July 2022

Micah: Justice and Might

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 24, 2022

Text: Micah 3:8-4:5

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“Justice” is a word that seems to mean different things to different people in a variety of situations. Every so often you might hear of someone who is “calling out for justice” and we need to hear more to know what they mean. It might be a claim that a business hasn’t treated a customer fairly. It might be an instance where a crime has clearly been committed, but no one at all has been arrested yet. These days, we hear about “social justice,” and the whole idea is based on the judgment that entire groups of people are being oppressed, and it’s time to make some big sweeping changes and do something about it.

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Jonah: A Story of God's Compassion

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 17, 2022

Text: Jonah 1:17-2:10

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Dear Friends in Christ, If you were to play a word association game and say the name “Jonah,” most people – even those who know (or care) little about the Bible – would instantly reply with the word “whale” (in Hebrew, “big fish”). That one event pretty much sums up the working knowledge many have of this book.

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Rivalry and Redemption

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 10, 2022

Text: Obadiah 8-21

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We don’t have to think too hard to come up with an example of a historic rivalry. Maybe where you grew up, if you played sports at all, you always had those one or two games every season that meant just a little bit more than the rest. Why? Because they were against your rival, that school or that team you faced that for some reason—whether you knew the history or not—you just didn’t like to lose to, so they were the games you really wanted to win. And now, whether you watch sports at all, you can’t help but notice that certain games seem to mean more if they are played against a division rival. Think the Packers and the Bears, or the Badgers and the Gophers, whose football teams play every year in a rivalry game and the winner gets to hold on to the trophy, called Paul Bunyan’s Axe, until they meet again. Historic rivalries…

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What Israel Forgot, We Must Not

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 3, 2022

Text: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

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Dear Friends in Christ, As we continue our summer sermon series on the Old Testament minor prophets, today we have the privilege of acquainting (or reacquainting) ourselves with the prophet Amos.

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