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January 2016

God Reveals His Glory - January 24, 2016

Pastor Bitter

Text: Psalm 19

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“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, eventually people will come to believe it.”  This served as the mantra of Joseph Goebbels, the chief propaganda officer of the Hitler’s regime in Nazi Germany.  “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, eventually people will come to believe it.”  Goebbels repeatedly blamed the Jews, the Communists, and many other groups for every problem German society faced.  He repeated the lie over and over again, and eventually a nation stood to the side and watched as its leadership carried out unspeakable atrocities that resulted in the death of millions of people during the World War II era.  “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, eventually people will come to believe it.” 



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The Lord's Greatest Work - January 17, 2016

Pastor Schroeder

Text: Psalm 111

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v. 2 Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. How do you react when you hear about Jesus performing miracles?  Today’s gospel reading is a good example, when John tells us about the first miracle of our Lord in his earthly ministry.  Many of us are familiar with the account, so it isn’t a surprise to us anymore when the servants take the water to the master of the banquet and he tastes the best wine at the wedding.  But how do we react when we hear it again?  Even if you aren’t a wine connoisseur, wouldn’t you be interested in tasting the miraculous wine that Jesus produced?  Isn’t there a part of us that says, “I’d like to see something like that”?  Can’t we all find something in our life that we would love for Jesus to change in a miraculous way?



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It Begins with Baptism - January 10, 2016

Pastor Leyrer

Text: Psalm 2

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Dear Friends in Christ, If you’re not familiar with the history, you’ve probably heard the phrase. When the Roman General Julius Caesar led his army across the Rubicon River in Northern Italy, it was with the premeditated and widely understood intent of starting a civil war and taking over Rome.  As he ordered his troops into the river, he supposedly made this statement:  “the die is cast.”  Meaning, with this action there was no turning back.  He had charted his course.



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Jesus is Our Righteous King - January 3, 2016

Pastor Bitter

Text: Psalm 72

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You can probably recognize most of the slogans: Make America Great Again, Reigniting the Promise of America, A Political Revolution is Coming – all slogans that candidates in the 2016 presidential race are using to market their ideas and raise votes.  Every candidate in the election offers different ideas for the future and tries to appeal to voters in different ways, but they all seem to have one thing in common.  In some way, whatever the plan might be, they are promising to change things in our country for the better.  That’s not unique to 2016 either – every election cycle, those running for office promise that in one way or another, life will be better under their leadership.  Why?  Because the idea is appealing to voters. 



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A New Year in His Name - January 1, 2016

Pastor Schroeder

Text: Luke 2:21

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January 1…New Year’s Day…the year 2016.  2016 years since what?  Isn’t it ironic that even in our world that so often rejects the message of the Bible and the teachings of Christianity, that around the globe, our whole system of days and years counts time from when Jesus was born? 



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A Promise, Plan and Plea as We Enter 2016 - December 31, 2015

Pastor Leyrer

Text: Matthew 6:25-34

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Dear Friends in Christ, Depending upon our basic personalities as well as a number of personal variables such as age, health, children, condition of loved ones, and work related issues, it’s fair to assume that each of us will enter this New Year a little differently.



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