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December 2015

A Brother Like No Other

Having just celebrated Christmas, it’s pretty safe to say that people around the globe have at least a little idea that this holiday is about the birth of Jesus Christ. Besides the Bible record of Jesus’ birth, miracles, death and resurrection, there are secular, historical writings that refer to Jesus as a historical figure, a real person that lived.  We believe that Jesus lived because God tells us in his Word; that’s all we need.  But it’s interesting that...

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He Rules the World With Truth and Grace

Merry Christmas!  I love preaching on Christmas!  You’ve got the natural Christmas adrenaline which is augmented by the choir and the orchestra and the decorations. And who couldn’t love telling the amazing story of Christmas with the angels and the shepherds and the baby in the manger.  And then you’ve got you guys sitting in the pews.  Smiles on your faces.  We feed off that energy.  Typically, the Christmas Day crowd is a little bit more, how...

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Welcome To Our World

A WELCOME PROMISE You probably don’t know Lauren Cleary.  Lauren appeared on a game show called “The Moment of Truth.”   The premise of the show is simple.  Surrounded by your family and friends on stage, you are hooked up to a lie detector and asked a series of questions.  If you tell the truth, you move onto the next round.  If you lie according to the lie detector, you are finished and you walk away with nothing. Lauren had breezed...

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Jesus Is Your Only Hope

Based on Micah 5:2-5a What do the following movies have in common?  “A Christmas Carol” “It’s A Wonderful Life”  “Elf” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”? Besides the fact that you’ve seen them at least five times, they’re stories about hopelessness, where the main character is suffering in misery or gloom and somehow they are brought out of that hopelessness to see how...

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The Path to Peace

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Amen.” (Philippians 4:4) Rejoice.  Again, rejoice.  I wonder why Paul had to tell us twice. In a recent international study, not surprisingly, the United States far outstrips the rest of the world economically.  Our GDP is $7 trillion higher than the next closest.  Our average after tax income is about $15,000 more than the median of the 34 nations studied.  In terms of wealth, we...

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Call Me Crazy

Christians are crazy. Did you know that? I found this on the internet last week: Christianity: The belief that some cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree. Makes perfect sense. That’s a ridiculous caricature of what Christians...

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You Are Prepared

A sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI; based on Luke 3:1-6.  In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— 2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the...

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God's Favor is Enough

Sermon from the 1st Midweek Advent Service, by Vicar Julius Buelow at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI.  Based on selected verses in Luke.  Sometimes I’ve heard people dreading their upcoming family reunion. “Oh no, Uncle Magnus is gonna be there. He’s going to try selling me his home-made alien protection hats again. He just makes the rest of us uncomfortable.” Can you relate? Today we’re starting our advent series called “Family...

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