Jesus is Enough

8May

Jesus is Enough

John 10:1-10

Following the healing of the blind man and the confrontation with the authorities that developed after the healing, chapter 9, Jesus describes a pastoral scene to the gathered crowd. Jesus notes that sheep follow their shepherd. The shepherd enters the sheepfold by the gate, the sheep recognize him and they follow him. A stranger, on the other hand, someone like a thief or a robber, climbs over the fence and the sheep, who don't recognize his voice, run away from him. Jesus goes on to develop two images found in the illustration and ascribes them both to himself. First, Jesus is "the gate for the sheep” in verses 7-10, and second, he is "the good shepherd” in verses 11-18. When Jesus brings us to the Father he calls himself a Door, when he takes care of us, a Shepherd.

 

Scripture reading by Kent Walters

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded May 7, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Jesus Really Did Live

27Apr

 

Luke 24:13-35

Jesus Really Did Live (Easter Sunday)

 

In this passage Luke explains how we can know the risen Lord. The two disciples, on the road to Emmaus, view the cross as messiah's defeat. As they journeyed they were joined by a stranger who explained the scriptures to them. The climax of the story occurs when they reach Emmaus and join together for a meal. It is then that they recognize Jesus and marvel at how excited they were when he opened the scriptures to them.

 

 

Scripture reading by Linda Rann

 

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

 

Recorded April 16, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Salt & Light

22Feb

Salt & Light

Matthew 5:13-20

People are forming faith communities and worshiping in different places and spaces and redefining what it means to be Christian and Methodist in an increasingly diverse and rapidly changing culture. The present is unstable, and the future seems uncertain.

How are we, the disciples of Jesus Christ today, to be in this situation? How are we to live? How are we to practice our faith? How are we to share it with others?

Jesus says we are to be salt, intensifying the flavor of the world around us. Jesus says we are to be light, shining God’s grace into the despair and fear many people feel. Our goodness is to be so obvious, so in evidence, that, through our presence, the very presence of God’s love and grace is felt in those around us

 

Scripture reading by: Kent Walters

 

Sermon by Lay Leader, Rick Bradstreet

Recorded February 05, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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The Desert

1Feb

The Desert

Hebrews 3:1-14

 

The scripture from Hebrews relates the power of Christ and reliance on God in light of Moses and the Israelites wanderings through the desert en route to the promised land. None of that generation lived to enter the promised land except Caleb and Joshua, who trusted in God to deliver to them the promised land of milk and honey.

In this personal message, we may all find ourselves wandering in a spiritual "desert" at some point in our lives. Our spirits are parched, worship seems hollow, prayers empty and unfulfilling, as if God has abandoned us. But unlike the Israelites, it is not a time for complaining and turning away from God. Instead, it can be a time of deep reflection and examination of our lives. A time spent redoubled in prayer and scripture, despite the emptiness, because in the end we know God is in control, loves us, and can be trusted to lead us out of the "desert" as He did for Caleb and Joshua."

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Huyck

Sermon by Lay Leader, Rick Bradstreet

Recorded Janurary 29, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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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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