Powerful Moments

24Jan

Powerful Moments

Mathew 4:12-22

Presumably, after Jesus was baptized, he stayed in Judea and ministered there. We know little of Jesus' first year of ministry and Matthew says nothing of it. Only after the arrest of John does Jesus come to Galilee. For Matthew, the importance of this move lies in its fulfillment of prophecy and it is at this point that he decides to begin his account of Jesus' ministry.

 

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded Janurary 22, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Baptism of Christ

12Jan

Baptism of Christ

Mathew 3:13-17

 

Crowds had flocked to John the Baptist as he baptized beside the river Jordan and now Matthew recounts how Jesus joined the crowds and was himself baptized by John. This is an interesting story in that it pictures Jesus involved in an activity that seems quite unnecessary. Why would Jesus bother to be baptized?

 

Scripture reading by Joe Lukonic

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded Janurary 8, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Apologize

8Nov

Apologize

luke18:9-14

In the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus reminds his disciples of the substance of faith, a faith that saves. The church-going Pharisee relied on his own righteousness for God's approval. On the day of judgment he will be humiliated. On the other hand, the tax collector relied on God's mercy, asking God to turn aside his righteous anger. As a consequence, this sinner was justified; God now treated him as if he had never sinned. Here then is the substance of a faith that saves, it is a faith that relies on Christ's faithfulness and not our own.


Scripture reading by Amy Kessler

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 23, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Count on God

8Nov

Count on God

Luke 18:1-8

Our passage today points to a time of despair, when our faith may be denied. The parable of the Persistent Widow serves to encourage us not to despair, but rather to call on the living God for his just intervention. In the tribulation of the last days all may seem helpless, but if an unjust judge will act for a poor widow, how much more will a just God act for his people? That being said, it still is easy to doubt in times of trouble. All the more reason to hold onto Jesus - both good times and bad.

Scripture reading by Sharon Liebelt

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 16, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Giving Thanks

25Oct

Giving Thanks

Luke 17:11-19

The story of the healing of the ten lepers illustrates the one law that we must obey, namely, that we believe in Jesus. In the story we learn of an irreligious outcast who responds in faith to Jesus, a faith that saves him.

Scripture reading by Pat Mehring

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 9, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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The Grieving Process

24Oct

The Grieving Process

Lamentations 1:1-6

Lamentations reveals the innermost feelings of a child of God weighed down by God's judgement, and yet uplifted by His mercy. It is a book of doom and hope. As such, it gives an instructive insight into the inner life of those who remained faithful to Jehovah after the national collapse. There is a sense where Lamentations expresses the doom of the cross of Christ, and so links to the inner life of those believers who are overwhelmed by the consequence of human sin.

Scripture reading by Kent Walters

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 2, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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System of Grace

5Oct

System of Grace

Luke 16:1-13

Our passage consists of a teaching parable followed up by three supportive sayings. The message is simple: people who do not show faithfulness in this life cannot expect to enter the kingdom of heaven in the next.

This is our special outdoor service that we hold once a year and is part of a family picnic call Big Gig for God.

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded September 18, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Nobody

4Oct

Nobody

Luke 15:1-10

Scripture reading by Debbie Slater

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded September 11, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Its No Use

13Sep

Its No Use

Luke 14:1/7-14

 

Chapters 11-20 record Jeremiah's personal experiences and serve to reveal the doom that is about to fall upon God's covenant people. There is no real structure to this section, just a collection of prophetic observations. The episode of the Potter's House, 18:1-12, describes what Jeremiah learned while watching a potter at work.

 

Scripture reading by Ceiline Kashishian

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded September 4, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Expect Nothing : Get Everything

13Sep

Expect Nothing : Get Everything

Luke 14:1/7-14

Our passage today focuses on a dinner party and teaches that religious status-seekers will have no part in the kingdom of God. The passage is made up of a healing in verses 1-6, which is covered in the PEWS section of your bulletin, followed by two extended proverbs in verses 7-11 and 12-14. The setting is a dinner provided for a visiting preacher by the local minister. It looks very much like a setup. The sick man is placed before Jesus while the religious crew carefully watch to see if Jesus will break the law and heal on the Sabbath.

Scripture reading by Sharon Liebelt

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 28, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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