What is Truth? (John 18:33-40)

Lenten Midweek 6 Service: April 10, 2019

“What is Truth,” Pontius Pilate asked Jesus.

  • Truth: Jesus isn’t who people want him to be and

  • Truth: Jesus is—-thank God!—-who he claims to be.

Pastor Ron Koehler

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May It Never Be! (Luke 20:9-19)

Fifth Sunday In Lent: April 7, 2019

May it never be that we reject Jesus as the cornerstone of our faith.

  • When we add anything to our faith or let it deteriorate in any way, we are weakening the cornerstone of our faith and run the risk of rejecting Christ.

  • When we seek our priorities first instead of God’s.

  • The more we allow false ideas to creep into our faith or time of absence to wear it away, the shakier our cornerstone becomes and our faith

  • When we withhold the fruits of faith that God expects from us.

Pastor Timothy Patoka

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I Am He (John 18:3-9)

Midweek 5 Lenten Service, April 3, 2019

Jesus’ faithful love continues for all of his sheep. He will lose none that the Father has given to him.

This is your Savior. He is the almighty God, the humble Servant, and the faithful Shepherd. He is the one your soul needs. He is the one who has made you his own. And he wants you to know and trust it. He says, “I am he.”

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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God Rescues His People (Judges 10: 6-16)

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 31, 2019

God rescues his people as they seek after pleasure and self-gratification.

And God is there again and again to rescue his people from their earthly enemies, to call them back, full of love and mercy and compassion, and to save them from the ultimate consequence of turning away from him.

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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Watch and Pray (Matthew 26:35-41)

Midweek 4 Lenten Service, March 27, 2019

Watch our Savior faithfully do the will of God.

Pray that God’s will also be done in us.

As we see our Savior suffering in the garden, we are encouraged to pray that we cling to faith in Jesus, for we know how eager and able our Father is both to hear and to help—-to his glory and for our salvation. Amen.

Pastor Tim Patoka

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Our Redeemer Reminds Us to Repent (Luke 13:1-9)

Third Sunday of Lent, March 24, 2019

Our Lord Jesus has already demonstrated the great love of God to us in every possible way.

It is our Redeemer who reminds us to repent, the one who went to the cross for our sins.

Our repentance is not a burden or an obligation to be met. It is painful, yes, to admit our sinfulness, but it is a joy to know that our sin has been paid for in full.

So, whenever we see tragedy or suffering, we can be thankful that God has been patient with us. We can be reminded of our own sinfulness, and we can rejoice in our loving Savior.

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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"Love One Another" (John 13:31-35)

Midweek 3 Lenten Service: Three Words of Truth, March 20, 2019

God of love and faithfulness, you showed your favor to your people by sending your one and only Son to be our Savior. Help us to trust in him as our gracious Redeemer and so enjoy the peace he came to bring, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen

Pastor Ryan Heiman

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Jesus Resolutely Goes To Jerusalem (Luke 13:31-35)

Second Sunday of Lent, March 17, 2019

When Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem, it was a resolute decision that he was not going to change.

It was only because of his resolution that such a journey happened.

Jesus was rejected by all and had no personal incentive to finish the journey to Jerusalem and yet, despite the widespread rejection, he still went to complete his goal of our salvation by dying on the cross and rising from the grace on the third day.

He is also resolute to gather all those who have rejected him under his wings for protection and comfort.

It is only by God’s grace that we no longer reject Jesus and remain under his wings for all time.

Amen

Pastor Timothy Patoka

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Jesus, Our Tried and True Champion (Luke 4:1-13)

First Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2019

The devil tries to entice us with temptation. We don’t do so well against the devil’s temptations; he outsmarts us by coming to us in our weak moments or in ways we may not realize are dangerous.

Jesus is the triumphant champion. Because he is, we have nothing to fear from the devil. When we repent of our sins and our failures to say “no” to temptation, we go to a Savior who has been tempted like us.

May the Lord strengthen us in his Word so that we may defend ourselves from the devil’s temptations and may the Lord bring us joy in repentance knowing that we have a tried and true champion on our side. Amen

Pastor Timothy Patoka

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It is Good to See the Glory of Jesus (Luke 9:28-36)

Transfiguration of our Lord - Last Sunday after the Epiphany, March 3, 2019

Some situations, some experiences are so amazing and profound that words fail to capture them.

It was just so for the disciples on the mountain of transfiguration.

It was good for James, John, and Peter and it is good for us to see the glory of Jesus, too.

It assures us that because of who Jesus is and what he has done for us, heaven is our home. Forever.

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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What Does Loving Forgiveness Look Like" (Genesis 45: 3-8a, 15)

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 24, 2019

So what does loving forgiveness look like?

  • It looks like Joseph treating his brothers well after they had so seriously mistreated him.

  • It looks like Jesus dying for a world of sinners who have rebelled against him and his heavenly Father.

  • It looks like you and me living lives that reflect Christ’s mercy and love toward others.

    May God grant such a loving and forgiving attitude to all of his children. Amen

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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Embrace The Christian Life (Luke 6:17-26)

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 17, 2019

  • Prepare for what will likely happen.

  • Receive Unexpected Blessings

  • Listen to the Warnings of woe

    May we keep our focus on what is to come so that we may correctly enjoy what is before us. Amen

Pastor Tim Patoka

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A Catch Unlike Any Other (Luke 5:1-11)

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 10, 2019

  • The Miraculous Catch of Fish

  • The Comforting Catch of Peter

  • The Continuing Catch of People

    May the Lord have us trust all that he says in his Word so that we may be comforted by and catch people with this good news. Amen

Pastor Tim Patoka

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Lord, Speak to Us That We May Speak (Luke 4:20-32)

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 3, 2019

Jesus sent his followers out in his name and with his authority to baptize and proclaim the gospel. That goes for you and me, his followers today, as well.

We speak with the authority of Christ as we proclaim the promises of God and speak in his name.

This is a sobering responsibility but it’s also comforting to know that we’ve got Jesus backing us up and doing the real work on hearts and souls.

Pastor Ron Koehler

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You Will Be My Witnesses (Acts 1:8)

Mission Festival Sunday, January 27, 2019

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Pastor Dan Koelpin

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See the Glory of This Wedding Guest (John 2:1-11)

Second Sunday After The Epiphany, January 20, 2019

We weren’t there to taste the best wine served at the wedding at Cana but we have the testimony of those that were:

  • We have the message of the power and the love of Jesus.

  • We have his promises that he will use that power and love for the good of the whole world.

  • And we have the confidence that he has kept his promises to use his power and his love for our benefit.

Trust in Him.

Pastor Nathan Kassulke

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