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September 2016

Lasting Comfort for a Crummy Life

Can you imagine being this guy?  Digging through the trash, hoping to land some cold French fries?  One of our members is involved in tackling homelessness in Appleton.  As part of her job, she had to take on the part for a few days.  Scrounging around for food.  Finding the handouts.  No toothbrush.  No shower.  But after a few days, she could go home.   We probably can’t imagine our lives being that crummy.  Or can we? ...

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More Than A Billboard

Sermon on September 18, 2016 by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer based on John 3:16.  When you leave church today, drive east on either highway 96 or highway 15. Drive east toward Appleton until you reach I-41 near the Fox River Mall. Take the 41 south bound ramp and just start driving toward Oshkosh. What do you see on the billboards on the side of the interstate? Can you picture it? An ad for a Dentist’s office. Home Depot. Wisconsin Dells. McDonald’s. Harley Davidson. John...

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Not Lost, But Loved

Have you ever heard of the “Lost” chapter of the Bible?  No, there wasn’t some recent archeological find of a missing chapter.  The “lost” chapter is the nickname of what we’re going to look at today - Luke 15.  At least, we’re going to look at two-thirds of it.  Luke 15 the Lost Chapter because it contains back-to-back-to-back parables about something being lost:  the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son.  It is a...

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God Gives Joy: In Work - In Rest

Sermon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI by Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer, based on Ecclesiastes 5:18-20.   The very first labor day parade was held in New York City, in the year 1882, 12 whole years before Labor Day was recognized as a National Holiday. It was the height of the Industrial Revolution, yet it was also one of the darkest chapters of American labor history. The average American worked 12-18 hours a day, seven days a week just to earn a very basic living....

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