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“It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” Recorded Service

Sermon for January 22, 2023:  “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 9:1–4 (other readings:; 1Corinthians 1:10–18: Matthew 4:12-15)

Sermon Synopsis: Living in a sinful world is dark and scary.  But Christ chases the darkness out of guilty consciences and chases the darkness out of the problems sin causes.

“We Need a Lamb!” Recorded Service

Sermon for January 15, 2023: “We Need a Lamb!”

Sermon Text:  John 1:29–42a (other readings: Isaiah 49:1–7; 1Corinthians 1:1–9)

Sermon Synopsis: In Jesus day a lamb was more than a source of food and clothing—its sacrifice meant the forgiveness of sins and we need that from Jesus our Lamb.

“Baptism As Epiphany” Recorded Service

Sermon for January 8, 2023: “Baptism As Epiphany”

Sermon Text:  Matthew 3:13–17 (other readings: Romans 6:1–11; Isaiah 42:1–9)

Sermon Synopsis: Our Lord’s Baptism reveals who he is.  Our Baptism reveals who we are and whose we are and sets us on an eternal path.

"The Name of Jesus" Recorded Service

Sermon for January 1, 2023: "The Name of Jesus"

Sermon Text:  Luke 2:21 (other readings: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 3:23-29)

Sermon Synopsis: In one short verse of Scripture we can unpack a lot of valuable information about our Lord.  The name “Jesus” affects our entire life in Christ!  Those who bear his name are on the path to eternity.

“Sought Out! Behold Your Salvation Comes!” Recorded Service

Sermon for December 25, 2022: “Sought Out! Behold Your Salvation Comes!”

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 62:10-12 (other readings: Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-10)

Sermon Synopsis: God in Christ sought us out to bring us salvation.  And he continues to do so today through us.

“Celebrate the Birth of Jesus” Recorded Service

Sermon for December 18, 2022: “Celebrate the Birth of Jesus”

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 7:10-17 (other readings: Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25)

Sermon Synopsis: Celebrate the birth of Jesus.  His birth is a sign that God is with us.  Our celebration is a sign that we are with God.

"Why Are You Smiling?" Recorded Service

Sermon for December 11, 2022: “Why Are You Smiling?”

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 35:1-10 (other readings: James 5:7-11; Matthew 11:2-15)

Sermon Synopsis: Our Lord’s coming gives us a real reason to smile for he brings to us the joy that lasts forever.

“Help Has Arrived” Recorded Service

Sermon for December 4, 2022: “Help Has Arrived”

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 11:1-10 (other readings: Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12)

Sermon Synopsis: The Messiah’s rule is one of perfect righteousness, in which God’s people find perfect deliverance.

“Looking For Peace” Recorded Service

Sermon for November 27, 2022: “Looking For Peace”

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 2:1-5 (other readings: Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 21:1-11)

Sermon Synopsis: During Advent we look forward to the coming of Christ at Christmas and at the Resurrection and all he brings to us. Today we will be looking for the peace he brings.

“The King of Creation is our Rescuer” Recorded Service

Sermon for November 20, 2022: “The King of Creation is our Rescuer”

Sermon Text:  Colossians 1:13-20 (other readings: Malachi 3:13-18; Luke 23:27-43)

Sermon Synopsis: The King of creation is our Rescuer.  Christ, our King, has redeemed us in time and will rule over us for all eternity.

"Disciples Under Construction" Recorded Service

Sermon for November 13, 2022: “Disciples Under Construction”

Sermon Text:  2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 (other readings: Malachi 4:1-6; Luke 21:5-28)

Sermon Synopsis: Daily we can seek God’s will in our lives. Each day we can open ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying power. Whether it is our last day or the return of Christ it will be a day of joy for the elect.

“Saints on Earth and Saints in Heaven” Recorded Service

Sermon for November 6, 2022: “Saints on Earth and Saints in Heaven”

Sermon Text:  Revelation 7:9-17 (other readings: 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12)

Sermon Synopsis: Today we are reminded, once more, that our God is not a God of the dead but the living.  We remember that Christ’s Church not only includes the saints on earth but also the saints in heaven.

“You Are An Angel!” Recorded Service

Sermon for October 30, 2022: “You Are An Angel!”

Sermon Text:  Revelation 14:6-7 (other readings: Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36)

Sermon Synopsis:  In our Reformation observance we hear that God has made us his messengers and promised that his Word would never be silenced

“Living in A Hate Filled World—With Love” Recorded Service

Sermon for October 23, 2022: “Living in A Hate Filled World—With Love.”

Sermon Text:  Genesis 4:1-15 (other readings: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-17)

Sermon Synopsis:  Cain murdered his brother Abel. Jealousy and hate brought death.  But into the midst of that world God brought love and life.  How do we respond to a hate filled world?  We love. 

"God's Love Letter" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 16, 2022: “God's Love Letter”

Sermon Text:  2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 (other readings: Genesis 32:22-30; Luke 18:1-8)

Sermon Synopsis:  Paul’s second letter to Timothy gives us the opportunity to speak of the Bible as God’s love letter to us.  And allows us to discover some insights from the Word about the Word and practical advice on how to engage the Bible.

"A Life that is More than Normal" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 9, 2022: “A Life that is More than Normal”

Sermon Text:  Luke 17: 11-19 (other readings: Ruth 1:1-19a; 2 Timothy 2:1-13)

Sermon Synopsis:  What a shame to have met Jesus, the Lord and Giver of Life, and to then come away from that meeting with nothing more than our health. Christ came to give us life that is more than normal.

 

"For Us and With Us" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 2, 2022: “For Us and With Us”

Sermon Text:  Romans 8:31-39 (other readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 : Luke 12:35-40)

Sermon Synopsis:  God in Christ is for us and with us.  Our victory is not secure because of our hold on Christ, but by his hold on us.

"Lessons From the Graveyard" Recorded Service

Sermon for September 25, 2022: “Lessons From the Graveyard”

Sermon Text:  Luke 16:19-31 (other readings: Amos 6:1-7; Luke 16:19-31)

Sermon Synopsis:  Lessons to learn as we think about death and the rest of our lives.  Am I ready and are those around me ready? What will I do with the rest of my days?

“God Our Savior Wants all Men to be Saved” Recorded Service

Sermon for September 18, 2022: “God Our Savior Wants all Men to be Saved”

Sermon Text:  1 Timothy 2:1-15 (other readings: Amos 8:4-7; Luke 16:1-15)

Sermon Synopsis:  God, our Savior, wants all men to be saved therefore believers constantly pray for all people and believers also proclaim God’s Word of truth.

“Found and Forgiven” Recorded Service

Sermon for September 11, 2022: “Found and Forgiven”

Sermon Text:  Luke 15:1-10 (other readings: Ezekiel 34:11-24 ; 1 Timothy 1:12-17)

Sermon Synopsis:  When God forgives, He also forgets.  God has the magnificent quality about him that he can forgive the past, and accept a person as he or she is in the present.

"What is Your Choice?" Recorded Service

Sermon for September 4, 2022: “What is Your Choice?”

Sermon Text:  Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (other readings: Philemon 1-21; Luke 12:22-34)

Sermon Synopsis:  What is your choice in Christian living: disobedience and God’s curse or obedience and God’s blessings? Will you choose life or death?

“Heavenly Humility” Recorded Service

Sermon for August 28, 2022: “Heavenly Humility”

Sermon Text:  Luke 14:1-14 (other readings: Proverbs 25:2-10; Hebrews 13:1-17)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus calls believers to live a life of humility.  For it is Christ’s delight to lead people from the lowest seat to the seat of honor in the kingdom of God.

“Heaven’s Door Is Narrow” Recorded Service

Sermon for August 21, 2022: “Heaven’s Door Is Narrow”

Sermon Text:  Luke 13:22-30 (other readings: Isaiah 66:18-23; Hebrews 12:4-24)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus teaches that heaven’s door is narrow. By only trusting in God’s grace alone will believers be ready to enter.

"The Key to Endurance" Recorded Service

Sermon for August 14, 2022: “The Key to Endurance”

Sermon Text:  Hebrews 11:17-31; 12:1-3 (other readings: Jeremiah 23:16-29; Luke 12:49-53)

Sermon Synopsis:  Today we will discuss the key to endurance by looking at one faithful lady, Rahab, who living by faith, knows and trusts in God for survival.

"Fear Not!" Recorded Service

Sermon for August 7, 2022: "Fear Not!”

Sermon Text:  Genesis 15:1-6 (other readings: Hebrews 11:1-16; Luke 12:22-34)

Sermon Synopsis:  God tells Abram, “Fear not!” That’s easy enough since God said it, right?  But to Abram God’s promises sometimes seem contradictory even when God says “I am your shield; your reward shall be great.”

"New Life" Recorded Service

Sermon for July 31, 2022: "New Life”

Sermon Text:  Colossians 3:1-11 (other readings: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Luke 2:13-21)

Sermon Synopsis:  Everything is transformed in our lives because of the cross of Christ. The old life is dead and gone. We are now living a new life.

"Lord Teach Us to Pray" Recorded Service

Sermon for July 24, 2022: "Lord Teach Us to Pray”

Sermon Text:  Luke 11:1-13 (other readings: Genesis 18:20-33; Colossians 2:6-15)

Sermon Synopsis:  When the disciple asked of Jesus, Lord, teach us to pray.  Jesus gave them and us a pattern, promise, and partner for prayer!

"Reconciled - Christ Lives in Us"

Sermon for July 17, 2022: "Reconciled - Christ Lives in Us”

Sermon Text:  Colossians 1:21-29 (other readings: Genesis 18:1-10a; Luke 10:38-42)

Sermon Synopsis:  We are reconciled—brought into a right relationship—in all aspects of our lives through the life, death, resurrection of Jesus.

"Inner Strength" Recorded Service

Sermon for July 10, 2022: "Inner Strength”

Sermon Text:   Colossians 1:1-14 (other readings: Leviticus 19:9-18; Luke 10:25-37)

Sermon Synopsis:  The Holy Spirit provides Christians with an inner strength that enables us to endure with patience and joy.

"Sent Out and Going Forth" Recorded Service

Sermon for July 3, 2022: "Sent Out and Going Forth”

Sermon Text:   Luke 10:1-20 (other readings: Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus sends his followers out into the plentiful harvest. We along with the early disciples are called to prepare the way for Jesus and to carry out his ministry on earth--and in the United States. 

"A Whisper Gains Attention" Recorded Service

Sermon for June 26, 2022: "A Whisper Gains Attention”

Sermon Text:   1 Kings 19:9b-21 (other readings: Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62)

Sermon Synopsis:  When God wants to get someone’s attention, He rarely shouts.  Instead, He whispers by displaying to the world "weakness" in Jesus’ death.

"Do You Get It?" Recorded Service

Sermon for June 19, 2022: “Do You Get It?”

Sermon Text:   Galatians 3:23-4:7 (other readings: Isaiah 65:1-9; Luke 8:26-39)

Sermon Synopsis:  If you don’t get the punch line the joke is lost.  Many believe following the Law of God is what saves.  But in truth obedience to the Law is a prison, but in the hands of the Holy Spirit the law leads us to Christ and his Gospel which frees us and makes us sons of God clothed with Christ.  Do you get it?

"The Trinity Is To Be Worshipped" Recorded Service

Sermon for June 12, 2022: “The Trinity Is To Be Worshipped”

Sermon Text:   John 8:48-53 (other readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Acts 2:14a, 22-36)

Sermon Synopsis:  We gather each week to worship God saying, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  Those word are significant and the meaning is profound.

"Human Spirit vs. The Holy Spirit" Recorded Service

Sermon for June 5, 2022: “Human Spirit vs. The Holy Spirit”

Sermon Text:   Genesis 11:1-9 (other readings: Acts 2:1-21; John 14:23-31)

Sermon Synopsis:  Are you an optimist or a pessimist?  The people building the tower of Babel were quite optimistic.  But the human spirit usually falls short, but the Holy Spirit prevails centering us on Jesus and his cross.

"Elija as Illustration" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 29, 2022: “Elija as Illustration”

Sermon Text:   2 Kings 2:5-15 (other readings: Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53)

Sermon Synopsis:  We celebrate what our eyes cannot see.  And we marvel at our God who can use the real-life events of Elijah to illustrate for us heavenly truths—Our Ascended Lord is with us as we walk by faith and not by sight.

"Prayer" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 22, 2022: “Prayer”

Sermon Text:   John 16:23-33 (other readings: Acts 16:9-15; Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus’ words tell us to “ask for anything”?  Is that for real?  “Ask for anything”?  Yes and we will receive what he promises.

"I Know My Sheep" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 8, 2022: “I Know My Sheep”

Sermon Text:   John 10:22-30 (other readings: Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus knows us.  But how well?  Very well—better than we know ourselves.  What are the implications for life because Jesus knows his sheep?

"Jesus' Patience and Love" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 1, 2022: “Jesus' Patience and Love”

Sermon Text:   John 21:1-14 & Acts 9:1-22 (other readings: Revelation 5:8-14)

Sermon Synopsis:  It took the disciples a bit of time to come to grips with the Lord’s resurrection and the patience and love of the Lord extended to unlikely individuals like Peter and Saul is also given to us.

"The Word of Life!" Recorded Service

Sermon for April 24, 2022: “The Words of Life!”

Sermon Text:  Acts 5:12-20 (other readings: Revelation 1:4-18; John 20:19-31)

Sermon Synopsis:  The full message of the resurrection of Jesus is the ground on which we, the Church, stand—solid and certain.  The full message of the resurrection of Jesus is the message we, the Church, tell.  The full message of the resurrection of Jesus is repentance to full forgiveness and life.