October 31, 2019
Pastor Erik spends time discussing what the Bible is, what the story the Bible is telling, and some tools to get started with reading the Bible.
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October 28, 2019
Pastor Ben finishes our series, Conversations with Jesus, with a sermon on the death of the Jesus and the question, "Why would you take a good person too soon?"
Text: John 19:25-30
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. 28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
October 24, 2019
Pastor Erik provides a simple way to read Scripture, and begins our series on personal Scripture reading.
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October 21, 2019
Pastor Ben Continues our sermon series, Conversations with Jesus, by exploring the question "Why do I still struggle with _______?"
Text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
October 17, 2019
Erik sits down with Pastor Phil Gronbach, Teaching Pastor at New Life Lutheran Church, to his experience with prayer.
October 14, 2019
Pastor Erik continues our sermon series, Conversations with Jesus, answering the question, "Even though I still sin, is trying hard enough to get to heaven?"
Text: Galatians 2:15-21
15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. 17 But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; 20 and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
October 10, 2019
Pastor Erik hosts Bishop Ryan Mackey of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches to talk about prayer and his personal experience of praying.
October 7, 2019
Pastor Ben continues our sermon series Conversations with Jesus by wrestling with the question: "How can I help my unbelieving spouse believe in Jesus?"
Text: 1 Corinthians 7:12-16
12 To the rest I say—I and not the Lord—that if any believer has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 And if any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. It is to peace that God has called you. 16 Wife, for all you know, you might save your husband. Husband, for all you know, you might save your wife.
October 7, 2019
Pastor Ben continues our sermon series Conversations with Jesus by wrestling with the question: "Jesus, did you ever get stressed out?"
Text: Luke 22:39-46
39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. 45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
October 2, 2019
Pastor Erik gives a quick update from the Annual Gather of LCMC in Omaha, Nebraska.