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Category: End Times

What to Expect from this King

Pastor Robert Fleischmann - Christ the King Sunday - Sunday, November 20, 2022

Text: Luke 23:35-43

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The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”



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Knowing What to Expect

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, November 13, 2022

Text: Luke 21:5-19

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Dear Friends in Christ, “Well, I didn’t see that coming.” We’ve all heard someone say that or said it ourselves.



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What Is and What Will Be

Pastor Eric Schroeder - All Saints' Day - Sunday, November 6, 2022

Text: Luke 6:20-23

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20 Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.



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Christ Our King

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Christ the King Sunday - Sunday, November 21, 2021

Text: John 18:33-37

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Dear Friends in Christ, It is an early hour on the first Good Friday, perhaps first light. Jesus had been arrested the night before and subjected to a mock trial convened illegally by Jewish leaders. (According to their own strictly enforced rules, advance notice for such a meeting was required. But when you see your power and influence slipping away, apparently exceptions can be – and were – made.)



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Gathered for Triumph

Pastor Eric Schroeder - Saints Triumphant Sunday - Sunday, November 14, 2021

Text: Mark 13:24-27

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24 “But in those days, following that distress, “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 26 “At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. Every now and then, life presents us with those critical moments when everything seems to change in an instant. And when that happens, when we go through a sudden life-changing event, which way does it normally go? What I mean is this: of all the huge moments that you have observed in people’s lives or that you have been through yourself—especially the unexpected ones, does life get better or worse immediately after?



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A Life Lived Shrewdly

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Last Judgment Sunday - Sunday, November 7, 2021

Text: Luke 16:1-15

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If you’ve been paying attention to current events, you’ve probably seen reports on the large numbers of Americans who have been changing jobs in the last year or so. Maybe some of you are among them. Pundits offer different reasons why this trend is happening. Some point to things on the job: working conditions, wages, and benefits. Others point to factors outside the workplace like childcare, family situations, and health concerns. A couple weeks ago, I read an article that proposed another idea that was kind of thought provoking. This author theorized that for many people, their career was the primary source of meaning and fulfillment in their lives. When the events of the last couple of years changed everyone’s relationship with work, many were left feeling empty and discouraged and looking for something new. What’s the real reason? I suppose some combination of all three, but for today I’d like to think about that last one a little more. We have a built-in desire to see meaning and significance in our lives. When we get to the end, we’d like to be able to look back at everything that has been accomplished, the time invested, the energy poured out, the money spent, the relationships built, and all the rest of it and conclude – that was worth something. That had meaning and value and significance.



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See Life Clearly

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Christ the King Sunday - Sunday, November 22, 2020

Text: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 23, 24

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Just over a week ago, I went in for my annual eye doctor appointment. As I look at those of you in person, I see a number of pairs of glasses, and I suspect there are some contacts I can’t see, so I’m sure many of you have had the same experience. If not, you can probably imagine it pretty well. First, the doctor checks the health of your eyes. He looks at them from different angles through different lenses and with different colors of light. Then the doctor checks your prescription by having you look through different lens combinations, one eye at a time. Which is clearer? One, or two? Three or four? And so on. Finally, the most interesting part: you look through your updated prescription with both eyes and see what 20/20 vision actually looks like. If you’ve had a big change to your prescription, or if it’s your first-time getting glasses, you can see what you were missing as you look around with 20/20 vision and See Life Clearly. It can be an amazing experience. I remember first getting glasses when I was in grade school and making the discovery that the candles in the front of the church weren’t actually candles at all…they were light bulbs that flickered! Apparently, I’d needed glasses for quite some time! Maybe some of you can remember a similar experience.



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God Unbreaks the Broken

Pastor Eric Schroeder - Saints Triumphant - Sunday, November 15, 2020

Text: Ezekiel 37:15-28

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Have you ever tried to uncrack an egg and put it back in its shell? I doubt it. Have you ever unpopped a balloon, and gathered all the helium together again? I’m sure you haven’t. In fact, I’m sure no one has. We’ve cracked enough eggs and popped enough balloons to know it’s not even worth attempting to try and undo it, because it would be impossible.



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Daniel's Dream Will Come True

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Last Judgment - Sunday, November 8, 2020

Text: Daniel 7:9,10

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Dear Friends in Christ, Did you know there is a branch of scientific study called “oneirology?” I did not until this week. Oneirology is the study of dreams. An oneirologist, then, is one who personally studies dreams.



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A New Normal?

Pastor Eric Schroeder - All Saints' Day - Sunday, November 1, 2020

Text: Isaiah 26 1-4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 19-21

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Before we get into our discussion today, I almost feel like I should apologize for the wording of the sermon title. I know that some of you are already tired of hearing the expression, “the new normal.” I get it; I think we all get it. Pandemic or no pandemic, none of us likes the idea that current mandates might have to be extended or even tightened further. We don’t like talking to people behind masks and plexiglass barriers and straining to understand their muffled responses. We don’t like the division surrounding an election that may or may not be over by this time next week. We don’t like having our worship services limited to the first 85 people who sign up, as if we need to compete with our brothers and sisters for a place in God’s house. We can find all kinds of experiences that we don’t like about our lives today, but what’s worse than any one of them is the idea that we might just have to get used to them, because 2020 might spill over into 2021…and beyond. 



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