120930 Psalm 31

Sermon Text: Psalm 31 (verses taken from CW)

Sermon Theme: Surely It Is God Who Saves Me!

 "You are a real life saver!" Maybe you said this to someone who helped you out after your computer at home crashed and you thought you had lost everything. With just a few clicks of a mouse, within a matter of minutes, they found what you thought was lost forever. There are people who have jobs that require them to be real "life-savers". For example, maybe we think of a lifeguard, who will jump into a pool to save someone who is drowning. Maybe we think of a firefighter, who will run into a burning building to rescue a child who is trapped by the flames. Today, you and I give all thanks and praise to our Savior-God, who is your lifesaver and mine. It is Jesus Christ who pulled us out when we were drowning in the deep waters of our sins. It is Jesus Christ who rescued you and me from the eternal flames of hell. Because of the forgiveness of sins that Jesus Christ won for you, you are able to say today, "Surely it is God who saves me!"

Read more: 120930 Psalm 31

120916 James 1:17-18

Sermon Text: James 1:17 – 18

Sermon Theme: "Every Good and Perfect Gift is from Above"

I'm sure that all of us enjoy receiving gifts. We look forward to our birthday, or Christmas, because we knew that at those times we will most likely receive some gifts. For some people, giving gifts is just as enjoyable as receiving gifts. This morning, based on God's Word before us, we have an opportunity to talk about some very precious gifts. These are the good and perfect gifts that have been given to you and me and are ours to enjoy. Listen now as I read from James chapter one, verses 17 and 18. If you would like to follow along as I read, you may follow on the screen or turn to the second page of the bulletin:

1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Read more: 120916 James 1:17-18

120909 Psalm 119:97-103

Sermon Text: Psalm 119:97 – 103

Sermon Theme: "Spend Time in the Word of Your Savior-God!"

97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. 100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

We know that each day is made up of 24 hours. How do you make use of the 24 hours you are given each day? Maybe you put in a long day at work. Maybe you spend most of your time each day watching your children. Maybe you spend the majority of your time in a classroom. A recent study found that on average, we as Americans spend almost 3 hours a day watching television or movies. This study also concluded that on average most Americans spend about an 1 ½ hours a day driving a car. This compares to just 20 minuets a day spent on sports or other forms of exercise. This got me thinking. How much time do you and your family spend reading God's Word together? One survey that I read not too long ago concluded that most families in our country spend less than 10 minutes a day reading and studying God's Word together. Today, as our Sunday Bible School and our Adult Bible Study classes resume, we hear the encouragement from our loving Lord to SPEND TIME IN THE WORD OF YOUR SAVIOR-GOD.

Read more: 120909 Psalm 119:97-103

120902 Joshua 24:14-18

Text: Joshua 24:14 - 18
Theme: We will Serve the LORD!

1. By Remembering the LORD'S Faithfulness
2. By Remaining Faithful to the LORD
14 "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
16 Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!
17 It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.
18 And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God."

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This is a question some people have a difficult time answering. But for us who believe the Bible when it tells us that the Almighty Lord created all things during the six days of creation, including all the animals on the earth, then we answer that the chicken came first and then the egg. Which comes first: our serving the Lord or his serving us? Again, we who know the Bible as the true Word of God know that we aren't able to talk about our service to the Lord until we first talk about what a loving and merciful God did for us. In response to Jesus living and dying in our place, in response to the gift of the forgiveness of all of our sins, we offer our Savior the thanks and praise he alone deserves as we live for him. It is in response to the great love of Jesus that we will serve the Lord. We will serve our Lord by remembering the LORD's faithfulness to us; and, by remaining faithful to the LORD.

Read more: 120902 Joshua 24:14-18

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