Worship - Sermons

November 8, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 24th Sunday after Pentecost
“Trust God Above All” Mark 12:38-44
  • God sees our trust show in our living.
  • We trust God to give what we do not yet see.
  • We trust in God who gives unseen riches.

November 1, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 23nd Sunday after Pentecost
“Love God above All” Mark 12:28-34
  • Saints are led by faith to love God.
  • Love for God leads to love for others.
  • Jesus’ love leads us to God’s kingdom.

October 25, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
“Proclaim God above All” Revelation 14:6-7
  • God’s message is always needed by all.
  • God rules over all his creation.
  • God’s gospel includes all Jesus has done.

October 18, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 21th Sunday after Pentecost
“Rest in God above All” Hebrews 4:1-16
  • God gives us time to receive rest.
  • God gives rest through faith in his word.
  • God gives faith in Jesus’ help by grace.

October 11, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 20th Sunday after Pentecost
“Desire God Above All” Amos 5:6–7, 10–15
  • We do what we can to get what is good.
  • There is no true good without the true God.
  • We have good because God is good to us.

October 4, 2015 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 19th Sunday after Pentecost
“Seek First the Kingdom of God” Matthew 6:24-34
  • We can be slaves of things meant to serve.
  • We want instead to serve God’s kingdom.
  • We are provided for by God in his kingdom.

September 27, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Let God Take Care Of It” Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29
  • God has us deal with difficulties.
  • What we ourselves do is deficient.
  • Everything depends on what God does.

September 20, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 17th Sunday after Pentecost
“The Wisest One Wins” James 3:13—4:10
  • Proud, passionate wisdom leads to fights.
  • Wisdom from above humbly makes peace.
  • God’s wisdom makes goodness grow.

September 13, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Learn to Face Life with Faith” Isaiah 40:4-10
  • We keep being wearied by weakness.
  • We learn to face scorn with confidence.
  • Jesus takes on weakness for us.

August 30, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 14th Sunday after Pentecost
“Withstand attacks with Christ” Ephesians 6:10–20
  • See that we face a spiritual struggle.
  • Stand firm on the victory of Christ.
  • Speak boldly about the gospel of peace.

August 23, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Keep Your Head” Ephesians 5:22–33
  • Wives receive in connection with Christ.
  • Husbands give in connection with Christ.
  • All are changed by connection with Christ.

August 16, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 12th Sunday after Pentecost

August 9, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 11th Sunday after Pentecost

May 17, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Sixth Sunday of Easter
“Who Can You Believe?” 1 John 5:9-15
  • Believe the truth of God about life.
  • Believe that Jesus gives true life.
  • Believe God truly gives what he promises.

May 10, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Sixth Sunday of Easter
“Love Reaches for the Unclean” Acts 10:34-48
  • Jesus immerses himself in our sick world.
  • God reaches through us to the unclean.
  • The Spirit reaches into us to wash us clean.

May 3, 2015 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday of Easter
“Confess the Connection”
  • True faith connects us to God.
  • All true teaching connects to Jesus Christ.
  • Faith in God is connected to loving others.

April 26, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday of Easter
“Sheep in Shepherd’s Clothing” 1 John 3:16-24
  • We learn love for others from Jesus.
  • We learn to show love from God’s assurance.
  • We learn confidence in God from his Spirit.

April 19, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Easter
“Who Did It?” Acts 3:11–21
  • God restores a man by Jesus’ power
  • God raised Jesus as he planned.
  • God renews us as he promises.

April 12, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday of Easter
We Share Life in the Light” 1 John 1:1-2:2
  • God gives life to share in the light.
  • Sin’s lies leave us alone in the dark.
  • Jesus returns to forgive and give joy.

April 5, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Easter Sunday
“Jesus Delivers by Defeating Death” Exod. 15:6-11, Luke 11:21-22
  • We are trapped by death and the devil.
  • Death is defeated by Jesus’ greater power.
  • We are freed to live with God.

April 3, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Good Friday
“Receive God’s Son - The Parable of the Landowner and Tenants” Mark 12:1-11
  • God’s servants do not give him his due.
  • God gives us opportunity to avoid disaster.
  • God gives his blessings to the undeserving.

April 2, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Maundy Thursday
“Receive the Invitation Parable of the Wedding Banquet” Matt. 22:2-14
  • We are invited to a relationship with God.
  • We are invited to receive God’s gifts.
  • We are invited to rely on God’s grace.

March 29, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Palm Sunday
“What Do You Mean, ‘King’” John 12:13-16, Mark 15:2, 26
  • Jesus is praised as a powerful provider.
  • Jesus is scorned as a weak figurehead.
  • Jesus saves by his vicarious surrender.

March 22, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday in Lent
“God Renews His Covenant” Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • God leads us by the hand to know him.
  • God’s covenant is broken by our rejection.
  • God’s forgiveness leads us by the heart.

March 18, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Lent Service
“Receive Mercy: The Parable of the Good Samaritan” Luke 10:25-37
  • An attempt to be righteous goes wrong.
  • Efforts to rescue go to an extreme.
  • we inherit life when Jesus comes to our aid.

March 15, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday in Lent
“When It Doesn’t Look Like Salvation” Numbers 21:4-9
  • God’s gifts are seen as insufficient.
  • People see that they are sinful.
  • God shows he is constantly saving.

March 11, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Lent Service

March 8, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Third Sunday in Lent
“The Weakness of the Cross is Wise” 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • Worldly wisdom is worthless for salvation.
  • Jesus’ weak death has God’s wise power.
  • God gives wisdom by the weakness of faith.

March 1, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday in Lent
“Christ Is in Control” Mark 8:27-38
  • The Christ is Jesus; he is not just coming.
  • We give up on self to live submitting to God.
  • Christ saves our soul in return for our shame.

February 22, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - First Sunday in Lent
“God Sees to What He Says” Genesis 22:1-18
  • Abraham does what God says.
  • God sees to what is needed.
  • God himself shows what he says.

February 18, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Ash Wednesday
  • We are desperate. God is not disrespecting.
  • We are not to be discouraged. God is not disregarding.
  • We are being delivered. God is not delaying.

February 15, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Transfiguration Sunday
Keep Your Eye on God’s Glory” 2 Kings 2:1-12
  • Israel saw God’s glory but looked away.
  • God’s people keep watch to see God’s glory.
  • We see God’s glory by looking to Jesus.

February 8, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
“The Complete Cure of Christ” Mark 1:29-39
  • Jesus works complete healing.
  • Jesus defeats all the work of the devil.
  • Jesus fulfills his work with forgiveness.

February 1, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
“Knowing What Builds Up” 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
  • We need more knowledge of God’s truth.
  • We need more: serving others in love.
  • We need more: God knowing and loving us.

January 25, 2015 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
“God Gives Us Time” Jonah 3:1-5, 10
  • God gives the wicked time to repent.
  • God gives us time to share his word.
  • God gives the time of Jesus’ saving work.
January 18, 2015 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
John 1:43-51
  • Philip shows what comes from Jesus’ calling
  • Nathaniel doubts good coming from lowliness
  • Jesus shows what good comes from heaven

January 11, 2015 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 1st Sunday after the Epiphany
“Joined for Life” Romans 6:1-11
  • Being joined with Christ gives new identities.
  • Jesus joined with sinners to free us from sin.
  • We are joined with Christ to live new lives.

January 6, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Epiphany
“Simeon’s Song of Peace and Light” Luke 2:29-32
  • We begin by listening to God’s word.
  • We begin to see God’s salvation.
  • We begin to share God’s light.

January 4, 2015 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 2nd Sunday after Christmas
“With Jesus at our Father’s” Luke 2:40-52
  • Mary and Joseph care for the Father’s son.
  • We are to be about the Father’s business.
  • Jesus serves faithfully in the father’s house.

December 28, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 1st Sunday after Christmas
“Join the Holy Family” Galatians 4:4-7
  • Jesus is born to join us under the law.
  • The Father adopts us as sons and heirs.
  • The Spirit frees us to live as sons.

December 25, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Christmas Day
“John’s Song of Light and Life” John 1:1-14
  • Highest, most holy, light of light eternal
  • Light and life to all he brings.
  • Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

December 24, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Christmas Eve
“Angels Sing of Peace with God” Luke 2:13-14
  • Glorifying self disrupts harmony with God.
  • God lowers himself to restore goodness.
  • When God is glorified we are given peace.

December 21, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 4th Sunday of Advent
“God Does His Own Thing” Luke 1:26-38
  • God chooses us out of his own grace.
  • God sends his own son to be our savior.
  • God does his own work in and through us.

December 14, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 3rd Sunday of Advent
“Who Do You Think You Are?” Matthew 18:21-35
  • Pharisees saw themselves as God’s guardians.
  • John saw himself as a witness to the light.
  • Jesus is see as the light of God himself.

December 10, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Advent Service
“Sing of God’s Blessing” Luke 1:46-55
  • We sing the greatness of our need.
  • We sing the greatness of God’s might.
  • We sing the greatness of God’s mercy.

December 7, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 2nd Sunday of Advent
What Are We Waiting For?” 2 Peter 3:8-14
  • We wait for God to renew all creation.
  • God waits for repentant personal renewal.
  • We eagerly wait for God to renew us forever.

December 3, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Advent Service
“Sing of God’s Salvation” Luke 1:67-79
  • Sing of rescue from hateful enemies.
  • Sing of serving in righteousness.
  • Sing of forgiveness by God’s mercy.

November 30, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 1st Sunday of Advent
“Watch Actively” Mark 13:24-37
  • Watch actively for work in God’s service.
  • Watch actively to keep what God gives us.
  • Watch actively as God comes to gather us.

November 23, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Last Sunday of the Church Year
“God Gathers His Sheep” Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
  • God seeks out those who are scattered.
  • God deals with those taking advantage.
  • God feeds the gathered flock.

November 16, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 23rd Sunday of Pentecost
“God Erases Everything” Zephaniah 1:7–16
  • God will see to getting rid of what is ruined.
  • fter reform, renewal is still needed.
  • In the end, the Lord’s sacrifice is complete.

November 9, 2014 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 22nd Sunday of Pentecost
“Be Ready for the Expected” Amos 5:18–24
  • God’s coming will not bring all we expect.
  • Our coming to worship is not all God expects.
  • God’s own sacrifice brings what he expects.

November 2, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 21st Sunday of Pentecost/All Saints Day
Sanctified Spirits with Skin” 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:5, 13-14
  • Bodies with spirits are to be sanctified.
  • Spirits with bodies are sanctified in heaven.
  • We are sanctified by Jesus’ deeds in a body.

October 26, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 20th Sunday of Pentecost/Reformation Day
Declare the Gospel of God” 1 Thessalonians 2:1–13
  • Declare God’s gospel with boldness.
  • Declare God’s gospel with gentleness.
  • Declare God’s gospel with confidence.

October 19, 2014 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 19th Sunday of Pentecost

October 12, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 18th Sunday of Pentecost

October 5, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 17th Sunday of Pentecost
“Fragrant Gifts of God” Eph. 5:1-2, 8-10, Philip. 4:15-20
  • Christ’s sacrifice has a fragrance of love.
  • Our gifts can share the fragrance of Christ.
  • Good fruits spread the fragrance of Christ.

September 28, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 16th Sunday of Pentecost
“Rejoice in Sharing God’s Gifts” Philippians 2:1-18
  • We unite to serve others with God’s grace.
  • Jesus obediently served us with his greatness.
  • We joyfully serve in thanks for God’s gifts.

September 21, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 15th Sunday of Pentecost
“We Rejoice in Glorifying God" Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30
  • Living out our faith glorifies God’s grace.
  • Enduring difficulty glorifies God’s grace.
  • Deliverance in death glorifies God’s grace.

September 14, 2014 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 14th Sunday of Pentecost
“The Cost of Compassion in Context” Matthew 18:21-35
  • A servant sees repayment as reasonable.
  • Peters sees our forgiveness as generous.
  • All need to see the greatness of God’s grace.

September 7, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 13th Sunday of Pentecost
We Watch over One Another” Ezekiel 33:7-9
  • We need to watch the world and God’s word.
  • We need to warn the wicked to stop.
    • We need the way of God’s deliverance.

August 31, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 12th Sunday of Pentecost
Living with God in Mind" Romans 11:33-12:8
  • God gives us minds set on humble service
  • God renews our mind to discover what is good
  • God has in mind to give us all his grace.

June 29, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 2nd Sunday of Pentecost
God’s Word Comes True” Jeremiah 29:5-9
  • Our wish or words don’t make things true.
  • God’s true word causes true change.
  • God’s word gives us peace in times of trouble.

June 8, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Day of Pentecost
“God’s Alien Invasion” Acts 2:1-21
  • God’s people become foreigners.
  • God’s Spirit comes with foreign power.
  • God’s gift is a foreign salvation.

June 1, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Seventh Sunday of Easter
“Making Decisions as God’s People” Acts 1:12-26
  • Find answers in scripture not in our senses.
  • Seek common goals, not doing the same thing.
  • Focus on God’s goals, not on our problems.
  • Seek God’s chosen place, not our chosen sign.

May 28, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Ascension Eve
“It Just Never Ends” Ephesians 1:15-23
  • Jesus keeps on giving wisdom.
  • Jesus keeps on giving power.
  • Jesus keeps on giving hope.

May 18, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday of Easter
“Facing Opposition as God’s People” Acts 6:1-9, 7:51-60
  • Opposition comes from common needs.
  • Opposition can lead to closed hearts.
  • Opposition ends through Christ’s power.

May 11, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday of Easter
“Living as God’s People United with Others” Acts 2:42-47
  • God joins us with each other in worship.
  • God joins us with him in serving others.
  • God joins others with us through witness.

May 4, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Easter

April 27, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Second Sunday of Easter

April 20, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Easter
Whom are you seeking?” John 20:15b
  • A dead leader leaves us to our own efforts.
  • A vanishing teacher offers no real help.
  • A risen Lord will lead us home.

April 18, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Good Friday
Why Have You Forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  • Jesus is forsaken as no one else ever is.
  • Jesus is forsaken to be with the forsaking.
  • Jesus is forsaken so we can be with God.

April 17, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Maundy Thursday
“Is it I, Lord?” Matthew 26:21-22
  • We may defend ourselves with denial.
  • We may doubt ourselves with dismay.
  • We may receive forgiveness with faith.

April 13, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Palm Sunday
This is Your Mind on Christ” Philippians 2:5-11
  • Christ’s rights as God set us right.
  • Christ’s humble service makes us servants.
  • Christ’s glory in heaven brings us to heaven.

March 26, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Wednesday Lent Service
“Are You the Christ?” Matthew 26:63b-64
  • Jesus is our prophet who tells us truth.
  • Jesus is to be our king who rules our life.
  • Jesus is our priest who removes our sin.

March 23, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Third Sunday in Lent
You Must Meet This Man” John 45-30, 39-42
  • A strange Jew meets an outcast seeking water.
  • A prophet meets with self-justification.
  • The Messiah meets a need for spirit and truth.

March 16, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Second Sunday in Lent
“God Calls us to Follow” Gen. 12:1-9
  • God calls us to obedience.
  • God calls us to faith.
  • God calls us to blessings.

March 12, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Wednesday Lent Service
“Are You Still Resting and Sleeping?.” Mark 14:37-41
  • We may sleep because of our cares.
  • We may sleep because of carelessness.
  • We may rest because of confidence in Jesus.

March 9, 2014 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - First Sunday in Lent
“Just One Does It” Romans 5:12-19
  • Adam’s sin continues to spread to everyone.
  • Everyone continues to sin as Adam did.
  • Everyone continues to need Jesus’ grace.

March 2, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Transfiguration Sunday
“A Peek at the Peak” Matthew 17:1-9
  • Jesus shines like the sun in perfect goodness.
  • The son of God shows his powerful glory.
  • The son of man shows his gracious presence.

February 23, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

February 16, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 9, 2014 (MP3 not available)
(PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
“How Does God Make Sense?” 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
  • God’s gifts are received by a changed mind.
  • God’s wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit.
  • God’s power comes from Christ crucified.

February 2, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
“Witness to Wise Weakness” 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • We learn from Christ to know & do right.
  • We preach Christ, God’s wisdom & power.
  • We boast in Christ’s help for the weak & foolish.

January 26, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday after the Epiphany
We Are Sent With God’s Light” Isaiah 9:1-4
  • God’s light is sent into the darkness.
  • We are sent to gather a harvest with joy.
  • Jesus was sent to free us from Burdens.

January 19, 2014 (
MP3 ) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday after the Epiphany
“Seek LIFE” John 1:29-42a
  • Love in Fellowship rather than mere freedom.
  • Learn in Faith rather than through failure.
  • Live in Forgiveness rather than in fear.

January 12, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Epiphany
Matthew 2:1-12
  • God has surprising news for outsiders.
  • God has good news even for enemies.
  • God has joyful news for those who seek him.

January 5, 2014 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday after Christmas
“Ask for More Gifts” 1 Kings 3:4-15
  • One blessed with mercy asks for blessings.
  • One who is wise asks for wisdom.
  • One with a good king asks to be a good king.

December 29, 2013 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - First Sunday after Christmas
“Endless Christmas Time” Galatians 4:4-7
  • Jesus has come in time to redeem us.
  • Now is the time to live as God’s children.
  • The Father gives us a timeless inheritance.

December 25, 2013 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - Christmas Day
"Proclaim the Good News" Isaiah 52:7-10
  • Messengers proclaim peace for God reigns.
  • Watchmen shout for joy, seeing God return.
  • People are comforted by God’s redemption.
  • Nations are saved by God’s power revealed.

December 24, 2013 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - Christmas Eve
“Let’s Go With Good News” Luke 2:1-20
  • Jesus goes to Bethlehem because of the law.
  • Angels go to Bethlehem to share good news.
  • We go from Bethlehem with the good news.

December 22, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 4th Sunday of Advent
“Get More than You Expect” Isaiah 7:10-17
  • Recognize true dangers and wrong remedies.
  • Receive God’s signs for real righteousness.
  • Rely on God’s presence to remove evil.

December 15, 2013 (MP3 - Not available)
(PDF Text) - 3rd Sunday of Advent
“God’s Way in the Wilderness” Isaiah 35:1-10
  • God makes a new way through the wilderness.
  • God makes a new way to go through life.
  • God makes a way to new life through Jesus.

November 17, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 26th Sunday of Pentecost
“How to Stand in Time of Trouble” Luke 21:5-36
  • Look at trouble in the world as time to witness
  • Look out for trouble in the heart, time to pray.

November 10, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 25th Sunday of Pentecost
“Unexpected Rescue” Ex. 3:1-15
  • God surprises the settled, revealing he is holy.
  • God sees the suffering, remembering to help.
  • God sends the hesitant. He is real and is here.

November 3, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 24th Sunday of Pentecost (All Saints Day)
“Staying Steadfast as Saints” 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
  • Saints are examples of goodness.
  • Saints endure afflictions.
  • Saints are empowered by God.

October 27, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 23rd Sunday of Pentecost (Reformation Sunday)
“Joyful Worship Responds to Grace” Genesis 4:1-15
  • Differing attitudes about gifts.
  • Differing attitudes about guilt.
  • The difference made by God’s grace.

October 20, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 21st Sunday of Pentecost

October 13, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 20th Sunday of Pentecost

September 29, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 19th Sunday of Pentecost
“Take Hold of True Treasure” 1 Timothy 6:6-19
  • We have enough for life with contentment.
  • We have enough for eternal life with Christ.
  • We have truly enriched lives with sharing.

September 22, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 18th Sunday of Pentecost
“God Brings Us Up Short” Amos 8:4-7
  • God commands, don’t short the poor.
  • God warns, don’t give God short shrift
  • God invites, don’t shortchange yourself.

September 15, 2013 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - 17th Sunday of Pentecost
“How to Find True Love” 1 Timothy 1:5-17
  • Love comes from right reasons in the heart.
  • Law used for a right purpose condemns sin.
  • Look to the right place for mercy: Jesus.

September 8, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 16th Sunday of Pentecost
“Listen and Live” Deuteronomy 30:15-20
  • Living means carefully obeying.
  • Obeying means constantly listening.
  • Listening means confidently receiving.

September 1, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 15th Sunday of Pentecost
“Standing in the King’s Presence” Prov. 25:2-10
  • Beware of presumption when in authority and in presence of authority, peers and God
  • Trust in God to exalt the humble for he has humbled himself to save us.

August 25, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 14th Sunday of Pentecost
“Spiritual Mountaineering” Hebrews 12:4-29
  • Discipline is designed to build us up.
  • Difficulties can make us want to give up.
  • Jesus is the one who lifts us up.

August 18, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 13th Sunday of Pentecost
“Listen for the Difference” Jeremiah 23:16–29
  • False prophets offer a temporary pillow.
  • The storm of the Lord produces change.
  • God’s word works with true power.

August 11, 2013 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - 12th Sunday of Pentecost
“God’s Word Gives Faith” Gen. 15:1-6
  • Our efforts end in fear and frustration.
  • God’s word gives faith & righteousness.
  • God’s son gives us a heavenly inheritance.

August 4, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 11th Sunday of Pentecost
“Elevate Your Mindset” Colossians 3:1-11
  • Don’t have minds set on earthly things.
  • Have minds set above on life with God.
  • Set minds on what Christ has done for us.

July 28, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

July 21, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Ninth Sunday of Pentecost

July 7, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Seventh Sunday of Pentecost
“Living Together in the Spirit” Galatians 6:1–10, 14–18
  • A spirit of gentleness carefully restores.
  • Spiritual sowing leads to generous reaping.
  • Spirits with God’s grace are humbly renewed.

June 9, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Pentecost

June 2, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Second Sunday of Pentecost

May 26, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - First Sunday of Pentecost

May 19, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Day of Pentecost

May 12, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Sixth Sunday of Easter

April 28, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 21, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 14, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Easter
“The Lamb in God’s Big Picture” Revelation 5:1-14
  • God has a plan to renew all creation.
  • Jesus is the lamb who dies to redeem us.
  • We are made part of God’s great kingdom.

April 7, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Second Sunday of Easter
“Where is He Now?” Revelation 1:4-18
  • The almighty is over us with glorious victory.
  • The firstborn is for us with love and freedom.
  • The witness is with us with light to shine.

March 31, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Easter Sunday
“The Lord of Life” 1 Cor. 15:19-26
  • The Lord of life rules our lives.
  • The Lord of life rescues, defeating death.
  • The Lord of life raises us to new life.

March 29, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Good Friday
“The End of Sin in Death” Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
  • Sin leads us to a dead end.
  • Satan’s end goal for sin is our death.
  • Jesus’ death brings an end to our sin.

March 24, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Palm Sunday
“How We Handle Evil” Luke 22:39 - 23:54
  • We try to confront evil by attacking people.
  • We try to escape by avoiding consequences.
  • We must turn evil over to God to take away.

March 20, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Wednesday Lent Service
“Envy, Homosexuality and God’s Provision.” Mark 15:9-10
  • Our desire for acceptance can lead to envy.
  • Desire for acceptance can involve perversion of identity.
  • God helps us accept the identity he gives us.

March 17, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 13, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Wednesday Lent Service
“Envy, Homosexuality and God’s Provision.” Mark 15:9-10
  • Our desire for acceptance can lead to envy.
  • Desire for acceptance can involve perversion of identity.
  • God helps us accept the identity he gives us.

March 10, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday of Lent
"Like the Father" Luke 15:1–3, 11–32
  • Son and father alike: extravagantly spending.
  • Two brothers alike: not believing in grace.
  • Father and son to be alike: rich in blessings.

March 6, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Wednesday Lent Service
“Anger, Abortion and God’s Provision.” Matt. 26:51-53
  • Our desire for control can lead to anger.
  • Anger tries to excuse the destruction of life.
  • God’s control protects and preserves.

March 3, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Lent
“Learn by Example” 1 Cor. 10:1-13
  • Realize the value of God’s free gifts.
  • Remember the dangers of falling into sin.
  • Rely on the faithfulness of God.

February 24, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday of Lent
“The End of Life as We Know It” Philippians 3:17–4:1
  • The end of earthly living is destruction.
  • The end of our walk is God’s glory.
  • The means to the end is Jesus.

February 20, 2013 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Wednesday Lent Service
“Anger, Abortion and God’s Provision.” Matt. 26:51-53
  • Our desire for control can lead to anger.
  • Anger tries to excuse the destruction of life.
  • God’s control protects and preserves.

February 17, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - First Sunday of Lent
“Get Jesus’ Greater Glory” Hebrews 3:1-6
  • We have a heavenly calling as servants
  • We have confident hope to boast in by faith.
  • We are counted worthy because of Jesus.

February 13, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Ash Wednesday
“Greed, Gambling & God’s Grace” Matt. 26:14-15
  • Our desire for hope can lead to greed
  • Gambling hopes to gain by another’s

February 10, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Transfiguration Sunday
“Get Jesus’ Greater Glory” Hebrews 3:1-6
  • We have a heavenly calling as servants
  • We have confident hope to boast in by faith.
  • We are counted worthy because of Jesus.

February 3, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
“Speak as God’s Child” Jeremiah 4:1-10, 17-19
  • God’s children are consecrated for his purpose
  • God’s children are involved in culture war.
  • God’s children are given his renewing word.

January 27, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Epiphany
“Fulfilled in Your Hearing” Luke 4:16-30
  • Jesus proclaims words with powerful results.
  • Everyone needs to hear God’s word.
  • We need to hear both hard and gracious words

January 20, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday of Epiphany
“A Miracle, Not Magic” John 2:1-11
  • Wine in water jars: miraculous sign for faith.
  • Life in the womb: miraculous sign for hope.
  • New life in us: miraculous sign for love.

January 13, 2013 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Baptism of Our Lord
“Jesus Cleanses Contamination” Luke 3:15-22
  • John shows we need separation from contamination of sin.
  • Herod wants separation from condemnation of sin.
  • Jesus removes separation from God by cleansing of sin.

January 6, 2013 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Epiphany Sunday
“The Mystery of Grace” Ephesians 3:1-12
  • The mysterious message is a gospel of grace.
  • The mysterious mission is the inclusion of all.
  • The mysterious means is God’s working in us.

December 30, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - First Sunday After Christmas
“Jesus is Worth Waiting For” Luke 2:22-40
  • Mary waits for the completion of purification.
  • Anna waits for the provision of redemption.
  • Simeon waits for the revelation of consolation.
December 25, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Christmas Day
“World’s Oldest Baby” John 1:1-14
  • Jesus is the eternal son of God, maker of all.
  • Jesus is made the mortal son of a virgin.
  • Jesus makes us dear children of God.

December 24, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Christmas Eve
“Good News for the Whole World” Luke 2:10-11
  • God gives the poor and needy great joy.
  • The Lord frees the prosperous from fear.
  • Christ saves the wicked from sin.

December 19, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Midweek Advent Worship
“God Loves the Whole World” John 3:16-21
  • God loves the whole world he created.
  • The world loves the darkness of evil.
  • Jesus saves the world from condemnation.

December 16, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday in Advent
“God’s Gift is Joy” Zephaniah 3:14-20
  • We rejoice in what is coming already.
  • God rejoices over those with remorse.
  • Others rejoice when we are renewed.

December 9, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday in Advent
“God’s Gift is Work” Philippians 1:2-11
  • God’s gift of grace calls for work.
  • God gives us work to do for him.
  • God’s work in us is a gift from him.

December 5, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Midweek Advent Worship

December 2, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - First Sunday in Advent
God’s Gift is Righteousness” Jeremiah 33:14-16
  • A coming branch will rescue and restore.
  • A straight branch will do what is right.
  • A growing branch will make us righteous.
November 24, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Last Sunday After Pentecost
Mark 13:24-37

November 18, 2012 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 25th Sunday After Pentecost
“Attitudes of Anxiety or Anticipation” Hebrews 10:11-15
  • Think of self with consciences clear of sin.
  • Think of God with confidence instead of fear.
  • Think of others, considering how to do good.

November 11, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 24th Sunday After Pentecost
“God Gives What He Asks” 1 Kings 17:8-16
  • God asks Elijah to make a bold request.
  • God asks for firstfruits of what he gives.
  • God asks for faith in the word He gives us.

October 28, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Reformation Sunday
“Lasting Change” Hebrews 7:23-28
  • Change is needed because of human failure.
  • The change needed is not new but original.
  • We need the perfect change given by Christ.

October 14, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 20th Sunday After Pentecost
“Something Missing” Mark 10:17-22
  • Something missing leads to a bad good question.
  • Something missing leads to a bad good answer.
  • One thing missing is answering a good invitation.

October 7, 2012 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - 19th Sunday After Pentecost
“Salted for Service” Mark 9:38-50
  • Salt serves to preserve and save.
  • Salt serves to purify without sterilizing.
  • Salt serves to perfect by Jesus’ suffering.
September 23, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 17th Sunday After Pentecost
Hidden Attacks From Within” Jeremiah 11:18-20
  • Jeremiah is with those who turn against him.
  • We are with those who are against us.
  • Jesus is with us to defeat evil for us.

September 16, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 16th Sunday After Pentecost
“Goodness Shows” James 2:1-0, 14-18
  • Misjudging values ends in showing partiality.
  • God’s grace shows in saving the poor.
  • Living faith shows in loving works.

September 9, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 15th Sunday After Pentecost
“Our Children Need Jesus” Mark 9:14–29
  • Our children need spiritual help.
  • We continue to need strengthened faith.
  • We look to Jesus himself for relief and life.

September 2, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 14th Sunday After Pentecost

August 26, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 13th Sunday After Pentecost
Topsy Turvey Religion” Isaiah 29:11-19
  • God shakes things up when religion stagnates
  • We don’t know what’s up if we think God doesn’t
  • God turns things around for those who need it.

August 19, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 12th Sunday After Pentecost
Why We Belong to God” Joshua 24:1-2b, 14-18
  • Our God is the one who has called us.
  • Our only other options are false gods.
  • Our God is the one takes care of us.

July 8, 2012 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - Pentecost Sunday
“Surprise Response” 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
  • Revelations produce glory to God, not pride.
  • Suffering produces prayer, not self-pity.
  • Weakness produces trust, not helplessness.

May 27, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Pentecost Sunday
No Hope? Know the Lord!” Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • The Lord gives commands to dry bones.
  • The Lord gives power by his word.
  • The Lord gives life by his Spirit.

May 20, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Seventh Sunday of Easter
“God Still Makes Us One” Acts 1:12-26
  • God makes his people to be one whole.
  • Evil choice leaves a whole in God’s people.
  • God makes us one of God’s whole people.

May 16, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Ascension Eve
“Don’t’ Just Stand There” Acts 1:1-11
  • Don’t just stand there, watch.
  • Don’t just stand there, witness
  • Don’t just stand there, pray.

May 13, 2012 (MP3 not available) (PDF Text) - Sixth Sunday of Easter
“Reflect on God’s Love” John 15:9-17
  • Jesus reflects the Father’s love to us.
  • We reflect Jesus’ love in return.
  • We reflect God’s love to others.

May 6, 2012 (MP3 not available)
(PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday of Easter
“Abide in Jesus for Abundant Fruit” John 15:1-8
  • Only by remaining in Jesus do we bear fruit.
  • God keeps trimming so we bear more fruit.
  • Jesus’ word continues giving us much fruit.
April 29, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday of Easter
“Jesus Gives Power for New Life” Acts 4:1-12
  • Jesus’ name moves us to go in response.
  • Jesus’ name is used to do what is good.
  • Jesus’ name alone has power to renew life.

April 22, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Easter

April 15, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - First Sunday of Easter
“Sharing God’s Gifts Together” Acts 4:32-35
  • The believers shared possessions as needed.
  • The believers shared one heart and soul.
  • The believers shared God’s power and grace.
April 8, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Easter Sunday
“The Miracle of the Resurrection” Mark 16:1-8
  • The resurrection is unexpectedly great.
  • The resurrection comes with unseen power.
  • The resurrection leads to an unfamiliar future

April 5, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Maundy Thursday
“The Miracle of Communion” 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
Jesus gives his body & blood with bread & wine.
Jesus gives us his body & blood today.
Jesus’ body & blood gives believers forgiveness.

April 1, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Palm Sunday
“Palms for the King” Jn. 12:13, Mk. 15:18-19, 27, Lk. 23:42
  • Waving palms receive the king with honor.
  • Striking palms receive the king with hostility.
  • Reaching palms receive the king in humility.

March 25, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday in Lent
“A Perfect Savior for Perfect Sinners” Hebrews 5:1-10
  • Jesus, in compassion, prays for the suffering.
  • Jesus’ self-sacrifice saves the disobedient.
  • Jesus, called as a priest, calls us God’s sons.
March 18, 2012 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 11, 2012 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday in Lent
“What We Really Need” John 2:13-25
  • Worship depends on God’s gifts.
  • Faith depends on God’s word.
  • Life with God depends on his Son.
March 4, 2012 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday in Lent
“Equipped for the Future” Romans 5:1-11
  • Faith in God’s grace gives us hope of glory.
  • Hope gives us character in suffering.
  • Jesus’ suffering gives us a relationship with God.

February 25, 2012 (MP3)
(PDF Text) - First Sunday in Lent

February 19, 2012 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany/Transfiguration Sunday
“How to See God’s Glory Exodus 34:29-35
  • God’s glorious law scares away sinners.
  • God’s glorious gospel returns us to God.
  • God’s reflected glory needs renewing in us.

February 12, 2012 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany
“Share God, Not Idols” 1 Corinthians 10:19 - 11:1
  • Use freely what comes from God.
  • Use freedom to do what is good for others.
  • Jesus keeps us free by his salvation.
February 5, 2012 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany
“How to Know God” Isaiah 40:21-31
  • God shows power as creator of the stars.
  • God shows wisdom as ruler of grasshoppers.
  • God shows grace as Lord who lifts eagles.

January 29, 2012 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany
“Who Speaks for God?” Deuteronomy 18:15-20
  • God speaks to reluctant hearers.
  • God speaks through people like us.
  • God speaks as one of us in Jesus.

January 22, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday After the Epiphany
“Jesus Makes Us Different” Mark 1:14-20
  • Jesus comes to bad with a message of good.
  • Jesus comes to us with a gracious choice.
  • Jesus comes to make us to be like him.

January 15, 2012 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - Second Sunday After the Epiphany
“Hear and Answer” 1 Samuel 3:1-20
  • Respond with attention to God’s word.
  • Respond with obedience to what God says.
  • Respond by repeating to others.
  • Respond with seeking God’s mercy.
January 8, 2012 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - First Sunday After the Epiphany
“God Shows Up at Baptism” Mark 1:4-11
  • John’s baptism shows that we are sinners.
  • Jesus’ baptism shows he is God.
  • Jesus’ baptism for us shows we are loved.

January 6, 2012 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - Epiphany

January 1, 2012 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - New Years Day
“God Starts Right Away” Luke 2:21
  • Circumcision served to begin God’s covenant
  • Jesus’ circumcision begins his service.
  • God’s covenant begins our lives of service.

December 25, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Christmas Day

December 24, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Christmas Eve
"The Christ Child Changes Our Way of Life" Titus 2:11-14
  • We may need to change our expectatons.
  • God’s ways are different from the world’s.
  • Jesus’ coming makes a change in our lives.

December 18, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday in Advent
“God’s Mystery Gift: the Gospel” Romans 16:26-27
  • God calls us to the obedience of faith.
  • God gives us strength through the gospel.
  • God gets the glory and we get the blessing.

December 11, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday in Advent
“Bringing a Clear Message” John 1:6-8, 19-28
  • We are commissioned to witness to the light.
  • We must confess that we are not the focus.
  • We can be clear about what Christ does.

December 7, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Midweek Advent Service
“The Christchild Changes Sin’s Ruin in the Kingdom” 2 Samuel 7:17, 11b-16
  • David’s sinful seed ruins his family & kingdom.
  • God gives a new child who renews the kingdom.

December 4, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday in Advent
A New Beginning” Mark 1:1-8
  • We are found out in the wilderness.
  • We are led to total reliance on God.
  • Jesus brings us back to God.

November 30, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - Midweek Advent Service
“The Christ Child Changes the Devil’s Ruin in the Garden” Genesis 3:8-15
  • The Devil’s deceptions drive us to despair.
  • Christ’s love gives hope despite pain.

November 27, 2011 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - First Sunday in Advent
God Gently Asks to Give us Gifts” Mark 11:1-10
  • Jesus coming uses humble means, like us.
  • Jesus’ coming calls a glad response from us.
  • Jesus’ coming brings freeing blessings to us.

November 23, 2011 (MP3- not available) (PDF Text) - Thanksgiving Eve
“Stress Thanksgiving” Philippians 4:6-20
  • Stress God’s Power.
  • Stress God’s Blessings.
  • Stress Opportunities.

November 20, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Last Sunday of the Church Year
“Doing Service for Jesus” Matthew 25:31-46
  • Service is seen as a sign of faith.
  • Jesus sees us as those who serve him.
  • We see Jesus as the one who serves us.

November 6, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - All Saints Sunday
“Dress Rehearsal for Heaven” Revelation 7:9-17
  • Saints worship God, the source of blessings.
  • Saints worship God when washed by Jesus.
  • Saints worship where God puts his presence.

October 30, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Reformation Sunday
Proclaim the Eternal Gospel” Revelation 14:6-7
  • God’s Gospel from heaven remains eternally.
  • The Gospel is for everyone on earth.
  • God’s messenger proclaims the gospel.

October 16, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Who’s Is This?” Matthew 22:15-22
  • It is right to return respect to authority.
  • It is right to return blessings to God.
  • Being returned to God’s image makes us right.

October 9, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 17th Sunday after Pentecost

October 2, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 16th Sunday after Pentecost
“Living on the Edge” Philippians 3:4b-14
  • Pushing the edge on our own is risky
  • Being with Jesus gives an extreme makeover.
  • We live pressing on to the edge of eternity

September 25, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 15th Sunday after Pentecost
“What Gives You the Right?” Matthew 21:23-32
  • God gives Jesus the right to do what he does.
  • God gives us the call to do what is right.
  • God gives righteousness through repentance

September 18, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 14th Sunday after Pentecost
“Do a Double Take” Matthew 20:1-16
  • God gives us all we need for daily life.
    • God gives us all work to do in his kingdom.
    • God gives us all extravagant grace.

September 11, 2011 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - 13th Sunday after Pentecost
“Never Forget” Psalm 103:1-12
  • Make known God’s ways to others.
  • Watch for weakness in doing right.
  • Watch how God saves through suffering.

September 4, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Doing All that is Due Romans 13:1-10
  • Authorities are God’s tools for our good.
  • We owe authorities obedience out of love.
  • God himself provides all we need and owe.

August 28, 2011 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - 11th Sunday after Pentecost
“God’s Servant Has a Tough Life” Jeremiah 15:15-21
  • Knowing God’s word brings rejoicing.
  • Following God’s word brings reproach.
  • Relying on God’s word brings restoration.

August 7, 2011 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - 8th Sunday after Pentecost
“Learning to Walk in Faith” Matthew 14:22-33
  • Jesus pushes us to exercise faith in his will.
  • Jesus calls to challenges of faith in his care.
  • Jesus lifts us to saving faith in him as God.

July 31, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 7th Sunday after Pentecost
“What a Deal!” Isaiah 55:1-5
  • Whoa! God promises us priceless gifts.
  • Ufda! Why waste work on what is worthless?
  • Wow! David’s descendant offers a great deal.
  • Ahoy! This abundance is available to all.

July 17, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 6th Sunday after Pentecost
“Is It Worth It?” Matthew 13:44-52
  • We find God’s treasure gives our lives worth.
  • Jesus finds us worth his great sacrifice.
  • We find salvation worth sharing with others.

July 10, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 5th Sunday after Pentecost
“Accept No Imitations” Isaiah 44:6-8
  • Follow the King, not imitation lords.
  • Rely on the Redeemer, not generic salvation.
  • Look to a lasting Rock, not temporary future.

July 3, 2011 (MP3 - not available)
(PDF Text) - 4th Sunday after Pentecost
“Live Not as Slaves but Sons” Romans 8:12-17
  • Slavery to flesh leads to fear and death.
  • The Spirit leads us to sonship with Christ.
  • God’s children go through suffering to glory.

June 26, 2011 (MP3 - not available) (PDF Text) - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

June 19, 2011 (MP3
) (PDF Text) - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

June 12, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Day of Pentecost

June 5, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Seventh Sunday of Easter
“When You Suffer…” 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11
  • Rejoice that you share in what Christ does.
  • Submit to God and resist the devil.
  • God will strengthen and restore you.

May 29, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Sixth Sunday of Easter
“What Do You Have to Say For Yourself?” 1 Peter 3:13-22
  • We answer suffering with hope and gentleness.
  • We answer our conscience with trust in Jesus.
  • Jesus answers for our sins with his work for us.

May 22, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Fifth Sunday of Easter
“God’s Building Plan” 1 Peter 2:2–10
  • Babies thirst for growing up by God’s milk.
  • People are built up for showing God’s might.
  • We are lifted up by knowing God’s mercy.

May 15, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Fourth Sunday of Easter
“Where the Shepherd Leads” 1 Peter 2:19-25
  • Jesus leads straying sheep to sanctification.
  • Jesus sometimes leads us through suffering.
  • Jesus, our substitute, leads to salvation.

May 8, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Third Sunday of Easter
“Fuel for Faith” Luke 24:13-35
  • Heavy hearts need more than miracles.
  • Slow hearts need the scriptures opened.
  • Burning hearts see Jesus in fellowship.

May 1, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Second Sunday of Easter
“Peace Be With You” John 20:19-31
  • Jesus presence brings peace to the fearful.
  • Jesus’ word brings peace to the doubtful.
  • Jesus’ servants bring peace to the sinful.

April 24, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Easter
“It’s All About Life” John 20:3-9
  • We have ways of life that lead to death.
  • Jesus’ way of death leads to life.

April 22, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - Good Friday
It’s All About Death” Acts 2:22-24, 37-38

April 21, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Maundy Friday

April 17, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - Palm Sunday
“This One Was with Jesus” Matthew 26:71
  • Being with Jesus is risky.
  • Being with Jesus is challenging.
  • Being with Jesus is a blessing.

April 10, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 5th Sunday in Lent
“Dying for Life” John 11:17-27, 38-53
  • Jesus uses Lazarus’ death to bring new life.
  • God uses Lazarus’ life to bring Jesus death.
  • God uses Jesus’ death to bring us to life.

April 3, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 4th Sunday in Lent
“Living With Light” Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Being full of darkness is unfruitful.
  • Walking with light leads to goodness.
  • The light of Christ gives us life.

March 27, 2011
(MP3 - not available ) (PDF Text) - 3rd Sunday in Lent
“Benefits of Faith” Romans 5:1-8
  • We have peace and rejoice in God’s glory.
  • We endure and benefit from suffering.
  • We receive undeserved love from Christ.

March 20, 2011 (MP3 - not available ) (PDF Text) - 2nd Sunday in Lent
“Faith Counts” Romans 4:1-8, 13-17
  • We want to count as good people.
  • Faith counts as righteousness.
  • All with faith count as God’s family.
March 13, 2011 (MP3 ) (PDF Text) - 1st Sunday in Lent
“God’s Word Wins” Matthew 4:1-11
  • Jesus trusts God’s word to provide.
  • Jesus submits his will to God’s plans.
  • Jesus suffers to fulfill God’s promise.

March 6, 2011
(MP3 ) (PDF Text) - Transfiguration Sunday
“It all Belongs to God” Psal. 24:, The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein
  • We aside a portion of our treasure for God's work.
  • We think the rest belongs to us.
  • ALL that we are and have is the Lord's.

February 20, 2011
(MP3 ) (PDF Text) - 7th Sunday After Epiphany
“Investing in Futures” 1 Corinthians 3:10-16
  • God calls us to invest in building his temple.
  • Investments bring risks and rewards.
  • God guarantees the foundation of Christ.

February 13, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 6th Sunday After Epiphany
Sermon Scripture Text: “God Gives Growth” 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
  • God is a generous giver of all good.
  • God gives us growth in joyful serving.
  • We enjoy blessings as God gives growth.

February 6, 2011
(MP3) (PDF Text) - 5th Sunday After Epiphany
Sermon Scripture Text: Matthew 5:13
  • You are precious preservative in the world
  • You have power in appealing words & deeds
  • You are purified by Jesus’ perfection
January 30, 2011 (MP3) (PDF Text) - 4th Sunday After Epiphany
Sermon Scripture Text: Matthew 5:1–12
  • We can have difficulties without despair
  • We can do good without being greedy
  • We can suffer and still be saved by Jesus

January 23, 2011 (MP3 - not available) (
PDF Text) - 3rd Sunday After Epiphany
Sermon Scripture Text:

January 16, 2011 (
MP3) (PDF Text) - 2nd Sunday After Epiphany/Life Sunday
Sermon Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1–9
  • God's will calls us to roles as his servants.
  • God's grace calls us to be enriched saints.
  • God's faithfulness calls us into relationship.

Pastor Vance Becker

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