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

Pastor Titus Buelow

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

Pastor Titus Buelow

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

Pastor Titus Buelow

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

Pastor Titus Buelow

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

Pastor Titus Buelow

1 Kings 17:2-16 God Gives in Extraordinary Ways

The Lord provides! Think of Elijah and how the Lord miraculously provided for him. Think of yourself and think of others! The Lord gives us the opportunity to serve Him by encouraging others.

Thanksgiving Eve - November 21, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Daniel 12 The War to End All Wars

Daniel is famous for many things, yet one of the most wondrous experiences in his life is often overlooked. Listen and meditate on what the Lord revealed to Daniel.

Saints Triumphant Sunday - November 18, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Malachai 4 When Righteousness Dawns

What will happen when the Lord returns. Looking through Scripture we see a lot of scary descriptions... but for those who trust in God it is a completely different story.

Last Judgement Sunday - November 11, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Psalm 46 Fortress Living

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who can always be found in times of trouble. What do these words from words from God mean to you?

Exodus 4:1-17 God’s Power Is Made Perfect in Weakness

Do you feel that you have had enough, are simply exhausted, and just want someone else to carry the load for a while? If you do, you feel like Moses did right before God sent him to deliver the Israelites from slavery. However, even though Moses felt like he couldn’t do what the Lord was asking, God used his weakness to display his power. God does the same through you. When you are weak, he shows his power all the more in and through you. God’s power is made perfect in weakness.

23rd Sunday after Pentecost - October 28, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Mark 10:17-27 How Much Would You Bet on Jesus?

A young, successful man wanted to know how much he had to give to get into heaven. Jesus responded, “everything.” This man was very invested in the world so the answer he received was too much for him. As we look at God's response we too may feel the cost is impossibly high, but God knows this and immediately gives hope. Even though we are incapable of giving everything without fail to God, Jesus has on our behalf.

So the new question Jesus forces us to consider is this, “Will you continue to bet on yourself OR will you wager everything on me?”

22nd Sunday after Pentecost - October 21, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Mark 10:2-16 Jesus Stands For Marriage and Children

The closest we can get to a mirror of the love of God for us is the mirror of the love that he wants us to have for one another in the family. The goal of family members is to reflect the love of God for us in self giving love for one another in the family. How tragic that in our society such a mirror is clouded indeed! There is much to repent of and much to strive toward. Let us turn to the one who not only gives us a pattern of perfect self-giving love, but also has filled and empowered us with it.

Pastor Titus Buelow

20th Sunday after Pentecost - October 7, 2018

Philippians 1:12-18 Perceiving the Advance of the Gospel

Paul was in chains, locked away in prison. It looked like a great preacher of Christ was benched... but even in that the gospel was being proclaimed. It is hard to see and even harder to fathom the advance of the Gospel. Listen and consider how even now YOU can share the Good News.

19th Sunday after Pentecost - September 30, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Mark 8:27–35 How to Save a Life

Believing in God is not always convenient. Sometimes that belief will cause us to go through more pain than we otherwise would. However, we continue to believe and follow our Lord because what we believe in is so life-changing. We endure our own cross because we know that on a cross the Son of God saved us from our sin, our death, and an eternity without hope. That is worth our undying devotion.

18th Sunday after Pentecost - September 23, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Mark 9:30-37 True Greatness

What is your definition of greatness? What would make you feel like you were great? Fame and success? This is a very human question that people have been asking for ages. The disciples talked about greatness, but Jesus reminded them what true greatness is!

17th Sunday after Pentecost - September 16, 2018

Pastor Julius Buelow of St. Paul Saginaw, MI