Jun 22, 2014
“Alone, Yet Not Alone” – Responding in Time of Testing
UntitledThe movie Alone Yet Not Alone opened in theaters last Sunday. It is based on the true story taken of Barbara and Regina Leininger, daughters of German-Lutheran immigrants, who, in 1755, were taken captive by the Delaware tribe during the Seven Years (French & Indian) War. Barbara and three others made a daring escape, while Regina stayed as a captive until the end of the war in 1765. The family reunited with Regina with the help of their pastor, Henry Muhlenberg, often regarded as the father of American Lutheranism. At its core, the film is a moving reminder of the foundational
truth that, "God will never leave nor forsake us!
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  • Jun 22, 2014“Alone, Yet Not Alone” – Responding in Time of Testing
    Jun 22, 2014
    “Alone, Yet Not Alone” – Responding in Time of Testing
    UntitledThe movie Alone Yet Not Alone opened in theaters last Sunday. It is based on the true story taken of Barbara and Regina Leininger, daughters of German-Lutheran immigrants, who, in 1755, were taken captive by the Delaware tribe during the Seven Years (French & Indian) War. Barbara and three others made a daring escape, while Regina stayed as a captive until the end of the war in 1765. The family reunited with Regina with the help of their pastor, Henry Muhlenberg, often regarded as the father of American Lutheranism. At its core, the film is a moving reminder of the foundational
    truth that, "God will never leave nor forsake us!
  • Jun 15, 2014“A Long Way Off” – A Father’s Love
    Jun 15, 2014
    “A Long Way Off” – A Father’s Love
    UntitledHappy Father’s Day! Jesus tells his followers a parable about a man who had two sons. One of the sons (often called the prodigal son) asked for his inheritance and left home, leaving his father and brother. Imagine the pain that must have caused the father. And yet, this father still welcomed his wayward son home after squandering all his riches, even running to him while he was still “a long way off.” Today we see God on Film in a modern story of the prodigal son called “A Long Way Off.” Does Jesus’ parable have application today? Even in today’s world, this Bible
    story is as true as it has always been!
  • May 18, 2014The Coming King
    May 18, 2014
    The Coming King
    Series: Son of God
    Slide1Today we hearken back to Palm Sunday. We recognize that when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding that donkey, He was fulfilling prophecies of the Messiah from long ago. Both prophets Jeremiah and Zechariah, among others, speak of the "Kingly" reign of Jesus. Prophecies often have both "near" and "far" fulfillments. On Palm Sunday, the people were proclaiming Jesus as their King. Even Pilate placed a sign over Jesus' head on the cross which named Him as "King of the Jews" ("INRI" in Latin). This was a "near" fulfillment of the prophecies. However, we still await the "far" fulfillment of these prophecies. Those days are still coming (Jer. 23:5) when Jesus will return. Every eye will see Him, every knee will bow before Him and every tongue will profess Him as Lord and King! Until that Day, we
    who believe, know and proclaim Him as our King even now.
  • May 11, 2014The Anointed One
    May 11, 2014
    The Anointed One
    Series: Son of God
    Slide1Often people make the mistake of thinking that when Jesus came, He started a new religion. They perceive Christ's teaching as so radically different than the Old Testament, that they are tempted to believe that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are different. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, Jesus Himself states that the Old Testament Scriptures actually testify to Him (John 5:39), and that the prophecies of the coming Messiah are fulfilled in Him (Luke 4:21). So when we read Isaiah 61 or Psalm 2 which refer to the Lord's Anointed, we know that these refer to Jesus. Jesus is the Lord's Anointed. But to what and
    for what purpose is He anointed?
  • May 4, 2014The Sinner’s Friend
    May 4, 2014
    The Sinner’s Friend
    Series: Son of God
    Slide1You've heard, "don't judge a book by its cover." Thankfully, Jesus doesn't see in us just what's on the outside. In fact, in His ministry, Jesus showed a startling - even scandalous - affection for the broken, the lowly, the sinful, and the struggling. Often Jesus endured scorn and ridicule for associating with people that most of us would have considered "undesirable." Even those in Jesus' inner circle of disciples, such as Matthew - a tax collector, were not held in high esteem. You and I often think more highly of ourselves than we ought. When we are honest, we should be grateful and humbled that Jesus, the Son of God, would call us -
    sinners that we are - friends.
  • Apr 27, 2014The Son of Man
    Apr 27, 2014
    The Son of Man
    Series: Son of God
    Slide1“Christ is risen!” We rejoice that Christ, as true God and true Man took our place on the cross, received our punishment and death, and rose victoriously from the grave! How does this work? For Jesus to take the punishment for our sins He had to be true Man, a human, just like us with our weaknesses and struggles … but for His blood to benefit all of humanity for all time, He had to be God, divine and powerful over sin death and the devil. Today, we see that Jesus, as “Son of Man,” identifies with us in our humanity. We learn that He has compassion on us and offers healing to
    all who come to Him to receive His mercy and grace. Will you come to Jesus?
  • Apr 20, 2014The Resurrection and the Life
    Apr 20, 2014
    The Resurrection and the Life
    Series: (All)
    “Christ is risen!” And, say the apostles, “so are you!” Though we with all believers who have gone before us still await the great Day of the resurrection of all at the return of the Lord, His resurrection seals our faith and confidence today that because He is, “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Our celebration this day is reflected every Sunday throughout the year. The first day of the week is the day of resurrection. By the power Christ’s resurrection you and I are promised to live forever! Let us celebrate with the women who first visited the empty tomb with that strange combination of joy and fear, which is faith in the power of resurrection, and faith in the power of God!
  • Apr 18, 2014The King Forsaken
    Apr 18, 2014
    The King Forsaken
    The sign over Jesus’ sacred head at the cross proclaimed the truth: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” To those with faith in His redeeming blood, there could be no more glorious throne. What kind of King chooses the cross over power and glory? The kind of King who has but one purpose and mission: to save sinners, to restore the lost, and to renew the broken. So Jesus’ cross displays a sign to explain who He is because no one expects the Son of God to be crucified. Jesus is God’s faithful firstborn Son, who is forsaken by His Father so that undeserving sinners might be adopted into God’s family and never be forsaken!
  • Apr 17, 2014The King’s Feast
    Apr 17, 2014
    The King’s Feast
    The name for this day comes from the Latin word "mandatum," meaning "commandment." It refers to the two "new" 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: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Tonight’s Maundy Thursday service is intended to bring us into the story of the Son of Man coming to serve us. This evening we will commemorate some of the events at our Lord’s Last Supper, including a foot washing as well as receiving Holy Communion in a way that recalls that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper as they were “reclining at table.” (Mark 14:18)
  • Apr 13, 2014I Died FOR You to Live IN You
    Apr 13, 2014
    I Died FOR You to Live IN You
    “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!
  • Apr 9, 2014The King on the Cross
    Apr 9, 2014
    The King on the Cross
    The sign over Jesus’ sacred head at the cross proclaimed the truth: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” To those with faith in His redeeming blood, there could be no more glorious throne. What kind of King chooses the cross over power and glory? The kind of King who has but one purpose and mission: to save sinners, to restore the lost, and to renew the broken. So Jesus’ cross wears a sign to explain who He is because no one expects the Son of God to be crucified and the sins to have disfigured Him until He became unrecognizable—that is, no one except those with eyes of faith!
  • Apr 6, 2014I Will Love You Forever
    Apr 6, 2014
    I Will Love You Forever
    “What I Did for Love: I Will Love You Forever” – Lent is a 40-day observance in preparation for Easter. “Lent” comes from a word meaning “spring.” In a real sense, this is a springtime for the soul, a time to clean house, a time for renewal, a time to focus on the sacrifice of God through the death and precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Quite simply, Christ’s death was an act of Love! It took great Love for Christ to surrender His will to the Father, and it took great love for the Father to allow His Son to die for unworthy sinners. So the cross, a symbol of death and torture, has become an unlikely symbol of love and hope. We are filled with hope when we realize that Christ’s death shows the depth of God’s love, and the resurrection shows the height of God’s promises!
  • Apr 2, 2014The King Mocked
    Apr 2, 2014
    The King Mocked
    God will not be mocked. God is jealous. He insists upon what is His due. Yet, for the sake of sinners, the King of the Jews stands silent before His accusers. He endures the mocking and taunting of words and actions that feign the honor He is due. Why would God allow us to mock Him? It is all about salvation. The Son of God stands falsely accused for us. He allows Himself to be mocked and abused. That is what He must do if He is to restore the lost sinners, reclaim them to life, and repair the wrong that sin did. He is mocked and taunted so that He might be enthroned and honored—so that you and I might be enthroned and honored.
  • Mar 30, 2014I Felt Your Pain
    Mar 30, 2014
    I Felt Your Pain
    “What I Did for Love: I Felt Your Pain” – Lent is a 40-day observance in preparation for Easter. “Lent” comes from a word meaning “spring.” In a real sense, this is a springtime for the soul, a time to clean house, a time for renewal, a time to focus on the sacrifice of God through the death and precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ… Jesus was willing to suffer pain for us! But why? Why would our Lord, who knew the pleasures of heaven, enter our sin-sick world? Why did he allow himself to thirst, be beaten and flogged? Why would he voluntarily go to the cross? … How else could the God of heaven know us and free us from our guilt? Take comfort in knowing that Jesus knows your pain.
  • Mar 23, 2014I Rescued You When You Ran Away
    Mar 23, 2014
    I Rescued You When You Ran Away
    “What I Did for Love: I Rescued You When You Ran Away” – Lent is a 40-day observance in preparation for Easter. “Lent” comes from a word meaning “spring.” In a real sense, this is a springtime for the soul, a time to clean house, a time for renewal, a time to focus on the sacrifice of God through the death and precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was willing to leave His throne in heaven, to come searching for you and rescue you. Jesus will meet you wherever you are at, that is true, but He loves you too much to leave you there – He desires more for you, a relationship with Him!