Sep 30, 2018
Babel
Series: Genesis
Noah brings a new beginning, but humanity quickly falls back into its old ways as it seeks to usurp God’s position by building a tall tower. This tower demonstrates both the folly and the danger of human ambition. Human ambition is filled with folly because, of course, no one can build a tower to the heavens. But human ambition is also filled with danger because it cannot compete with God’s perfect commands.
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  • Sep 30, 2018Babel
    Sep 30, 2018
    Babel
    Series: Genesis
    Noah brings a new beginning, but humanity quickly falls back into its old ways as it seeks to usurp God’s position by building a tall tower. This tower demonstrates both the folly and the danger of human ambition. Human ambition is filled with folly because, of course, no one can build a tower to the heavens. But human ambition is also filled with danger because it cannot compete with God’s perfect commands.
  • Sep 23, 2018Noah
    Sep 23, 2018
    Noah
    Series: Genesis
    As man’s wickedness increases, God’s justice against sin is finally rendered in the form of a flood. But out of disaster emerges a man chosen by God to bring forth a new beginning – Noah. As “new creations” (2 Corinthians 5:17), we too are called to bring forth new beginnings in a world that is filled with sin. .
  • Sep 16, 2018Cain and Abel
    Sep 16, 2018
    Cain and Abel
    Series: Genesis
    The effects of Adam and Eve’s fall into sin quickly become apparent in the story of Cain and Abel. Hatred and death quickly have their way. But in the face of evil, God both exacts justice and gives grace. He forces Cain to wander the earth, but he also protects Cain’s life even though he has taken his brother’s life.
  • Sep 9, 2018Fall
    Sep 9, 2018
    Fall
    Series: Genesis
    God’s good creation was quickly corrupted by a bad decision. If Genesis 1 describes the best of times, Genesis 3 ushers in the worst of times and sets up a tension for the rest of the book, for the rest of the Bible, and for all of history. We live in this tension, however, with hope, for God has promised to swallow up the worst of times in His Son.
  • Sep 2, 2018Creation
    Sep 2, 2018
    Creation
    Series: Genesis
    How did all that we see get here? This is the question that Genesis 1 answers. The great promise of this chapter, however, lies not in how everything got here, but in what everything that God created is: it is good.
  • Aug 26, 2018Living Under the Rainbow
    Aug 26, 2018
    Living Under the Rainbow
    Series: (All)
    "Covenant theology" is an important Scriptural concept, not often stressed in Lutheran circles. You might recognize it better using another English term. No doubt you have heard of the Old and the New Testament.... What does it mean to live "Under the Rainbow of God's Covenant?" You will hear about it this morning. It can be very comforting for the Christian.
  • 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
    Sacrifice
    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.