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Who Is Your King?

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Palm Sunday - Sunday, April 5, 2020

Text: Zechariah 9:9-10

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Over the last couple of weeks, people who study patterns of human behavior have had a lot to study – to say the least – in observing the way people have reacted to the coronavirus outbreak. Early last week, I saw an article circulating that compared people’s reactions to the current crisis with the way the psychologists have documented the human experience of grief. I thought it was an interesting comparison that I wouldn’t have thought of myself, and as I read it I thought that I’d experienced some of the things he highlighted, and I know from talking to many you that the same is true for a lot of us. I’ll share a few of his thoughts.



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The Warrior Faces Satan's Ally, the World

Pastor Aaron Robinson (Fairview) - Midweek Lent 6 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Text: John 18:38

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“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.”  What is real? We understand what is around us with our five senses. We have learned to know the shape and use of many things. You sat down in the chairs because you know they are real. We even step onto airplanes that we believe will fly. But there is a limit to what we can know. You came here today for another truth you cannot see but you believe. You learn that truth from the Bible—God’s Word.



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A Familiar Journey

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Fifth Sunday in Lent - Sunday, March 29, 2020

Text: 2 Kings 4:18-37

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Dear Friends in Christ, Do you know where Shunem is? I didn’t. I had to look it up. Here’s what I found. It’s a small town near the plain of Jezreel in the tribal territory of Issachar, approximately 10 miles due south of Nazareth. It was also situated on a major ancient trade route. Today it is called Sulam.



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The Son of God Goes Forth to War

Pastor Benjamin Wessel (Woodlawn) - Midweek Lent 5 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Text: Hebrews 4:15

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How does a war begin? Even when there has been the danger of war breaking out for a while, there is always some monumental event which gets the war started. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand that triggered events leading to the start of WWI. The bombing of Pearl Harbor which led to the US declaring war on the Empire of Japan and the US military involvement in WW2. The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait which triggered events that led to the first Gulf War. And then, of course, there is usually some final event that marks the end of a war – usually a decisive battle that brings an enemy to their knees. In between, there are lots of battles of various sizes, “skirmishes” between enemies who are each trying to gain the upper hand with an eye toward final victory.



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God's Messy Family

Pastor Eric Schroeder - The Fourth Sunday in Lent - Sunday, March 22, 2020

Text: Genesis 37: 1-11

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I don’t need to say this, but it’s been a wild week for us all. And we don’t know the long-term impact of all this, but what we do know is that for now, things have changed in a big way. We are looking at our days differently. We might be looking at our future differently, especially in the near term. And today especially, we are reminded that we are looking at our families differently.



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The Warrior Rejected by Many Followers

Pastor Tim Wempner (Good Shepherd's) - Midweek Lent 4 - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Text: John 6:66-68

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I’m going to sound like an snob for a moment. I recently moved here from California. The congregation at which I served was within earshot of Disneyland’s evening fireworks. We went to Disneyland about once a year. We had friends who would sign us into the park — it was free. We could then spend the day at “the happiest place on earth” — which is what Disneyland calls itself.



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God Intervenes

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Third Sunday in Lent - Sunday, March 15, 2020

Text: Isaiah 42:14-21

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In the 1920s, there lived a man named Morris Frank. By the time he reached twenty years of age, his life had already taken him through some unusual challenges. As a child, he had to serve as a guide for his mother who had lost each of her eyes in two separate freak accidents and depended on her son to help her get around safely. But that was only the beginning of Morris’ struggles with blindness. At the young age of six, he too went blind in one of his eyes following a horseback riding accident. Ten years later, at the age of 16, he lost his other eye in a freak boxing accident. His only recourse was to hire a young boy to guide him from place to place as he had done for his mother, but in his own words his young guides “got bored easily” and sometimes left him to fend for himself – and you can probably imagine how that went! Blindness is hard, probably harder than anyone who hasn’t experienced it can imagine, and without help it can be dangerous!



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Know Your Enemy

Pastor Joel Leyrer - Midweek Lent 3 - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Text: Ephesians 6:10-12

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Dear Friends in Christ, No one needs an explanation of what a war is. Every generation has gone through at least one, and as we age, they start to accumulate. They are such a part of life that in casual conversation you’ll sometimes even hear people personalize them as “my” or “our” war. 



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The Witness of Abraham

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Second Sunday in Lent - Sunday, March 8, 2020

Text: Genesis 12:1-8

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Dear Friends in Christ, Today we will be spending time with a man who, outside of Jesus Christ himself, is arguably the most important individual in Bible history. Abram (better known by his later name, Abraham) is a major figure in the Old Testament, with almost one fourth of the Book of Genesis devoted to his story.



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Hidden Warrior

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Midweek Lent 2 - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Text: John 11:33-37

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If you were going to have surgery, would you rather be operated on by the newly hired surgeon who is doing the procedure by himself for the first time or the experienced surgeon who’s carried out the procedure hundreds if not thousands of times over the course of a career? If you were in the military and were about to go into combat, would you rather follow a new recruit, or a combat veteran who’s deployed several times already? If you needed counsel and advice in a hard time in life, would you approach a stranger who everyone says is highly intelligent and wise, or would you talk to a friend who knows you and your situation well? Even though it’s possible that the new surgeon might be more skilled than the veteran, and even though it’s possible that the veteran commander has become burned out by hard experiences, and even though it could be that the complete stranger would have better advice than a friend, I think we all know what we would do. We’d go with the person whose been there before, the person who knows what to do and who understands what you need to get through the situation yourself.



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