Asking for a Friend: What is more important...?

What do you do when you have to ask an embarrassing or awkward question, or a question you feel you should know the answer to? Why, you ask the question and simply say that you are “asking for a friend!” The next several weeks, we will follow Jesus as he journeys toward his work of saving us in Jerusalem. As he does, we will watch and listen and learn from our Savior the answer to questions we have or questions we’ve been asked. Questions like, “Is God good?” “Does God care?” and “Do I have to be humble?”  Next to the attachment to hearth and home, a person’s chief attachment is to his purse, to their material possessions. So it is not out of order to consider what God has to say about his gifts of wealth and to let him put those gifts in a proper context for us.


Asking for a Friend: What is Marriage Exactly?

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What do you do when you have to ask an embarrassing or awkward question, or a question you feel you should know the answer to? Why, you ask the question and simply say that you are “asking for a friend!” The next several weeks, we will follow Jesus as he journeys toward his work of saving us in Jerusalem. As he does, we will watch and listen and learn from our Savior the answer to questions we have or questions we’ve been asked. Questions like, “Is God good?” “Does God care?” and “Do I have to be humble?”  Today, we look at families and answer the question: What is marriage exactly? In his Word, our God lovingly gives us not only the template for marriage and family, but how they work. The closest we can get to a mirror of the love of God for us is the mirror of the love that he wants us to have for one another in the family. The goal of family members, husbands and wives, parents and children, is to reflect the love of God for us in self giving love for one another in the family.

Asking for a Friend: Do I Need to be Humble?

What do you do when you have to ask an embarrassing or awkward question, or a question you feel you should know the answer to? Why, you ask the question and simply say that you are “asking for a friend!” The next several weeks, we will follow Jesus as he journeys toward his work of saving us in Jerusalem. As he does, we will watch and listen and learn from our Savior the answer to questions we have or questions we’ve been asked. Questions like, “Is God good?” “Does God care?” and “Do I have to be humble?”  Today, we hear about how the gifts of God are so rich and varied that the devil uses that very generosity in God to stir up jealousy and envy. Expect it in others;’ find it yourself as well! That weakness makes it crystal clear that our need for a Savior is a constant one.

Asking for a Friend: What do I get out of it?

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What do you do when you have to ask an embarrassing or awkward question, or a question you feel you should know the answer to? Why, you ask the question and simply say that you are “asking for a friend!” The next several weeks, we will follow Jesus as he journeys toward his work of saving us in Jerusalem. As he does, we will watch and listen and learn from our Savior the answer to questions we have or questions we’ve been asked. Questions like, “Is God good?” “Does God care?” and “Do I have to be humble?”  This week, we deal with the craving we all have for recognition and appreciation. Perhaps we don’t say it like the disciples (Who is the greatest?), but the thought crosses our mind when confronted with opportunities for service: What will I get out of it? The answer lies again in our Savior, and how he chose to selflessly service us by saving us from sin. Imitating his love for us, we strive to serve and love others as our Savior has served and loved us.

Asking for a Friend: Does God Even Care?

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What do you do when you have to ask an embarrassing or awkward question, or a question you feel you should know the answer to? Why, you ask the question and simply say that you are “asking for a friend!” The next several weeks, we will follow Jesus as he journeys toward his work of saving us in Jerusalem. As he does, we will watch and listen and learn from our Savior the answer to questions we have or questions we’ve been asked. Questions like, “Is God good?” “Does God care?” and “Do I have to be humble?”  This week, as we see Jesus heal a young child who was crippled with an evil spirit, we wonder “Does God care?”

Asking for a Friend: Is God Good?

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What do you do when you have to ask an embarrassing or awkward question, or a question you feel you should know the answer to? Why, you ask the question and simply say that you are “asking for a friend!” The next several weeks, we will follow Jesus as he journeys toward his work of saving us in Jerusalem. As he does, we will watch and listen and learn from our Savior the answer to questions we have or questions we’ve been asked. Questions like, “Is God good?” “Does God care?” and “Do I have to be humble?”  This week, as we see Jesus heal a man who was crippled by being deaf and mute, we wonder “Is God good?” and if he is, why would he allow something like this to happen? 

Overcoming Impossible Odds

 Sharing the Gospel in Nepal and Pakistan

Our Savior is the Savior of the world! We will hear that theme echoed again and again in our readings this morning. And it is that Good News of a Savior from sin that God calls us to proclaim to the world! We do that individually as we live a godly life and talk with those near to us. We do that as a group as we support the world-wide mission efforts of our national church body, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Our guest preacher today is the coordinator of our mission efforts in Nepal and Pakistan.

In Nepal, where nearly everyone is Hindu, and in Pakistan, which is a "sea of Islam," our mission efforts are thriving. Today we rejoice in how the Holy Spirit is causing God's church to grow
like a beautiful rose in a desert.

Due to the sensitive nature of our presenter's work, there is no video of today's service. 

This is (y)our life: Imitating

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The book of Ephesians is an incredibly practical book for Christians at every stage of life. Here we see what the Christian life looks like, and what it doesn’t look like. Over the next several weeks, we will explore Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as if we were paging through a family photo album. We’ll see how we were adopted as God’s children (baby photos), how we are united as one family (the group family picture), we’ll also page through graduation pictures, wedding photos, a military ID, and more. This is your life! Yet, thankfully, because we’re all in this together – this is OUR life. We encourage you to read through the book of Ephesians in your personal devotions in preparation for this practical worship series – This is (y)our life.

This is (y)our life: Modeling

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The book of Ephesians is an incredibly practical book for Christians at every stage of life. Here we see what the Christian life looks like, and what it doesn’t look like. Over the next several weeks, we will explore Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as if we were paging through a family photo album. We’ll see how we were adopted as God’s children (baby photos), how we are united as one family (the group family picture), we’ll also page through graduation pictures, wedding photos, and more. This is your life! Yet, thankfully, because we’re all in this together – this is OUR life. We encourage you to read through the book of Ephesians in your personal devotions in preparation for this practical worship series – This is (y)our life.

Today, we see how God’s goodness and mercy shown us in Jesus, our Savior, moves us to model a life different from the world around us.

This is (y)our life: Focused

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The book of Ephesians is an incredibly practical book for Christians at every stage of life. Here we see what the Christian life looks like, and what it doesn’t look like. Over the next several weeks, we will explore Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as if we were paging through a family photo album. We’ll see how we were adopted as God’s children (baby photos), how we are united as one family (the group family picture), we’ll also page through graduation pictures, wedding photos, and more. This is your life! Yet, thankfully, because we’re all in this together – this is OUR life. We encourage you to read through the book of Ephesians in your personal devotions in preparation for this practical worship series – This is (y)our life.

Today, we see how God’s goodness and mercy shown us in Jesus, our Savior, keeps us focused as we strive to live for him.