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Are You Listening? - Pastor John Roekle

July 30, 2017 [Pentecost 8]  Matthew 13:1-9,18-23  J.D.Roekle   That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed,...

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We Believe Therefore We Confess - Pastor John Roekle

June 22, 2017 [Presentation of Augsburg Confession] Romans 10:5-17 J.D.Roekle   Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or...

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The Things that Make You Distinctly Lutheran - Pastor John Roekle

June 18, 2017 [Pentecost 2]  Romans 3:21-25a,27-28  J.D.Roekle 21  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24  and...

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God's Harvest Continues - Pastor John Roekle

  June 4, 2017 [Pentecost]  Acts 2:1-21  J.D.Roekle   2:1  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.3  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 ...

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God's Boundless Grace - Pastor John Roekle

May 28, 2017 [Easter 7]  Genesis 4:1-16  J.D.Roekle   Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.  She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil....

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There Is Only One Way to God - Pastor John Roekle

May 21, 2017 [Easter 6]  1 Kings 18:16-45  J.D.Roekle   So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17When he saw Elijah, he said to him, "Is that you, you troubler of Israel?"       18"I have not made trouble for Israel," Elijah replied. "But you and your father's family have. You have...

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Refocused Hope, Renewed Joy - Pastor Aaron Dolan

Refocused Hope, Renewed Joy   “This Joyful Eastertide.”  Eastertide is a fancy way of saying “the Easter season,” the seven weeks from Easter Sunday to Pentecost.  This joyful Eastertide.  How joyful has your Eastertide been so far?  Are you full of joy this morning?   It can be frustrating to be in a bad mood, to be sad, and then...

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We Live by Faith, Not by Sight - Pastor John Roekle

April 23, 2017 [Easter 2]  John 20:19-31  J.D.Roekle   On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again...

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Hidden With Christ In God - Pastor John Roekle

Colossians 3:1-4              If your family has had the tradition of having an Easter egg hunt or have hidden Easter baskets, you know what it is like to when those the eggs or baskets are hidden.  There’s anticipation and excitement as the participants wonder look for them.  Where are they hidden?  Then when the time of discovery comes,...

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The Lord Enters In Unlikely Ways - Pastor Aaron Dolan

Matthew 21:1-9 God is a God of surprises.  He doesn’t do what we would expect.  He doesn’t go about things the way we would.  Try approaching the Bible this way.  When you are reading it or hearing it, consider, “What should have happened here?”  Or “What would I have expected to happen?”  Or “What would I have done if I...

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