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Who Is God?

It’s June 25, 1530.  You have been called to give a clear confession of what you believe before Roman Emperor, Charles V.  There are going to be political leaders and religious leaders there from all of Europe.  Do you think you’re going to choose your words carefully?  Absolutely.  Where do you start?    It’s June 25, 2017.  Romans 10 says, “It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth...

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How Firm a Foundation

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer, based on Matthew 7:15-29. When looking in God’s Word for assurance of your Savior’s love, where do turn? I doubt any of us turn to the words of Jesus in Matthew 7. In fact, this week I looked at a list of 100 Bible verses showing Jesus’ love. And believe it or not, “Watch out for false prophets…” “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire…” “Then I will...

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The Triune God Answers All Doubt

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer, based on Matthew 28:16-20. Who is Jesus? That was the question. Just short of three hundred years after Jesus ascended into heaven, a new teaching began to surface which claimed Jesus wasn’t true God. Arius, a priest in north Africa, was the first to propose this theory. He was extremely persuasive, and soon this false teaching was so widespread that a church council was called to settle the matter. The result of that meeting in 325 A.D. was the...

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Create In Me

Sermon by Pastor Phil Koelpin based on Psalm 51: 10-12.   It wasn’t the sound of a rushing wind. It wasn’t the fact that disciples were able to speak foreign languages they never learned. It wasn’t the flames of fire appeared over the heads of those disciples. No, the greatest evidence that the Holy Spirit arrived in Jerusalem was the reaction to Peter’s sermon. People, thousands of them, were shaken. Their hearts were crushed as the Holy Spirit used the...

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Things Above

Sermon on Sunday, May 28, 2017 with Pastor Joel Heckendorf based on Colossians 3:1-4. Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.  – Arnold Schwarzenegger You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks.  – Rham Emanuel You should have big dreams, full dreams, not half dreams. You know, it's very simple. You can't put a large box in...

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Unexpected and Undeserved

Sermon based on Isaiah 43:1 by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer   It’s not what they expected. It’s not what they deserved. – Mom and dad were going away for the weekend leaving their 17-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter at home. Before leaving, mom and dad sat down with their teenagers to set a few guidelines. Under no circumstances were they to have any friends over. That was made crystal clear. In fact, as dad spoke those words he looked his son in the eyes, and...

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Moving Us Toward Abundant Life

Based on 1 Timothy 6:17-19  “Command those who are rich.”  Allow me to introduce you to John & Jan.  Life through Facebook teaches us that they winter in Florida in a beautiful home on wheels.  They summer up north in their beautiful log cabin.  They travel to New York and Alaska, fish in Canada and hunt in Colorado.  When we read these first five words of our lesson, we might think, that’s who Timothy needs to talk to, “Command...

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He's Moving Me Toward Trust

Why is Psalm 23 so loved? So well-known and popular? Why does a soldier recite it as he runs into battle? Why does a mother softly speak those words over her crying infant? Why does a dying man ask his family to read Psalm 23 in his last moments? Why would a young person choose Psalm 23 as his confirmation passage? We can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful picture King David, a shepherd himself, paints. David wonderfully describes our Lord. He does it by leading us out to the Judean...

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He Is Moving Me Toward Freedom

[Play video of texter falling into fountain].   Maybe makes us chuckle.  But “distracted walking” is an increasing threat to our society.  Over a 1000 pedestrian injuries are reported each year due to mobile phone use.  It was a few years back, but in Benton Harbor, Michigan a woman walked right off a pier into Lake Michigan because she was texting and not watching where she was going.  It’s become such a threat that “Distracted...

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He's Moving Me Toward Transformation

John 20:19-31 Take a stroll downtown, and you’ll see a sign in Houdini Plaza that’s says, “What they eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.”  What, you don’t believe me?  Ok, here’s a picture of the sign. While Harry Houdini gets the credit for this quote, I’m calling him out for plagiarism.  This very well could have been said by Thomas.  Listen again to Thomas’ line from the Gospel, “Unless I see the nail...

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