The Scripture lessons for August 28, 2016 were Proverbs 25:2-10; Hebrews 13:1-17 and Luke 14:1-14. The theme for the day was “In Humility Consider Others Better Than Yourself.” Pastor Rube focused his message primarily upon the Gospel lesson.
Pastor Rube talked about how the Pharisees typically had an agenda in their relationship with Jesus. Pastor Rube believes that when Jesus went to eat at the home of the Pharisee in Luke 14 the Pharisee’s agenda was to trap Jesus into incriminating Himself. Pastor Rube stated that often we have an agenda in our relationship with Jesus as well, an agenda which frequently revolves around using Jesus in some way. As Pastor Rube spoke I was reminded of John 6:5-15 where after Jesus fed the 5000, the people wanted to make Him King, essentially, their Bread King. I then began to think of my own relationship with Jesus and how often or how much more intensely do I pursue it when I want something from Him, rather than for us to simply enjoy each other’s company and spend time together. Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – August 28, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for August 21, 2016 were Isaiah 66:18-24; Hebrews 12:4-29; and Luke 13:22-30. Pastor Krause entitled his message “God Is in Control.”
Drawing from all three Scripture lessons, the focus of Pastor Krause’s message basically was about our eternal destination. He started his message sharing different views different people have about what happens when one dies and about “life after death.” Pastor Krause then proceeded to share that really there are only two options or choices: “Heaven = an eternal life in God’s presence” more wonderful than anything we can imagine or “Hell = an eternal existence apart from God” more horrible than anything we can imagine. Those who in believe in God’s redemptive work in Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection receive “a new heaven and a new earth” (Is. 66:22-23). Those rejecting God’s grace end up with a horrific experience of unquenchable fire and eternal torture (Is. 66:24). Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – August 21, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for August 14, 2016 were Jeremiah 23:16-29; Hebrews 11:17-12:3; and Luke 12:49-56. Pastor Roskowic entitled his message “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus.”
The focus of Pastor Roskowic’s message was Hebrews 12:1-2 from which he also got the title for his sermon. These two verses have been favorites of mine for a long time. In fact, if you have ever received an email from me you probably noticed under my signature at the close of the email the phrase “Fix your eyes on Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:2). Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – August 14, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for August 7, 2016 were Genesis 15:1-6; Hebrews 11:1-16; and Luke 12:22-34. Pastor Krause entitled his message “Trust God, There Is No Need to Worry.”
Pastor Krause began his message with the Old Testament lesson. As he opened his message Pastor Krause mentioned how Abraham is generally cited by Christians and often cited in Scripture as a great example of faith and rightly so. Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – August 7, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for July 31, 2016 were Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Colossians 3:1-11; and Luke 12:13-21. Pastor Woita focused his message on the Gospel lesson for the day. In his message I found Pastor Woita questioning me and challenging me to examine my relationship to or with my possessions. Questions I heard Pastor Woita ask me either explicitly or implicitly were:
- What gives me my identity?
- What or who is going to determine the values in and for my life?
Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – July 31, 2016”