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Cherish Your Spiritual Roots - Pastor John Roekle

August 23, 2020 [Pentecost 12]  Romans 9:1-5  J.D.Roekle   I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying—my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit 2that I have great sorrow and continuous pain in my heart. 3For I almost wish that I myself could be cursed and separated from Christ in place of my brothers, my relatives according to the flesh, 4those who...

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Forever in God's Love - Pastor John Roekle

August 16 & 17, 2020 [Pentecost 11]  Romans 8:35-39  J.D.Roekle   35What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36Just as it is written: For your sake we are being put to death all day long. We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. 37No, in all these things we are more...

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Baptism Unites Us with Christ - Pastor John Roekle

July 12, 2020 [Pentecost 6]  Romans 6:1b-11  J.D.Roekle   Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase? 2Absolutely not! We died to sin. How can we go on living in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him by this baptism into his death, so that just as he...

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The Christian's Battle Inside - Pastor John Roekle

July 19, 2020 [Pentecost 7]  Romans 7:15-25a  J.D.Roekle   15For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not keep doing what I want. Instead, I do what I hate. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17But now it is no longer I who am doing it, but it is sin living in me. 18Indeed, I know that good does not live in me, that is, in my...

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Rejoice that You Are Reconciled - Pastor John Roekle

June 28, 2020 [Pentecost 4/Confirmation]  Romans 5:6-11  J.D.Roekle   6For at the appointed time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7It is rare indeed that someone will die for a righteous person. Perhaps someone might actually go so far as to die for a person who has been good to him. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were...

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Atonement - Pastor John Roekle

June 14, 2020 [Pentecost 2]  Romans 3:21-25a,27,28  J.D.Roekle   21But now, completely apart from the law, a righteousness from God has been made known. The Law and the Prophets testify to it. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all and over all who believe. In fact, there is no difference, 23because all have sinned and fall short of the...

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The Trinity Is Revealed in Creation - Pastor John Roekle

June 7, 2020 [Holy Trinity]  Genesis 1:1-2:3  J.D.Roekle   In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1   The Trinity Is Revealed in Creation   Dear Friends in Christ,           Have you ever heard the song of a humpback whale?  It’s kind of a mysterious sound.  Their...

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Where Is Jesus Now? - Pastor John Roekle

May 24, 2020 [Ascension]  Luke 24:44-53b  J.D.Roekle   44He said to them, “These are my words, which I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46He said to them, “This is what is written and...

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Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life - Pastor John Roekle

May 10, 2020 [Easter 5]  John 14:1-12  J.D.Roekle           “Do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to...

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Can These Bones Live? - Pastor John Roekle

March 29, 2020 [Lent 5]  Ezekiel 37:1-14  J.D.Roekle   The hand of the Lord was upon me. He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley, which was full of bones. 2He had me pass through them and go all over among them. There were very many on the valley floor, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Son of man, can these dry...

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