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Love One Another

Pastor Thomas Kneser - Midweek Lent 2 March 13, 2019

Text: John 13:31-35

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Brothers and sisters in Christ,  I want to begin today by reading a portion of a letter for you: Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another, and they don’t hesitate to honor widows; and they rescue the orphans who are being abused. The one who has, gives to the one who lacks, without bragging about it. And when they meet a stranger, they take him into their homes and rejoice over him as if he were a brother. . . .  And if there is among them any that is poor and needy, and if they have no spare food themselves, they will fast two or three days just so they can have something to share with the one lacking food. They observe the teachings of their Messiah with much care, living justly and soberly as the Lord their God has commanded them.



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A Portrait of Resolve

Pastor Leyrer - Lent 2  March 17, 2019

Text: Luke 13:31-35

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Dear Friends in Christ, Strolling through a store a couple of weeks ago I came across one of those cleverly worded plaques you can hang up at some prominent place in your house. It read: “Believe your husband when he tells you he will fix something.  You don’t need to remind him every six months.” Procrastination is one way to deal with a task, especially if it is an unpleasant one, but there are additional methods. For instance, we can rationalize the need for something to be done and talk ourselves out of it. We can minimize the importance of doing something and conclude that it can wait indefinitely.  And, of course we can utilize the old ostrich head-in-the-sand model and simply hope the situation will go away or magically take care of itself.



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Time for a Change

Pastor Eric Schroeder  -  Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019 

Text: Luke 18:9-14

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Four games left to go in the season, and the team isn’t living up to expectations…It’s time for a change—so the coach gets fired. A couple has been dating for a few months, and it is becoming increasingly clear that he or she isn’t “the one” …It’s time for a change—they break up and move on. One business is bought out by another larger corporation, and the new bosses are all about the bottom line…It’s time for a change—and people start looking for new jobs. 



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We Preach Christ Crucified

Pastor Michael Otterstatter, Martin Luther College   Sunday, March 10, 2019

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:22–25

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“Upon the Cross Extended” (CW 113);” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (CW 125);” “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” (CW 345); Drawn to the Cross” (CW 387). Today, we find ourselves in that season of the Christian Church Year in which the cross of Christ is brought into special focus. Hymns like the familiar ones I just mentioned, the reading of the Passion History of our Savior (that is the record of his suffering and death in the Gospels), our midweek Lenten Services, and our own personal devotions, all help us focus on the culmination of our Savior’s sinless life—his sacrificial death in our place on Calvary’s cross. But isn’t there something more that we seek at the cross of Christ in our annual Lenten journey? In addition to remembering Jesus’ suffering and death, we also ask the Holy Spirit to not leave us unchanged by our focus on Calvary’s cross.  As we consider our Savior’s cross more closely, we pray that it would also call us to repentance and to a renewed life of service to Christ. 



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Jesus Is Changed - And So Are Those Who Know Him

Pastor Joel Leyrer

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:12 - 4:2

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Dear Friends in Christ, If we’re looking for a single thought to describe the emphasis of this Sunday, a reasonable choice would be the word “change.” This theme is reflected in all our Scripture lessons. In our Old Testament reading we see a change that came over Moses when he had been in the presence of God on Mount Sinai. We’ll talk more about that in just a bit. In our Gospel lesson, we see Jesus momentarily changed or “transfigured” from the normal state his disciples were accustomed to seeing him to the glorious state that was and is his as the divine Son of God. Through this event the disciples were given a glimpse of the glory that awaits all who embrace Jesus in faith – including modern day disciples like us.



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Where Is Justice?

Pastor Kyle Bitter

Text: Romans 12:14-21

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From 2011-2015, ABC produced a TV drama under the title “Revenge.” The show was set in the Hamptons – an extremely wealthy neighborhood on Long Island – and was centered around a woman who had grown up in the neighborhood, but whose family had been falsely accused and forced to leave the area in disgrace when she was a kid. Later in life, she amasses a fortune and the show tells the story of her moving back to her childhood home…to seek revenge on those who had destroyed her family despite her father’s encouragement to forgive and move on. Over the course of the show, viewers watch as this woman befriends her enemies and then manipulates them against one another, using their own selfishness against them as she seeks her revenge and slowly destroys all of their lives. Not really an appealing premise for a TV show in my opinion, but reading the reviews it seems as though many critics found the plot oddly compelling. A phrase that kept coming up in the online reviews I read referred to the show as a “guilty pleasure.” I suppose there’s something appealing about watching someone carry out the kind of vengeance that you might find yourself wishing for even if you know you shouldn’t pursue it yourself. 



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Man's Plans; God's Promise - February 17, 2019

Pastor Joel Leyrer

Text:  2 Corinthians 12:7-10 

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Dear Friends in Christ,  Imagine this.  Ever since you were a little boy or a girl you’ve been fascinated with the city of Paris.  You’ve read everything there is to read on its history, you know the places that interest you the most, and you know exactly what you want to see once you get there. Now you’ve reached a point in your life when you can make the trip, so you board the plane with great anticipation of just how wonderful this long-envisioned vacation is going to be.  It’s a direct flight, so you don’t have to worry about layovers or connections.



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The Cause and Effect of Salvation - February 10, 2019

Pastor Eric Schroeder

Text: Romans 10:13-17

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Quite often, the most difficult questions to answer are the ones that begin with the word Why?  For instance, at some point we have probably asked ourselves or other people questions like, “Why is the sky blue?”  Or, “Why is it so cold today?”  Or, “Why do solar and lunar eclipses happen?”  You might know the answers to those questions, but you didn’t always know.  If you do know, it’s because you did some scientific research, and by reading a book or a website or asking an expert, you found out how the world works—that there are a whole lot of cause-and-effect relationships built into God’s creation.



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God Works by Grace - February 3, 2019

Pastor Kyle Bitter

Text: Romans 10:18 - 11:6

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With the wintery weather conditions over the past couple of weeks here in southeastern Wisconsin, I’m guessing most of you took the time to watch weather reports on T or look up forecasts on the internet just to see what exactly was coming. Maybe as you were doing that, you happened to see some of the weather forecasts from other parts of the country. I don’t know about you, but I always find it kind of entertaining to see how the warmer parts of the country respond to cold weather. For example, I saw a clip of weatherman from Florida warning people to bundle up and stay indoors because…the temperature might dip below freezing. I was talking to my brother who lives in Atlanta, and he was telling me how traffic in the city is usually paralyzed and school is often called off by a dusting of snow and a little ice. In the middle of a Wisconsin winter, it’s easy to laugh at that kind of stuff, but it also makes some sense. Most people in Florida don’t have a lot of heavy winter clothing…and so temperatures below freezing do present a significant challenge. According to the public records, the city of Atlanta owns just 40 salt trucks to clear the ice from a metro area populated by 6 million people. For comparison, the City of Wauwatosa owns 41…with 100 times fewer people. Having the right tools for the job makes a huge difference when challenges arise in any part of life, whether it’s extreme weather, home repair projects, or just about anything else!



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A Mission and Ministry Prayer - January 27, 2019

Pastor Joel Leyrer

Text: Acts 4:23-31

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Dear Friends in Christ, From ev’ry stormy wind that blows, from ev’ry swelling tide of woes, there is a calm, a sure retreat; 'tis found beneath the mercy seat. Those words written by the 20th century English clergyman Hugh Stowell rightly describe the events recorded in our text for today. 



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