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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I Wonder

24Jul

I Wonder

Mattthew 13:1-9/18-23

Jesus used many stories, or parables, when speaking to the crowds. These stories compare something familiar to something unfamiliar, helping us understand spiritual truth by using everyday objects and relationships. Jesus’ parables compel listeners to discover truth, while at the same time concealing the truth from those too lazy or too stubborn to see it. To those who are honestly searching, the truth becomes clear. We must be careful not to read too much into parables, forcing them to say what they don’t mean. Each parable has a central meaning unless otherwise specified by Jesus. Let’s now listen to the parable of the 4 soils.

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded July16 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Prescription for Exhaustion

17Jul

Prescription for Exhaustion

2nd SAMUEL 7:1-14

 

Scripture reading by Pat Merhing

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Director of Family Ministries

Recorded July 9, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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We Are Free

11Jul

We Are Free

ROMANS 6:12-23

In our passage today Paul explains that a person can be subject to only one of two masters; we are either beholden to sin, promoting an ever-increasing burden unto death, or we can listen to God, promoting an abundance of right-living unto life eternal.

 

Scripture reading by Ceiline Kashishian

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded July 2, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Warning Tough Decisions Ahead

2Jun

Warning Tough Decisions Ahead

 

Proverbs 3:1-12

 

How to keep God in your decision making when the world is all around us.

 

 

Scripture reading by Pastor Keith Aurand

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Dir of Family Ministries

Recorded May 28, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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