June 2016

A Lesson on Commitment - June 26, 2016

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Luke 9:51-62

Dear Friends in Christ, When it comes to genuineness in our communication with others, we’ve probably all heard the best and most direct route is to “say what you mean and mean what you say.” 

That being the case, here is a thought worth pondering:  When we sing the words of the hymn, “Let us ever walk with Jesus follow his example pure” or, as we did a moment ago, “Jesus I my cross have taken all to leave and follow you,” what exactly do we mean?  What exactly are we pledging or saying or praying?

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A Pair of Crosses - June 19, 2016

Pastor Schroeder

Sermon text: Luke 9:18-24

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As we go through life, we soon get used to the idea that certain items or objects work best in pairs.  On a cold day, one glove isn’t good enough; you need one for each hand.  Same thing with boots, or socks, or shoes; you wouldn’t even think of leaving the house with just one.  So we can think of plenty of examples of items that come in pairs.  But then there are also those objects in which two parts are joined together to make one functional pair: think of a pair of pants, or sunglasses, or maybe the best example of all, a pair of scissors.  If you separate scissors, you’re left with 2 glorified butter knives; you might be able to cut tape and open boxes, but little else.  Sometimes, often, it’s best to keep pairs together.    

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Faith Rejoices in Peace with God - June 12, 2016

Pastor Bitter

Sermon Text: Luke 7:36-50

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What does it mean to have faith?  Over the last four weeks, our sermons have approached that question from different angles.  Today, I’d ask you this: what does faith look like in your life? 

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Jesus Displays His Heart - June 5, 2016

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Luke 7:11-17

Dear Friends in Christ, The four Gospels record at least 37 separate miracles performed by Jesus.  Really, that’s just a start.  In the final verses of the second last chapter of the Gospel of John (20:30-31) we are given this information:  Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

And in the final verse of the Book of John (21:25), we are told:  Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

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