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July 2017

This I Believe: Concerning Faith and Works

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI (WELS), based on Romans 3:21-25a.  Justification through faith, the Biblical teaching that says God has declared sinners not guilty and this is received through faith, has been called the doctrine on which the Christian Church either stands or falls. What is meant by that? Get this teaching right and everything else will fall into place. But get it wrong or move it from the center, and the Church will...

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This I Believe: Concerning the Church and Its Work

Sermon based on Ephesians 4:4-6 Just like I’m sure happens in your businesses, our inboxes fill up with tons of “how-to-do” ads.  Got stewardship?  Seven free downloads of graphic stock. How to engage Millennials.  Trending Worship Tracks.  Cyberbullying.  When I wrote this paragraph on Tuesday afternoon, I counted 15 emails in my inbox that more or less were suggesting, “Ways to Fix Your Church.”  And it got me thinking, what...

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This I Believe: Concerning Jesus and His Work

Sermon by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer, based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. As we continue our Summer sermon series “Credo: This I Believe” based on the Augsburg Confession, we turn our attention to two articles specifically highlighting what the Bible says concerning Jesus and his work. As done in our reading from 2nd Corinthians, Jesus’ work can really be summed up with just one word: reconciliation. “Reconcili-what?” You say. You’re right, reconciliation...

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This I Believe: About Sin, Repentance, Confession, & Absolution

Sermon by Pastor John Qualmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Greenville, WI (WELS) based on Psalm 32:1-5.         “Credo: This I Believe.”  Do you know what you believe and why you believe it?  Or are there things we say or do in our worship that you don’t quite understand. When I was growing up I remember hearing the words of Psalm 32:5 (words I just read);  it was part of the liturgy that was regularly used.  And the...

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This I Believe: Concerning Civil Affairs

   The other day I received this picture.   I’m not sure if you can read it.  It says, “Closed for 4th of July Independent Day.”  It caught the patron’s eye, noting the business #almost got it right, as we will be celebrating Independence Day and not Independent Day.  Non-grammarians out there may not think it’s a big deal.  But what is a big deal is how often we mix up our view of independence.   Think about...

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