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Fuel to Grow, Room to Grow

We’ve got teenagers in our house these days. Do you know how much they can eat? The average number of calories the average person needs is about 2,000 a day. But teenagers need more:  girls about 2500 calories and guys up to 3200 calories per day depending on their activity level. That’s only about six Big Macs, or 25 double-stuff Oreos, or four and a half Culvers concrete mixers. For some of you, each of those is hardly a meal. But for teenagers -- boys especially if you are...

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Let Us Gather Here

“Knock, knock.”  “Who’s there?”  “Lettuce.”  “Lettuce who?” “Let us eat lunch.”  If you read the Immanuel Sun this week, you know I used that to introduce the devotional thought. Or maybe you heard this one…  “What did the newlyweds order for room service?”  A honeymoon salad… lettuce alone.  There are tons of “lettuce” jokes out there.  But when it...

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It All Starts Here

It All Starts Here  Sermon by Pastor Phil Koelpin at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville, WI, based on Proverbs 23:26.  INTRODUCTION: Are you excited to be here today? I hope so. I hope your excitement parallels that of a child waiting to open Christmas presents, or parents who have just been told they are expecting their first child. Why? Because in the next month you are going to hear about the exciting opportunities that our Jesus is placing before you and before me. They...

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Love for the Straying Brother

Sermon based on Matthew 18:15-20. Imagine with me for a moment that you’re a shepherd in the hill country outside of Jerusalem. In your care are 100 sheep. It’s up to you to keep them out of harm’s way. And there’s plenty of potential harm: wolves, mountain lions, thieves and robbers, loose rocks and deep pits. As your sheep are gathered in one place, you count them. “1… 2… 3… 96… 97… 98… 99.” 99! You have managed...

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The Cross Is a Must

Sermon based on Matthew 16:21-26. The world had never seen a man like Samson, and it hasn’t since. Our second lesson paints a picture of a man who had seemingly lost everything. He had been betrayed by his wife, captured by his enemies. They gouged out his eyes, bound him with shackles, and had him grind grain like a mule. Then, they forced him to entertain. By any measure, this is a picture of a broken, humiliated, ruined man. Especially, when you consider what he was. You’re...

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What Impresses Jesus?

What impresses Jesus? Have you ever thought about that before? What impresses Jesus? Does walking on water impress Jesus? Does following every God-given law and man-made rule impress Jesus? Does giving up your life to follow him and do his work impress Jesus? What does it take for Jesus to call someone or something great? What impresses Jesus?   Just one chapter before today’s Gospel, actually we heard it last week, the disciple Peter walked on water. He actually stepped out of...

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Stand Firm

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville, WI; based on 1 Corinthians 15:57-58.   Monday, August 28, 6:38AM.   Dad walks into Kindergartner’s bedroom, “Good morning, buddy!  Ready for your first day of school?”  “You bet!” says the Kindergartner as he throws off the covers and he’s already dressed as he went to bed in school clothes because he was so excited.   Monday, August 28,...

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Always Enough!

Sermon based on Genesis 41:41-49.  Ever since Day 3 of creation, food has grown out of the ground. Every fruit, nut, vegetable, grain, legume and berry grows from seeds planted in the earth. Meat, milk, eggs, fish come from the animals God created on Day 5 and 6. That’s how God feeds us. That’s how he feeds everyone – naturally – with food that grows. In all that time since Creation we have on record less than ten miracles where God just created food...

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a hEARt that hEARs

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville, WI (WELS); based on 1 Kings 3:5-13.  It’s your weekly trip to the grocery store.  Do you go to Woodmans, Festival, Copps, WalMart or Costco? You check a few ads and decide to go to Festival.  Your shopping commences with list in hand.  Spaghetti sauce… you find yourself staring at a tomato wall.  Which kind?  Prego, Ragu, Primovera?  Ragu.  Do I go Homestyle,...

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Live with an Eye on the Harvest

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer, based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.  You’re sitting in the lunch room at work, when your co-worker says, “If your God is so good and loving, so mighty and powerful, why is there so much evil in the world?” “Evil,” your co-worker says, “has led me to two conclusions: Either God doesn’t care, or he can’t do anything about it.” At first, you don’t pay much attention to your co-worker,...

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