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February 2016

Not "Who Am I" But "Who Is God?"

Sermon by Pastor David Scharf at Immanuel Lutheran Church on February 28, 2016; based on Exodus Exodus 3:1-8a, 10-15.   “Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come.  Amen.” (Revelation 1:4b) On December 14, 2012, 26 people were shot and killed at Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT.  A 27 year old teacher, Victoria Soto, hid her students in a closet to protect them from crazed gunman Adam Lanza.  When Lanza entered her classroom, she...

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God Thinks You Are Worth the Risk!

Sermon by Vicar Julius Buelow at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI; based on Luke 13:31-35.   “Surely God’s goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Amen.” (Psalm 23:6) Do you remember the first time you were rejected? Katie Thorson was her name. I was in third grade and so was she, and she was to be the love of my life. So I came up with a foolproof plan to woo her. I ordered the...

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Contrast: Watch and Sleep

Midweek Lenten sermon based on Luke 22:39-46 by Pastor Joel Heckendorf.    “I’ll keep you in my prayers... Can you pray for me?” Prayer chains, prayer books, prayer models, prayer requests.  As Christians, the word “Pray” or “Prayer” fills our conversations but not always our calendars.  Why is that?  Why do we often fall asleep at the prayer wheel?  Yes, there are those things for which we need to repent. ...

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All That Is Buried Will Be Found... Praise the Lord!

Sermon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI by Pastor David Scharf, based on Joshua 7:16-26.  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  Amen.” (Ephesians 1:3) He thought he had gotten away with it.  He had done the deed and disposed of the body under the floor boards in the living room.  Not a trace of evidence remained.  The main...

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Contrast: Proud and Penitent

Sermon based on Luke 18:9-14 by Vicar Julius Buelow. Don’t you hate it when people think they’re better than everyone else? You know the guy, the one who shakes his head at the size of your carry-on as he goes through his priority check-in with his optimally sized business briefcase and sits down in first-class. Or the person setting her organic fruits a safe distance behind your regular old bananas on the conveyor belt when you’re in line at the grocery store—and...

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Come and Worship: The God Who Provides for Ministry

Of all the biblical scenes that I wish I could have witnessed, the mount of transfiguration would have been one of them.  The changing face of Jesus.  The lightning-bright clothes.  The conversation with Moses and Elijah.  The cloud.  The voice, “This is my Son.”  Thank you, choir, for giving us a glimpse of that glory today to help me understand why Peter exclaimed, “It’s good to be here!”  And to help me understand why today,...

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Plant Your Tears... Harvest Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Amen.” (Philippians 4:4) Have you ever heard of the “Law of the Farm?”  Seeing as the other two pastors grew up on a farm and I grew up in the city, it’s a bit ironic that I’m the one who is talking about this.  But this is one even a city boy can understand.  The law of the farm is simply this: You reap what you sow.  If you want potatoes, don’t plant tomatoes...

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