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The Trouble with Money

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 18, 2022

Text: Luke 16:1-13 

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Have you ever heard someone say something like this: “The church talks way too much about money”? I know I have. Sometimes it has been in the context of our church, and other times people were giving a reason why they don’t attend their former church anymore—or any church, for that matter. And maybe there could be some truth to that idea that the church shouldn’t talk about money so much, because the church isn’t supposed to be primarily about money at all. No, church is supposed to be about worshipping God and hearing his word and singing his praise. Church is supposed to be about strengthening and nurturing believers, equipping us all to do the work that God has given us of serving our neighbor and reaching out to the lost in our world. So why would the church have any need to talk about money?



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A Celebration of Unity and Clarity

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Unity Sunday - Sunday, September 11, 2022

Text: 1 Peter 2:9-10

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Dear Friends in Christ, This is always a special service and a special Sunday. However, for reasons needing no explanation, the last couple of years were different. We retained the name and held a Unity Sunday on the second Sunday in September – just as we’ve been doing since the year 2000 – but we observed it according to our regular three-services-a-weekend schedule. Which kind of defeated the purpose.



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The Day Is Coming

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 4, 2022

Text: Malachi 3:17-4:6

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“On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. 4 “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty. “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”



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Prisoners of Hope

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, August 28, 2022

Text: Zechariah 9:9-12

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Dear Friends in Christ, If you happen to be an American Civil War buff, you may be familiar with a small town in central Georgia by the name of Andersonville. If it doesn’t ring a bell, let me tell you about it.



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A Call to Remember

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, August 21, 2022

Text: Haggai 1:2-3, 12-13, 2:6-9

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Dear Friends in Christ, We are now in the home stretch of our summer sermon series on the twelve minor prophets. Three left. With this last trio we enter into a new timeframe and a new kind of message emphasis. Today’s prophet is the first of this new breed. His name is Haggai, and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he wrote a short little two chapter book that bares his name.



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He Will Restore

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, August 14, 2022

Text: Zephaniah 3:14-20

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It’s quite common that as time goes on, people start longing for “the good old days.” We can all get selective in our memories and romanticize the past, thinking back to all of our favorite times and lumping them all together into a vague notion of the kind of life we might wish we could have forever. When we were younger, we didn’t have all these bills to worry about, and we didn’t have all these aches and pains that we have accumulated over the years, and we weren’t so worried about running out of time all the time. So, in a lot of ways, life was simpler, and to a whole lot of people, that means life seemed better. So they long for “the good old days.”



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The Righteous Live by Faith

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, August 7, 2022

Text: Habakkuk 3:16-19

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I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.



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Nahum's Message is True to His Name

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 31, 2022

Text: Nahum 1:12-15

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Dear Friends in Christ, We’ve now reached the halfway point in our summer sermon series on the minor prophets. Six down, and including today, six to go. One of the things we’ve learned thus far is just how little personal information we’re given about these men of God.



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Micah: Justice and Might

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 24, 2022

Text: Micah 3:8-4:5

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“Justice” is a word that seems to mean different things to different people in a variety of situations. Every so often you might hear of someone who is “calling out for justice” and we need to hear more to know what they mean. It might be a claim that a business hasn’t treated a customer fairly. It might be an instance where a crime has clearly been committed, but no one at all has been arrested yet. These days, we hear about “social justice,” and the whole idea is based on the judgment that entire groups of people are being oppressed, and it’s time to make some big sweeping changes and do something about it.



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Jonah: A Story of God's Compassion

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 17, 2022

Text: Jonah 1:17-2:10

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Dear Friends in Christ, If you were to play a word association game and say the name “Jonah,” most people – even those who know (or care) little about the Bible – would instantly reply with the word “whale” (in Hebrew, “big fish”). That one event pretty much sums up the working knowledge many have of this book.



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