death.  We all need a physician when we are sick!  Jesus agrees when He says, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.…….for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:12,13    WE HAVE THE GREAT PHYSICIAN OF BODY AND SOUL, JESUS CHRIST, “ON CALL” 24/7 IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH.   He will never leave us till He takes us from this “vail of tears” to perfectly heals our resurrected bodies in the likeness of His glorious Body!
     
  • 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.”
  • Feb 7, 2016Sola: Faith Alone
    Feb 7, 2016
    Sola: Faith Alone
    Series: Sola
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    By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. We cannot do anything to add to or complete this gift of forgiveness – we only receive it by faith.
     
  • 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.