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January 2017

Chosen to Be a Dwelling for God

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI; based on Ephesians 2:19-22. Xenophobia.  Ever hear that term?  It was bantered about during the recent political campaigns, making speeches and headlines.  I’m sure many of you are smarter than me, but I didn’t know what that word meant.  It means, “Fear of foreigners, or fear of strangers.”  While this past fall was the first time I heard that word, the concept...

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Chosen by Grace

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church (WELS) in Greenville, WI based on Ephesians 2:8-9.     What’s the most powerful word in the English language?  I sent out that question to each household email we have in the system.  (Thanks to the 200 replies that came within a 2-hour window.  You made me feel super popular with my phone blowing up.)  Even if you didn’t get the chance to participate in the online survey, how would you...

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Chosen From All Eternity

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI, on January 15, 2017; based on Ephesians 1:3-6.   As advertised, our sermon series is based on the book of Ephesians, an amazing letter that showcases, especially in the first three chapters, God’s amazing grace.  Besides “Amazing Grace” being a common theme for commentaries and sermon series on this book, another common theme is, “In Christ.”  Paul peppers his letter...

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Epiphany's Protagonist

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer based on Matthew 2:1-12 Allow me to take you back to your high school Literature class. I apologize if even the thought of it brings on anxiety or causes nightmares tonight. During your literature class, you learned that every short story, novel, drama has a protagonist. The protagonist is the center of the story. The character who makes the narrative go. He’s making the tough decisions. He’s the glue between the the other characters....

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