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Chosen for Good - August 13, 2017

Pastor Schroeder

Sermon text: Romans 8:28-30

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Every day is full of choices: what to wear, what to eat, what to watch when we turn on the television.  Which way are you going to take to work or home from work to avoid traffic and construction as much as possible?  In the end, most of these choices don’t affect our lives too much, and chances are, we are going to get the chance to choose all over again tomorrow. 



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The Spirit Speaks with You - August 6, 2017

Pastor Bitter

Sermon text: Romans 8:26, 27

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About five or six years ago, a friend of mine suggested that I might try keeping something he called a “prayer journal.”  The basic idea is this: you take a notebook and each day when you say your prayers before bed you write down the date and three or four things that you want to include in your prayers.  You do this in a little column along the left side of the page.  After a year has passed, you start a second column, matching up the dates.  And then a third.  And so on.  It’s an interesting spiritual exercise, especially after a couple of years, because you get to see what happened with the things that you included in your prayers, and can be reminded of what important people and things were on your mind.  



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You Live in Hope - July 30, 2017

Seminary Student Berger

Sermon text: Romans 8:18-25

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This isn’t what I hoped for. Four years ago. Beijing, China. I’m about to teach my very first English lesson to 12 Chinese second graders. I’m generally good with kids and had spent hours preparing this lesson, so I was excited to reap the fruits of my labor. My kids would like me, they’d be attentive, they’d even learn something. What could go wrong. A couple hours later I was consoling myself with a giant plate of Kung Pao Chicken. My first experience at teaching was not what I’d hoped for.



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Paul Bares His Soul - July 23, 2017

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Romans 7:15-25

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Dear Friends in Christ, What character traits do you most value in another person?  My guess is that genuineness and honesty would be on the top of just about anyone’s list. For good reason.  We feel most comfortable with people who are not out to impress us or put on airs or feel like they have to always have the last word; people who don’t blame others for the circumstances they bring upon themselves, but are willing to honestly own their mistakes and imperfections. 



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A Crazy Calling - July 16, 2017

Chaplain Steven Stern

Sermon text: Matthew 13:3-9

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In the month of June in 1937, shortly after their honeymoon, my dad and mom moved into their newly built home on 160 acres that my dad had just bought to go along with the 80 acres he had been given by his parents.  Their new home was surrounded by brand new trees about knee high and a new barn and a new well and towering over them a mountain of debt.  The land that stretched out to the south of the building place had many patches of weeds and thistles, a large number of rocks that worked to the surface every spring and had to be picked up, and standing water in every sag and low spot. My dad looked at this land and he thought this is a pretty good farm.  Not because of the weeds and the rocks and the water holes but because he thought if he tilled it and got the weeds under control, if he picked the rocks as they worked to the surface, if he tiled the water holes he could envision a time when his fields would look like this:  Fields of lush soybeans from one end of the field to the other.  Fields of corn where all the rows were green and even.  



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Actions Have Consequences - July 9, 2017

Pastor Schroeder

Sermon text: Romans 5:12-15, 18-19

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Eat your vegetables, or you can’t have any dessert.  Get your homework done, or you can’t watch any TV.  Clean up your room, or you can’t go outside and play.  Now that I am a parent, I find myself saying the same things that I once heard from my parents.  Part of it is because, quite honestly, adding a threat to a command gets the message across a little bit more quickly; it adds some motivation for the girls to take seriously what I am asking or telling them to do.  But of course it isn’t just about eating vegetables or getting one night’s homework done, or keeping their rooms somewhat clean...It’s a whole lot bigger than that.



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Reconciliation - July 2, 2017

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Romans 5:6-11

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Dear Friends in Christ, Maybe you’ve had the experience of pulling up to the gas pump and while you’re waiting for the tank to fill you watch whatever is being shown on the little video screen.  Sometimes you are treated to little snippets of news or sports or weather, but lately I’ve noticed a more educational feature called “the word for the day.”  Since it cycles every so many seconds, if your car is on empty you may have the opportunity to consider the word for the day two or three times before you’re done.  In theory, you’ve left the pump smarter than when you came.



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What Does Righteousness Look Like? - June 25, 2017

Pastor Bitter

Sermon theme: Romans 4:18-25

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He was used to people looking down on him, and he’d brought it on himself by his choice of career.  The man was a tax collector, and the system was set up in such a way that he was allowed to draw bonuses to his salary from whatever he collected above and beyond the taxes the authorities demanded.  How many times had he succumbed to the temptation to enrich himself?  When Jesus called Matthew to follow, many of the religious leaders of the day were skeptical – why would Jesus choose Matthew as his follower?  Didn’t he want to surround himself with the good people, the righteous people, the ones who did the right things?  Was Matthew really what righteousness looked like? 



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The Verdict is Announced - June 18, 2017

Pastor Schroeder

Sermon text: Romans 3:21-26

To some degree, we all know how a legal trial works.  Some of us have been there ourselves, but even if we haven’t, most of us have seen a court case depicted on television or in a movie.  But no matter how much or how little experience we have with court cases, we know that the biggest moment, the most intense point of the whole proceedings, what everything else builds up to, is the announcement of the verdict.  At the time of announcement, the verdict is the only voice that matters. 

Today, as we begin our summer series on Paul’s letter to the Romans, it is no overstatement to say that these are some of the most important verses in the whole book.  Some would go so far as to say that these are some of the most important verses in the whole Bible, which would, in turn, tell us that these are the most important words that human ears can hear.  They are words that teach us about a verdict that has already been announced, and a voice that will one day resound before all humanity as everyone who has ever lived will be gathered for judgment. 



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The Triune God Changes Us - June 11, 2017

Pastor Bitter

Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

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If the verses of today’s second lesson were the only thing we knew about the Christians living in the ancient city of Corinth, we’d have a far from accurate picture of the church that existed there.  If we were to take the time this morning to read both letters Paul wrote, all 29 chapters of them, you’d see what I mean.  Some of the leaders in Corinth had written Paul, asking for his help with a wide variety of problems, and going down the list seems shocking.  Perhaps at the back of their mind was this question: how can Christian people behave this way? 



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