Fighting Temptations: refusing to change

The Word of God shows us our true nature. People don't like hearing that and may reject you or not accept what you say... even though it those aren't your words. Look at Jeremiah. He truthfully proclaimed the Lord's message and the people wanted to kill the messenger. Take heart, these are God's Words. The Bible shows us our sins, but it also shows us our God. The one who loves you and paid the price for your salvation. Listen to God's Word and accept it as it is, the Word of God.

The Second Sunday of Lent -- March 17, 2019

Pastor Titus Buelow

Jeremiah 26:8-15

Fighting Temptations: wanting only what you want

Did the punishment fit the crime? That is what you may wonder after reading the account of Achan. Achan's crime may seem small, but his punishment is heavy. Achan's story was preserved for us not as a crazy Old Testament tale, but as a reminder to us. Listen and learn from Achan, sin is serious.

The First Sunday of Lent -- March 10, 2019

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From the eyes of those who were there... Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52 EHV

First Wednesday of Lent -- March 10, 2019

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Bartimaeus, you know that famous guy from the Bible? Ok, his name might not be that well remembered but his story is legendary and his example is notable. Listen and learn from one of the blind men Jesus gave sight to.

Luke 9: Seeing the Big Picture

One day Jesus went up a mountain with some of the disciples and in blazing light, His true glory was revealed. Let us look to the glory of this mountain to find hope for the pain of the other.

Transfiguration Sunday -- March 3, 2019

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Where in the world is God... blessing you

When God tells us something that just doesn't make sense to our nature, we should probably consider it seriously. That is what we are doing with Mark 10. Here Jesus himself tells us to want things that we really don't want to happen to us. Listen and be reminded of God's perspective.

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany -- February 17, 2019

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Where in the world is God... calling you

God is calling you to be his and to tell everyone about that reality. We can share the joy of Jesus with everyone everywhere... including with our normal, day to day life right where you are. Let us listen, follow, and fish.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany -- February 10, 2019

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Mark 10:2-16 Where in the world is God... healing you

Don't reject God like the people of Nazareth did that special Sabbath where Jesus preached to them. Instead, let us admit our sickness of sin and arrogance and allow the Great Physician to heal our soul.

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany -- February 3, 2019

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Luke 4 Where in the world is God: releasing you

Sometimes you just want to believe something. Is it that miracle medicine? Maybe you want that nifty gadget to live up to its promises. God has made a lot of big promises to us. Dare to believe the unbelievable in Jesus, for he alone is not too good to be true. Jesus truly is our Messiah, Redeemer and Savior!

Third Sunday after Epiphany -- January 27, 2019

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John 2 Where in the world is God... helping you

What would you highlight at a job interview? Would you start off talking about your big accomplishments or the silent tasks you've done? John 2 tells us of the start of the ministry of Jesus. How did He start it? With commanding nature? Raising the dead? Offering the forgiveness of sins? No, Jesus chose to start all of His miraculous works by quietly changing water into wine. Think about this and what it tells us about God!

Second Sunday after Epiphany -- January 20, 2019

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Luke 1:39-55 A Blessed Life

She was young and about to be married. She must have had plans for her future. She must have thought she knew what was coming, yet everything changed. God changed her life in a marvelous way. It must have been tough at times, yet God gave her a blessed life.

Nehemiah 8:9-18 Finding the Joy of the Lord

9Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites, who helped the people understand, said to all the people, “Today is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or cry!” because all the people were crying as they heard the words of the Law. 10Nehemiah said to them, “Go, eat rich food and drink sweet drinks and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, because today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11Then the Levites silenced all the people, saying, “Hush! Today is holy. Do not grieve.”

12All the people went to eat and drink and to send portions to others and to celebrate with great joy, because they understood the words that had been made known to them.

13Now on the second day, the heads of the families of all the people, the priests, and the Levites were gathered around Ezra the scribe to study the words of the Law. 14They found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses, that the Israelites should dwell in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month, 15and that they should proclaim this and make this announcement in all their cities and in Jerusalem: “Go out to the mountains and bring branches from olive trees, wild olive trees, myrtle bushes, date palms, and leafy trees to make shelters, as it is written.”

16So the people went out and brought branches and made shelters for themselves. Each man made a shelter on his roof. They also made shelters in their courtyards, in the courtyards of the house of God, in the square by the Water Gate, and in the square by the Ephraim Gate. 17The entire congregation that had returned from the captivity made shelters and stayed in the shelters. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated in this way, because there was very great joy. 18Ezra also read from the Book of the Law of God every day, from the first day to the last day of the festival. They celebrated a festival for seven days, and on the eighth day they held an assembly according to the ordinance.

Advent 3 -- December 16, 2018

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Malachi 3:1-4 Prepared to be at Peace

How do you prepare for Christmas? In the Advent season we prepare for the Lord's coming, but for all of our preparation God has done more. God prepared the way for his son to be born into our world. God has prepared your hearts to receive him. God is preparing your heavenly home as we speak and is ready for your arrival when the time is right.

Advent 2 -- December 9, 2018

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a song for those who walk in darkness: Silent Night

Silent Night was first sung 200 years ago and it has remained a beautiful song for those who walk in darkness. Through its words we remember that in that very ordinary and simple silent night, something holy was born. On that night, light streamed into a dark world and the light would never stop shining. This light is the hope of the world.

Advent Midweek Service -- December 5, 2018

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Luke 21:25–36 The Bloom of Hope

Jesus once told the disciples about the end. He told them of the great destruction and terror there would be... and then his tone changed. Amidst the serious talk of disasters and fear, Jesus used an illustration of hopefulness, of summer. Consider this encouraging reading.

Advent 1 -- December 2, 2018

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John 18:33-37 A King Not of This World

Have you ever been somewhere where you feel like you don't belong? In a group where you just didn't fit in? We often think of Jesus as a King, but take these words to heart. His Kingdom is not of this world. You may feel like you don't fit in, but Jesus truly didn't fit in... but He chose to come. He chose to be the odd one out for a purpose.

Christ the King Sunday -- November 25, 2018

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