Serve

25Apr

Serve

Acts 9:36-43

Before the book of Acts begins to focus on the ministry of Paul, Luke outlines Peter's ministry among the Jews of Judea, and in particular, his part in the gospel's move toward the Gentiles in the conversion of Cornelius in chapter 10. Our passage today records two significant healings by Peter, both authenticating his gospel ministry, and by implication, authenticating the baptism of Cornelius.

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded April 17, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Different Kinds of Love

12Apr

DifferentKinds of Love

John21:1-19

Chapter21 tells how Jesus prepares Peter to be the leader of the church.Perhaps Peter needed special encouragement after his denial—he mayhave felt completely worthless. Verses 1-14 set the scene for Jesus’conversation with Peter. Only John (“the disciple Jesus loved”)recognized Jesus in the dim morning light, undoubtedly because Jesushad performed a similar miracle earlier in the fifth chapter of Luke

Thelast supper with Jesus turns out not to be their last meal. Now theyget to have their first breakfast with their risen Savior and friend.It’s a new day in God’s Kingdom!

Scripturereading by Zach Buchmann

Sermonby Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded April 10, 2016

NewBerlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Looking For Him

4Apr

Looking for Him

John 20:19-31

All the gospels, other than Mark, recount Jesus' resurrection appearances. John's resurrection stories are particular to his gospel, but still fit with the accounts of the other gospel writers. John, in the passage before us, records two resurrection appearances, both in a locked room: The first with ten disciples, Judas and Thomas not being present; The second, a week later, with Thomas present.

Thomas believed by seeing; blessed are those who believe without seeing. Jesus may be pronouncing a special blessing on those who do better than Thomas, but probably not. Nor is he rebuking Thomas. All who follow will have to believe without seeing, and blessed are they when they do.

Scripture reading by Pat Mehring

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded April 3, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Easter Happens

4Apr

Easter Happens


John 20:1-18

In chapter 20 of John's gospel, the story of the resurrection is covered in the account of : the empty tomb in verses 1-10, the appearances to Mary in verses11-18, the ten disciples in the upper room in verses 19-23, and "doubting” Thomas in verses 24-29. The story of the empty tomb is reported by all the evangelists, although John's account is quite different to the three synoptic gospels. Yet, although the telling of the story is different, the details remain the same.

Scripture reading by Chuck Garrigues

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded March 27, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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