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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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This I Believe: Concerning Faith and Works

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI (WELS), based on Romans 3:21-25a.  Justification through faith, the Biblical teaching that says God has declared sinners not guilty and this is received through faith, has been called the doctrine on which the Christian Church either stands or falls. What is meant by that? Get this teaching right and everything else will fall into place. But get it wrong or move it from the center, and the Church will...

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This I Believe: Concerning the Church and Its Work

Sermon based on Ephesians 4:4-6 Just like I’m sure happens in your businesses, our inboxes fill up with tons of “how-to-do” ads.  Got stewardship?  Seven free downloads of graphic stock. How to engage Millennials.  Trending Worship Tracks.  Cyberbullying.  When I wrote this paragraph on Tuesday afternoon, I counted 15 emails in my inbox that more or less were suggesting, “Ways to Fix Your Church.”  And it got me thinking, what...

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This I Believe: Concerning Jesus and His Work

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer, based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. As we continue our Summer sermon series “Credo: This I Believe” based on the Augsburg Confession, we turn our attention to two articles specifically highlighting what the Bible says concerning Jesus and his work. As done in our reading from 2nd Corinthians, Jesus’ work can really be summed up with just one word: reconciliation. “Reconcili-what?” You say. You’re right, reconciliation...

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This I Believe: About Sin, Repentance, Confession, & Absolution

Sermon by Pastor John Qualmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville, WI (WELS) based on Psalm 32:1-5.         “Credo: This I Believe.”  Do you know what you believe and why you believe it?  Or are there things we say or do in our worship that you don’t quite understand. When I was growing up I remember hearing the words of Psalm 32:5 (words I just read);  it was part of the liturgy that was regularly used.  And the...

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This I Believe: Concerning Civil Affairs

   The other day I received this picture.   I’m not sure if you can read it.  It says, “Closed for 4th of July Independent Day.”  It caught the patron’s eye, noting the business #almost got it right, as we will be celebrating Independence Day and not Independent Day.  Non-grammarians out there may not think it’s a big deal.  But what is a big deal is how often we mix up our view of independence.   Think about...

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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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