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"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.

"Mercy in the Open Tomb" Recorded Service

Sermon for April 17, 2022: “Mercy in the Open Tomb”

Sermon Text:  Luke 24:1-12 (other readings: Exodus 15:1-18; Romans 6:3-11)

Sermon Synopsis:  In the surprising turn of events of Easter, God shares his eternal victory with us. His great mercy to his beloved people is demonstrated in the fact that he makes us coheirs with Christ of the resurrection life.

"Two Symbols of the Passion" Recorded Service

Sermon for April 10, 2022: “Two Symbols of the Passion”

Sermon Text:  Luke 23:1-56 (other readings: Deuteronomy 32:36-39; Philippians 2:5-11)

Sermon Synopsis: On this Palm/Passion Sunday we will focus on The Palm Branch and the Scourge—what do they teach us about ourselves?  About Christ?

"Saved by Your Landlord" Recorded Service

Sermon for April 3, 2022: “Saved by Your Landlord”

Sermon Text:  Luke 20:9-20 (other readings: Isaiah 43: 16-21, Philippians 3:8-14)

Sermon Synopsis: Jesus compares his Father to a Landlord in Luke 20.  We are not the best of tenants but the Lord is a perfectly patient Landlord, as well as a thoroughly just Landlord.

"So That" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 27, 2022: “So That”

Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 (other readings: Isaiah 12:1-6; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

Sermon Synopsis: As sinners we live in a broken relationship with God.  Christ came in the flesh to change that. Reconciliation with God comes as a gift and it becomes our way of life.

"Warning Signs" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 20, 2022: “Warning Signs”

Sermon Text: Luke 13:1-9 (other readings: Ezekiel 33:7-20: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

Sermon Synopsis: Man’s definition of sin seems be dictated by the life experience of the individual.  And so it follows one understanding of repentance follows a similar path.  Today Jesus describes  what they truly look like.

"Bowing to Options" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 13, 2022: “Bowing to Options”

Sermon Text:   Jeremiah 26:8-15 (other readings: Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17-4:1)

Sermon Synopsis:  The God of Israel sent Jeremiah to remind his chosen people of the very narrow options they had according to God’s commandments but they rejected that in favor of open options.

"A Bit of Give and Take" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 6, 2022: “A Bit of Give and Take”

Sermon Text:   Luke 4:1-13 (other readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13)

Sermon Synopsis:  Temptation is often the enticement to compromise, to engage in just a bit of ’give and take.’ Jesus would have none of it when satan tempted him. Nothing would deter Jesus from the Cross.

“If These Walls Could Talk” Recorded Service

Sermon for February 27, 2022: “If These Walls Could Talk”

Sermon Text:   Hebrews 3:1-6 (other readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Luke 9:28-36)

Sermon Synopsis:  If the walls of the church could talk….They would tell of Christ’s work, glory and faithfulness.  They can!! They should!!

“God Loves to Recycle” Recorded Service

Sermon for February 20, 2022: “God Loves to Recycle”

Sermon Text:   Genesis 45:3-15 (other readings: 1 Corinthians 15:21-26, 30-42; Luke 6:27-38)

Sermon Synopsis:  God can take some of the most evil events and recycle them to accomplish something good—his plan will be accomplished.  So God has a recycling lesson for us today.

"Who Are You Trusting?" Recorded Service

Sermon for February 13, 2022:  “Who Are You Trusting?”

Sermon Text:   Jeremiah 17:5-8 (other readings: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26)

Sermon Synopsis:  Where is your trust and confidence placed? In the flesh which brings curses and death, or in the Lord, which brings you blessings and life.

“Surrounded by Glory” Recorded Service

Sermon for February 6, 2022:  “Surrounded by Glory”

Sermon Text:   Isaiah 6:1-8 (other readings: 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20; Luke 5:1-11)

Sermon Synopsis:  Although the world does not rightly honor the Lord God, his glory surrounds us and like Isaiah we stand trembling before his holiness because of our sins but receive his forgiveness because of the sacrifice of Jesus.

“Preaching is Risky” Recorded Service

Sermon for January 30, 2022:  “Preaching is Risky”

Sermon Text:    Luke 4:16-30 (other readings: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:3a; Nehemiah 8:1-3)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus preaching in his home town of Nazareth found the crowd to be a bit challenging. He didn’t meet their expectations and so they missed his gracious message.

“Faith—The Gift That Keeps on Giving!” Recorded Service

Sermon for January 16, 2022:  “Faith—The Gift That Keeps on Giving!”

Sermon Text:   1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (other readings: Isaiah 62:1-11; John 2:1-11)

Sermon Synopsis:  Our heart be filled with joy as we remember God’s many gifts to us.  Knowing that the gift of faith continues to bear other great gifts.

“Jesus Also Has Been Baptized” Recorded Service

Sermon for January 9, 2022:  “Jesus Also Has Been Baptized”

Sermon Text:   Luke 3:15-22 (other readings: Isaiah 43:1-7; Romans 6:1-11)

Sermon Synopsis:  Upon hearing of Jesus being baptized we might very well ask what John asked.  Why did Jesus need to be baptized?  And hearing the answer we give thanks for our baptism.

"Heirs by Grace" Recorded Service

Sermon for January 2, 2022:  “Heirs by Grace”

Sermon Text:   Ephesians 1:1-14 (other readings: 1 Kings 3:4-15; Luke 2:40-52)

Sermon Synopsis:  As God's adopted children, we have an inheritance by God's abundant grace.  Which is nothing less than every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. We do not need to wait in order to receive our inheritance. It is ours now.

“After the Manger—Finding Jesus” Recorded Service

Sermon for December 26, 2021:  “After the Manger—Finding Jesus”

Sermon Text:   Luke 2:22-40 (other reading: Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15; Colossians 3:12-17)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus didn’t stay long in the manger. Where do we find Him today?

"Questioning Christ" Recorded Service

Sermon for December 12, 2021:  “Questioning Christ”

Sermon Text:   Luke 7:18-28 (other reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7)

Sermon Synopsis:  John the Baptist has some pointed questions for Jesus, and sometimes, so do we.  How does God respond to us in our times of weakness and disappointment with him?

"Make Way for the King" Recorded Service

Sermon for December 5, 2021:  “Make Way for the King”

Sermon Text:   Luke 3:1-14 (other reading: Malachi 3:1-7b; Philippians 1:2-11)

Sermon Synopsis:  John the Baptist called for some serious road construction to take place to “Prepare the way of the Lord.”  We each have a road that needs some serious work—work we can’t handle on our own.

“The Branching of God's Family Tree” Recorded Service

Sermon for November 28, 2021:  “The Branching of God's Family Tree”

Sermon Text:   Jeremiah 33:14-16 (other readings: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-23; Luke 19:28-40)

Sermon Synopsis:  The prophet declares the days are coming—days of promise in the continued branching of God’s family tree with the righteous branch of Jesse and beyond.

"Real Thanksgiving” Recorded Service

Sermon for November 21, 2021:  "Real Thanksgiving”

Sermon Text:   Isaiah 51:4-6; Mark 13:24-37; Jude 20-25

Sermon Synopsis:  In our Readings for the Last Sunday in the Church year, we learn something important even though end times have some uncertainty they certainly are about giving thanks

"The High Priest" Recorded Service

Sermon for November 14, 2021:  "The High Priest”

Sermon Text:   Hebrews 10:11-25 (other reading: Daniel 12:1-3; Mark 13:1-13)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus the great High Priest came to be the sacrifice of all sacrifices and he came as the great High Priest that has a short memory.

"Sainthood - Contraction in Terms" Recorded Service

Sermon for November 7, 2021:  "Sainthood - Contradiction in Terms”

Sermon Text:   Matthew 5:1-12 (other reading: Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-32)

Sermon Synopsis:  Christ’s description of being blessed—a Christian—a saint is not necessarily what the "real-world" perceives it to be. It’s a contradiction in terms—the have nots have.

"Free Indeed" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 31, 2021:  "Free Indeed”

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

Sermon Synopsis:  Many people feel freedom comes in being free from anything and everything except themselves.  Jesus helps us discover that true freedom is found in Him and His Word of Truth.

"Can I See?" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 24, 2021:  “Can I See?”

Sermon Text:   Mark 10:46-52 (other readings: Hebrews 7:23-28; Jeremiah 31:7-9)

Sermon Synopsis:  "Son of David, have mercy!" We are like blind beggars who have been given sight. We realize that without God we have no mercy; without God we have no future.  In Christ we are shown mercy and given sight.

"Meaning of Life" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 17, 2021:  “Meaning of Life”

Sermon Text:   Ecclesiastes 5:10–20 (other reading: Hebrews 4:1–13; Mark 10:23–31)

Sermon Synopsis:  Much of the world sees their value in the possessions of this life but through the words of King Solomon God enables us to know the meaning of life.  We find our eternal value placed upon us by the Son of God.

"Today" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 10, 2021:  “Today”

Sermon Text:   Hebrews 3:12-19 (other reading: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 ; Mark 10:17-22)

Sermon Synopsis:  So we live in Today - a time between Yesterday and Tomorrow. Yesterday when God’s plan of salvation was made known and Tomorrow when all of creation will be re-made complete and whole.

"Lover One Another From Pure Hearts" Recorded Service

Sermon for October 3, 2021:  “Love One Another From Pure Hearts”

Sermon Text:   1 Peter 1:18-22 (other reading: Ezekiel 36:22-27; Mark 12:28-31)

Sermon Synopsis:  We are to love others as God loves us, with a pure heart.  A pure heart is this—a person who is watching and pondering what God says and replacing his or her own ideas with the Word of God.

“Godly Priorities Protect God’s Blessings” Recorded Service

Sermon for September 26, 2021:  “Godly Priorities Protect God’s Blessings”

Sermon Text:   Mark 9:38-50 (other reading: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; James 5:13-20)

Sermon Synopsis:  Many things distract us from the blessings our faith point us toward.  But Jesus says to rid ourselves of the things that can harm our faith and distract us from Godly priorities that protect God’s blessings for us.

"Taming of the Fiery Tongue" Recorded Service

Sermon for September 12, 2021:  “Taming of the Fiery Tongue”

Sermon Text:   James 3:1-12 (other reading: Isaiah 50:4-10; Mark 9:14-29)

Sermon Synopsis:  The tongue that is itself set on the fire of hell can be tamed and quenched by the refining and sanctifying fire of the Holy Spirit. By the saving grace of our Lord Jesus our tongues are changed to burn with the saving love of the one who dwells within us.

“Bathroom Scale Christianity” Recorded Service

Sermon for September 5, 2021:  “Bathroom Scale Christianity”

Sermon Text:   James 2:1-10, 14-18 (other reading: Isaiah 35:4-7a; Mark 17:31-37)

Sermon Synopsis:  It is uncomfortable to consider the shortcomings of our faith life.  We have been redeemed—forgiven in Christ and given the promise of eternal life—that is the faith we have. But the word from St. James focuses on his advice to make our faith vital and active.

"The Law of God is Good and Wise" Recorded Service

Sermon for August 29, 2021:  "The Law of God is Good and Wise"

Sermon Text:   Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 (other reading: Ephesians 6:10-20; Mark 7:14-23)

Sermon Synopsis:  God transforms our lives by the Holy Spirit for a threefold purpose: His Glory, our benefit, and for the benefit of others.

“Heart for Living or A Living Heart” Recorded Service

Sermon for August 22, 2021:  “Heart for Living or A Living Heart”

Sermon Text:  Mark 7:1-13 (other reading: Ephesians 5:22-33; Isaiah 29:11-19)

Sermon Synopsis:  God’s word is a two edged sword that pierces the heart.  The Law of God kills the heart where the Gospel revives the heart.

"True Wisdom" Recorded Service

Sermon for August 15, 2021:“True Wisdom”

Sermon Text:  John 6: 51-69 (other reading: Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21)

Sermon Synopsis:  True Wisdom sounds like the very voice of our Lord and Savior, speaking His Law and Gospel to our hearts, calling us to repentance and the life.

“Jesus Is Real Wonder Bread” Recorded Service

Sermon for August 8, 2021: “Jesus Is Real Wonder Bread”

Sermon Text:  John 6:35-51 (other reading: 1 Kings 19:1-8; Ephesians 4:17-5:2)

Sermon Synopsis:  Jesus Is Real Wonder Bread.  He is the bread that came down from heaven.  He is the bread that leads to heaven.

“Hankering for the Bread of Life” Recorded Service

Sermon for August 1, 2021: “Hankering for the Bread of Life”

Sermon Text:  John 6:22-35 (other reading: Exodus 16:2-15; Ephesians 4:1-16)

Sermon Synopsis:  The Gospel—the good news of salvation in Christ is nourishment for the soul.  The Lord will not leave us hankering for more. God’s Word satisfies spiritual appetites.

"Rest and Compassion" Recorded Service

Sermon for July 25, 2021: “Rest and Compassion”

Sermon Text:  Mark 6:45-56 (other readings: Genesis 9:8-17; Ephesians 3:14-21)

Sermon Synopsis:  We learn from Jesus that life is a balance involving, among other things, rest and compassionate servanthood.

“Following the Shepherd-King” Recorded Service

Sermon for July 18, 2021: “Following the Shepherd-King”

Sermon Text:  Jeremiah 23:1-6 (other readings: Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6: 30-44)

Sermon Synopsis: God promised his people a leader who would lead them faithfully, giving them a righteousness that would make them right before God. 

“God's Plumb Ain't Dumb” Recorded Service

Sermon for July 11, 2021: “God's Plumb Ain't Dumb”

Sermon Text:  Amos 7:7-15 (other readings: Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29)

Sermon Synopsis: God’s Plumb Line (His Law) isn’t dumb!  It speaks to us about our sin.  But we are blessed that God isn’t silent about his grace either, that reaches out to us from the cross.

“Faith Hangs on More Than a Thread” Recorded Service

Sermon for July 4, 2021: “Faith Hangs on More Than a Thread”

Sermon Text:  Ezekiel 2:1-5 &  Mark 6:1-13 (other reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

Sermon Synopsis: In our Old Testament text for today we see how time and time again our future seems to hang on by a thread (like our American History).  But in Christ our Future Hangs on a Cross!

"The Riches of Jesus" Recorded Service

Sermon for June 27, 2021: "The Riches of Jesus"

Sermon Text:  2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15 (other readings: Lamentations 3:22-33; Mark 5:21-43)

Sermon Synopsis: Each of us at one time or another has dreamed of what it would be like to be wealthy.  The wealth we dream of does, however, pail in comparison to the riches of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

"A Life Changing Life" Recorded Service

Sermon for June 20, 2021: "I Life Changing Life"

Sermon Text:  2 Corinthians 6:1-13 (other readings: Job 38:1-11; Mark 4:35-41)

Sermon Synopsis:  A life that can change lives is a life that has been reconciled to God in Christ, and who has reconciled relationships with others.

""The Crushing Love of The Lord" Recorded Service

Sermon for June 6, 2021: "The Crushing Love of The Lord"

Sermon Text:  Genesis 3:8-15 (other readings: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35)

Sermon Synopsis:  In the account of Adam and Eve’s fall into sin, we learn that the Lord’s love crushes our excuses that we try to hide behind so that he can bring us the Good News that his love has crushed our enemy, Satan.

"The Wind" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 30, 2021: "The Wind"

Sermon Text:  John 3:1-17 (other readings: Isaiah 6:1-8, Acts 2:14a, 22-36)

"The Holy Spirit Hasn't Stopped Working" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 9, 2021: "The Holy Spirit Hasn't Stopped Working"

Sermon Text:  Acts 2:1-21 (Other Readings Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 15:26-27)

"To Those Who Say 'I can't,' Jesus Gives Two 'Cans'" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 9, 2021: "To Those Who Say 'I can't,' Jesus Gives Two 'Cans'"

Sermon Text:  Acts 1:12-26 (other readings 1 John 5:9-15, John 17:11b-19)

"Easter Doesn't Choose Sides" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 9, 2021: "Easter Doesn't Choose Sides"

Sermon Text:  Acts 10:34-48 (other readings 1 John 5:1-8, John 15:9-17)

"What Kind of Branch Are You?" Recorded Service

Sermon for May 2, 2021: "What Kind of Branch Are You?"

Sermon Text:  John 15:1-8 (other readings: Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:1-11)

"Name Dropping" Recorded Service

Sermon for April 25, 2021: "Name Dropping"

Sermon Text: Acts 4:8-12 (other readings: 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18)

Sermon Synopsis:  We should use the name of Jesus often and boldly, both in our prayers, and in our praise and in our witness.

"We Are Children of God" Recorded Service

Sermon for April 18, 2021: "We Are Children of God"

Sermon Text: 1 John 3:1-7 (other readings: Acts 3:11-21; Luke 24:36-49)

Sermon Synopsis:  Like  God has made us his own in Christ.  The love of Jesus leads us to demonstrate this blessed truth in our lives.

"The Difference Easter Makes" Recorded Service

Sermon for April 11, 2021:  "The Difference Easter Makes"

Sermon Text: Acts 4:32-35 (other readings: 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31)

"Walking With Your Substitute" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 28, 2021: "Walking With Your Substitute"

Sermon Text: Mark 15:1-47 (other readings: Zechariah 9:9-12; Philippians 5:1-11)

Sermon Synopsis:  Like Barabbas we are worthy of God’s death sentence; but we, the rebels, are released, and Jesus suffers hell on the cross in our place as our Substitute.

"Surprise!" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 21, 2021: "Surprise!"

Sermon Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (other readings: Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45)

Sermon Synopsis:  God’s promises of faithful forgiveness to a fallen world are surprisingly refreshing.

"Grace" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 14 2021: "Grace"

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:1-10 (other readings: Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21)

Sermon Synopsis:  Our amazement at God’s grace grows the more we see that it comes at Christ’s expense, which means that grace is totally undeserving by us, that grace is only in Jesus, and that grace is for God’s glory.

"Lent Answers for Life's Big Questions" Recorded Service

Sermon for March 7, 2021: "Lent Answers for Life's Big Questions"

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (other readings: Exodus 20:1-17; John 2:13-22)

Sermon Synopsis:  We often search for answers to life’s questions by looking at how we feel or what makes sense to us; however, God points us to Christ crucified.

"The Less Traveled Road" Recorded Service

Sermon for February 28, 2021: "The Less Traveled Road"

Sermon Text: Mark 8:27-38 (other readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 5:1-11)

Sermon Synopsis:  The more traveled road of theology of glory is paved with processions, power and success but the less traveled road of theology of the cross is paved with burdens, sacrifice and suffering.

"The Lord Will Provide" Recorded Service

Sermon for February 21, 2021: "The Lord Will Provide"

Sermon Text: Genesis 22:1-18 (other readings: James 1:12-18; Mark 1:9-15)

Sermon Synopsis:  Abraham’s test of faith teaches us that God not only provides us with faith but also  something to put our faith in—his sinless Substitute