The Scripture lessons for October 23 were Genesis 4:1-15; 2 Timothy 4:6-8 & 16-18 and Luke 18:9-17. The theme for the day was “A Strange Cure.” Pastor Rub for the most part preached on the Gospel lesson, the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector.
Pastor Rub began his message going back to Adam and Eve and their fall into sin. He shared how Adam and Eve’s sin was not an issue of fruit, but an issue of who was going to make the rules. He suggested that Adam and Eve, rather than following God’s rules, decided to establish their own rules for life in the Garden. He then used the issue of “Who is going to set the rules?” to launch into the Gospel lesson and his message. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – October 23, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for October 16, 2016 were Genesis 32:22-30; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and Luke 18:1-8. The theme for the day was “Wrestling With God.” Pastor Krause began his message focusing on the Old Testament lesson and the story Jacob. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – October 16, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for October 9, 2016 were Ruth 1:1-19; 2 Timothy 2:1-13 and Luke 17:11-19. The theme for the day was “Great Is God’s Faithfulness.” Pastor Roskowic began his message focusing on the Old Testament lesson from Ruth. More specifically he focused upon the famine that was going on in Judah and he proceeded to develop his message around God’s faithfulness even in and through famine.
Pastor Roskowic expanded our thinking in regard to famine. Although it was a food famine that lead Elimelech to take his family to Moab, while in Moab Naomi experienced a different type of famine. Naomi experienced a famine of relationships as while in Moab her husband and her two sons died. Not only did Naomi experience a famine of relationship, so did her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, who lost their husbands. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – October 9, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for October 2nd were Isaiah 56:1-3 & 6-8; Romans 10:9-15 and John 20:19-23. The theme for the day was “Sent by God.” Pastor Ron Weidler was the guest preacher and he focused his message primarily upon verse 21 of the Gospel lesson.
“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
Pastor Weidler was with us to rally support for missions in general and for the Hispanic ministry of Rev. Alex Merlo and his San Pablo Missionary School in particular. As I listened to Pastor Weidler my mind tended to focus upon the implications of Pastor Weidler’s words for each of us listening, namely that we are ALL missionaries. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – October 2, 2016”