Sermons

The Daylight Saving Time That Makes All the Difference in the World!

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: John 3:14-21
Service: Lent 4

 

  

How many of you really enjoyed getting up an extra hour earlier today because of daylight saving time? I think it’s safe to say that many people don’t mind daylight saving time, in general, but I think it’s even more safe to say that many, many people don’t like the day they go to daylight saving time, because it kind of messes up their world for a day or two. One doctor I heard on a radio show this weekend basically gave the very astute diagnosis that on the day that daylight starts, many people are … grumpy.



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Are You a Good Sleeper?

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: Mark 4:27-42
Service: Midweek Lent 2

 

  

This may be a dangerous question to ask at the beginning of a sermon, especially one that comes as the day is drawing to close, but Are You a Good Sleeper? Unfortunately, that can also be a difficult or sensitive question for any of you who might not be good sleepers, because having difficulty sleeping is something that many people have to deal with and sometimes need to get help for in a variety of ways. If that is the case for you, I pray that God will help you find a way to get the kind of sleep that you need.



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Get Behind Me

Speaker: Pastor Jason Free
Text: Mark 8:31-38
Service: Lent 2

 

  

Can we stand there with Peter? Can we hear what he hears and see what he sees? There’s Jesus, a man you respect. A man whom you’ve seen do some, some, well, impossible things – miracles! He’s your leader, your hero even. You’d offer your life for him, and, little do you know, one day you will say that to him only to deny him instead. So then to stand there and hear Jesus speak in this way to say things like “I must suffer and be rejected” and I must be killed” it is just too much. Never. Never. This will not happen. You pull him aside, you tell him, the Son of God, that this kind of talk must end. “No one is going to harm you Jesus! Stop with this nonsense!” “Get behind me”



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May Angels Guard Over...

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: Mark 1:12-15
Service: Lent 1

 

  

When I was a little boy my parents taught me a bedtime prayer that still means very much to me today: Dear Father in heaven, Look down from above, Bless daddy and mommy and those whom I love. May angels guard over my slumbers and when The morning is breaking, Awake me. Amen. It was always a very comforting thought to know that there were angels guarding me and keeping me safe through the night, so that I could wake up and enjoy the new day. But the thought of angels watching over and serving my Lord Jesus is not one that has been on my mind all that much. Jesus is in control of the angels. They do his bidding to help his children. How could it ever be possible that Jesus would be in a situation like the one we hear of our lesson for today, when the apostle Mark tells us in verse 13, “(Jesus) was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” Today as we observe the first Sunday in the season of Lent, on the day when we are rejoicing in Christ Jesus being the conquering Lord who overcame Satan’s temptations, let’s also see how the heavenly Father used for his Son the same thing he uses for us and our comfort – the watchful service of the angels of heaven. My thoughts today are based on the simple prayer of my childhood, “May Angels Guard Over…”



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Where Did He Go?

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: 2 Kings 2:1-12
Service: Transfiguration

 

You may not know the name Gabriel Nagy, but Gabriel Nagy is a man from Australia whom I assume you would find fascinating talking to about the twenty-five years of his life between 1987 when he disappeared and 2012 when he was found again. It’s just that it likely would be difficult for him to tell you much about his life because something in his life caused him to develop amnesia. He forgot who he was or where he was from, and he started wandering aimlessly around the continent of Australia until he finally came into contact with a pastor and a church, where over the course of time he was able to remember his name. You could imagine what a shock it was to his family and friends twenty-five years later to hear that this man -- whom they long thought was dead -- was alive! Obvious questions like where did he go and where has he been were questions that weren’t obvious for him to answer, at least at first. All he could do was move on into the future after he was found and try to figure out the past before he was lost.



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Remember God

Speaker: Pastor Philip Casmer
Text: Job 7:1-7
Service: Epiphany 5

 

  

This morning, our worship theme is definitely part of our Epiphany plan, but it makes a slight shift you may have noticed. We’ve been getting to know the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Each week, something about him. He calls sinners to service, He’s God’s light to the whole world, He cries out that we repent and believe, next week We glimpse the fullness of his glory before his suffering. But this week, His glory is hidden in suffering. Except that it isn’t Jesus’ suffering we see...it’s our own. You might argue that this week is then really about getting to know ourselves. But that’s a perfect and plausible place to be considering who God’s Son is - because it’s in our own sufferings that we’re tempted to misunderstand God’s glory and where it can be found.



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Why Jesus?

Speaker: Pastor Jason Free
Text: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Service: Epiphany 4

 

  

I’d like you to meet Jesus. Have you ever introduced someone to Jesus? I ask that question not to shame you if you haven’t, but to give you pause. If you have introduced someone to Jesus, how did you do it? If you have never tried to do so, what’s holding you back? But maybe the better question isn’t whether or not you’ve ever introduced someone to Jesus, the bigger question is why Jesus? What makes him someone worth introducing to a friend, a neighbor, a stranger? Why Jesus?



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The Lord Works True Repentance

Speaker: Pastor Philip Casmer
Text: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Service: Epiphany 3

 

  

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Do you ever wonder about that scene along the shore in the gospel? The boys are working with dad - family business - fishing, fixing nets, trolling the lake. Jesus strolls by with a job offer. He calls them to a new job and they go! Minimal position description: “You seem to like fishing… Follow me and I can translate that skill set to catching people.” And they go. You would think there would be a number of concerns, wouldn’t you? “What’s your benefits package like, Jesus?” “My wife works full-time, Lord, so I’m going to need to know a little more specifically what your schedule expectations are?” “Do you think I’d be able to remote in?” But no, he calls, they follow - leave dad and the nets behind and they just go. What a wonder!



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I Miss Him

Speaker: Pastor Jason Free
Text: 1 Samuel 1:3-10
Service: Epiphany 2

 

  

In the 1930s, a man by the name of Charles Templeton became an evangelist reaching out to people with the Word in Canada. He was a close friend of the famed evangelist Billy Graham. Yet, unlike Billy Graham, Charles walked away from what he once believed. No longer did he see Christ as the Savior even writing a book in 1995 titled Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith.



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This Is No Gossip Game!

Speaker: Pastor David P. Kolander
Text: Isaiah 49:1-10
Service: Epiphany 1

 

  

If you received a game for Christmas, have you tried playing it yet? If you have, was it true for you as it was for me with one of my family’s Christmas gift games that it takes far longer to read the directions to figure out how to play the game than it actually does to just go ahead and learn the game by playing the game? If you are like me, you may agree that some games, even though they may be very fun and enjoyable, have directions which are just far too complicated to understand.



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