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March 19, 2017  Lent 3  Pastor Scott Adle

John 4:5-26  "If You Knew the Gift of God"  Audio  Text

Another week where we hear about a confusing conversation someone has with Jesus. Why might conversations with Jesus be that way?

 

March 12, 2017  Lent 2  Pastor Michael Walther

Genesis 12:1-9  "Abraham's Journey of Faith and Ours"  Audio  Text

Abraham was called out his country to the Promised Land. What “countries” might Christians today be called to leave as God leads us to the place where He wants us to be?

 

March 5, 2017  Lent 1  Pastor Scott Adle

Genesis 3:1-21 and Matthew 4:1-11 "Close the Path to Misery"  Audio  Text

The gospel is like some of the fairy tales and stories we heard as we grew up, but there are differences too.

 

February 26, 2017  Transfiguration  Pastor Aaron Mueller

2 Peter 1:16-21  Audio

 

February 19, 2017  Epiphany 7  Pastor Michael P Walther

1 Corinthians 3:18-23 "The Wisdom of the World and the Wisdom of Christ"  Audio  Text

The wisdom of the world avoids the problem of sin. The wisdom of Christ confronts and cures the problem of sin.

 

February 12, 2017  Epiphany 6  Pastor Michael P Walther

Matthew 5:21-37 "God's Grace for Our Disordered Desires"  Audio   Text

Some of our feelings and desires are good and some are bad. How do we know the difference, and how do we contend with bad feelings and desires? 

 

February 5, 2017  Epiphany 5  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Isaiah 58:6-8 and Matthew 5:13-20 Sermon for Epiphany 5  Audio

Some people say that poverty is the fault of those who are lazy and make poor choices. Others say it all the result of oppression by the elite. What does God's word say, and how can God help us to help the poor?

 

January 29, 2017  Epiphany 4  Pastor Michael P Walther

Micah 6:8  "What To Do When the World Rants and Raves"  Audio   Text

Micah, who lived 700 years before Jesus, said he lived in an "Evil Time." When the world around us is turning away from God, we have the opportunity to speak the truth in love and to do the truth in love. God will give us the grace to do this!

 

January 22, 2017  Epiphany 3  Pastor Aaron Mueller

1 Corinthians 1:  "What Makes a Good Sermon"  Audio   

What are the principles by which we decide that a sermon is good? Sermons, as Paul said, should proclaim Christ, crucified and risen.

 

January 15, 2017  Epiphany 2  Pastor Scott Adle

John 1:29-42a  "Lamb of God"  Audio   Text  Audio

Twice in our reading John calls Jesus the "Lamb of God." That may not be our first thought when we think of Jesus, but why might that be the case?

 

January 8, 2017  Baptism of Our Lord  Pastor Michael Walther

Romans 6:1-11  "Walking in Newness of Life"  Audio   Text

Grace is no excuse for sin. Rather, we are baptized into Christ and thus raised to a new life. Our old self is crucified. We are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

January 1, 2017  New Year's Day  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Galatians 3:23-29  Audio

 

December 25, 2016  Christmas Day  Pastor Scott Adle

John 1:1-18  "What is Man, That Thou Art Mindful of Him?"  Audio  Text

Why, out of all of the things that God has created, does He pay attention to man? Yet God becomes man. This is a mystery of the faith.

 

December 24, 2016  Christmas Eve  Pastor Michael Walther

John 1:14  "Full of Grace and Truth"  Audio  Text

There are good words and there are bad words. When Jesus was conceived, the Word became flesh - God became flesh - to bring forgiveness and salvation into this world through His word.

 

December 18, 2016  Advent 4  Pastor Scott Adle

Matthew 1:18-25 "Committing to Failures"  Audio   Text

Matthew begins with a genealogy, and for all of those men and women listed, we can also list their faults and failures. But then God becomes man.

 

December 11, 2016  Advent 3  Pastor Michael P. Walther

James 5:7-11  "We Count Them Blessed Who Endure"  Audio  Text

John the Baptist was the greatest prophet. Yet he had his moment of doubt. Jesus helped him to endure by assuring him of the blessings of His word. God also enables us to endure temptation and persecution through His blessings.

 

December 4th, 2016   Advent 2  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Isaiah 11:1-10  Audio

 

November 27, 2016   Advent 1   Pastor Michael Walther

Matthew 21:9  "The Lord Comes to Save"  Audio

 

November 24, 2016  Thanksgiving  Pastor Michael P. Walther

Philippians 4:8-9  "Meditate on These Things"  Audio  Text

Shallow thankfulness comes when we forget about God and the great things He gives us. Paul teaches us to meditate on divine assets that will inspire us to be thankful.

 

November 20, 2016  Last Sunday of the Church Year  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Malachi 3:13-18  Audio

 

November 13, 2016  Pentecost 26  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 21:5-36  "To Stand Before the Son of Man"  Audio  Text

Jesus tries to cheer us up by letting us know that the End of the world is coming.  We were made to stand before the Son of Man when He returns.

 

November 6, 2016  All Saints' Day  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Revelation 7:9-17  Audio

 

October 30, 2016  Reformation Day (Obs)  Pastor Scott Adle

John 8:31-36  "We All Love Justification"  Audio  Text

Lutherans on Reformation Day love to talk about justification.  As sinners, we also like to justify ourselves whenever we hear the word of God.  But God is both just, and the justifier.

 

October 23, 2016  Pentecost 23  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Genesis 4:1-15  Audio

 

October 16, 2016  Pentecost 22  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 18:1-8  "I pray for: Vengeance!"  Audio  Text

"Will the Son of Man find faith on earth?"  This may sound like a question with an obvious answer.  I think we might ponder this in regard to the parable Jesus tells today.

 

October 9, 2016  Pentecost 21  Pastor Aaron Mueller

2 Timothy 2:1-13    Audio

 

October 2, 2016  Pentecost 20  Pastor Michael P. Walther

Habakkuk 2  "The Faithless Are Coming"  Audio  Text

If you've ever wondered, "What is going on with this world?" then you should read the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk. He felt overwhelmed by the faithlessness and wickedness of the world, and he cried out to God for answers. God responded by calling Habakkuk and all of us to faith. 

 

September 25, 2016  Pentecost 19  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 16:19-31  "Hot Takes"  Audio  Text

When we hear a story, we may read into it things that aren't there.  These reactions may say more about us than the story.  The story that Jesus tells this week is a time when that may happen.

 

September 18, 2016  Pentecost 18  Pastor Michael P. Walther

Luke 16:1-15  "Using Our Mamom Wisely"  Audio (audio at bottom)  Text  

Jesus wants His disciples to avoid the temptation to "money-loving." He does this by teaching us to seek first the spiritual blessings God gives and then to use the material blessings to "make friends." 

 

September 11, 2016  Pentecost 17  Pastor Michael P. Walther

1 Timothy 1:5-17  "Kneeling to Stand"  Audio  Text  

We always have a temptation to solve the problems of sin and immorality with the Law - study it more, emphasize it more, etc. But Paul shows us how to use the Law "lawfully" by using for repetance and then emphasizing the Gospel.

 

September 4, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Philemon  Audio

 

August 31, 2016  Martyrdom of John the Baptist  Pastor Scott Adle

Mark 6:14-29  "What Did You Go Out to See?"  Text  

How do you view John's death?  Should he have just kept his mouth shut?

 

August 28, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 14:1-14  "Your Kind of Party?"  Text  Audio

Does a party involving the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind sound like a good party to you?  If not, you may be in trouble.

 

August 21, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Michael Walther

Luke 13:22-30  "Staying on the Narrow Way"  Text  Audio

Only faith in Christ, not familiarity with Christ, saves.  True faith is repentance, forgiveness, and new life in Christ.  Familiarity is about trying to be good.

 

August 15, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 12:49-59  "The Whole Truth"  Text  Audio

The church has different answers than the world, but also different questions.  "What time is it?" is a question Jesus hints at in Luke 12.

 

August 8, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Michael P. Walther

Luke 12:31-34 "The Best Survival Tip of All"  Text  Audio

The three goals of this sermon are to show that: 1. We live in a material and spiritual world. 2. Much of the spiritual world is bad.  3. The Holy Spirit leads us to the good spiritual world through God's word in Christ. Keywords: Trinity

 

July 31, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Aaron Mueller

 

July 24, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Michael Walther

Genesis 18-19  "From Gomorrah to Golgotha"  Text

This sermon teaches us that God is merciful. However, when men persistently reject His word, rush to sin, and rage in unbelief, He steps in to judge. Nevertheless, God has always provided salvation from judgement through His Son, Jesus.

 

July 17, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 10:38-42  "One Thing is Needful"  Text

When you read the gospel reading where one woman is scrambling around to do all sorts of stuff, while the other appears to be doing nothing, which one do you expect to be praised? Why doesn't God see it the same way?

 

July 10, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Aaron Mueller

 

July 3, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Michael Walther

Galatians 6:9-10  "Doing Good to All"  Text

The goal of this sermon is to help people believe that freedom comes from the good God has done for us in Christ to free us from sin. As we believe and do good, that freedom is preserved and given to others.

 

June 26, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 9:51-62  "No Looking Back"  Text

Jesus says, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." What would we possibly look back for?

 

June 19, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Aaron Mueller

 

June 12, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Michael Walther

Luke 7:36-50  "Who Will Love Him More?"  Text

The goal of this sermon is to help people believe that everything that is good in this life begins with forgiveness.

 

June 5, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 7:11-17  "Responsible"  Text

The widow in 1 Kings 17 knows who to talk to when her son dies. The widow in Luke 7 soon finds out.

 

May 29, 2016  Pentecost  Pastor Aaron Mueller

 

May 22, 2016  Trinity Sunday  Pastor Michael Walther

1 John 4:1-4  "Test the Spirits"  Text

This sermon has three goals: 1. To show that the world is not just materialistic. It is also spiritual. 2. That the spiritual is not always good. 3. That the Holy Spirit leads us in the good spiritual life through the word of God in Christ.

 

May 17, 2016  Graduation  Pastor Scott Adle

Matthew 7:24-27  "More Than Knowledge"  Text

The students learn lots of facts and skills, but ultimately we want to pass on something more than that -- we want to burden them for life.

 

May 15, 2016  Pentecost Sunday  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Acts 2:1-21  "Who Is the Holy Spirit, and What Does He Do?"

 

May 8, 2016  Easter  Pastor Michael Walther

Psalm 133  "Unity in Faith, Family and Church"  Text

Unity can be both good and bad. God provides the unity that is good for us and for the world.

 

May 4, 2016  Ascension  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 24:44-53  "Undemocratic"  Text

Democracy may be the way modern nations run their countries, but it is not the confession of the church. The confession of the church is, "Jesus is Lord."

 

May 1, 2016  Easter  Pastor Scott Adle

John 5:1-17  "Healed By Jesus"  Text

In this chapter, John tells us of a man healed by Jesus. The fact that Jesus did the healing caused a ruckus.

 

April 24, 2016  Easter  Pastor Aaron Mueller

John 16:12-22

 

April 17, 2016  Easter  Pastor Michael Walther

Acts 20-17-35  "Practical Guidance for Shepherds and Sheep"  Text

In one of Paul's last sermons, he teaches pastors how to be pastors and sheep how to be sheep.

 

April 10, 2016  Easter  Pastor Scott Adle

John 21:1-14  "What You See and What You Hear"  Text

In the life of faith, what you see and what you hear don't always appear to line up. Go with your ears.

 

April 3, 2016  Easter  Pastor Aaron Mueller

John 20:19

 

March 27, 2016  Easter Sunday  Pastor Michael Walther

John 3:16  "Is God There? Does He Care?"  Text

This sermon explains John 3.16 in light of the Apostles' Creed.

 

March 25, 2016  Good Friday  Pastor Scott Adle

John 18-19   Text

 

March 20, 2016  Palm Sunday  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 23:26-49  "Confessors of the Faith"  Text

Many generations have heard the word of God. Sadly, many have turned away. All who are confirmed (as well as all who confess the creed) are called to stand in the faith in the midst of the temptations of the world.

 

March 13, 2016  Lent  Pastor Michael Walther

"Why Do People Reject Jesus, and What Does God Do About It?"

 

March 6, 2016  Lent  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Luke 15:1-3

 

February 28, 2016  Lent  Pastor Michael Walther

1 Corinthians 10:1-13  "Standing Fast In the Lord."  Text

Paul points to the example of the Israelites who believed as they left Egypt but later became rebellious in the wilderness. When we face hardships, Jesus is our "way of escape" in order to endure them.

 

Febrary 21, 2016  Lent  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 13:31-35  "Citizens"  Text

Our most important citizenship is not what it says on our passports.  Nor are the rights conferred by the citizenship of a nation the greatest benefits we have.  No, our most important citizenship is heavenly.

 

February 14, 2016  Lent  Pastor Michael Walther

"How Can We Be Sure of, and Secure In, Our Salvation?"

 

February 7, 2016  Transfiguration  Pastor Aaron Mueller

Hebrews 3:1-6 and Luke 9:38-46

Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of God on the Mount of Transfiguration. God the Father said that we should "listen to Him."

 

January 31, 2016  Epiphany  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 4:31-44  "With Authority"  Text

Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of God when He spoke with ultimate authority.

 

January 24, 2016  Epiphany  Pastor Michael Walther

Psalm 19 and Luke 4:16-30  "Rejection and Rage; Reception and Relief"  Text

As in the hometown of Nazareth, there are many people today who will not listen to Jesus or believe in Him. Not only that, they rage against Him. But "there is great reward" in listening and believing in Jesus.

 

January 17, 2016  Epiphany  Pastor Aaron Mueller

John 2:1-11  "The Wedding at Cana"

Jesus' first miracle shows a glass of wine can glorify God.

 

January 10, 2016  Epiphany  Pastor Michael Walther

Luke 3:21-22  "ID (The Baptism of Jesus)"  Text

Why are we so concerned about identification today? Answer: Because evil loves to stay anonymous. God loves identification and has given us the best identification in baptism.

 

January 3, 2016  Christmas  Pastor Scott Adle

Luke 2:40-52  "Telling the Story"  Text

The people of God are supposed to tell the story. This is not optional, and it is not extraneous to our "real" lives. The story is how God works.

 

 

 

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