Monday, August 19, 2013

Sermon: Jealous of a Generous God?

Sermon from August 18, 2013
Scripture Matthew 20: 1-16 and Luke 15: 11-32

Quotes used during the sermon:
1) "God hires labourers, not because he needs them or their services, but as some charitable generous householders keep poor men to work, in kindness to them, to save them from idleness and poverty, and pay them for working for themselves."
2) "Many who begin last, and promise little in religion, sometimes, by the blessing of God, arrive at greater attainments in knowledge, grace and usefulness, than others who entrance was more early, and who promised fairer."
3) "As the elder brother, in the parable of the prodigal, [complained] at the reception of his younger brother, and complained of his father's generosity to him; so these laborers quarreled with their master, and found fault, not because they had not enough, so much as because others were made equal with them."

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sermon: Are You Ready With Your Treasures?

Sermon from August 11, 2013
Scripture: Luke 12: 13-40

Four Points:
1) DO NOT store up for yourself, instead DO invest in eternal matters.
- Eternal Matters= other people, justice, mercy, relationship with God.
- Micah 6:8- He has showed you, O man, what is good, and what does the LORD require of you? To seek justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

2) DO NOT be anxious about things, instead DO trust in God's provision
- life is about MORE than food- consider the Ravens
- the body is about MORE than clothes- consider the lilies
- trust in God's provision for enough. I am not saying be foolish with God's provisions.
- Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; cansider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in the summer and gathers its food at harvest.

3) DO NOT be greedy and store up possessions, instead DO store yoru treasures in heaven.
- The rich man stored up possessions, not provisions.
- Store up your treasures in heaven
   ~Play with your kids
   ~Spend time with your spouse
   ~Serve the least of these

4) DO NOT bee lazy in your preperation, instead DO be on guard for the Son of Man is coming.
- Don't get lazy while waiting
- Don't say you'll do it tomorrow
- Look for the signs of Jesus coming

Monday, August 12, 2013

Upcoming Happenings

There were many announcements of upcoming events yesterday. Here is a list of upcoming happenings at the church:

- There is a box in the entry of the church. If you have extra produce from your garden, feel free to leave it. See something in the box you would like? Feel free to take it.

- Did you know you can find sermons on THIS BLOG? Look on the right side. You can find all of the previous posts there. All of the sermons are labeled as such.

- Our church has a Facebook page. See Here

- Aug 17 (Saturday) at 9:00 am there will be a painting day at the parsonage. Contact Max Leischner if you would like to help, or just show up.

- There is an event at the church THIS WEDNESDAY the 14th. You can check out the flyer here at FOLLOW ME. It will start at 5pm at the church. The time cannot be adjusted as this is a live worldwide event.

- There will be a confirmation parent meeting Aug 21 at 7pm.

- Sunday School starts Sept 8th with our Kick-Off Sunday. We need volunteers! We need teachers, greeters, and others who would be interested in helping. If you are interested contact Stacy Thury by e-mail at or by call/text at 605-270-0397.

- Mark your calendar for Acoustic on 5th -Sept 29th at 7pm. We will spend a night in worship with Contemporary Music. This will continue on the 5th Sunday night of a month. There will be 4 nights a year.

To See the Unseen

From Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado from August 11

He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak. -Isaiah 40:29

    An example of faith was found on the wall of a concentration camp. On it a prisoner had carved these words:
I believe in the sun, even though it doesn't shine,
I believe in love, even when it isn't shown,
I believe in God, even when he doesn't speak.

    I try to imagine the person who etched those words. I try to envision his skeletal hand gripping the broken glass or stone that cut into the wall. I try to imagine his eyes squinting through the darkness as he carved each letter. What hand could cut such a conviction? What eyes could have seen good in such horror?
   There is only one answer: Eyes that chose to see the unseen.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Truth in Love

From Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado on August 7

Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair. Love and truth are in all you do. Psalm 89:14

   The single most difficult pursuit is truth and love.
   That sentence is grammatically correct. I know every English teacher would like to pluralize it to read: The most difficult pursuits are those of truth and love. But that's not what I mean to say.
   Love is a difficult pursuit
   Truth is a tough one, too.
   But put them together, pursue truth and love at the same time and hang on baby, you're in for the ride of your life.
   Love in truth. Truth in love. Never one at the expense of the other. Never the embrace of love without the torch of truth. Never the heat of truth without the warmth of love...
   To pursue both is our singular task.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Clergy Corner: Grace

Christians often think we “know” what grace is, but do we often take the time to ponder what it really means? This week I read online: “The grace of God is so vast and amazing that if the thief on the cross and the Apostle Paul were to ever bump into each other in heaven, and the question were asked, ‘What did you do to get here?’ both would reply, ‘Nothing.’ That, my friends, is what we mean by grace alone.” 

A friend described grace as that feeling when you put on lotion. If you have a moment, put a dab of lotion on your fingers and rub them together. Do you feel that? That space between your fingers that allow the roughness of your work and life to glide smoothly over the other? Grace is that space between two relationships that allows the cracks, roughness, and sin to smoothly glide. There is grace when you forgot to buy milk, and there is none for breakfast. There is grace in the fumbling words while another grieves the death of a loved one. There is grace when we mess up and hurt one another. Grace is what allows the relationship to be maintained. 

Our country is divided over so many issues today. It is easy to hurt another. It is easy to say “everyone who doesn’t think like me is wrong, and I shouldn’t talk to them any longer.” However, that isn’t the example God gave us. If God did not show grace there would be no hope, and God’s back would be turned against humans. If God did not show grace, there would be no need for Jesus or the crucifixion. If God did not show grace, we would be left to disaster and ruin. We do not earn this grace. It is free. 

This does not mean that we go on sinning and hurting others (Romans 6:15). Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” Grace transforms. 

This week, as you go on your way, may you find God’s grace, may you find gracious space in your relationships, and may you extend grace to those in desperate need of it.