Sermons

September 2018

Godly Greatness - September 23, 2018

Pastor Kyle Bitter

Text: Mark 9:30-37   

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Godly Greatness. What makes a person a person worthy of being called “the greatest”? That greatest statesman. The greatest politician. The greatest athlete. The greatest general. Whatever it might be. I suppose in one sense it’s accomplishments that stand out from everyone else. But there’s probably a little more to it than that – attitude and conduct plays a role as well. Here’s one example. Some of you might recognize the name John Wooden – considered by many to be one of the greatest basketball coaches in history. In his 27 seasons at UCLA, he led his Bruins to 10 championships in 12 years, a run that included 4 undefeated seasons. A great basketball player himself, John Wooden never experienced a losing season as a player, and he only experienced one losing season as a coach. And it wasn’t just sports – he was also recognized as a scholar and was a World War II veteran. And if all that wasn’t enough, the midst of the “win at any cost” mindset that permeates so much of higher-level sports, John Wooden was famous for giving his teams advice filled with character and wisdom. Here’s one saying attributed to him: “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” It’s no surprise that many consider John Wooden to be the greatest college basketball coach.



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Salvation and Sacrifice - September 16, 2018

Pastor Eric Schroeder

Text: Mark 8:27-35

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How do you feel about crosses? That might seem like an odd question to ask a bunch of churchgoing people, right? Before someone even steps into this building, they could pretty safely assume that we like crosses. We have crosses on our church and school signs, on our church and school buildings. A quick look within our church and you can’t help but notice crosses everywhere, sometimes subtly inserted into the motif, other times prominently featured, front and center. And it’s not just church. People like us must love crosses, because we have them in our homes, on our clothing and our jewelry, proudly proclaiming to the world that we like crosses.



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Jesus Does All Things Well - September 9, 2018

Pastor Kyle Bitter

Text: Mark 7: 31-37

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What do you suppose life was like for the deaf man in today’s gospel? Or, if that’s hard to imagine, what was it like for his relatives and friends? I know some of you here today have some difficulty hearing in church. Sometimes there’s background noise. Other times the microphone settings aren’t quite perfect. Other times, like today, we worship in our gymnasium where the acoustics can be a bit of an additional challenge. Now imagine all that without microphones or hearing aids. Without other treatment options offered by modern medicine? Without the ability to learn an organized way to communicate like sign language? Without the hope that new treatments might become available during his lifetime? Certainly, a devastating situation. And what about spiritual matters? Assuming this man had been born deaf – we don’t know for sure, but it’s certainly a possibility – how would you as a family member or friend go about sharing God’s plan of salvation with a deaf person in a society where the ability to read was not common knowledge and where formal sign language had not yet developed? I suppose people would have found ways to communicate, but it certainly was a difficult thing!



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Ready for War - September 2, 2018

Passtor Eric Schroeder

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

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The vast majority of us who are here today have never been to war. Other than a few veterans who may be present, none of us know what it’s like to leave home, train for battle, and then be shipped halfway around the world, with the chance that we might not make it home alive. We don’t know what war is like, because we haven’t been there. On the other hand, every single one of us who bears the name of Christ has been to war. As children of God, we are under attack as we speak. We are at war, every single day. Today’s Scripture is both sobering and encouraging, as God through the Apostle Paul tells us to be Ready for War.



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