170625 Romans 4:25

Sermon Text: Romans 4:25

Theme: Not Guilty!

Last week, Pastor Larry Schlomer started our "Summer in Rome" sermon series by reminding us that you and I enjoy a right relationship with the one true God. It is not because of anything that you or I have done. It is only because of our Savior-God's grace to us. Today, as we continue our "Summer in Rome", our tour through the Apostle Paul's inspired letter to the Christian in Rome takes us right into God's court room. At this time, I would like us to focus on one verse from Romans chapter 4. It is in verse 25 that we read this Good News:

He (Jesus) was handed over to death because of our trespasses and was raised to life because of our justification.

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170618 Romans 3:21-28

Guest Speaker: Pastor Larry Schlomer

Romans 3:21-28
The Right Kind of Righteous

Summer is here. School is out. Thunderstorms are booming. Temperatures are climbing. Vacation days are being planned. This week we officially move from Spring to summer and I trust your plans are coming together to spend some good time being refreshed and renewed. I hope it is not too late, but I would like to make sure you add a very important trip to those plans. This is big. Pastors Pagels and Schmidt have offered to be your tour guides and have been busy making all the arrangements to help you spend a Summer in Rome. One of the many perks of this trip is that you won't have to spend 12 hours on a plane, worry about passports or figure out how you could afford to come along. It is going to happen right here. Our summer sermon series is going to dive into a study of Paul's letter to the Romans. Whatever your plans are for relaxing and vacationing this summer, these Sunday mornings can't be missed. Everyone is invited to spend a Summer in Rome.

Read more: 170618 Romans 3:21-28

170611 Genesis 1:1-2:3

Text: Genesis1:1-2:3
Theme: The Origins Of Intelligent Design

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, dear friends:

ID. Put those two letters together and they mean different things to different people. If you have a pen pal in Boise, you probably recognize ID as the postal abbreviation for Idaho. If you are looking to buy a bottle of wine at the grocery store, the checkout person might ask for some ID. In that case, ID stands for identification.

In recent years the letters "ID" have become associated with something else, a movement in the scientific community known as intelligent design. At the risk of oversimplification intelligent design is the assertion that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection (a theory that is consistent with evolution and widely accepted by the scientific establishment).

The beginnings of the modern Intelligent Design movement can be traced back to the 1980s, but the term itself is actually much older. It can be found in an 1847 issue of Scientific American, and ironically it appeared in a letter written by Charles Darwin in 1861.

We aren't here today to debate the claims made by the proponents of intelligent design. We don't need to argue about how and when the movement began...because we already know. It began in the beginning, the beginning of the Bible, the beginning of history, the beginning of the world. Only God was present at creation, and in the opening verses of Genesis he tells us everything we need to know about...


I. The design of the Creator
II. The design of his creation

Read more: 170611 Genesis 1:1-2:3

170604 Psalm 51:10-13

Sermon Text: Psalm 51:10-13
Sermon Theme: Pentecost: A Day to Remember The Often Forgotten Member of the Trinity

For almost two months, you and I gathered for our weekly worship services during the Easter Season of the church year. During this time, we remembered how in great love for you and me God the Father sent his one and only Son to be your Savior and mine. We celebrated the great victory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, as he rose on Easter Sunday defeating sin, death and the devil. As you and I celebrated the Easter Season, how often did you think about the third member of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit? Today, our worship service gives you and me the opportunity to focus specifically on the quite work of the Holy Spirit. Today, you and I celebrate PENTECOST: A DAY TO REMEMBER THE OFTEN FORGOTTEN MEMBER OF THE TRINITY. Listen now as I read for you from the Psalm appointed for this day. As I read this section of God's Word, note what David has to say about God the Holy Spirit. We read from Psalm 51, verses 10 – 13:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

Read more: 170604 Psalm 51:10-13

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