The Scripture lessons for July 30 were Deuteronomy 7:6-9; Romans 8:28-39; and Matthew 13:44-52. Pastor Rub focused his message on the Epistle lesson and the certainty of God’s unconditional love.
Pastor Rub began his message asking the question “What would it take to get me [us] to question God’s love?” Satan uses many things to tempt people to question God’s love. When we experience adversity in any and all its various forms (e.g. sickness, unemployment, death of a loved one, the holocaust, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, shootings at Columbine and Sandy Hook Elementary School, a tsunami, the list goes on) we can be tempted to question the unconditional love of God. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | July 30, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for July 23 were Isaiah 44:6-8; Romans 8:18-27; and Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43. Pastor Krause focused his message on the Gospel and Epistle lessons.
In the Gospel lesson Jesus tells a parable about a man who plants a wheat field. Then, while he was sleeping, an enemy comes and sows weeds among the wheat. His servants are ready to go out into the fields and try to rid the field of the weeds, but the farmer tells them to let weeds remain for now. During the harvest they can separate the wheat from the weeds. Pastor likened this to us living in our world today. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | July 23, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for July 16 were Isaiah 55:10-13; Romans 8:12-17; and Matthew 13:1-9,18-23. Pastor Roskowic focused his message on the purpose and power of God’s Word. both in the person of Jesus and in His written and spoken Word. Through the prophet Isaiah God tells us in the Old Testament lesson:
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | July 16, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for July 9 were Zechariah 9:9-12; Romans 7:15-25; and Matthew 11:25-30. Pastor Krause began his message having us reflect upon how horrible it would be to live in a Concentration Camp and how grateful we would be to be rescued. From there he moved us into the Old Testament lesson for the day. Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | July 9, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for July 2 were Jeremiah 28:5-9; Romans 7:1-13; and Matthew 10:32-42. Pastor Rub focused his message on the Gospel lesson and the high standard Jesus sets for those who would be His disciples. Pastor Rub started his message talking about how on the one hand Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and promises to give us peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (Jn 14:27).
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The Scripture lessons for June 25 were Jeremiah 20:7-13; Romans 6:12-23; and Matthew 10:21-33. Pastor Krause focused his message on the Epistle lesson and how we are no longer under the law, but are under grace. He went on to explain the implications of being “under grace.”
Romans 6:14 reads:
“For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | June 25, 2017”
The Scripture lessons for June 18 were Exodus 19:2-8; Romans 5:6-15; and Matthew 9:35-10:8. Pastor Roskowic began his message talking about how the religious leaders of Jesus’ day basically harassed and burdened, imposing upon their kinsmen man-made laws and traditions, treating them like they were commands of God. As he shared I thought of Jesus words in Mark 7:6-13: Continue reading “Sermon Reflection | June 18, 2017”