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Not Afraid to Wait

In the name of Jesus, our Palm Sunday King, who was received with shouts of joy when he rode on a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. In the spirit of those who welcomed him that day, I would like to invite you to join in those shouts of joy. I am going to describe a situation, and I would like you to give an appropriate shout of joy that you feel that situation deserves. Ready? - You can sit down in your favorite restaurant without worrying where the person next to you went on vacation. -...

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He Came to Save the Greedy

10 years ago there was a study led by a professor at the University of Michigan on the effects of violent media – movies, video games, even the news – on a person’s response to the pain and suffering of those around them. In one study, the participants were 162 adult movie goers. The researchers staged a minor emergency outside the theater in which a young woman with a bandaged ankle and crutches "accidentally" dropped her crutches and was struggling to retrieve...

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Not Afraid...of Loss

In the name of Jesus the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Gate & Good Shepherd, the Way the Truth and the Truth, the Vine, and the Resurrection and the Life, my friends here at Immanuel and anyone who might be joining us online. There is no possible way to calculate the loss that the Coronavirus pandemic will bring to people around the world. As of today, there are 600,000 people infected. The United States now has more people infected that any country in the world. Covid-19 is...

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He Came to Save the Guilty

NBC’s Dateline is a favorite in our house among my wife and me. It’s really the only Network TV programming that we try to catch each week – every Saturday night at 8pm. We love it. What makes Dateline or shows like it, ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s 48 hours, so interesting and intriguing? For us, it’s the suspense, the questions. “Who did it? Well, it looks like she did it? But, did she really? Why did she do it? Is there enough evidence to arrest her, for a...

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Not Afraid To Sacrifice

Earlier this week I saw a headline from CNN that read: “Americans are asked for more sacrifices as coronavirus keeps spreading.” You’ve seen headlines like this, haven’t you? And though we’ve only had some of the stricter limitations and restrictions due to Covid-19 for about a week, we know these sacrifices well. A week ago Friday I was in Green Bay and was actually near the Resch Center. As I was driving toward 41 to come back to Greenville, I happened to pull up...

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Jesus Came to Save the Doubting

Can you imagine having one of the worst fathers ever? If you google worst fathers in history you will find on some lists the name of Herod the Great. What made him one of the worst dads in history? Well, he had 10 wives, he had two of them murdered and murdered at least three of his children. He was ruthless and did not care about people’s lives as he had hundreds and hundreds of people killed, to intimidate and scare people as he called himself the “King of Judea.” Herod the...

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Not Afraid of Pain

I am going to use some statistics to describe one category of people, and I want you to see if you can identify who it is. 99% of them say they are happy with their lives. 97%, when asked the question, “Do you like who you are?” answered “yes.” 99% of them agreed with the statement, “Do you love your family?” Do you know who these people are? They are people of every race, every economic status, every education level, every age, from all around the world who...

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Jesus Came to Save the Fearful

Have you ever heard of your amygdala? It’s a part of your brain that God created to help you regulate fear. Fear is a survival mechanism, something God designed so that when our lives are threatened with something that could hurt us, we respond. When we are afraid, the amygdala activates a cascade of reactions that get us ready for the fight of our lives or gets us ready to escape as quickly as possible….to save our lives. That reaction, driven by adrenaline, a powerful hormone...

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Not Afraid of Your Past

You might know that water is very important for the human body. Over half the human body is made up of water, and the average person needs to drink about 3 quarts of water each day to keep our body and the many parts within it operating at peak efficiency. Because there are over 7 billion people in the world, you might find it encouraging to know that almost ¾ of the earth’s surface is covered by water. You might be discouraged, however, to discover that only 3% of the...

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Jesus Came to Save the Hurting

There’s nothing more certain in life than the truth that you will suffer. You will hurt. For some of you it’s merely at certain times. For some of you it’s often. For some of you it’s almost constant. If you are a human living on planet Earth, it will be impossible for you to escape the deadly “d’s”:  disaster, disease, deep disappointment, death. All those things either hurt or make us hurt. And even if you aren’t hurting right now, a time...

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