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Date: March 31, 2013
Title: Frowns Changed to Smiles

Topic: Resurrection of Jesus
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12
What can put a smile on your face during times of difficulty? Do you try to get away for a while or buy yourself something new? While these may be good options, they cannot give us lasting peace. Please listen as we discover the secret to wearing a lasting smile, even during our most challenging days.
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Date: March 24, 2013
Title: Holy Week

Topic: Holy Week
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
This is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. Many events occurred in Jesus’ life during this week, and it is important for us to remember them in order that we may sufficiently appreciate the meaning of Christ’s resurrection. So, in this week’s message, we will center our thoughts on Jesus’ suffering and death as a payment for the sins of the world.
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Date: March 17, 2013
Title: Days of Joy and Days of Sorrow

Topic: Evaluating Today's Church
Scripture: John 12:1-11
Which is more appropriate for church, celebrating or listening quietly? The worship service can provide both an opportunity to rejoice and feel sorrowful. In this week’s message, we will talk about Jesus’ thoughts regarding these matters.
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Date: March 10, 2013
Title: 
Their Complaint Is Our Good News
Topic: Responsibility of Being Christian
Scripture: Luke 15:1-7
Is it possible to go beyond God’s help? What about drug dealers, child molesters, and murderers? We are happy when these types of people are taken off the street and get what they deserve. But how does Jesus feel about them? Join us this week as we learn Jesus’ thoughts regarding the lost sheep of our world.
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Date: March 03, 2013
Title:
Learning From History
Topic: Baptism
Scripture: I Corinthians 10:1-6
Why do people so often bring up the past? Even St. Paul talked to the Corinthians about their ancestors and how God dealt with them. In this week’s message we will talk about our unity with the Israelites of the Old Testament as we strive to reach our promised land.
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Date: February 25, 2013
Title: 
The Shrinking Church
Topic: Church
Scripture: John 4:33-38
A recent magazine article, entitled The Shrinking Church, asks the questions, Where is everybody going? What can we do about it? In this week’s message, we will talk about some reasons why some of our congregations are dying, and what Jesus tells us we can do about the problem.
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Date: February 17, 2013
Title:
No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus
Topic: God's Abiding Presence
Scripture: Hebrews 2:14-18
Life can be so difficult. Our world is filled with people who are sorrowing, suffering, and dying. Sometimes it seems like God is not being fair to us. Where do we go during times like these? Join us in hearing a promise from God that can carry us through both our good and bad days.
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Date: February 10, 2013
Title: Confirmation Day

Topic: Transfiguartion
Scripture: Luke 9:28-36
Jesus once warned his disciples of the tough days that lay ahead for them as his followers, and it must have shook their loyalty to him. We, too, experience days of discouragement when we dedicate ourselves to serving God in his kingdom. But God has a powerful Word for those disciples and for us that can change the mood and direction of our lives.
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Date: February 3, 2013
Title: No Longer Welcome

Topic: Response to God's Love
Scripture: Luke 4:16-30
When Jesus announced that he was the promised Messiah to the people of his hometown, they became angry and tried to kill him. Their reaction sounds extremely harsh, but we also renounce Jesus when we honor him as little more than a great, moral teacher. Join us as we talk about all that Jesus offers in this week’s sermon.
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Date: January 27, 2013
Title: Love Came Down to Give Us Life

Topic: Faithfulness
Scripture: John 10:1-10
What makes you happy? We are all born with a need for happiness, and so we search for that one thing that will satisfy this craving in our soul. What we find, however, often leads to a path of danger and destruction. In this week’s message, we will learn what can fill our lives with true, lasting joy, excitement, and purpose even during tragic circumstances.
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Date: January 20, 2013
Title: Jesus Changes People

Topic: Spiritual Growth
Scripture: John 2:1-11
Do you ever find yourself doing or saying something that you later regret? We all have things in our lives that we wish we could change about ourselves, but find it impossible to do. Yet, real change is possible and in this week’s message we’ll talk about where to find the power to make those changes.
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Date: January 13, 2013
Title: Love Came Down to Tell the Truth

Topic: Truth
Scripture: John 18:33-38
Life can sometimes be very confusing, frustrating, and even dangerous at times, as we stumble around in moral darkness. We no longer know what is right and wrong, and some doubt that truth even exists. We need someone to give us truth. Join us this week as we learn what truth is and that it cannot come from within ourselves or within our world.
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Date: January 6, 2013
Title: Growing Up

Topic: Family and Home
Scripture: Luke 2:41-51
We know very little about Jesus’ life as a boy growing up in Nazareth. However, the Bible does give us one glimpse into his childhood and the kind of home in which he was raised. In this Sunday’s message, we will talk about that home and learn what it takes to raise our own children to be Christian adults who are eager to walk with Christ.
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Date: December 30, 2012
Title: Ready to Die

Topic: Eternal Life
Scripture: Luke 2:25-35
I am ready to die. This is a statement often made in our later years of life, as our bodies grow weak and our spirits grow weary. Two thousand years ago, another man told the Lord that he was ready to die, and in this week’s message we will try to understand what he meant by this statement.
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Date: December 23, 2012
Title: Why Are We So Blessed?

Topic: Blessings
Scripture: Luke 1:39-45
We have so much to be thankful for at this time of the church year. It is good to take a moment to examine those blessings and appreciate their purpose in our lives. In this Sunday’s message, we will join with another person who, when she learned of a special blessing in her life, exclaimed in a loud voice, “Why am I so blessed?”
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Date: December 16, 2012
Title: 
Just a Closer Walk: Stick Together
Topic: Christian Friends
Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25
The Bible teaches that we are to live in close, personal communion with the Lord Jesus Christ. So does that mean we can ask for his help with our everyday affairs? In this week’s sermon, we will discover how we can have a relationship with Jesus that is as intimate as with our dearest friends.
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Date: December 9, 2012
Title: Repent

Topic: Repentance
Scripture: Luke 3:1-14
When we think of all that is wrong in this world, we like to think of ourselves as basically good people. We do what is right, try to keep from doing wrong, go to church, give to the poor, etc. However, in this week’s sermon, we ask the question, What are we going to do about our own sin? Join us as we hear a stern warning from an outspoken and interesting New Testament prophet.
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Date: December 2, 2012
Title: He Will Come Again

Topic: Second Coming of Christ
Scripture: Luke 21:25-28, 36
The Bible teaches that Jesus will return to this earth again. However, it will be much different from when he was born a baby in Bethlehem’s manger. With his second coming, he will destroy sin, death, and the devil. Join us this week as we talk about three situations in which death would have been a real enemy were it not for Jesus returning to this earth.
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Date: November 25, 2012
Title: Relevant Words in Every Day

Topic: Cohabitation
Scripture: Hebrews 13:4
Do you know a couple who is living together without the benefit of marriage? It happens often in today’s world, and has for many generations all the way back to the Old Testament. So if it is so common, can it really be so wrong? Join us this Sunday as we discuss the relevance of God’s Word for our day.
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Date: November 18, 2012
Title: The Door is Open. Welcome!

Topic: Family and Home
Scripture: Hebrews 13:1-3
The Christmas holidays are filled with thoughts of family gatherings and tradition, and we love to spend time with loved ones and those who mean the most to us. However, in this week’s sermon, we will talk about a new idea for celebrating the holidays, and how it can be used to bring real meaning to the matter of having a happy holiday.
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Date: November 11, 2012
Title: Just a Closer Walk Means Continuing in His Word

Topic: Bible
Scripture: John 8:31-32
As humans born in sin, we are trapped in patterns of thought and behavior that lead to death. Christians, however, look to Jesus for a way out of this condition. In today’s sermon, we will hear some practical advice on getting to know Jesus in a more personal and intimate way by using a single, seemingly unimportant, word found in Scripture.
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Date: November 04, 2012
Title: Do You Have a Favorite Saint?

Topic: Saints of God
Scripture: Romans 1:7
Do you have a favorite saint? We can describe saints in different ways, but in all cases they serve as spiritual role models in our faith walk. In this week’s sermon, we will talk about the saints who Paul mentions in his New Testament letters, as well as some modern-day saints, and how they’ve enriched our spiritual journey. 
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Date: October 28, 2012
Title: When Jesus Opens Your Eyes, Life Is Different

Topic: Reformation - The
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
What would it be like to be able to see after living one’s entire life in darkness? Life would be dramatically different. In this week’s message, we will look at the lives of two people whose lives were drastically changed when Jesus opened their eyes to a dynamic spiritual truth.
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Date: October 21, 2012
Title: Can You Really Follow Me?

Topic: Serving
Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ? Several of Jesus’ disciples wanted to serve in a prestigious place in his kingdom. However, Jesus had a different thought in mind when he asked people to follow him. Listen this week as we talk about what it really means to serve Christ in his kingdom.
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Date: October 14, 2012
Title: Jesus First

Topic: Choices in Life
Scripture: Mark 10:17-27
We place great value on our family, our intellect, and our money. All these things are meant to enrich our lives and help us find our place in the world. But Jesus said that we must be willing to give all those things up in order to be saved. Impossible to do? So how then can we be saved?
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Date: October 07, 2012
Title: Just a Closer Walk

Topic: Abundant Life
Scripture: John 15:1-8
How would people describe you? Would they say you are kind, trust-worthy, and generous, or would they describe you as self-serving, angry, and unreliable? If you long for a greater sense of nearness and intimacy, you may find it surprising to learn that it all begins with surrendering yourself. Please join us this Sunday as we talk about how to grow in our love for others and for our heavenly Father.
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Date: September 30, 2012
Title: Priorities

Topic: Mature Witness Series
Scripture: Matthew 16:27-28
We try to take good care of our bodies while we are on this earth by watching what we eat, exercising, and visiting the doctor when something goes wrong. But do we take the same care of our souls? In this week's third and final message on the Mature Witness, we will talk about the priority we give Christ in our lives.
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Date: September 23, 2012
Title: Take Up Your Cross

Topic: Mature Witness Series
Scripture: Matthew 16:21-26
Have you ever had to suffer for Christ? The Word of God clearly tells us that Jesus came to give us peace, joy, and assurance, but it also tells us that we are to take up our cross and follow Him. This can be a confusing thought. In this week’s sermon – the second message on the theme, A Mature Witness – we will talk about persecution and suffering in our day.
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Date: September 16, 2012
Title: Peter Passed the Test

Topic: Mature Witness Series
Scripture: Matthew 16:21-26
What does it take to become a mature witness for the Lord. Jesus discovered Peter had what it took to become a disciple. But do we? Find out what we must first know before we can be responsible for teaching the word of God to others.
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Date: September 9, 2012
Title: Are You Elected for Salvation?

Topic: Predestination
Scripture: Romans 8:26-27
How much do you know about Pentecost? Is the Holy Spirit active in your life or do you simply know him as the third person of the Trinity? In this week’s sermon we will talk about a young man whose life and ministry changed dramatically when he learned of the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Date: September 2, 2012
Title: Just Give Me Jesus

Topic: Choices in Life
Scripture: Romans 8:26-27
How much do you know about Pentecost? Is the Holy Spirit active in your life or do you simply know him as the third person of the Trinity? In this week’s sermon we will talk about a young man whose life and ministry changed dramatically when he learned of the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Date: August 26, 2012
Title: God's Intentional Plan for Humankind

Topic: God's Authority
Scripture: Psalm 8:3-9
God had great plans for us when he created us, but we turned our backs on him and became our own little gods. As a result, we live in a world today filled with chaos, sin, heartaches. This was never God’s plan, and it still isn’t today. In this week’s sermon, we will talk about God’s intentional plan for humankind.
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Date: August 19, 2012
Title: Take Heart! God Is Still at Work

Topic: Coming to Faith
Scripture: John 3:1-17
Were you raised in the church, but stopped reading your Bible and strayed from the Holy Spirit as an adult? If this describes your life, we have some encouraging advice for you in this week’s sermon. Please join us as we study the life of a young man who had strayed far from the Lord.
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Date: August 12, 2012
Title: Who Is Feeding Your Soul?

Topic: God's Abiding Presence
Scripture: John 6:35
The human being is made up of a body and a soul. We know how to feed our bodies, but where do we find food for our souls? In this week’s sermon, we will look at how we can find answers in the Scriptures during our times of uncertainty.
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Date: August 5, 2012
Title: First Things First

Topic: Coming to Faith
Scripture: John 6:24-35
As human beings, we often look for concrete answers to questions in life. Even in matters of faith, people ask God to first give them a sign of his existence before they will believe in him. Is this wrong? In this week’s sermon we will talk about what it takes to build faith in the heart of an unbeliever.
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Date: July 29, 2012
Title: Come Home!

Topic: Acceptance
Scripture: Luke 15;1-2, 11-32
Have you been working diligently for the Kingdom of God for a long time now, or have you left Jesus Christ and gone your own way? In this week’s sermon, we will explore a message the Heavenly Father has for you, no matter where you’ve lived your spiritual life.
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Date: July 22, 2012
Title: Jesus Looks at His World

Topic: AcceptanceMark 6:3-44
When we watch the news on television, we often see the depravity of our society – murders, thefts, and corruptions of all kinds. There is no doubt that we live in a broken world, and all too often we are anxious to just write it off. Does Jesus feel the same way? In this week’s sermon, we will examine His attitude toward the sinful people in this world.
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Date: July 15, 2012
Title: He Will Change My Lifestyle

Topic: Lifestyle Questions
Scripture: Mark 6:14-29
Do you like your life the way it is, or does it need to be changed? Recognizing weaknesses in our lifestyles and then working to improve them can be a painful experience. Are you willing to allow that to happen? Join us this week as we look at an unusual person to use for a spiritual lesson.
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Date: July 8, 2012
Title: Sharing the Deeply Personal

Topic: Witnessing
Scripture: Mark 6:1-6
Why is it that we are often so nervous to talk to others about Jesus Christ? Sharing something as personal as our faith can make us very uncomfortable, especially around our family and friends. However, there is help for us. Join us this week as we consider Jesus’ experience in speaking spiritual truths to his hometown family.
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Date: July 1, 2012
Title: A Faith Story

Topic: Witnessing
Scripture: Mark 5:24-29
For more than two thousand years, people have been asking who is Jesus. Was he a great, but misunderstood, teacher? Was he the King of Kings, a prophet, or just a fool who believed himself to be God’s Son? Even Jesus’ disciples pondered Jesus’ identity at times, and we will learn what they discovered about him in this week’s sermon.
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Date: June 24, 2012
Title: Who Is This?

Topic: Trust
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
For more than two thousand years, people have been asking who is Jesus. Was he a great, but misunderstood, teacher? Was he the King of Kings, a prophet, or just a fool who believed himself to be God’s Son? Even Jesus’ disciples pondered Jesus’ identity at times, and we will learn what they discovered about him in this week’s sermon.
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Date: June 17, 2012
Title: To Whom Am I Speaking?

Topic: Teaching the Scriptures
Scripture: Mark 4:26-34
The truths of God’s Word, when planted in our hearts early in life, have the ability to grow into a mighty faith as we mature. In today’s sermon, we will talk about how the power of God’s Word changed one man’s broken life in a dramatic fashion.
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Date: June 10, 2012
Title: The Family of God

Topic: Family and Home
Scripture: Mark 3:20-25
In the past, churches were built around large families and cultural similarities. Today, however, families are not so tight. When Jesus left his childhood home, he described a new family, and in this week’s sermon we will talk about what it means to be a part of the family of God.
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Date: June 3, 2012
Title: Jesus Defines a Christian

Topic: Nicodemus
Scripture: John 3:1-17
Who is a Christian? Many would describe him as a loving father and husband who is devoted to his church and community. But who does Jesus say is a Christian? Please join us this week as we learn, with Nicodemus, the real meaning of a Christian.
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Date: May 27, 2012
Title: The Greatest of Counselors

Topic: Holy Spirit
Scripture: Romans 8:26-27
How much do you know about Pentecost? Is the Holy Spirit active in your life or do you simply know him as the third person of the Trinity? In this week’s sermon we will talk about a young man whose life and ministry changed dramatically when he learned of the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Date: May 20, 2012
Title: Happy Ascension Day!

Topic: Jesus' Ascension
Scripture: Acts 1:1-11
Some days our world can seem very much out of control and scary. It can be difficult to find the strength and confidence we need when depressing thoughts begin creeping into our minds. In this week’s sermon, we will talk about an eternal truth found in Jesus’ ascension that makes all the difference.
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Date: May 13, 2012
Title: The Necessity of Friends

Topic: Christian Friends
Scripture: John 15:9-17
The pressures and temptations of this life are all around us and can make it very difficult to be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. So where do we turn when we need someone to talk with about our trials? In this week’s sermon, we will talk about how a special command Jesus gave us can help fill a big need we have in our Christian life.
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Date: May 06, 2012
Title: Our Devotional Life

Topic: Time Alone With God
Scripture: John 15:1-8
Do you want to do great things for the Lord and his Church, but don’t believe you are able? In the sermon this week, we will talk about a scripture passage that can help us become giants in God’s Kingdom.
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Date: April 29, 2012
Title: One Flock and One Shepherd

Topic: Jesus - the Good Shepherd
Scripture: John 10:11-18
What is the purpose of the Church? Do you suppose that, with all the pain and terrible events in our world today, life would be much better if the Church clearly understood its purpose? This week we will hear Christ describe his Church and its role as his undershepherd to the world.
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Date: April 22, 2012
Title: Jesus' Patience

Topic: Patience
Scripture: Luke 24:36-45
We have often heard it said, “You can do anything you put your mind to do.” But what about when we can’t do something, like forgive someone who has hurt us deeply, or give up control of our life to God? Please join us as we talk about the patience of Jesus during our times of weakness.
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Date: April 15, 2012
Title: Are You Enjoying Your Easter Gifts?

Topic: Resurrection of Jesus
Scripture: John 20:19-23
We typically exchange gifts at Christmas, but not so much at Easter other than some candy. However, Jesus Christ offers us some surprising Easter gifts, and we will talk about them in this week’s sermon. Please join us.
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Date: April 08, 2012
Title: Stand Firm! Jesus Lives

Topic: Resurrection of Jesus
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
What does Easter mean to you? Is it just another chance to be with friends and family, or is it a glorious celebration? In this week’s sermon we will learn how we can have the assurance that we will not face eternity alone, no matter what our past may have been.
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Date: April 01, 2012
Title: Christ the King

Topic: Palm Sunday
Scripture: Mark 11:-11
We love our country and enjoy the freedoms she provides. However, like other countries before her, the United States is temporal and will one day cease to exist. In this week’s sermon, we will learn of an eternal kingdom and its King who stands by our side and will one day take us to live with him.
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Date: March 25, 2012
Title: How Do You Define the Christian Faith?

Topic: Faithfulness
Scripture: John 12:20-36
We live in a very confusing world that continues to deny Jesus Christ. That confusion even extends to our faith. Christianity can be defined in many ways, but today we will examine what the Bible teaches is the real meaning of the Christian faith.
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Date: March 18, 2012
Title: A Christianity That Costs Nothing Is Worth Nothing

Topic: Discipleship
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
In many ways, life is much easier than it was years ago. It makes sense then, that we would want an easier faith. However, as a Bishop once said, “A Christianity that costs nothing is worth nothing.” In this week’s sermon, we will discuss what it can cost to remain faithful to the cause of Christ, and if that loyalty is truly worth the price.
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Date: March 11, 2012
Title: He Knows What He's Talking About

Topic: Jesus Christ
Scripture: Mark 8:31-33; 9:2-8
Jesus made some radical statements in his day, like, “Love your enemies.” Sometimes we have to wonder why Jesus would ask us to do such things if he really knew what our lives are like. In this week’s sermon, Rev. Steve Kramer will help us to understand that Jesus really can be trusted, even when his teachings seem extreme.
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Date: March 04, 2012
Title: The Story That Never Grows Old

Topic: Church
Scripture: Mark 8:31-33
What is the purpose of the Christian Church? Isn’t it supposed to feed the hungry and heal the sick? Please join us this week as Rev. Homer Larsen helps us learn the basic reason that Jesus came to this earth and what he calls His Church to do.
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Date: February 26, 2012
Title: My Beloved

Topic: God's Love
Scripture: Mark 1:9-11
Many people walk through life feeling unloved. Right or wrong, they believe that no one cares. If you or someone you know is part of that group, we have some great news for you this day! Join us as we learn just how much we really are loved!
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Date: February 19, 2012
Title: Is There Life on the Other Side?

Topic: Transfiguration
Scripture: Mark 9:2-10
Is there life after death? Some people believe that life on this earth is all there is, while others believe everyone will go to heaven. What does Scripture teach? In this week’s sermon, we will talk about what life is like on the other side.
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Date: February 12, 2012
Title: A Time to Speak and a Time to Be Quiet!

Topic:
Scripture: Mark 1:40-45
Life teaches us that there is a time to speak and a time to be quiet. King Solomon also taught that, and Jesus uses the thought as well. In this week’s sermon, we will explore the opportunities to do both.
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Date: February 05, 2012
Title: Listen Up!

Topic: God's Abiding Presence
Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4
Have you ever noticed how the spoken word can have a very real effect in your life? A word of encouragement from a friend can give us a lift and help us to carry on. In this week’s message, the Rev. Steve Kramer tells about some very unique words that God is speaking to us. Listen up, because your life depends on those words!
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Date: January 29, 2012
Title: Father Or Higher Power

Topic: Personal Relationship with Christ
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7
At times we will hear a person, after having narrowly escaped danger, refer to a “higher power” that saved them from harm. We must then wonder how they pray to that higher power when other needs arise. In this week’s sermon, we will talk about how Jesus wants to be more than some obscure force in our life; he wants to be our Father.
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Date: January 22, 2012
Title: God's Word in My Heart

Topic:
Scripture: Psalm 119:9-16
Who guides and directs you in making decisions? The Old Testament Psalmist also asked that question when he said, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” We will discover his answer in this week’s sermon.
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Date: January 15, 2012
Title: He Brought His Brother to Jesus

Topic: Discipleship
Scripture: John 1:35-51
Have you ever met someone who made such a great impression on you that you wanted others to meet him? This was Andrew’s experience. When he met Jesus, he then led his brother John to meet him too. In this week’s sermon, we are going to talk about who led you to Christ and who you will introduce to Him.
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Date: January 08, 2012
Title: Don't Worry

Topic: Worry
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus once said, "Do not worry about your life." Is that possible today?
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Date: January 01, 2012
Title: You're Covered

Topic: God's Abiding Presence
Scripture: Psalm 115
Do you have a trusted friend on whom you can always count to cover for you when you need it? The people of Israel needed help as they faced some giant enemy nations in battle. That help is also there for us, and in this week’s sermon we will look at a beautiful song written about it.
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Date: January 01, 2012
Title: You're Covered
Topic: God's Abiding Presence
Scripture: Psalm 115
Do you have a trusted friend on whom you can always count to cover for you when you need it? The people of Israel needed help as they faced some giant enemy nations in battle. That help is also there for us, and in this week’s sermon we will look at a beautiful song written about it.
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Date: December 25, 2011
Title: Awakened to the Message of Christmas

Topic: Christmas
Scripture: Luke 2:1-7; John 1:1-13
What does the message of Christmas mean to you? It is just the story of a baby who was born in crude circumstances, or more than that? As we celebrate the holiday with our families, may our eyes be opened to the true meaning of Christmas.
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Date: December 18, 2011
Title: I Will Return

Topic: Second Coming of Christ
Scripture: Matthew 24:36-42
In 1942, General Douglas MacArthur told the Filipino people that he would return. His promise was met in 1945 when he presented himself to them as victor over the Japanese army. Our Lord Jesus likewise promised his disciples that he would return. We will discuss the fulfillment of that promise in our sermon this week.
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Date: December 11, 2011
Title: Take the Mystery Out of Christmas and What Do You Have?

Topic: Christmas
Scripture: Luke 1:26-31 & Matthew 1:18-24
We remember national leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King with a holiday in their honor. Christmas is another of those occasions when we close our businesses, schools, and post offices. However, Jesus was more than just another great leader. His birth is surrounded with mystery, and we will talk about it in this week’s sermon.
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Date: December 04, 2011
Title: Advent Is a Great Time to Share the Gospel

Topic: Advent
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-21
Have you ever regretted missing an opportunity to talk to a loved one about the Lord? The season of Advent offers many situations to talk about repentance and forgiveness. In this week’s sermon, the Old Testament Prophet Ezekiel will give us some help in sharing the Gospel.
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Date: November 27, 2011
Title: Oh Lord, Make Yourself Known

Topic: Advent
Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9
Have you ever prayed this prayer, “O Lord, make yourself known to me”? The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah prayed that prayer many times. God has various ways of revealing himself to us. This week we are going to talk about some of the ways we can experience God, and the greatest way in which he makes himself known to us.
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Date: November 20, 2011
Title: Finishing Strong

Topic: Perseverance
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3
Have you ever known someone who is very enthused about their work in the church and often talks about their faith, but years later barely even shows evidence of being a Christian? The Bible compares the Christian walk to running a race, and one biblical writer has good advice for a strong finish.
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Date: November 13, 2011
Title: Evaluating Your Congregation

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: I Peter 5:1-5, 12b
Being social beings, we need to join others in a congregation with a common faith in the Lord as our Savior. As members of the church, it is good to evaluate ourselves so we don’t stray from our mission and goals. In this week’s sermon, we will learn some advice in regard to standing fast in the faith.
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Date: November 06, 2011
Title: The Devil Made Me Do It

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: I Peter 5:8-9
How much of what we do wrong is our own doing and how much is Satan’s fault? The devil tempted Jesus in the desert, our first parents in the Garden of Eden, and he tempts us in our times of trial. In this week’s sermon, we will ponder the idea of a personal devil.
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Date: October 30, 2011
Title: Describe Your Relationship With God

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: I Peter 5:6-7, 10-11
Last month we relived some of the terrible events on September 11, 2001. Our nation was attacked, and 3,000 people were killed. Many of those caught in these attacks, finding themselves inadequate to handle the situation, turned to God for help. It is true that we do live in a fallen world and will all have our 9-11’s. Where do we turn when we are crushed?
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Date: October 23, 2011
Title: Christians' Lives Are Different

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: I Peter 4:1-11
The Bible teaches that if we are committed to Jesus Christ, our lives will be different. In the past, some have interpreted this thought by banning card playing and dancing. In today’s culture, it seems that anything goes. So which is correct? We will study St. Peter’s words this week to learn the answer.
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Date: October 16, 2011
Title: Do Not Erase

Topic: Discouragement
Scripture: II Timothy 2:8
Life can get real complicated at times. Disappointments and fears challenge our sense of security. However, God’s Word has a simple, but profound bit of counsel to sustain us as we face those moments in our lives. We will consider that counsel in this week’s sermon.
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Date: October 09, 2011
Title: What If?

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: I Peter 3:13-18
Christians often talk about peace, joy, comfort, and forgiveness. However, having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can also cause suffering and hardship. In this week’s sermon, we will discuss what it means to suffer for our Christian faith, and how to prepare for that suffering.
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Date: October 02, 2011
Title: Evangelism in the Home

Topic: Family and Home
Scripture: I Peter 3:1-7
The Bible warns Christians about marrying non-Christians. However, this does happen, and the marriage can be a good one. In this week's sermon, we will talk about how a Christian wife can win over her nonbelieving husband for Christ.
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Date: Sepember 25, 2011
Title: Respect for Authority

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:13-17
We enjoy our freedom. However, it seems that we have taken our freedom too far and lost respect for authority and our leaders. In this week’s sermon, the book of I Peter will help us learn about living in submission to our rulers, even when they are unjust, and how it also applies to our homes.
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Date: September 18, 2011
Title: Don't Worry

Topic: Worry
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
Are you a worry wart? Most of us have our moments of worry. We worry about our children, our parents, our health, and our finances, thinking of the worst possible scenarios. Worry does not help us escape evil, but instead makes us ill prepared to cope when evil comes. In this week’s sermon, we will talk about what Jesus taught regarding our concerns for the future.
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Date: September 11, 2011
Title: God's People

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: I Peter 2:9-12
Since the fall into sin, this world has lived in rebellion to its Creator. Our Bibles tell how spiritually bankrupt human nature was in that day, and today’s media tells us that it basically has not changed. However, St. Peter delivers a message that is a breath of fresh air on this subject. Please join us this Sunday.
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Date: September 04, 2011
Title: Living Stones in a Spiritual House

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-8
It seems every day we hear news of terrible events happening in our world. We have to wonder where the church is in all this. We’ll talk about the community of faith in this week’s sermon.
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Date: August 28, 2011
Title: How Much Time Do We Have for Christ?

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-3, Hebrews 5:11-14
In order for a relationship to grow, people must have time for each other. This is true between a husband and wife, parents and children, and close friends. This truth also applies to our relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus has a lot of time for us; do we have time for Him?
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Date: August 21, 2011
Title: God's Word Is Creative

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:24-25
Is the Church a power to be dealt with in our day, or does it not matter much? Imagine spending an hour with one of the builders of the early Church and learning what their greatest power was as they mingled with people of their day. We will talk about that power in this week’s sermon.
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Date: August 14, 2011
Title: Trust and Obey

Topic: Study on I Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:31-25
Can Christians expect to live the same type of life as those who have never met the Savior? St. Peter tells believers in Christ they should not be conformed to evil desires, but live a holy life instead. However, he has some encouragement for unbelievers as well. We find out what he says in this week’s sermon.
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Date: August 07, 2011
Title: Living with Christian Hope

Topic: God's Abiding Presence
Scripture: I Peter 1:1-9
On what do you base your security for the future? Our families give us security in knowing that, when things go wrong, they will be with us as quickly as can be. Yet, as good as that family is, it can be taken away in death. In this week’s sermon, St. Peter describes a security that can never pass away or be taken from us.
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Date: July 31, 2011
Title: Hang On

Topic: Troubles
Scripture: Psalm 13
During dark times in our lives, we may wonder how long we must endure the trial. As Christians, we ask that question with our eyes turned upward to God. In this week’s sermon, we will look at some words by King David who, in his hour of trial, asked some heart-wrenching questions of God, but learned to trust the Lord’s steadfast love.
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Date: July 24, 2011
Title: Help Them Understand

Topic: End Times
Scripture: Matthew 13:47-51
The Gospel is so simple that a child can understand and yet so profound that the greatest mind cannot penetrate its truth. Our Lord Jesus explained the Kingdom of God by using parables. In this week’s sermon, we will talk about one of his more difficult parables explaining who will inherit the Kingdom of God.
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Date: July 17, 2011
Title: The Day of Grace Will End

Topic: Grace
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
We often call this day “the day of grace.” People are free to turn their backs on Jesus. God freely forgives them if they repent and accepts them into the Kingdom. However, Jesus told a parable about a day when His grace will end and the judgement will come. We will discuss that day in this week’s sermon.
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Date: July 10, 2011
Title: Why Do We Go to Church?

Topic: Gospel Message
Scripture: Matthew 13:108, 18-23
We have numerous reasons for attending church. Some go because it is a habit; others want to visit with old friends. While these are good reasons to attend church, one is a basic reason to attend. We will talk about the importance of church attendance in this week’s sermon.
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Date: July 03, 2011
Title: What's Going On Inside?

Topic: Faith in Action
Scripture: Romans 7:21-25
Do you ever wonder why we sometimes act in ways that later grieve our hearts? People have been asking themselves that question since the beginning of time. This week’s sermon will help us understand the reasons we wrestle with those inner battles.
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Date: June 26, 2011
Title: Let Your Weight Down

Topic: Trust
Scripture: Psalm 131
Some of us believe we are masters of our own destiny, and we live as if everything depends on us. Then life throws a curveball and we don’t know where to turn. In this week’s sermon, we will talk about a person who was helpless against the obstacles in his life, but knew where to turn in order to conquer them.
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Date: June 19, 2011
Title: A Powerful Witness

Topic: Family and Home
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Our calendars remind us of some important holidays, which give us the opportunity to honor important people and events in our lives. One such event in the life of the Church included Jesus’ last words to his disciples. His words also describe the role of the Christian father. On this Father’s Day, we remember the opportunities and responsibilities associated with this important holiday.
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Date: June 12, 2011
Title: Let the Voice of the Lord Be Heard

Topic: Holy Spirit
Scripture: Acts 2
How far would you go to defend the Church of Christ? As members of that Church, we enjoy many blessings. However, at times we must also endure suffering to defend it. On this Pentecost Sunday, we will hear how Christ’s Church began and gain inspiration from a young man who centuries later paid a huge price when it was threatened.
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Date: June 05, 2011
Title: A Controversial Answer

Topic: Heaven
Scripture: John 14:5, 6
How do you get to heaven? That question has been asked by people throughout history. Jesus gave his disciples the answer to that question, and that answer still stirs dissention in people today. We will talk about his provocative answer in this week’s sermon.
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