The More Excellent Way 1st Corinthians 13
The 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians is often used at weddings. Paul might be surprised at that! He wrote this letter to the congregation in Corinth to show them the more excellent way to live is by love.
The Greatest is Love!
In 1 Corinthians 13:13, Paul writes ….faith, hope and love..and the greatest of these is love. Then he moves into (what we’ve labeled 14:1) a challenge to pursue love. How do we do that? Watch the sermon on youtube
In 1 Corinthians 13:8-12, Paul emphasizes what congregations need now will not be necessary in the future. Watch the sermon on youtube.
Love bears, believes, hopes and endures!
In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul boiled down love into four essential characteristics that love does. Watch the sermon on youtube.
Is That Love?
In 1 Cor. 13:4-6 Paul gives a list of what love is…but mostly he gives the Corinthian congregation a list of what love is not! Watch the sermon on youtube.
What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Aug. 9, 2020
Paul begins 1 Cor. 13:1-3 with a number of “if’s.” What’s love got to do with anything? Everything! Everything-love=nothing. Watch the sermon on youtube.
The More Excellent Way….
Aug. 2, 2020
1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is the often called the love chapter. In this chapter Paul explores the way to live the more excellent way…the way of agape love or God’s divine love as revealed in Jesus Christ. Watch the sermon on youtube.
The Book of Job
Over the next 6 weeks, our sermon series will focus on the Book of Job as he experiences despair and yet, never loses hope.
The End of the Story….
July 26, 2020
Job is changed by God’s answer. Job’s faith moves from his head to his heart as he prays for his “frenemies.” God restores Job’s community, wealth and family. Watch the service here.
Listen Up Job! part 2
July 19, 2020
God has more to say to Job. God’s answer has nothing to do with Job’s big question why. So what is God’s answer? Watch the service here.
Listen Up Job!
July 12, 2020
God answers Job by showing him creation, creativity and control are all in God’s hands. Watch the service here..
July 5, 2020
Job continues to hope to be remembered, to know his redeemer and to experience a resurrection. Based on Job Chapters. 14-19. Watch the service here.
Lamenting with Job
June 28, 2020
Job is on a roller coaster of grief and lament. Today we lament the state of our world. But we see a glimmer of hope in Job 7:21! Based on Job Chapters 3, 4 and 7. Watch the service here.
Into the Pit
June 21, 2020
The series begins with an introduction in Chapters 1 and 2. In those 2 chapters we discover different ways to respond to suffering. Job’s response is the righteous right way. Watch the service here.
“I AM” Statements of Jesus
“I AM the bread of life”
June 7, 2020
In John 6:35, Jesus states he is the bread of life. He explains to the people in the synagogue how they will receive eternal life if they believe in him, come to him and eat his flesh and drink his blood. Spoiler alert, we don’t take this literally! Watch the service here.
“I Am the Resurrection and the Life”
May 31, 2020
In John 11:26, Jesus states that he is the resurrection. In this message, we come to a more complete understanding of resurrection, recovery and new life available and promised to us in Christ. Due to technical issues, no there is no recording.
“I Am the Vine”
May 24, 2020
In John 15:15, Jesus says he is the vine, the true vine. Declaring he is God, Jesus invites us to remain in him as only Jesus the source of everything we need. Watch the service here
“I AM the way, the truth and the life”
May 17, 2020
In John 14:1-12, Jesus says he is the way, the truth and the life. Declaring he is God, Jesus, the fulfillment of all God’s promises, provides the way into the Father. Watch the service here.
“I AM the good shepherd”
May 10, 2020
In John 10:11-18, Jesus calls himself the good shepherd. Declaring he is God, Jesus defines the perfect shepherd to lead the Lord’s flock (that’s us!) Watch the service here
“I AM the gate”
May 3, 2020
In John 10:1-11, Jesus calls himself a gate or a door. If we are the sheep of his flock, what does this mean for us? Watch the service here.
The Day of Resurrection, part 2!
April 26, 2020.
Jesus mets Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus. This was the road of broken dreams. But Jesus came along side them. He broke bread with them and their eyes were opened. Scriptures are Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19 and Luke 24: 13-35. Watch the service here.
The Day of Resurrection!
April 19, 2020
The disciples were behind locked doors out of fear but Jesus brought them peace. Scriptures are Psalm 16 and John 20:19-31. Watch the service here.
We began The Story back in the fall of 2019. We finished our congregation wide reading on Easter! The Story continues through the book of Acts, Paul’s journeys and beyond. Now, we continue God’s Story!
Christ is Risen!
April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday
Hope and Praise
April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday
Watch worship service on youtube.
Psalm 42 and 43
Jesus, the Son of God
March 29, 2020
Online worship continues in the church sanctuary. Watch now on youtube
Psalm 130 and John 11.
March 22, 2020
First online only worship service held this morning in the church sanctuary. Psalm 23 and Matthew 6:25-34.
March 15, 2020
We’ve arrived at chapter 22 and 23 in the book The Story! John the Baptist!
Psalm 25:1-10, John 1, Mark 1, Matthew 11:1-15
March 8, 2020
Our guest Pastor Dan Koehler preached on Psalm 121, Genesis 12:1-4, and John 3:1-17
Rebuild, Restore, Renew
March 1, 2020
Nehemiah rebuilds the walls around Jerusalem. The people are restored to their homeland and renew their commitment to God.
“The Story” finishes the Old Testament! We begin Chapter 22, The Birth of A King on March 8.
For Such a Time As This
February 23, 2020
The book of Esther is a fascinating tale of intrigue, identity and God’s divine reversal. Esther served as a mediator for the Israelites and points us to our need for Jesus Christ, our mediator and savior.
February 16, 2020
Ezra and Haggai tell God’s side of the story when the Israelites were allowed to return home. It was a challenging time but through it all there was God’s love, grace and mercy.
Thriving in Exile
February 9, 2020
The book of Daniel points us to how he (and his 3 buddies) thrived even while living in exile. Everything he did pointed others to God.
February 2, 2020
Judah has been captured, the temple burned and leadership taken to Babylon leaving behind the poor and the weak. The once mighty nation has fallen, banished from their God given land and is now in exile. The cycle repeats but there is hope when God promises to bring them back.
January 26, 2020
As the once united kingdom splits kings continue to reign. God raises up “prophets” to speak God’s truth, warning and consequences if they do not repent and turn back to God. Jesus was the ultimate prophet and has passed on that role to us.
January 19, 2020
Solomon, David’s son, had an abundance of wealth, wisdom and wives. What can we learn about leadership from his story?
January 5, 2020
In 1st and 2nd Samuel, David grows from a shepherd to a King. He is mighty warrior, a poet and musician…and he was human. David sinned, repented and turned back to God. God redeemed him. Even when God said David “no” David stayed faithful.
Time for A King
Nov. 24, 2019
The people come to Samuel who is serving as judge and leader of the Israelites. They ask for…demand?… a King, like the other nations have. God tells Samuel to give them what they want and Saul was selected as the first king of Israel.
Nov. 17, 2019
The beautiful story of Ruth, her mother in law Naomi and Boaz is full of God shining through their actions of faith and redemption. We are called to small and big acts of faith while we live as “ordinary missionaries.”
God’s Chosen Leaders?!?
Nov. 10, 2019
In the book of Judges, God raises up 12 leaders. Ehud, Deborah, Gideon and Samson are the most well known. Each one has a weakness that God works through to rescue and save the people of Israel from their sin. In spite of these leaders, the people continue to turn their backs on God, worship other idols and slid deeper into depravity and sin.
Be Strong and Courageous!
Nov. 3, 2019
In Joshua chapter 1, God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous 4 times. When Joshua stays with God, he is successful, but when everything falls apart for the nation when they turn away.
Oct. 27, 2019
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Moses gives his farewell address to God’s people. Though Moses will not enter the promised land, he was faithful to God all the days of his life.
New Commands, New Covenant, New Life
Oct. 20, 2019
Exodus 19-20; 24-25;32-34; 40 God says “I’m coming down! If you want me to” then put these in place: 10 Commandments, Tabernacle, Sacrifices. God partners with Moses to accomplish this plan.
Oct. 13, 2019
Exodus 1-7; 10-17. Years after Joseph, the Pharaoh made the nation of Israel into slaves. A Hebrew baby named Moses is born, grows up to be called by God to lead his people out of Egypt!
Oct. 6, 2019
Genesis 37-50 Joseph goes from the pit to the palace and saves his family from starvation.
A New Nation
Sept. 29, 2019
Genesis 12-36. The story focuses on God’s promises, Abram and Sarai and their faithfulness.
Creation: The beginning of life as we know it.
Sept. 22, 2019
Genesis 1-11. The stories of creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, sin, and God’s plan.
Songs of Advent
The book of Luke begins with what some have called the first Advent Carols. Over the next 4 weeks, Mary, Zechariah, the angels and Simeon will sing to us their songs of joy, hope, love and peace.
Songs of Joy
December 29, 2019
On this last Sunday in December, we joyfully celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ! The sermon is primarily a reading of “Why The Chimes Rang” by Raymond Macdonald Alden.
Song of Simeon: Nunc Dimittis
December 22, 2019
In Luke 2:22-38, devout and righteous Simeon recognizes that this infant Jesus is the Messiah. He sung words of praise to God and said words of warning to Mary.
Song of the Angels: Gloria!
December 15, 2019
In Luke 2:8-14, an angel comes to the shepherd with an announcement. The angel is then joined by a host of angels singing! This morning’s message was part of our Children’s Christmas program.
Song of Zechariah
December 8, 2019
Zechariah is told by the angel Gabriel that he will have a son. When Zechariah questions Gabriel, his consequence is to be made mute until the baby is born. In Luke 1: 67-79, come the words of prophecy and promise as Zechariah (father of John the Baptist) rejoices in regaining his voice. This is a first person sermon.
Song of Mary
December 1, 2019
Luke 1: 46-56 Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth. When Mary receives Elizabeth’s welcome and blessing for her along with her unborn child, Mary breaks out into song. She rejoices, not in her circumstances, but for all God has done.
Since You Asked!
What is Jesus Doing in Heaven?
August 11, 2019
The Big Why?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Aug. 18, 2019
Job 1 and John 16:33
“The World’s Old Hatred”
Jews, sabbath and history
Aug. 25, 2019
John 19:19; Galatians 3:28
God, The Bible and Suicide
Sept. 1, 2019
John 1:5; Romans 8:38-39; Lamentations 3:15-26; 31-33
Guest Speaker (no recording)
Sept. 8, 2019
Wireless Communication: Prayer
Sept. 15, 2019
Why don’t we get what we ask for? Is God even listening?
Find Joy: A Study in Philippians
June 23, 2019
June 30 2019
Find Joy: Humility
July 7, 2019
July 14, 2019
July 21, 2019
Find Joy in Jesus
July 28, 2019
Surprise! The Unexpected Acts of God!
A Surprising Turn Around
April 28, 2019
A Surprising Friendship
May 5, 2019
A Surprising Menu
May 12, 2019
May 19, 2019
A Surprising Detour
May 26, 2019
A Surprising Night at Work!
June 2, 2019
No audio available. Sermon available for pdf download.
The Ultimate Surprise Party!
June 9, 2019
The Last Week of Jesus’ Life
What Kind of King?
The Last Week: At the Temple
The Last Week: Back to the Temple
The Last Week: Extravagant Love
Palm to Passion Sunday!
Mark 14: 12-15:47