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 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
    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
  • Jan 24, 2016Sola: Grace Alone
    Jan 24, 2016
    Sola: Grace Alone
    Series: Sola
    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
    sola_3 (1)
    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.
  • Dec 27, 2015Tell Everyone What He Has Done
    Dec 27, 2015
    Tell Everyone What He Has Done
    Series: (All)
    Jesus Hope Christmas Program
    Shortly after Jesus birth, He was brought to the temple by Mary and Joseph for a rite of purification and presentation.  Simeon was a devout Jew who was present at the time.  In keeping with the Lord's promise, he made a proclamation about who Jesus was - the Savior for Gentiles and Jews alike!   People are desperately in need to hear what Christ has done for you.  Won’t you, like Simeon, tell everyone what God has done?
  • Dec 20, 2015The Day of His Coming
    Dec 20, 2015
    The Day of His Coming
    Slide1In this service of Advent we once again hear the prophet Malachi speak.  He asks the very question we ask today, “Who can endure the day of His coming?” As we look at our world with its confusion and struggles, we might wonder what the world is coming to. Will wickedness increase?  The Bible says it will, but that the Lord will return to judge and finally put an end to evil and sin.  We don't know when the world will end or what it will come to in the meantime.  But we sure know who 
    will come to the world, and has come - Jesus Christ.
  • Dec 13, 2015God Will Establish a Nation
    Dec 13, 2015
    God Will Establish a Nation
    The prophet Micah, whose name means “Who is like God?” prophesied that people would come from all over to the Mountain of the Lord.  God has always and continually invited people from all around the world to His presence.  The prophets give us a glimpse of what will be fully realized when Christ returns, but even now God's people enjoy the presence of the Lord in His Church through Word and Sacrament. We gather so that He may teach us His ways and forgive our sins, and we offer Him our worship and praise.
  • Dec 6, 2015Looking for Righteousness
    Dec 6, 2015
    Looking for Righteousness
    Slide1The prophet Jeremiah spoke these words 600 years Before Christ, speaking on behalf of God, saying: “Behold, the days are coming when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made.” (Jer. 33:14) Through the prophet Jeremiah God reminds His people of the promised Savior who would come to rescue them. In reminding them, God is calling them back to Him in repentance.  During this season of Advent, may we also repent and turn to God for our salvation.
  • Nov 29, 2015Counterfeit gods
    Nov 29, 2015
    Counterfeit gods
    Series: (All)
    GivingThe idol of success cannot be just expelled, it must be replaced. The human heart’s desire for a particular valuable object may be conquered, but its need to have some such object is unconquerable. Only when we see what Jesus, our great Suffering Servant, has done for us will we finally understand that we must not fear, love and trust anything more than God.  What breaks the power of any idol over us is not a redoubled effort to try harder, but a deepening understanding of how complete Christ's Lordship over us is.
  • Nov 22, 2015The End of Time
    Nov 22, 2015
    The End of Time
    Under Construction (2)Had any good vacations recently?  Most likely you enjoyed comfortable accommodations, good food and a nice mix of relaxation and entertainment.  Vacations are a time of “suspended stress.”  During them, we take a moment and leave the struggles of life behind – the bills, the work and the burdens of our life.  But then the vacation ends.  You get home, and it all starts over again.  As we end our study of The Story today, we see what God has in store for us … and it is good!  We learn as we view the Revelation of St. John that God’s plan for us is like a reverse vacation – we have no bills, no stress, and no sin for the rest of eternity… talk about “suspended stress!” When Christ returns he will make all things right!  So call on His name, and make your reservation.  
  • Nov 15, 2015Paul’s Final Days
    Nov 15, 2015
    Paul’s Final Days
    Under Construction (2)The Apostle Paul knew his share of suffering, but he did not shrink back from his calling.  He traveled over much of the known world of his day, but he didn't travel for sightseeing.  No, he endured much for the sake of spreading the Gospel.  His own account of his hardships included floggings, lashings, beatings with rods, pelting with stones, shipwrecks, dangers from rivers, bandits, Jews and Gentiles, danger in the city and in the country, danger at sea and from false believers. He knew hard labor, lack of sleep, hunger, thirst, cold and nakedness (2 Cor. 11:23-29).  He was eventually martyred for his faith, but his ministry carries on much beyond his earthly lifeill yours?
  • Nov 8, 2015Paul’s Mission
    Nov 8, 2015
    Paul’s Mission
    Under Construction (2)Would you choose what one first century writer describes as a “Bald-headed, bowlegged, strongly built man, small in size, with meeting eyebrows, and a rather large nose" who had been pulling Christians from their houses, throwing them into prison and even killing some, as the spokesman for Jesus?  Probably not. Yet that’s what Jesus did when He chose Paul (Saul of Tarsus) to be His representative.  Jesus had a face to face meeting with Paul and then sent Him to share the Gospel first with the Jews, then with the Gentiles.  And it worked!  Most of us would not know Christ had Paul not traveled far and wide telling others about Him. Today, we are to continue the work of evangelizing the world that Paul and Jesus' disciples began.
  • Oct 25, 2015New Beginnings
    Oct 25, 2015
    New Beginnings
    Under Construction (2)When children go missing, parents go looking. And that’s what God has done. There’s not a square foot on earth that doesn’t have his footprints. He began searching for them the moment Adam and Eve made a choice and lost their way. He sent the nation of Israel looking. He sent his Son to “seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Today He sends His Church. In Acts 1:8 we find His search and rescue plan: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  The Church has been growing ever since.