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Many people know about Abraham, the old man who had a son when he was 100 years old. The family tree that branches out from him is truly amazing…and embarrassing. In this family we see the faithful love of God and His work to bring the Savior.
The last Sunday of the Church Year focuses on the return of Jesus and being ready for it. This is an opportunity to be vigilant, but not be afraid; to be confident in our Savior, Jesus, who is coming soon.
What is an appropriate response when you have been given a gift? Use it. Use it a lot. Use it joyfully. God has given us so many gifts…and we respond appropriately, generously, hilariously!
The guest pastor for today is Dr. Daniel Paavola from Concordia University Wisconsin. He focuses on the blessing of debt, celebrating the good and faithful love of God.
“Save it for a rainy day.” That is the advice some people give about the reason to save. But what are you saving it for? The goal is to best use what God has given us for things that matter not just for a rainy day, but for eternity!
"Workin' for a livin', livin' and a workin', I'm takin' what their givin' 'cause I'm workin' for a livin'." When you think about work, is it something you have to do, or something you get to do? God is good and He is faithful. In His goodness He created work for us to do. On this Reformation Sunday, we celebrate the freedom we have in Jesus and explore the blessing of work under His grace.
Our guest pastor this morning is Rev. Dr. R. John Buuck. He is the former President of Concordia University Wisconsin and now serves on behalf of Food for the Poor, a Christian mercy ministry that exists to help the materially poor and to renew the poor in spirit. Their ministry is a reflection of our Lord's unconditional love. It is also shaped by the belief that Christ is alive and can be served directly by serving those in greatest need. (Matthew 25:40)
“Did you bring enough to share?” Other kids would ask that when I brought something for school lunch that was really good. My answer, usually, was “NO WAY!” (Okay, I was selfish.) One purpose of provision is to enjoy AND to share. That attitude marked the early church and continues to reflect God's desire for how we use the gifts He has given us.
“What is it?” The Israelites asked this when they saw the flaky substance covering the ground as they began their wilderness journey. The answer is that it was God’s miraculous, daily provision of bread for His people for 40 years. “Who is it?” People want to know who Jesus is, what He offers, why we “need” Him. The answer is that Jesus is God’s miraculous, daily provision for life today and forever.
Your boss stops by and says, “You did a great job! I’m so glad you are on our team.” Your mom says, “I’m really proud of you. You used your gifts so well.” Most people love to hear words of affirmation. At the end of our lives it will be wonderful to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Our series “Good and Faithful” helps us understand what this means in relation to all of life and life’s resources.
“Rules were made to be broken.” So says the person who loves to break rules. But rules serve a valuable purpose and reveal an order that comes ultimately from God for our good.
There is no “I” in “team,” so the saying goes. There are so many ways to apply this concept to our lives. It is especially true when it comes to our faith and the mission God has given us. If we are going to “win” (last week’s message), it is going to happen as a team.
Our guest preacher for this morning is Dr. John Oberdeck. He begins our series “Play to Win,” focusing on the purpose for which we exist and the attitude with which we live.
Jesus tells Peter to “feed my sheep.” He refers to caring for people who were or would become followers of Jesus. This is our charge as well, and so we feed them the food that gives life and peace and joy…PIZZA! Just kidding, we feed them with the love, truth and hope of Jesus.
What proof do you need in order to believe that something is absolutely true? Thomas did not believe the words of the women and the other disciples; he wanted to see and touch Jesus for himself to believe that Jesus was alive. Jesus delivered BIG TIME! Do you believe it?
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love” (Jackie DeShannon). What the world needs now is true love, the sweet love of Jesus. And we are the ones who deliver it. Sweet love.
Why do we worship Jesus? Because He makes (AND KEEPS) promises that no one else can deliver. Jesus says He is the resurrection and the life and He proves it by raising a person who was dead. I don’t know anyone else who can do that. Do you?
Jesus says that He will set us free. But if a person is already free, why do we need Jesus? That is what Jesus addresses in John 8.
Why did Jesus come here? What was His ultimate goal? John 3:17 summarizes this perfectly: not to condemn the world, but to save the world. As a church devoted to the mission of Jesus, this is our focus as well.
Light and darkness. Rejection and reception. Law and grace. There is a broad spectrum of what a person experiences when they meet Jesus. This is true today as we encounter Jesus in our lives and introduce Him – His love, truth and hope – to others.
Along the coast of Lake Michigan lie many hulls of ships that never reached their destination. The numerous wrecks are a testimony to the powerful forces of nature and the weakness of human beings. At various times you may get beaten, battered and even wrecked by the things going on in your life. In every instance God is there, ready and able to rescue.
People cannot live in peace with one another for long unless they forgive each other. This affects families, schools, teams, places of work, nations…our entire world. Thankfully, we know the source of forgiveness and what we freely receive from Jesus we freely give.
Why do people do the things they do, even “good Christians”? God gives us the answer in His Word, the answer that leads us to view ourselves and others with greater compassion and Jesus with greater appreciation.
Do you rejoice when a sinner repents? How bad can the sinner be and still be welcome? “Older brothers,” get ready for part two of Jesus’ story.
The Prodigal Son. The Lost Son. The Dead Son. The Imperfect Son. The story Jesus tells in Luke 15 is well-known and loved by many. It is a wonderful picture of grace. If you have ever felt yourself in the place of this younger son, then hear, know, receive, rejoice in the limitless grace of the Father.
What do you think of when you hear the word “imperfect”? Often it carries the idea of less than, not good enough. So we try to hide our mistakes, cover up the fact that we are not perfect. NO MORE! Only in accepting our imperfections can we fully understand God’s work to love and save us. Right now, right here, I declare it, “I am imperfect!”
Hanging on by a thread. Made it by the skin of your teeth. Just squeaking by. These are all phrases that capture how we often feel. We might make it through the day, or a project, or an event, but just barely. What if you actually made it by a mile, won by a landslide, there was no contest, it was a blowout? That is what it means to be “more than conquerors.” And that is who we are because of Jesus.
Our Half True series continues - "God Want Me to Be Happy." What's wrong with that? Perhaps our definition of "Happy" might need to be calibrated.
Love the sinner, hate the sin. It sounds like a true statement, something that God might even have said. But in what ways is that message heard? Today we look at this statement to determine if there is a better way to reflect total truth.
“God will never give you more than you can handle.” Is that statement true, false, or half-true? We explore the source of this statement to find out…and to find confidence in following Jesus.
Thank you for joining us to celebrate the most powerful event the world has ever known. In the power of Jesus’ resurrection, we can fully BE. Jesus brings that power to us HERE, entering our world and our lives today.
Relentless negativity. It seems like every comment on every issue is critical. We can add to that...or we can reflect relentless hope, building up and filling people with joy.
Relentless can have both a negative and positive meaning. It can mean unending or merciless, as in relentless trials. It can also mean continuous or never giving up, as in love or pursuit. And often we can find the relentless love of God in the midst or relentless trials.
The God who is working throughout Daniel’s life is the same God who created the universe, is still reigning today and will be for all of eternity. Everything else comes and goes.
Have you ever been knocked flat on your back, absolutely humbled by a person or circumstance? What did you learn from that? Was it positive or negative? God often works in our lives to teach us, sometimes humbling us, so that we keep ourselves and our relationship with Him in the proper perspective. That is what God does with Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4.
The account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
What sets the one true God apart from all other gods (which are ultimately false gods)? The one true God can do what no one or nothing else can do.
Have you ever felt like you did not fit in? Daniel and some of his Jewish friends were taken to a new land with different beliefs and values. The people lived very differently than Daniel and his friends. Though they could have changed to fit in to the new culture, Daniel and the others chose instead to be faithful to God. This led to some very difficult situations in which they experienced the power, grace and faithful love of God.
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