This is ... Most Certainly True!
The Church honors governing authorities.
Wisdom from God helps us to see the relationship between the Church and the government and the respect we owe to all who govern.
O Lord, our God, govern the nations on earth and direct the affairs of this world so that your Church may worship you in peace and joy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
God gives us government as a gift and as his servant. Even when we can’t see it so clearly, God is working his plans and purposes for us and for all people through government. Church and state have different tools, different roles, and different goals. We would do well to keep these differences in mind. When we expect the government to accomplish what the Church has been called to do or vice versa, we will be left disappointed. Whether we have a government that is good, fair and equitable to us or not, we can rejoice that God is in control. Christ is King of both kingdoms and nothing can take from him his throne in either realm. Join us for a discussion on chapters 3-4 or Civil Government.
The Church is composed of those who believe the Gospel.
The Church is not made up of the good and the great, but only of those who
put their faith in Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
Almighty God, you invite us to trust in you for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of your judgment but by the greatness of your mercy; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Don't be afraid - both of the book of Revelation, but also because of its core message. Through terrifying sights and terrific sounds, incredible imagery and poetry in song, Revelation is a masterpiece of apocalyptic literature in which Jesus triumphantly shouts - "Hang in there, I've got this!" We discuss some helpful ways to outline and interpret this special book of Scripture that its purpose might not be lost on us and we be left in despair because of the threats of the world around us. Ultimately, we are not abandoned, but hear the reassuring promise of our Lord, "Yes, I am coming soon."
"10 for 10"
Today we begin a three-week stewardship emphasis to lead us toward giving ten percent of our income for ten weeks. The word stewardship is often regarded as a dirty word—a gimmick to get people to dig deeper and “give ’til it hurts.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Instead, stewardship is a precious word that sums up the Christian life. It encourages us to be who we truly are in Christ: Precious people who have been richly blessed by a Father who knows how to give good gifts to his children!
Sermon on Haggai 1:1-11 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.
O Lord, giver of life and source of all love, we know that all we have received comes from your gracious hand. Help us to always use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously. Send your Holy Spirit to work through us, that many more might come to know the saving riches of your Son. May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of your Son in our hearts, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Keep Christ Jesus as Life’s Highest Priority. The Christian life is all about setting priorities. Faith asks: what is most important in my walk with God? Faith answers: To make God and his message the highest priority of life.
Sermon on Luke 14:25-35, preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.
O merciful Lord, you did not spare your only Son but delivered him up for us all. Grant us courage and strength to take up the cross and follow him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
At the right place and the right time, God used a cupbearer to King Artaxerxes to lead a remnant of his people back into his grace. We get to relive this wonderful history and breathtaking book where persecution is met with perseverance and tired, weak arms find their strength in the Lord and his faithfulness. Nehemiah may be the name of the book, but the ultimate goal of this story shows a different main Character and praises the Lord of full and free grace to sinners. With such a Savior, we delight to see the storied examples of joyful worship, selfless service and undying courage in the pages of this book. The Lord encourage us all to imitate their fruits of faith as blesses the work of our hands and fuels us with his faithful love.
Seek the way of humility. Arrogance is a cancer that eats away at our relationship with God and our friends and neighbors. Faith grasps the danger of arrogance and strives to live in humility.
Sermon on James 2:1-13, preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor James Huebner.
O Lord of grace and mercy, teach us by your Holy Spirit to follow the example of your Son in true humility, that we may withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds avoid ungodly pride; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Door to Heaven Is Narrow. Who will enter the gate that leads to eternal life with God? Jesus’ followers believe that only faith in their Savior will enable them to enter heaven. They also understand that many will be surprised and horrified at the end of time.
Sermon on Luke 13:22-30 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Strong.
Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
...Grace Bible Study Days! What a thrill! These congregational growth nights of August mark a special time of year for our faith family. Listen in for a recap of the sessions offered, and to hear about some of the great blessings that come from an evening together in the Word in such a format. If you didn't make it this year, see you next August!
History-lovers, look no further: it's time to read the book of Daniel. God certainly equipped his people with foresight through the specific prophecies given to Daniel. The point is clear - hard days are ahead, but the Lord's eternal kingdom endures and an eternal inheritance is ours through his Anointed One. After some chit-chat, we're ready to soak in the bold comfort of God's presence in our world for his purpose of saving us all. We'll cover some context and the outline for this great book with the goal of growing in our Savior's love and the peace he alone gives in the midst of spiritual danger and turmoil.
Start Music: "The B-I-B-L-E," performed by Elsie B. (age 3) and Kevin B. (age 3+).
End Music: "Jesus Loves Me"
Sermon on Hebrews 12:1-13 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor Brian Hackmann.
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift of grace that we come into your presence and offer true and faithful service. Grant that our worship on earth may always be pleasing to you, and in the life to come give us the fulfillment of what you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Sermon on Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 preached at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church by Pastor James Huebner.
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.