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Understand the Point of Jesus' Life - Pastor John Roekle

February 18, 2018 [Lent 1]  Mark 1:12-15  At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, 13 and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near....

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Spread the News of Jesus - Pastor John Roekle

January 28, 2018 [Epiphany 4]  Mark 1:21-28   They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want...

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The Lord Works True Repentance - Pastor John Roekle

January 21, 2018 [Epiphany 3]  Jonah 3:1-5,10  J.D.Roekle   Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. 4 On the first day, Jonah started into...

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Saints Are Prepared for Christ - Pastor John Roekle

[All Saints]  Matthew 25:1-13  J.D.Roekle   “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long...

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DRESS CODE FOR LIFE - Pastor John Roekle

 [Pentecost 20]  Matthew 22:1-14  J.D.Roekle   Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those...

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Get A New Heart! - Pastor John Roekle

 [Pentecost 19]  Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32  J.D.Roekle   The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: “ ‘The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? 3 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this...

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Being Your Brothers Keeper - Pastor John Roekle

 [Pentecost 16]  Matthew 18:15-20  J.D. Roekle   “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16 But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If he...

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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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