151004 Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon Text: Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon Theme: Freely You Have Received, Freely Give Your Time

At the end of Matthew chapter 9, the Lord of the Church says to his disciples, ""The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Then, at the beginning of Matthew chapter 10, we read how, in answer to that prayer for workers, Jesus sent out his own 12 disciples into the harvest fields. In addition to healing the sick and raising the dead, the disciples were to share the Word of God with those people they came into contact with. The Savior told the disciples, "Freely you have received, freely give." The disciples had enjoyed the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear him proclaim the wonderful Good News that he is the promised Savior. Now they were to go out and use their time and talents to share that message with others. This October, we are going to use our weekly worship opportunities to review what our God says in his Word to you and me about the stewardship of, that is the management of or the use of all the gifts that he freely gives to you and me. We are using as a general theme for these services the very words Jesus spoke to his disciples: "Freely you have received, freely give." Today, the encouragement from God's Word for you and me is: FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE YOUR TIME.

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150927 Jeremiah 11:18-20

Text: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Theme: Commit Your Cause To The Lord

407. That's the number of days remaining until the 2016 presidential election, but you wouldn't know it by watching the news. Just last week there was another debate with sixteen Republican candidates in the race (if you are from Wisconsin you probably know that number is now fifteen). Maybe you are interested in politics. Maybe you are still deciding who you want to be our next president. Or maybe you are like a good number of Republicans and Democrats whose minds are already made up.

Ultimately the presidential race will come down to a small percentage of people in the middle, a group that has the ability to swing the vote either way. The candidates will campaign non-stop to win over these undecided voters, to get these people to commit to their cause.

Under the present political system voters are given a number of candidates and parties to choose from, but when it comes to spiritual things there are really only two choices. Jesus said: "He who is not with me is against me" (Luke 11:23). Either you serve the Lord or your serve the devil. There is no middle ground. There are no other options.

No political analyst would have ever labeled Jeremiah as a spiritual undecided. His allegiance didn't change. His loyalties never wavered. Throughout his life, throughout his ministry, Jeremiah served the Lord. Jeremiah was a model of faithfulness for the people he served, and he continues to serve as a role model for believers today.

This morning God himself speaks to us through the inspired pen of Jeremiah. This morning God also encourages us through the example of Jeremiah. And as we work through these verses, it is my prayer that, like Jeremiah, the Holy Spirit will lead you to...

Commit Your Cause to the Lord

I. Devote yourself to the Lord's work
II. Put your life in the Lord's hands

Read more: 150927 Jeremiah 11:18-20

150920 Mark 8:27-35

Text: Mark 8:27-38

Theme: Who is Jesus Christ?

Picture this scene: you are talking with a friend, who wonders why you go to Church week after week. You answer, "To learn more about Jesus Christ." Then your friend asks you, "Who is Jesus Christ?" How would you answer your friend? Have you ever had to explain who Jesus is to someone who has absolutely no knowledge of him at all? Where would you start? God's Word before us this weekend gives you and me help in answering the question, "Who is Jesus Christ?"

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150913 Isaiah 35:4

Text: Isaiah 35:4

Theme: Trust the Lord Who Does Everything Well!

I want to begin this morning by telling you a story about a father and his son. But before I do, let me assure you that I am NOT the father, and NONE of my boys is the son who is mentioned in this story. The story goes like this: A father took his young son out and stood him on the railing of the back deck. He then went down, stood on the lawn, and encouraged his son to jump into his arms. "I'll catch you," the father said confidently. After a lot of coaxing, the little boy finally made the jump. When he did, the father stepped back and let the child fall to the ground. He then picked his son up, dusted him off, and dried his tears. "Let that be a lesson," he said sternly. "Don't ever trust anyone." Today you and I give thanks that our Lord in heaven is NOT like the father in this story. Yes, because we live in world ruined by sin, there are times when bad things do happen to us. From time to time, you and I fall off the railing of the back deck and we get hurt. But, the good news that we heard read a moment ago in our Gospel Lesson is that we have a Lord who "has done everything well." Today, God's Word calls out to you and me, and says, "Trust him!" Trust the Lord who does everything well! Listen now as I read one verse from the Old Testament reading for this weekend's worship. It is taken from chapter 35 of Isaiah's prophecy. From God's Word we read this in verse 4 of the chapter:

Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."

Read more: 150913 Isaiah 35:4

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