St. Marcus MKE Sermons

With the theme of teaching your children, Pastor Jeske's bible study today focuses on the first 8 verses of Psalm 78.  The psalm was apparently written by Asaph, who was a Levite and a music leader in the service of King David.  People who do not orient their lives on the testimony of God in Scripture cannot know what is good for them or for their children. They may have strong opinions about what is right or helpful, but those opinions will be based on what feels good or on some cultural pressure or on some human tradition or authority less than God.

But the Scripture says that God has established a testimony; he has appointed a law. And Jesus Christ has won our confidence and for his sake we believe the revelation of God in the law and the testimony. We have a God-given compass that keeps us from being lost in the forest of modern-day confusion, the compass of God’s law and his testimony in Scripture.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 9:49am CDT

WHO IS EQUAL TO SUCH A TASK?
I.   You Are!  You Have Words Blessed by Christ.
II.  You Are!  You Are People Sent by God.
 
Based on 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 10:11am CDT

Pastor Jeske completes his series on the songs and poems of the Divine Service with his study on the Agnus Dei.  Turning again to the Revelation to St. John, at one point John sees a scroll in the right hand of the One who was sitting on the throne. A “strong angel” puts forth the challenge, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”  Then, between the throne and the elders, the Lamb comes into view. Undoubtedly the most significant feature in John's description of this Lamb is that it is a lamb who appears to have been slain.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 11:28am CDT

This week we'll be studying 1 Samuel 18:1-4 & 2 Samuel 1:26 under the theme "FRIENDSHIP - RULE 3 - Make friends with people who want the best for you." In the middle of paradise, God said that it was not good for man to be alone. If humans cannot survive Eden without friends, why would we think we can survive this place without believing friends? We'll take a look at the relationship between David and Jonathan to see what genuine friendship looks like, and how it is ultimately born out of friendship with Jesus. 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 10:15am CDT

Pastor Jeske continues his series on The Divine Service with a bible study on the Sanctus: Holy is the Lord God.  If any part of the service has been recognized as providing a glimpse of heaven, it's the Sanctus: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of your glory.”  This is the eternal song of the angels who hover over the throne of God in the vision of heaven that was given to Isaiah (Is. 6:1-4). Such was the splendor of their song that the very foundations of the threshold of the temple trembled at the sound.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 3:18pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16 under the theme "STEWARDSHIP OF SELF - RULE 2 - Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping." An apparent problem with modern western culture is the narcissistic obsession with self. With the rise of social media in the 2010s, every youth became a brand ambassador. It's killing self-image, community, expectations, and healthy relationships. There is an opposing danger that Christians might be less aware of though - poor self-care, i.e. a lack of stewarding self. This week, we'll look at the idea of treating ourselves the way God treats us.  

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:34am CDT

When we pray, we’re often hesitant. Hesitant to believe that our small voices will be heard by the sovereign God reigning in heaven. Hesitant to think we even have the right words to say. But Jesus gave His disciples—and us—the Lord’s Prayer as a guide in our prayer life. This prayer contains words of confession, thanks, recognition, need, and praise; it’s the perfect prayer model from our perfect role model.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 5:25pm CDT

This week we'll be studying 2 Kings 6:8-23 under the theme "CONFIDENCE - RULE 1 "Stand up straight with your shoulders back." Humans, like animals, all fit into an invisible social structure called a dominance hierarchy that impacts our health, wealth, and and overall wellness. Much of this is based on confidence and aptitude. But is there a way to find healthy confidence without slipping into arrogance? Is there a way to be strong without dominating others? The promises of a gracious God offer exactly that. 

 

SERIES SUMMARY: Once a year we build a worship series around my favorite book, Christian or secular, from the past year :) This year we're structuring that series around Jordan B. Peterson's "12 RULES FOR LIFE: An Antidote to Chaos." Peterson has been labeled by NY Times as "The most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now." Though not a Christian himself, he is a clinical psychologist who certainly challenges many of the secular assumptions of modern America. We'll deconstruct some of his points, find how many of them have Scriptural roots, and demonstrate how an even greater wisdom and beauty is offered in the person of Christ. 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

Pastor Jeske continues his series on the parts of the Divine Service with today's study on the Nicene Creed.  We use two creeds in our worship services from week to week: The Apostles' Creed and The Nicene Creed.  Because the wording of the Apostles’ Creed developed over several hundred years, its authorship is unknown. It is clear that the apostles did not write the creed. Rather, the creed expresses the biblical teachings of the apostles. The Apostles’ Creed offers a simple summary of the Christian faith. For that reason, it has a long history of being associated with Baptism and instruction in God’s word.

The Nicene Creed was the result of a church council that met in Nicea in 325 A.D. The Second Article of the Creed is much longer than that of the Apostles’ Creed because the council was addressing false doctrines about the person of Jesus Christ.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 11:43am CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 9:23 under the theme "Biblical Discipleship." Biblical Discipleship is the 3rd of our St. Marcus Core Values. We often talk about discipleship as allowing ourselves to be mentored by a Christian more seasoned than us and then helping mentor someone who is perhaps a step or two behind us. This is clearly God's design for the development of his Church. Furthermore, for the Church to grow in Christ-likeness, it requires believers to take up their own personal crosses to follow Jesus. In other words, the development of the Church requires personal sacrifice. But it works. And that's proven by the sacrifice Jesus made for us on his cross. 

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Category:Ron Kelly Sermon -- posted at: 9:36am CDT

Settings of the Gloria in Excelsis find their origin in the song of the heavenly host to the shepherds near Bethlehem (Luke 2).  Today's service focuses on the meaning and importance of the Gloria in Excelsis Christians across the world use in their liturgies.  It is a heavenly song that the angels sing, one similar to the songs of heaven found throughout Revelation; for example: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing"  (Revelation 5:12).  That evening some two thousand years ago, heaven met earth as the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary, sent forth from His Father's throne to do the work of salvation. What a blessing it is to join Christians around the world who have for centuries before us sung this song of praise to our God.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 1:19pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 6:10-24 under the theme "Spiritual Warfare." As a deceiver and accuser, Satan's primary methodology is to trick us into think something that's not the real problem is the real problem. He convinces us to believe that our struggle in life is against flesh & blood - people, organizations, ideologies. In reality, the real struggle is spiritual. And if we don't demonize the actual demons, then we'll demonize others. Paul reminds us that Jesus won the cosmic war with an ultimate victory at the cross. This encourages to get up and fight the (right) battles daily.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:42am CDT

Pastor Jeske's sermon series on the Divine Service begins with a message on 'Kyrie,' the ancient Greek contraction of the phrase "Lord, Have Mercy on Us." The focus of this morning's study is based on Luke 18:35-43.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 6:03pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 6:1-9 under the theme "The Ministry of Authority." Americans have an interesting, sometimes unfortunate history with authority. We're a nation born out of revolution. While authorities do, in fact, need to be held accountable, they are nonetheless an establishment of God to bring peace and protection into our lives. Whether we're talking about parent/child relationships, or employer/employee relationships, or others, this lesson gives us unique resources to navigate admittedly flawed institutional authorities.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:43am CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 5:21-33 under the theme "The Ministry of Marriage." The first human relationship, and the most fundamental relationship for society, by God's design, is marriage. When it's ungodly, there's arguably nothing on earth closer to hell. When it's godly, there's perhaps nothing on earth closer to heaven. God ministers to us powerfully through marriage partners. And every believer, as the Bride of Christ (Church), will ultimately be married to Christ. This lesson therefore teaches each of us something important about our relationships. 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:12am CDT

Today's theme is "Rest in the Lord".  Pastor' Leyrer's study "On Vacation with Jesus" dives into Mark 6:30-34.

I.   When Physical Rest Disappoints  II.  His Rest Always Delivers.

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 5:3-20 under the theme "Guided by the Spirit." Paul is starting to get very specific in his applications of the gospel in the lives of believers. This week, he addresses two major issues for believers - sexual immorality and drunkenness. For instance "How far is too far?" in our dating relationships?  What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit rather than being filled with alcohol? Where do we find the motivation to resist common pleasure outlets in a fallen world? Paul will tells us how the Spirit guides us.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:20am CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 4:17-5:2 under the theme "The Christian Lifestyle." After the Apostle Paul told us the basis of our salvation by God's grace in chapters 1-3, he's now giving us the details of what it looks like to apply that salvation to our daily lives. In this text, he tells us to "put off the old self" that consists of worldly values, and "put on the new self" by aiming for honesty, calm, hard work, positive talk, and forgiveness. These new behaviors do not contribute to a new status, but flow out of the new status that has been gifted to us, as "dearly loved children of God." 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:59am CDT

This message is based on John 15:1-8.

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Category:Seminarian Silas Dose -- posted at: 12:58pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 4:1-16 under the theme "A Gifted Body: Principles of the Christian Walk." This week, we shift into the second half of Ephesians, which gives us careful instruction for our walk with Christ in this life. Specifically, we'll be looking at God's desire for unity amongst Christians, the reality of the Church's giftedness, and our capacity to mature, transform, and develop as his body. 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 9:55am CDT

As a follower of Jesus, our citizenship first is in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Our allegiance lies with His values, with His family, with His heart for the world, and with His commands.  Being a Christian in America means that we can gather with the church freely, that we can speak and work for justice and truth, and that we can share my faith with others.  We celebrate today recognizing that there is beauty in America, and there is also deep brokenness to which we move towards with faith, believing the Lord can and will redeem this nation to Himself.  Pastor Jeske's bible study focuses on the theme Respect Your Government as he digs into Nehemiah 2:1-8.  

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 4:15pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 3:14-21 under the theme "The Experience of Christ." In this text, Paul offers his second lengthy prayer of the letter. He's asking here that the believers in Ephesus would experientially come to grips the dimensions of God's love. He's articulating the distinction between knowing about Jesus, and knowing Jesus personally. For some, this seems like an arbitrary distinction, but we'll discuss this week the importance as well as strategies to keeping the relationship.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 3:13pm CDT

Pastor Jeske's bible study walks through I Timothy 6:17-19. Paul encourages his readers to know that there is great gain in godliness when it is combined with content­ment in the basic necessities of life (1 Tim. 6:6, 8). Our God is a God “who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17).

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 12:48pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 3:1-13 under the theme "The Mystery of the Church." Paul has taught us in this letter that our salvation was God's plan executed by Jesus (Ch 1), and it's based on grace, which forms the basis of the Church (Ch 2). In Ch 3 he explains implications of grace in our relationships. Grace causes the Jew to love the Gentile and vice versa. Grace is an absolute "mystery" to the world and therefore the defining characteristic of Christ and his Church.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 12:32pm CDT

Today is the annual Juneteenth worship celebration. Pastor Jeske and Darlene Grams have been leading the annual celebration at St. Marcus since the 1990s. St. Marcus' Juneteenth celebration is a time honored tradition, an opportunity to include people in the central city who may not know about our Savior and a way to learn more about the African-American community through their story of freedom. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. But it was not until June 19, 1865, that all of the slaves in the former confederacy recognized that they had been freed. It is our Christian joy to evangelize our communities and tell people who groan in the slavery of their sins that they have already been freed by Jesus Christ, their Savior.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 8:30pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 2:11-2 under the theme "Christian Unity." This lesson will clear up for so many of us why we see the divisions we see in the world. Spiritually speaking, sinful pride leads us to naturally create "dividing walls" that we deem lesser than us, to try to establish our own identity. But those of us who are "in Christ" are given unique resources to break down dividing walls of society as Jesus has broken down hostility for us. 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 8:14pm CDT

Today's bible study is on Genesis 3:8-15 - Promise Instead of Punishment. Pastor Leyrer focuses on two points in his message:  1) We Hide from God because of Our Guilt.  2) God Seeks Us out because of His Grace.

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 1:12pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 2:1-10 under the theme "The Work of God." I've said many times in the past that while John 3:16 might be still the most famous verse in the Bible, the reason I ended up theologically in the place I did is as much due to this section from Ephesians 2 as anything. Paul here counters anyone who wants to plagiarize credit from God by making their conversion, their salvation, or their life about anything other than God's undeserved goodness and love. Our old identity is dead. Our new identity rises, by grace, in Christ Jesus.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 1:09pm CDT

Today, Pastor Jeske's Bible Study dives into the theme Men & Women in God’s Image. The scripture reading of Genesis 1:26-31 from the story of creation describes God's perfect design of men and women:  "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."  The Bible study on II Samuel 13:1-20 shows us the destruction that occurs when sin and human self-interest is put over following God's perfect design.  

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 1:06pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 1:15-23 as we worship under the theme "A Prayer for the Church." About half of Ephesians is simply Paul's prayer. Here, Paul is asking that God help the Ephesians personally know, i.e. experience, the hope they have in his promises, and that they be used by God to unite everything under the headship of Jesus. 

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Category:Ron Kelly Sermon -- posted at: 1:02pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Ephesians 1:1-14 as we worship under the theme "God's Divine Plan - A New Identity IN CHRIST." The Triune God had a plan for us before time even began. He knew us. He loved us. He chose us. And this was not because we were already holy, but to make us holy. This comes when we allow the Spirit to lead us to live, not for an identity, but from our new identity in Christ.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:18pm CDT

Pastor Jeske's bible study on Ephesians 5:15-20 reminds us to be filled with the Spirit - "speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Acts 28:1-10 as we worship under the theme "It Doesn't Get Easier. You Get Stronger." We've arrived at the end of the Book of Acts. And Paul gets bit by a poisonous snake. Why is life so tough on this missionary? And why is life so tough for us? The answer appears to be that God is not simply trying to make us comfortable. He's trying to make us great, instruments of divine strength that are useful to building his Kingdom. It's an honor to be redemptive agents that cary the truth and love of Jesus our Savior.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

On the final Sunday of Easter, today's service celebrates the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Pastor Jeske's bible study delves into The Great Commission recorded in Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Koine's Brian Davison joins the Sunday Praise Band with music celebrating God's return to the throne in heaven and the call to Christians to spread the Gospel to all nations. Music includes Graham Kendrick's "Shine, Jesus, Shine", the seventh century text in "A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing", and Leon Patillo's "Go". The Gospel Choir presents "God Wants a Yes" and "Gates of Zion".

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Acts 27:1-44 as we worship under the theme "Paul Face Shipwreck." In one of the longest, most action-packed accounts of Paul's ministry, we learn the secret of finding calm in the middle of the storms of life. Paul's hopeful testimony is encouraging to everyone else in the boat. And we learn how Christians today can be a source of otherworldly optimism in a turbulent world.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 1:13pm CDT

Happy Mother's Day! Pastor brings us a bible study on God’s Love Through Mothers. The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1907, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. For those called to Motherhood and youth mentorship, may God bless you and keep you this Mother's Day and always. Thank you for your role in raising up the next generation of Christians, and for modeling what it means to fix our eyes on Jesus.

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Acts 26:19-31 as we worship under the theme "Paul's Testimony to the Roman Leaders." In our 3rd and final week on Christian testimony, Paul teaches us the art of Christian persuasion. While the credit of conversion belongs entirely to the Spirit of God, he works through very human concepts like language, logic, and personal appeals to accomplish his work. Paul here gives us a great example of how we can improve those communication components of Christian witnessing.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Jeske delivers a sermon based on Acts 8:1-8.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Acts 23:1-1 as we worship under the theme "Paul Upsets the Establishment." As we continue on in our several-week journey studying Paul's legal defense of the Christian gospel, this week we see Paul before the Jewish Sanhedrin. We learn the necessity of sometimes standing up to our earthly authorities, holding them accountable to their calling from God. 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying John 10:11-18 as we worship under the theme "Jesus is the Good Shepherd."

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we'll be studying Acts 22:1-22 as we worship under the theme "Paul's Testimony to the Jews." For 3 weeks, we're going to study Paul sharing his story of God's grace to him with 3 different people groups. This week, we're going to dig especially into finding out how Paul finds the courage, confidence, and composure to lovingly, truthfully, and respectfully address people who even want to hurt him.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

The Third Sunday of Easter | Remember Who You Are

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

We continue in our series: O Church, Arise. Tonight we'll be examining selections from Acts 20 and breaking down what we expect from our shepherds in the church and from The Shepherd.

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Hein kicks off St. Marcus' examination of the early Christian church with a message based on Acts 20:7-12.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Pastor Hein delivers a message based on Mark 15:42-46 and Caravaggio's The Entombment of Christ for Easter Saturday.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 8:00am CDT

Pastor Jeske delivers an Easter morning message based on Acts 2:22-32.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 8:00am CDT

Pastor Jeske presents a St. Patrick's Day message based on Acts 16:6-15.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 12:35-46 as we worship under the theme "Ready For Christ." Palm Sunday weekend is typically associated with the start of Holy Week, which it is. But as Jesus is wrapping up his 1st Coming, the topic of much of his teaching during Holy Week is often actually about his 2nd Coming. He encourages watchfulness, faithfulness, and urgency - i.e.  READINESS. What does it mean to live this life ready for Jesus to return? 

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Jeske delivers a Palm Sunday message based on Zechariah 9:9-12.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Paul Steinberg delivers a Maundy Thursday message based on Mark 14:12-26.

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Category:Paul Steinberg Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Leyrer delivers a Good Friday message based on Matthew 27:45-54

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 12:13-21 as we worship under the theme "The Parable of the Rich Fool." We always instinctively think money will make our problems go away. In minor issues, it can. But it cannot solve the difficult issues of life. And it can also blind us to spiritual reality. Jesus teaches us here how foolish it can be to invest too much in this life.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

"What do you do with that Man on the Cross?" is based on 1 Corinthians 1:22-25.

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 11:14-26 as we worship under the theme "Jesus, Lord Over Demons." While we understand certain supernatural elements to be requisite for Christianity - e.g. incarnation & resurrection - many of us operate without any substantial awareness of the spiritual forces of the world in our day-to-day lives. To what degree should we concern ourselves? This text addresses the necessity of spiritual awareness and the Spirit's occupancy in order to create lasting positive changes in life.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

It is the Third Sunday of Lent and we are continuing our series "Lent in the Old Testament." Today we study "The Brass Snake" from Numbers 21:4-9.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 10:25-37 as we worship under the theme "The Good Samaritan." Many of us have perhaps long perceived social compassion as an "optional" part of the Christian life, but this parable doesn't allow for that thought. It teaches that Gospel Neighboring is an essential complement to Gospel Messaging in Christian ministry. Furthermore, it doesn't merely teach us how we should love others, but, more importantly, how we've been loved by Jesus.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 9:57-62 as we worship under the theme "The Cost of Discipleship." There are some texts that just honestly make us feel more uncomfortable than others. Watching Jesus seemingly reject 3 candidates for discipleship is definitely one those. What's he communicating to us? Where's the grace in this? We'll learn that in the flesh, technically none of us is worthy of discipleship. But with God all things are possible.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

'The Church is People' is based on Matthew 24:1-2, 30-31.
 
 
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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 9:28-36 as we worship under the theme "The Transfiguration." This text is about glory - where it comes from, simplistic attempts at it, and how God's people are to approach the concept of glory in this lifetime. Additionally, we'll also use this opportunity to talk about the trans mindset of modern culture - i.e. the feeling of suppressing vs. embracing what exists inside our flesh. Jesus' approach to his temporal flesh is enlightening.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 7:36-50 as we worship under the theme "Jesus Anointed by A Sinful Woman." This account teaches such an important point - i.e. from God's perspective, the amount or nature of our sins is not nearly as spiritually important as an awareness of our sinfulness and dependence on Jesus alone for salvation. The Pharisee has committed far fewer sins, but this has actually blinded him to his need for a Savior. On the other hand, the woman who has sinned greatly is grateful. This text offers tremendous insights on the definition of sin and the attitude of a regenerate Christian vs. a simply religious person.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

We are continuing our message theme of "Jesus the Disruptor" and will be studying Luke 9:46-50: "Greatness from Service."

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 6:1-11 as we worship under the theme "Jesus, Lord of Work & Rest." Watching the Pharisees accuse Jesus of sins on the Sabbath lead us to two very important thoughts: 1) the need for supernatural rest from this world, which only Jesus can provide, and 2) the prevalence of sinful self-righteous, controlling tendencies in humans (both religious and secular). As "Lord of the Sabbath," Jesus gives us freedom both from the controlling powers of humans, and freedom to find deep rest.
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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Jeske's message "Jesus the Disruptor: Unity of Message, Diversity of Distribution" is based on Luke 5:33-39.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 5:1-11 as we worship under the theme "A Miraculous Catch of Fish." This text offers a look into the calling of multiple fishermen to serve as Jesus' disciples. Their reaction isn't perhaps what we'd expect. Peter demands that Jesus get away from him. Why is Jesus calling these guys and what does it mean for our call into discipleship?

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

"Grace, not Rules," based on Luke 6:1-11, serves as the theme for our message this morning.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 4:1-13 as we worship under the theme "Jesus Tested in the Wilderness." On the heels of his baptism, Jesus is immediately sent by the Spirit into the wilderness. Why? What can we learn about the nature of temptations and how to successfully battle them? And what can we learn here that's even more important than tips for defeating temptation? Ultimately, we find that Jesus is not primarily doing this for our example, but for our salvation.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Dr. Martin Luther King Remembrance Sunday. "The Gospel is Greater than Tribe." The focus for our readings and message comes from John chapter 4.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

The word ‘epiphany’ comes from a Greek word meaning “to show forth,” referring to the appearance of Christ as the Savior (Titus 3:4). Christmas lights may be coming down, but the Light of the world still shines for all to see. We receive this Light as we celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord. Today we hear how the mysterious Wise Men from the East are led by the Lord to follow the star of wonder to the everlasting eternal Light. Jesus shines the brightness of heaven into the darkness of their hearts, and they respond with gifts of honor and praise. Jesus does the same for you today as we receive His Word and share in His body and blood. Dispelling the darkness of sin, He covers you with the light of His presence and invites you, as He did the Wise Men, to respond to Him in honor and praise

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 2:41-52 as we worship under the theme "Boy Jesus at the Temple." This is the ONLY incident recorded in the Gospels of Jesus' adolescence. So WHY this one? The way Jesus confuses even his own parents, and how they handle it, teaches us something

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

This week we'll be studying Luke 1:1-4 as we worship under the theme "The Doctor's Gospel." As a man of science, Luke understood the necessity of careful, accurate research. In the opening verses of his Gospel, he provides information as to why his writing is not only reliable, but worthy of submitting your life to.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 6:30pm CDT

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 33:12-34:8 as we worship under the theme "The Glory of the Lord." After the Israelites sin by worshipping the glory of this world in the form of a Golden Calf, God, via Moses, teaches what true glory is. True glory is known only by being in his holy & gracious presence.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Music and readings will paint the picture of that first Christmas Night - the Nativity. "Christmas for the Isolated" is tonight's message theme as we address the question "How we should we respond to the birth of Jesus Christ?"

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Jeske's message will focus on "The Altar of Incense" from Exodus 30:1-10.
 
 
 
 
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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 20:1-6 as we worship under the theme "The Ten Commandments." Specifically, we'll look at the overarching command, i.e. the First, which talks about having no other gods BEFORE God. We'll see how this is more a principle of God's Love and desire for human flourishing than a Law. And we'll also see what God does if/when we've broken this basic command.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

Glory to God in the highest! Join us for our final Midweek Advent service of the season as we turn to Luke 2 and study The Angels' Song.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 7:30pm CDT

We're taking a 1-week hiatus from our Saturday evening Exodus series as we approach Christmas. This week we'll be studying Isaiah 61:1-3 under the theme "Ready for Christmas?"

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Tonight we continue the preparation of our hearts for the Christmas season by studying the Song of Mary from Luke 1:46-55.

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

We continue our Sunday morning theme for Advent: Advent Fire. We'll be studying Exodus 25:31-40, which focuses on the Lampstand of the Tabernacle.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 14:10-31 as we worship under the theme "The Crossing of the Red Sea." This is undoubtedly the grandest "salvation event" of the Old Testament, and the Apostle Paul actually compares it to Baptism in the New Testament. We'll see why, as well as talk through few practical points on how to no longer serve our old slave masters

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Tonight we begin the preparation of our hearts for the Christmas season by studying The Song of Zechariah from Luke 1:68-79.

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Category:Daniel Leyrer Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Jeske's message "The Altar of Sacrifice" is based on Exodus 27:1-8 and Leviticus 4:27-31

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 12:1-13, 21-23 as we worship under the theme "The Passover Lamb." The Ten Plagues culminated with a special meal, called the Passover. The Israelites slaughtered a young lamb without defect, consumed the meal in haste, and took the blood from the lamb and smeared it on the doorframes of their homes. Every movement that evening was symbolic and foreshadowing. The story of "The Lamb" is arguably the main image in all of Scripture. We'll explain that this week and see how the Christian faith applies the same principles still today.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Pastor Hein's message on the 'secret of contentment' is based on Philippians 4:10-13.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Worship the King with us on Christ the King Sunday!

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 8:00am CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 7:14-24 as we worship under the theme "Plagues Upon Egypt." The Ten Plagues, tend to invoke 2 common reactions: APPROVAL or ANGER. Both can be a bit knee jerk. In reality, God is doing something remarkably natural and redemptive in the plagues. And it's extraordinarily helpful in understanding how God continues to operate in the world today.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

We continue to study the End Times as Pastor Jeske takes us through Revelation 19:1-9.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 4:1-17 as we worship under the theme  "The Sending of Moses." Exodus 3-4 is all part of a long dialogue between God and Moses at the burning bush. God is calling Moses in with the intention of sending him out to do God's work. But Moses doesn't want to go. Often our biggest spiritual struggles are not the nagging issues we repeatedly stumble over, but God's missions we refuse to go on. We'll see God's grace to Moses even in his stubbornness. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 3:1-15 as we worship under the theme "Moses and the Burning Bush (PART II)" Last week, we talked about the concept of the "burning bush" and "THE Angel of the Lord." This week, we'll be tackling some additional major life concepts regarding how we know God, how we approach God, and who God reveals himself to be.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 7:38am CDT

This week we'll be studying Exodus 3:1-15 as we worship under the theme "Moses and the Burning Bush (PART I)" We're actually going to spend 2 weeks on this famous text from Exodus. The first week we'll place special emphasis on 1) what the "burning bush" means in our lives today, as well as 2) how the Angel of the Lord mediates for us even as he did for Moses.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 6:16pm CDT

In this week of our series we'll be studying Exodus 2:1-14 as we worship under the theme "The Birth of Moses." This survey of the first 40 years of Moses' life teaches us a great deal about the topics of civil disobedience, God's sovereignty, and how God generally operates to carry out his purposes.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 5:14pm CDT

Pastor Jeske takes us through the gifts of the Reformation and a bible study based on Luke 20:1-7.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 8:29am CDT

Pastor Mark Jeske takes us through a bible study based on Luke 13:1-9 titled: OK, One More Year.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 3:59pm CDT

In this final week of our series we'll be studying Hebrews 6:13-20 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from A HOPEFUL & SECURE FUTURE." What you believe is coming to you in the future absolutely impacts your perception of your present circumstances. Those who struggle with depression often have difficulty envisioning a positive future. But what if a sacrifice was made in the past that guarantees your future, no matter what may come in the present? How could/should that change your attitude? This week we'll learn that is precisely the story of Jesus, our Great High Priest.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 3:22pm CDT

This week we'll be studying Job 12:7-12 and 28:20-28 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from the NATURAL WORLD." God created humanity from the dust of the earth. We are natural creatures. What happens if we get so lost in digital, so immersed in screens, and disconnect from the natural world? Most research says it's not good. And, in fact, the Bible says there are theological reasons as well why it's good to stand in awe of the natural world. Job will help us see the connection between wisdom and nature this week, and how a right understanding helps manage anxiety and depression.

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 10:05am CDT

Pastor Jeske takes us through what God has to say about sharing the Christian Spirit with a World that desperately needs Good News.

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 8:06am CDT

This week we'll be studying Isaiah 58:6-11 as we worship under the theme "Disconnection from STATUS & RESPECT."  The God who created us in his image gave humanity special dignity and dominion within his creation. The more humans generate divisions amongst themselves though, i.e. gaps in status, the more disconnected we become from the honor God gave to us. Furthermore, repeatedly in Scripture God tells his people to fight for the dignity of the marginalized in society. So, how did God close the status gap for us? And what would God have us do in modern times for others?

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 6:36pm CDT

Pastor Jeske takes us through a bible study based on Isaiah 50:4-10 titled "Listen to the Servant: Determined, Suffering, Trusting"

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Category:Mark Jeske Sermon -- posted at: 9:48am CDT

This week we'll be studying 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 as we worship under the theme "(Inability to) Disconnect from CHILDHOOD TRAUMA."  In the text we're examining this week, the Apostle Paul gives us a remarkable insight into how he dealt with his famous "thorn in the flesh."

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Category:James Hein Sermon -- posted at: 6:46pm CDT