November 2019

The Eye of the Beholder

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Christ the King Sunday - Sunday, November 24, 2019

Text: Mark 12:41-44

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Dear Friends in Christ, A 1970’s era Volkswagen van with faded paint is chugging along in the right lane of the freeway going 10 miles under the posted speed limit. A car full of college students returning to school take a glancing look as they zip by in the left lane. What they see is a rusting old vehicle that appears barely roadworthy and borderline hazardous. As they complete the pass, they look at each other and wince.

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His Talents; Our Triumph

Pastor Eric Schroeder - Saints Triumphant Sunday - Sunday, November 18, 2019

Text: Matthew 25:14-30

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Do you have any hidden talents? That always makes for an interesting conversation, and it is part of the fun of getting to know other people. I can remember going to visit a member of my former church in his apartment, and as soon as I walked in the door, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful paintings that hung on the walls. When I asked if he was an art collector, his wife chuckled as she pointed out that he was the artist who had painted them all! Maybe you’ve had similar experiences, when you’ve known someone for a long time before you found out about a hidden talent they had, and you come away appreciating them just a little bit more than before because you found out what else they can do. 

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Now is the Time!

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Last Judgement - Sunday, November 10, 2019

Text: Haggai 1:1-11

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Live like no one else now, so later you can live like no one else! Maybe some of you recognize that line from the popular financial advisor Dave Ramsey. His advice is pretty simple at the root level. Live like no one else now – dedicate yourself to paying off debt and saving more than those around you – and later on you’ll be able to live like no one else because that hard work and saving will have paid off and you’ll have far more to live with! If you’ve ever watched any of Ramsey’s seminars or listened to his radio show, you’ve seen the applications. Drive cheap cars now, and you’ll be able to drive nicer ones later when you’ve gotten to a better financial place. Put off major purchases now and later you’ll be able to more easily afford them. It’s common-sense financial advice that is backed by a proven track record of success.

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A Summary of Sainthood

Pastor Eric Schroeder - All Saints' Day - Sunday, November 3, 2019

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

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As we gather for All Saints’ Day, I suppose it is important that we spend some time talking about what we mean by the word saint. Depending on who is using the word and how they are using it, saint can mean very different things, and there is great potential for confusion. I don’t know how closely you pay attention to this type of news, but just a few weeks ago, this headline popped up in my news feed: “Divine Intervention? Pope Francis May Have Accidentally Blessed the New Orleans Saints with a Victory Thanks to This Accidental Tweet.”  The news story was about how the Pope was using his Twitter account to report a recent act by the catholic church, but when he attached a hashtag to the word “saints,” the information went out to all the fans who follow the football team that goes by that name. (Kids, if you don’t know what a Twitter hashtag is, ask your parents…Parents, if you don’t know what a Twitter hashtag is, ask your kids.)  At any rate, the New Orleans Saints won the game 13-6 with a fourth-quarter touchdown. Same word, very different meanings. Confusion results.

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