Vulnerability

Vulnerability is trusting that God wants the best for you and wants to provide what you need. Take it all to the Lord, not just the cleaned up version but the hard core nitty gritty side of your life. He knows it all already, keeping things from God is like trying to keep things from a good godly parent who knows you better than you know yourself. You are important to God and He wants to hear your real heart and real circumstances. The Lord longs to be there for you and to be a part of your solution and the Lord is not afraid of your drama and extreme feelings or emotions.

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The Way to the Top

“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). This might seem backwards to you, it would have seemed backwards to the disciples as well. The way of the world is to promote yourself. To fight your way to the top. To make sure you get ahead so you aren’t left behind. This attitude comes from a lack of trust in God.

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Evident Faith

I’m glad that we began our worship this morning with “A Mighty Fortress,” one of Martin Luther’s most famous hymns, because today we are going to dig into the Letter of James which Luther deemed “an Epistle of straw” when compared with the letters of Paul and Peter.

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Count Your Blessings

Our contemporary celebration of Thanksgiving arises from a European tradition with deep Christian roots, recognizing the blessings and provision of Almighty God either at harvest time or after deliverance from significant trouble. And yet, we forget this sometimes. We forget that God is the one who provides, and we take that burden upon ourselves. We strive after the things of this world, searching for happiness, searching for meaning, searching for peace. Jesus’ words remind us to set our anxieties aside. He tells us that when we focus on the things of this world, we will find anxiety. But, when we focus on God and his Kingdom instead, everything else falls into its own right place.

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I am a Doer of the Word

Reading and studying the Bible is of the utmost importance as we follow Jesus as Christians. But it is not enough to just read the Bible, we also need to put the things we read into practice. Jesus meets us wherever we are, but he is not content to leave us there, he wants to transform us through his Holy Spirit who he has placed in our hearts. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15, ESV).

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Looking Out for Number One

The way of the world tells us that we need to look out for number one (ourselves) and fight our way to the top. Jesus tells us that the way of his kingdom is very different “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). How do we follow Jesus’ instruction in a world where everyone is fighting for themselves?

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Thanksgiving Service

Sermon 2017-11-21 – Thanksgiving Service – The Rev. Christopher M. Klukas James 1:17–27; Psalm 65:1–8; Matthew 6:25–33 ● When we think about the origins of Thanksgiving, we often think of…

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