July 2020

What God Did: Rose Again

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 26, 2020

Text: Job 19:23-27

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23 “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, 24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! 25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes — I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

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Great Faith Clings to a Great Savior

Christian Willick, Seminary Student - The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 19, 2020

Text: Matthew 15:21-28

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My dear brothers and sisters, in the name of our true brother Jesus Christ. Before the national health crisis shut down most public events, there was a musical on Broadway called Dear Evan Hansen. It features a high school boy who attempts suicide by jumping out of a tree, but manages only to break his arm and must now deal with the return to his heartbreaking life as an outcast. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. The reason I’ve heard of it is because a song from it came up on my YouTube feed. Now I don’t know all the algorithms that YouTube uses to suggest videos for me, or how much of my personality they could possibly know, but what I do know is that they got it right. That song spoke to me.

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What God Did: Proclaimed Victory

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 12, 2020

Text: Colossians 2:13-15

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Dear friends in Christ,  As we continue our summer sermon series on the Apostle’ Creed today we come to a short little four word declaration of our faith that, perhaps more than any of the other statements, seems to always raise a number of questions.  Some are more theological in nature, such as:  When exactly did this happen? Why did it happen? What does it mean? Others are more of a personally curious nature, such as:  what impact does this event mean for us today? What practical application can it provide us as we live out our lives as Christians? Without further introduction, these are the matters we will now consider from God’s Word as we turn our attention to the meaning and the message conveyed in the little phrase:  HE DESCENDED INTO HELL

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What God Did: Sacrifice

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 5, 2020

Text: Leviticus 1:1-9

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Isn’t it amazing what a difference good cameras and modern computer enhancement technology can make to a person’s appearance? Maybe the most obvious example is the side-by-side pictures you sometimes see of a movie star or celebrity as they appear on the big screen compared to their appearance in regular life. Sometimes they’re hardly recognizable as the same person! Maybe you’ve seen the same thing on a more personal level by playing with the filters and lenses available on snapchat or Instagram or other similar apps. You can see wrinkles disappear, skin blemishes clear up, you can look years older or years younger, whatever you want – amazing differences to your appearance! Even though we all know such things are not representative of reality, we still find ourselves somewhat drawn to them – at the very least enough that we use them somewhat frequently. So why is that? I suppose on the one hand it’s just fun – it’s kind of a cool toy. But, I think there is also a part of us that is drawn to the idea of things being better than they appear to be. 

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