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November 2016

This Is Your God: Wonderful Counselor

Sermon based on Isaiah 9:6  You’ve heard of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Did you know that only one of the seven still remains to this day? It’s the Great Pyramid of Giza. If you wonder why this is considered a wonder, consider this:   It was built over 4,500 years ago, it contains about 2.3 million stone blocks, at 480 feet tall – that’s about 7 times as tall as the top of our church – it was the tallest man-made structure on the...

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Overwhelming Generosity and Faithfulness

INTRODUCTION: Have you ever noticed that there are different kinds of waiting? There’s the man who is staring at the clock wishing he could speed it up, and there’s the man wishing he could make time stand still. There’s the child standing in the doorway, glove in hand, waiting for dad to take him to the ballgame, and there’s dad sitting in his office trying frantically to finish his work so he can keep his promise to his son. There are different kinds of...

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Overwhelming Gratitude

Sermon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI based on Luke 17: 11-19, by Pastor Phil Koelpin.  With Thanksgiving Day less than a week away let me say that it is not normal for sinful people to say, “Thanks!” Over and over again we see evidence that it is just not normal for sinful people to say “Thanks!” The easiest way to illustrate that is to ask the parents and grandparents here a couple of simple questions. When your children or grandchildren were...

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Be Glad and Rejoice!

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville, WI (WELS), based on Isaiah 65:17-25.  July 7, 1984 was momentous.  It was my first family vacation that was going to last longer than two days.  We piled into the 1979 green Olds Delta 88 and headed west.  After two days of driving, from the middle of the backseat – you know, the spot with the hump on the floor where the smallest legs always had to go – I saw them - the Rocky...

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The Peace of Christ: In God We Trust

Our sermon reading this morning is taken from the apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Timothy had accompanied Paul on missionary journeys. He had learned how to be a pastor and missionary from the greatest missionary this world has ever seen. But now, Timothy is on his own. He is the pastor in Ephesus. Paul writes both to encourage and instruct this young pastor. Yet, Paul’s words to Timothy aren’t only applicable to a young pastor. They’re an excellent source...

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