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October 2016

Christ, the Liberator - October 30, 2016

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: John 8:31-32

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Dear Friends in Christ, Today is not Christmas and it is not Easter.  Yet in our circles as Lutheran Christians, it is still another high point in our spiritual lives.  It’s Reformation Sunday.  So exactly who and what is it that we celebrate today?  What is our focus?



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Do Not Love the World - October 23, 2016

Pastor Schroeder

Sermon text: 1 John 2:15-17

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They called it “unsinkable.”  Isn’t it interesting how more than a hundred years after it happened, history still associates the word “unsinkable” with a ship that sank?  Before and since, many vessels have found their way to the bottom of the oceans, but none of them has received anywhere near the amount of attention that the Titanic has—and does—still today.  Museum exhibits, history books, documentaries and other films have all attracted our curiosity over the years, and my guess is that if you know anything about the Titanic and her tragic end, at some point you have paused to wonder what it would have been like to be a passenger on that sinking ship. 



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Written for Confidence - October 16, 2016

Pastor Kyle Bitter

Sermon text: 1 John 5:13-15

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“Good Morning!  And in case I don’t see you later, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”  Maybe some of you recognized those words from the hit movie The Truman Show a number of years ago.  The movie’s not a new release by any means – I remember watching it in high school.  But I suspect many of you have probably heard of it. 



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The Marvelous Mercy of Jesus - October 9, 2016

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Luke 17:11-19

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Dear Friends in Christ, A few minutes ago in our Gospel reading we listened to the account of Jesus and the ten men with leprosy. Whether you heard it for the very first time or the hundred and first time, what is your initial, immediate impression of this event?  If you had to boil it down to one specific sentiment or lesson that you would consider to be the “nugget” or “take away” away from this particular encounter, what would it be? 



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Who is your master? - October 2, 2016

Pastor Bitter

Sermon text: Romans 6:15-23

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Sometime during the month of February, probably in the year 1818, Fredrick Douglass – a name you might recognize from American history – was born in Maryland as a slave.  During his childhood he bounced around from master to master, living a childhood filled with varying levels of hardship due to slavery.  The wife of one of his owners taught him the alphabet and a few basics of language, and over the next few years, Douglass taught himself to read and write.  Literacy opened his eyes to a wealth of knowledge and information, and in his autobiography he writes how he began to dream of freedom.  Eventually, Douglass did escape and is today remembered most famously as a leader in the American abolitionist movement, a skilled public speaker, and a diplomat, working tirelessly for the freedom of slaves and rights for the slaves after they had been set free. 



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