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

Mark 7:31-37 God’s Sign-Language

Unbelief mocks and says that if God did all things well and was the source of all good because he is good, then he shouldn’t allow misery and need in the first place. But especially in need and suffering God does all things well; that truth is the center of the Christian’s quiet confidence. It is the reason for our hope based on the promises of God and earned for us by the work of Christ and its eternal consequence for us.

16th Sunday after Pentecost - September 9, 2018

Pastor Titus Buelow

Ephesians 6:10-20 Prepared for War

For the past seven weeks, we have been walking through the book of Ephesians together. Paul has been teaching and training us to live in the grace we have been given through Jesus Christ. He closes his book by preparing us for the warfare ahead. We are not only up against a world that is full of sin and our own nature which is corrupt, but we also face spiritual forces of evil working behind the scenes to destroy us. To stand firm against all of these enemies we need to put on the full armor which God gives us. Fortified by our Lord, his Word, and his mighty power, we press onward into the fray confident of the victory ahead.

15th Sunday after Pentecost - September 2, 2018
Ephesians Sermon Series: We are the Church #8
Pastor Titus Buelow

Ephesians 5:21–31 Committed to Real Love

How do we really love? 
It begins with the word submit. I know this is a word that our culture doesn't like very much. It is probably a word you don't like very much. However, in that word is the key to really loving one another. Submit means that we place someone else's will, well-being, and welfare over our own. We serve. We give. We sacrifice. Love is about the other... and not about you. 
This is not the "love" WE often see or do.
This IS the love we have been shown and given by our Savior.
This IS the love he calls us to learn from him and empowers us to do.

 

14th Sunday after Pentecost - August 27 2018
Ephesians Sermon Series: We are the Church #7
Pastor Titus Buelow

Ephesians 5:15–20 Guided by a Higher Purpose

How do you live your life?  Wisely or not?  That seems like a silly question. Who is going to say unwise?  Last week our reading gave us a heart check for honesty.  Do we truly confess and react to our sins or do we just say we do?  This week’s reading takes this a step further.  How do we live our life… for this world or God?  The world around us lives for the moment and pressures us to do the same.  Listen to Paul’s words.  Live for God, serve His will.  This world, these moments won’t last, but through the mercy and love of God we will experience something that will last forever. 

13th Sunday after Pentecost - August 19, 2018
Ephesians Sermon Series: We are the Church #6
Pastor Titus Buelow

Ephesians 4:30-5:2 Godlike in Attitude

Do you have everything under control?  You are thinking this answer in your mind so be honest. 

No, you don’t… good!  You are being honest with yourself.  This text reminds us to be honest with ourselves and with God.  You know yourself and God knows you better… yet still he calls us his own!  We are his dearly loved children, forgiven through Christ!  Listen and be honest with yourself, it only magnifies the grace of our God.

12th Sunday after Pentecost - August 12 2018
Ephesians Sermon Series: We are the Church #5
Pastor Titus Buelow