Sermon Reflection | June 4, 2017

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The Scripture lessons for June 4 were Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21; and John 7:37-39. Pastor Rub based his message upon the Gospel lesson.

John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Pastor Rub talked about ways the Spirit is like living water both for us and in us. Water is used for cleansing, for quenching thirst, for sustaining and nurturing life. So is the Spirit with us. The Spirit both flows into us and seeks to flow through us into the lives of others. The Spirit cleanse us through Jesus sacrifice of blood. The Spirit satisfies our spiritual hunger and thirst (St Augustine has said “Our souls are restless, until they find their rest in God”). The Spirit sustains and nurtures our lives, gifting us and enabling us to bear fruit. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | June 4, 2017”

Sermon Reflection | June 4, 2017

Sermon Reflection | May 28, 2017

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The Scripture lessons for May 28 were Acts 1:12-26; 1 Peter 4:12-19, 5:6-11 and John 17:1-11. Pastor Krause began his message by asking us: if God ran for president, did we believed that He would be elected? Pastor Krause then using the Epistle lesson indicated that he did not believe God/Jesus would be elected. Politicians tend to tell people what they, the people, want to hear. Jesus told people what they needed to hear.

Peter writes in chapter four of his first epistle: Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | May 28, 2017”

Sermon Reflection | May 28, 2017

Sermon Reflection | May 21, 2017

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The Scripture lessons for May 21 were Acts 17:16-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:15-21. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on the Epistle interspersed thoughts from the reading in Acts and the Gospel lesson. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on how we ought always to be prepared, and how we can always be prepared to share the hope that is within us.

In 1 Timothy 2:3-4 Paul writes:

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.


In Luke 19:10 Jesus tells us:

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

In Romans 10:14-17 Paul writes:

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”… Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

The hope Peter is talking about in the Epistle lesson is not mere wishful thinking. It is a sure hope. Because of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead we are assured that our hope is not in vain. We are now merely awaiting its fruition. While we wait we are not to wait idlily. We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to wait missionally. That is we have been commissioned and sent to share our hope – God’s promise.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

John 17:18 [Father] As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

Let us not grieve the Spirit by resisting His efforts to work through us.

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;

As we share our hope, we can confirm the certainty of it by sharing what God has done and is doing in our lives.

Mark 5:19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

1 John 1:1-2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

And as we our demeanor ought always be done with gentleness and respect

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

My thoughts, what about yours?

(All passages are taken from the NIV unless otherwise noted)


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Sermon Reflection | May 21, 2017

Sermon Reflection | May 7, 2017

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The Scripture lessons for May 7 were Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 2:19-25 and John 10:1-10. Pastor Rub focused his message on the Gospel reading in the story of the Good Shepherd. 

Pastor Rub started by contrasting a story of a shepherd who was not familiar with the sheep and one who was known by the sheep. The sheep ignored the shepherd they did not know, but readily and positively responded to the shepherd they did know. The implication is that the more, the better we know Jesus, the more we will trust Him, and the more inclined we will be to follow Him – being obedient to His will and His ways. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | May 7, 2017”

Sermon Reflection | May 7, 2017

Sermon Reflection | April 30, 2017

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The Scripture lessons for April 30 were Acts 2:14, 36-41; 1 Peter 1:17-25 and Luke 24:13-35. Pastor Krause focused his message on the readings from Acts and the Epistle.  

Pastor Krause started with Acts talking about how the people were anxious to hear what Peter had to say. They were anxious to hear because all the strange things, miraculous things, that were happening (e.g. everyone hearing the Apostles in their own language). Peter, however, as he speaks to the masses, cuts them to the quick. He accuses them of crucifying the Lord, the Christ, the Savior. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | April 30, 2017”

Sermon Reflection | April 30, 2017

Sermon Reflection | April 23, 2017

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The Scripture lessons for April 23 were Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9 and John 20:19-31. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on the lesson from Acts around the theme of an “Unstoppable Jesus. “

Pastor Roskowic talked about how Gamaliel served as a voice of wisdom and of reason. Members of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council, were wanting to put a stop to the Apostles’ message of a crucified and RISEN Christ in the person of Jesus. Gamaliel cautioned the Sanhedrin against doing so, stating that if Jesus and the Apostles’ message regarding Jesus were of God nothing would be able to stop it. What is more, if Jesus and the Apostles’ message were of God, the Sanhedrin in opposing Jesus would find themselves actually fighting God – not a very smart thing to do. Gamaliel also pointed out that if Jesus and the Apostles’ message were not of God, the whole issue would die on its own, so there was no need to get so worked up. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | April 23, 2017”

Sermon Reflection | April 23, 2017

Sermon Reflection | April 16, 2017

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He is risen. He is risen indeed!

The Scripture lessons for April 16 were Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, and Matthew 28:1-10. Pastor Krause focused his message on the Gospel lesson. He began his message having us imagine what Jesus’ disciples, particularly the women, were thinking and feeling as they watched the crucifixion take place…as they saw Jesus’ body taken from the cross and laid in the tomb…as they went early on Sunday morning to care for Jesus’ body showing their respect…as Jesus greets them as they return from the empty tomb. Undoubtedly, they experienced a wide variety of thoughts and emotions, not only as the weekend progressed, but also at each stage of the weekend. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | April 16, 2017”

Sermon Reflection | April 16, 2017