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December 2016

This Is Our God: Prince of Peace

You made it. Go ahead. Take a deep breath.( ) You made it! All the gifts are bought and wrapped, many opened. You have arrived at your destination if you had to travel. Welcome to Greenville. The kids are wearing their Christmas outfits. The cookies and desserts are made, some already devoured. The tree and the lights have been up for weeks. The Christmas cards have been sent. You have officially made it to Christmas. Congratulations! At times you had your doubts, I’m sure, but you did...

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THIS Is Our God

Welcome to Immanuel and a blessed Christmas to you! On no other day does the name of our congregation take on more meaning – Immanuel, God with us.  Our service tonight starts with the beloved Christmas song, “What Child Is This?”  The beauty of that familiar tune can sometimes overshadow the depth of that question, “What child is this?”  Likewise, our familiarity with the Christmas story from childhood may cause us to not consider the depth of that...

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You Can Be Certain!

Sermon by Pastor Phil Koelpin based on Matthew 11:1-6.  INTRODUCTION:  In 1926 a rather weird auction took place in Washington D.C. 150,000 patented inventions were up for bids. There was a "bed-bug buster". There was an "illuminated cat" that was designed to scare away mice. Another strange invention was designed to prevent snoring. It was a type of horn of that connected from your mouth to your ear. Its purpose was to awaken the snorer and not the neighbors....

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Root for the Root

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI, on December 11, 2016; based on Isaiah 11:1-10.   In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. Coming off of the political season, we’ve seen plenty of rallies.  I can understand why people rally around a person who shares their political ideals. ...

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A Greater Mountain

Based on Isaiah 2:1-5 When I was a senior in college, a couple of buddies and I drove out to my uncle’s in Colorado Springs. We made the 13-hour trip one way, yes, because I love my aunt and uncle, but more so because we wanted the challenge and thrill of hiking the famous Pikes Peak. It’s over 14,000 feet above sea level, and there’s no mountain taller east of it in the United States. Zebulon Pike, the American Explorer who the mountain is named after, didn’t even...

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