He Did It

21Mar

He Did It

Luke 19:28-40

This was Jesus’ last visit to Jerusalem. He was about 2 miles out of town so he sent 2 disciples ahead to pickup a colt from an acquaintance living nearby. Jesus then set off, riding toward Jerusalem. The disciples couldn't contain themselves. They started shouting out at the top of their voices. "Here comes our king, blessed is he in the name of the Lord." The religious officials were not happy. It broke with tradition and the Roman authorities could interpret this as insurrection. No matter. The procession had started and nothing was going to stop the truth from riding into town. Jesus himself was overwhelmed and wept. Here was this beautiful city, so special in the sight of God and soon it would be destroyed.

And this is why Jesus goes on to say in verse 44 :  They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded March 20, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Here’s the Rub

15Mar

Here’s the Rub

John 12:1-8

It was the Saturday before Palm Sunday and there was a supper in Jesus’ honor. Martha was fusing over the guests and what was to be served. After the supper Mary anointed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume, drying them with her hair. Judas, claiming to be concerned for the poor, protested at the extravagance. Judas was really more concerned about lining his own pockets. Jesus defended Mary, pointing out that she had anticipated his death with inspired devotion.

Scripture reading by Laura Beltrame
Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand
Recorded March 13, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin

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Babette’s Feast

11Mar

Babette’s Feast

Joshua5:9-12

This joyous Passover in Joshua 5 was the first to be celebrated in the Promised Land and only the third celebrated by Israel since the Exodus from Egypt. The last time was at the foot of Mount Sinai, 39years earlier. This celebration reminded Israel of God’s mighty miracles that brought them out of Egypt. There they had to eat in fear and haste; here they ate in celebration of God’s blessings and promises. 

Scripture reading by Brenda Merschdorf
Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand
Recorded March 6, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin

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Repent

3Mar

Repent

Luke 13:1-9

The message of this passage is "repent or perish". In the face of the coming kingdom, Jesus calls for repentance. We will all die, but the horrible death of the Galileans who rebelled against Roman rule, or the eighteen who were crushed by the collapse of the tower of Siloam, well illustrate the horror that faces us in the day of judgment if we fail to repent. The bottom line is this, unless we repent, we perish. The Lord may delay his judgment as he waits for the fruit of repentance, he may give the fig tree another year, but in the end, where there is no repentance there will be judgement.

Scripture reading by Lynda McDowell
Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand
Recorded 2/28/16
New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA


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