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May 2016

Live as Promised Land People

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf, based on Joshua 5:13-6:5, 20.   Opening Illustration – Walking Around Sanctuary Does that seem strange to you?  Of course it does!  Imagine being an Israelite soldier.  You have little battle experience.  You’re really good at walking in circles.  You’ve been wandering in the wilderness for forty years.  But now, you’re supposed to conquer the new land, the Promised Land, Canaan.  The...

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It Just Doesn't Add Up!

You probably don’t know what Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is…unless you know someone who had or has ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. I’ve only known two people in my life who had ALS. One was a member of Immanuel, a lovely wife, mother, grandmother, a faithful Christian whose ALS left her unable to walk, then unable to speak, then unable to breath.   John had ALS and was actually chosen by his congregation to serve as an elder, a leader and model for his fellow...

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The Holy Spirit's Place in the BIG Picture

Sermon based on Acts 2:1-11 Introduction: As you sit here today, I’d like you to think a little about the difference between Pentecost and the festivals dedicated to the other two persons of the Trinity. To celebrate God the Father’s act of sending his Son to earth, we have Christmas trees, Christmas lights, Christmas vacation and Christmas worship services that are jammed pack. To celebrate the Son’s victory over death, we have Easter lilies, Easter candy, Easter egg hunts...

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Seeing the BIG Picture: Through the Eyes of Noah

Ever since Maundy Thursday on March 24, our services have been looking closely at the people in the Resurrection Mural which hangs above the couch in our entryway.  Through the eyes of Elijah, we looked at the resurrected Lord and were motivated to write on our bucket list, “Show love to others.”  Through the eyes of Abraham, we looked at the resurrected Lord and were assured that we can have faith in God’s promises.  Last week, we knelt in prayer with Esther,...

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The POWER of the Ascension

If you buy an engagement ring from Avenue Jewelers in downtown Appleton, you get a shirt that says: “I bought an engagement ring from Avenue Jewelers, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” Have you ever seen shirts like that? “My parents went to Hawaii, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” It’s basically a shirt saying that you expected something awesome, but were disappointed. “My parents went to Hawaii and they’re probably going to bring me back an...

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See the BIG Picture: Through the Eyes of Esther

Sermon by Pastor Joel Heckendorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI on May 1, 2016; based on the Book of Esther.  [This sermon was written for the youth confirmation at 10:30AM.  Slight modifications were made for the other services.] Any guesses what that is? That’s 1.2 billion Facebook profile pictures shrunk down.  Some of you are in there.  Doesn’t that make you feel special?  Do you know how long it would take you to look at all...

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