What matters most

10Nov

 

What matters most

 

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Paul wants us to recognize the positive features of mission. Missionaries need to be upright in conduct - holy, righteous and blameless. They had acted in a caring way toward the new church and were encouraging, comforting and urging Thessalonians to do good works. All this was directed toward one end, that the members of this new church might live lives worthy of the Lord, worthy of the one who bids them to share in the splendor of God's kingdom.

 

 

Scripture reading by Deb Huyck

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded November 5, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Halloween

1Nov

Halloween

Romans 14:1-9

 

It’s that time of year again : Trick or Treat and all that entails.

At the nursing home we got into a bit of a debate … A myriad of questions surround Halloween. Should we participate? Accommodate? Or vigorously denounce Halloween?

So how should we respond to this holiday? Is it sinful and evil or just fun and games? Is it a problem or a potential opportunity?


Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 29, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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Forgiveness is the oil to relationships

25Oct

Forgiveness is the oil to relationships

Luke 7:36-50

 

Everyone has two needs one to be forgiven and one to forgive others. We have been called to do both. Listen to this message for biblical truth on how to forgive others and how Jesus continues to forgive us. 

 

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Director of Family Ministries

Recorded October 22, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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How Much

24Oct

How Much

John 6:1-21

 

In the story of the feeding of the five thousand and of Jesus' walking on water, John describes signs which serve to reveal the true nature of Jesus' messiahship, namely, his function of feeding us with the bread of life and carrying us safe to a distant shore.

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Huyck

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 15, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Trust

4Oct

Trust

Exodus 17:1-7

Sometimes it feels like no matter how much faith we have, no matter how many promises we have heard, and no matter how many signs God has provided, still, most of us from time to time wonder if God has abandoned us. In other words, we have difficulty trusting.

We aren’t the first ones in history to feel this way. For example, in today’s Scripture lesson from Exodus, the Israelites seem to be having a little trouble trusting too. We all know the story. After spending many years as slaves in Egypt, the Lord sent Moses to help them break free from their captivity. Moses challenged Pharaoh and got him to let God’s people go. So Moses led them out of slavery and across the Red Sea. He then led them across the desert, about two hundred and fifty miles, until they reached the point in the story for today: a place called Rephidim, about twenty-five miles from Mt. Sinai.

 

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 1, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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Here’s the Secret

7Sep

Here’s the Secret

Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus and his disciples have entered the district of Caesarea Philippi, some twenty miles north of the Sea of Galilee. He asks the disciples who people say he is. Most people see Jesus as some sort of prophet, but Jesus wants to know who the disciples think he is. Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus then announces that Peter is blessed for this answer and that upon this rock Jesus will build the new Israel, bestowing on Peter and his fellow believers the authority to bind and loose.

 

Scripture reading by Pastor Keith Aurand

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded September 3, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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We Belong to Jesus

7Sep

We Belong to Jesus

Philippians 1:27-2:4

After Paul details his personal circumstances as a prisoner in chapter one, verses 12-26, he moves on in his letter to encourage his readers. In the passage before us Paul exhorts the Philippians to steadfastness, unity and humility. First, he calls on his readers to "stand firm" together for the gospel, striving against all opponents in verse 28, through suffering in verse 29, and conflict in verse 30. He then goes on to encourage his readers to engage in a determined oneness of intent in chapter two, verses 1 & 2. Finally, he encourages his readers to take on humility in verses 3 & 4.

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Slater

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 27, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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To Live is to Die

22Aug

To Live is to Die

Philippians 1:12-26

 

Paul begins his letter to the Philippians with a thanksgiving and prayer for the church in verses 3-11. He then touches on his personal situation in verses 12-26. The passage before us reminds us to let Christ be exalted, whether in our day-to-day living, or in the day of our dying.

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Huyck

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 20, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Size Doesn’t Matter

14Aug

Size Doesn’t Matter

Philippians 1:1-11

As is typical of Paul's letters, following the greeting he gives thanks and prays for the welfare of his readers. His thanksgiving is by no means an oblique prayer on behalf of his readers, rather it is made directly to God for the wonderful work he is performing in the Philippian congregation. Paul probably has in mind the financial contribution the congregation is making to his missionary work. Paul then prays for the perfection of his readers; he prays for their spiritual insight so that they might reap the full harvest of righteousness - the fruits of God's redeeming love.

 

Scripture reading by Chuck Garrigues

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 6, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Know Who You Are

27Jul

Know Who You Are

2nd Corinthians 5: 11-21

Knowing who you are can be a hard thing to figure out. But God has given us a book (the bible) to read and discover who we are not only in Christ but in this world.

 

Scripture reading by Grace Sheedy

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Director of Family Ministries

Recorded July 23, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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