Sermon Reflections – September 25, 2016

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The Scripture lessons for September 25 were Amos 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 6:6-19 and Luke 16:19-31. The theme for the day was “Our Hope Is in God Alone.” Pastor Rube focused his message primarily upon the Gospel lesson.

Human beings, you and I, desire and seek to have a “meaningful” life and a sense of “fulfillment.” Pastor Rube began his sermon by asking “What are our hopes?” Basically he was asking “In what do we, meaning you and I, place our hopes for our sense of meaning and fulfillment?” Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – September 25, 2016”

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Sermon Reflections – September 25, 2016

Sermon Reflections – September 18, 2016

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The Scripture lessons for September 18, 2016 were Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; and Luke 16:1-15. The theme for the day was “Being a Good Manager” and the message was delivered by Pastor Krause.

Pastor Krause began his message with a focus upon the day’s Gospel lesson, the Parable of the Dishonest Servant. Pastor Krause shared that the people to whom Jesus was speaking and we as readers of the parable upon a first hearing would probably be surprised that the rich man commends his dishonest servant in the parable. Pastor Krause was quick to point, however, that the rich man does not commend the dishonest servant for his dishonesty, but for being shrewd or wise. Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – September 18, 2016”

Sermon Reflections – September 18, 2016

Sermon Reflection – September 11, 2016

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The Scripture lessons for September 11, 2016 were Ezekiel 34:11-24; 1 Timothy 1:5-17; and Luke 15:1-10. Pastor Roskowic entitled his message “Much Rejoicing: Sinners Rescued.”

After a brief moment of remembrance and reflection on September 11 15 years ago, Pastor Roskowic began his message with a focus on the Epistle lesson and God’s pursuit of Saul before Saul became Paul. As I listened to Pastor Roskowic, I began picturing Paul as Saul. Paul as Saul was a very religious man with great zeal for God. His problem was he didn’t really know God. He was a scholar and knew about God from his studies of the Torah and Jewish tradition under the tutelage of Gamaliel, but he didn’t really know God. In Acts 22 and Philippians 3 Paul describes himself as Saul with these words: Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – September 11, 2016”

Sermon Reflection – September 11, 2016

Sermon Reflections – September 4, 2016

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The Scripture lessons for September 4, 2016 were Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Philemon 1-21; and Luke 14:25-35. Pastor Krause entitled his message “Choose Life.”

Pastor Krause, picking up on the Old Testament lesson for the day, began his message sharing how God through Moses provided the Israelites and provides us today a choice along with the consequences we can expect in accord with the choice we make. Joshua, Moses successor, does the same thing in Joshua 24. Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – September 4, 2016”

Sermon Reflections – September 4, 2016