120826 Psalm 1:1-6

Text: Psalm 1:1 – 6
Theme: Where Are You Walking?

1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

In one of his better known poems entitled "The Road Not Taken" the American poet, Robert Frost, wrote this:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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120819 Psalm 34:1-10

Text: Psalm 34:1 – 10
Theme: Give Thanks That Through the LORD You Lack No Good Thing!

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
2 My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

 

Have you ever had one of those days? One of those days where nothing seems to go right for you? Your car breaks down on the highway...the air conditioning quits running...your boss yells at you...you have a fight with your spouse...your boyfriend or girlfriend tells you that don't want to see you anymore...and you find yourself asking, "What else can go wrong today?" There are times when life is difficult. We know all too well that our lives are not perfect. Bad things do happen to us. And when bad things do happen we may be tempted to complain, "God, where are you? Why are you letting all this happen to me?" But just stop for a moment and think what your life would be like if your God did leave you completely alone. He wouldn't offer you any help in your time of need. He would simply leave you to fight off the devil all alone. What would the end result be? It would be your complete destruction, both your physical destruction, and far more tragic, your spiritual destruction. In the Psalm that is before us today, the Holy Spirit guides the pen of King David to write a song of praise. It is a song of thanks for all that the gracious and loving LORD does for his people. Today, David invites you to join your voice with his and Give Thanks That Through the LORD You Lack No Good Thing!

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120729 Mark 4:26-34

The following sermon was written by Seminarian Matthew Rothe

Sermon Text: Mark 4:26-34
Sermon Theme: God's Kingdom is Growing!
1) All by itself. (vv. 26-29)
2) From small to great. (vv.30-34)

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, dear brothers and sisters,
Jeff was in his late 50s and an early retirement was near in sight. Ever since he could remember he had been working to make his small business a success. Now, He finally had it all. Sure it took a lifetime of late nights, early mornings, and time away from loved ones, but Jeff was now seeing the fruits of his labor. He had seen his business grow from nothing but a dream to a business that was grossing in the millions every year!


If you were to ask Jeff how his business grew as it did he will gladly hop up on his soapbox and preach a sermon on what it took. He'll tell you, "If you want something done, you gotta do it yourself. You gotta work harder than everyone else around you. The devil is in the details. After all, a business is like a car, it has to be driven to get results." And you know what? Jeff might be right. To make a business grow there is a considerable amount of work involved.
But ask Jesus what it's going to take to get his Kingdom to grow and what Jesus says may come as quite the surprise. You won't hear any proud soapbox sermon. Rather, the King of Kings sits down with you and me and tells two little parables with one great lesson. GOD'S KINGDOM IS GROWING, And it's not because you're taking care of all the details or because you're working so hard at it. No, GOD'S KINGDOM IS GROWING (1) all by itself, and it's growing (2) form small to great.

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120715 John 1:14

Sermon Text: John 1:14

Sermon Theme: "Christmas Puts Your Human Reason to the Test"

When we are born into this world, our human reason is very limited. For example, if you hide a toy from a very young child, the child will forget about the toy. He or she hasn't reasoned that the toy is simply behind your back. But, as the child grows, and his or her ability to reason grows, the child will know that all you did is hide the toy behind your back. The Lord has blessed us with the ability to grown in reason and understanding. There are many people who have been blessed with a great deal of knowledge. However, it is unfortunate that many have taken human reason, and placed it above all things, including God's Word. Such people reason: "If I can't understand it, then it must not be true." That's why so many "scholars" of the Bible question teachings found in God's Word such as the creation of all things in six days, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead or the fact that one-day all people will rise from the dead. In verse 14 of John chapter 1, we find another teaching of the Bible that we will never fully understand with our limited, human reason. Listen as I read this verse of Scripture for us from the Gospel of John:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Today, as we celebrate "Christmas in July", you and I will see from the Bible that "Christmas Puts Your Human Reason to the Test". Based on this portion of God's Word, we will see that our human reason is not able to understand fully that Jesus Christ, our One and only Savior, had to be both True God and True Man.

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