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August 2016

Developing a Culture of Brotherly Love

Sermon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI by Pastor Phil Koelpin, based on Acts 4:42-47 and 1 John 4:7-12.     Do you remember this picture? It was the promotional picture for the movie “Home Alone.” The picture is a hard one to forget. For one thing, it fits the title of the movie perfectly. But it is also memorable because it is a vivid reminder of something that all of us have felt at times and that is how scary it is to be all alone. The only...

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God Doesn't Have Favorites!

Sermon by Pastor Phil Koelpin at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI based on Acts 10:34-38.  INTRODUCTION: Did you hear it? In the words I just read to you, the Apostle Peter makes a profound statement. It is one of those statements in the Bible that makes you stop and think; and the more you think about it the more amazing it seems. The statement I’m referring to is this: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.”   God...

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Your Spiritual Battle Plan

Sermon based on Ephesians 6:10-20 by Vicar Julius Buelow.  For years Muhammad Ali had claimed he was the greatest. But on October 30th, 1974, that claim would be put to the test against George Foreman, the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. For the first five rounds, Ali didn’t seem to have what it took. For most of the fight, he was back against the ropes, absorbing punch after punch. But then, in the blink of an eye, it was over. Taking advantage of his worn-out...

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It's Time - Because God Is With You!

Around Immanuel I’m known as the intern or Vicar—or Victor to one of the teens—but for the first 24 years of my life I was just called Julius. I was named for my great-great grandpa, and I like being named after him—he was a Christian teacher and preacher in Ukraine, so the name brings some pride with it. But it also brings a warning. Because of increased danger from the Russian government, Julius’ son, Bernhard, decided to start a new life in the US. When he...

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