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It's Complicated-Magnificent Marriage

2013-05-19 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Jesus loves marriage! In a culture that was full of divorce, Jesus upholds the value and primacy of marriage. Marriage is a tremendous good not only because of the support, love, and counsel that a spouse can offer, but because it offers a tremendous picture of deep unity.…

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It's Complicated-Thank God for Moms!

2013-05-12 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate! Mothers work hard and sacrifice much. In the story of Moses’ mother, Jochebed, we find a mother who made a brave sacrifice – giving up her son to save him. What sacrifices have our mothers made for us for our good?…

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Illusion: The Devil's Deceit Revealed-Emptiness

2013-05-05 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? Exhaustion leads to emptiness. But Jesus can fill us with His strength. We should turn to Him and draw from His Word.…

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Illusion: The Devil's Deceit Revealed-Wounds

2013-04-28 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? Exhaustion leads to emptiness. But Jesus can fill us with His strength. We should turn to Him and draw from His Word.…

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Illusion: The Devil's Deceit Revealed-Fear

2013-04-21 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The disciples are scared of everything! They are scared of a storm and then, when Jesus calms the storm, they are scared of Him. Fear can be paralyzing. But Christ calls us not to fear and instead to live by faith in Him.…

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Illusion: The Devil's Deceit Revealed-Regrets

2013-04-14 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The story of David and Absalom is one of the saddest in Scripture. A father is estranged from his son and does not realize what he has lost until his son dies and David cries in despair, ““O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son” (2 Samuel 18:33). Rather than living with regret, we are called to repent of our sins and start anew.…

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Illusion: The Devil's Deceit Revealed-Stress

2013-04-07 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The burdens of life can become overwhelming. The apostle Paul, no matter how stressful his life may be, knows the secret to overcoming stress: finding strength in Christ (cf. Philippians 4:13). Christ can help us bear the burdens of stress we cannot bear by ourselves.…

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EASTER-Illusion

2013-03-31 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Do you ever feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? Such a feeling is only an illusion! Just as the rock was rolled away from the empty tomb on that first Easter, the Lord can roll away the sins that weigh us down and give us new freedom and strength through His resurrection.…

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News Flash! Getting the Sacred Story Straight-Why?

2013-03-17 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

How do you share the gospel in a society riddled by relativism and pluralism? Paul encountered just such a challenge in Acts 17. In Paul’s speech at Athens, we take a look at some of the techniques he used to minister to people who saw no apparent value in believing in one God and Savior.…

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News Flash! Getting the Sacred Story Straight-Where?

2013-03-10 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The places that need the gospel are nearly limitless. Jesus’ desire, as demonstrated in Acts 1, is that his gospel go out to “the ends of the earth” (verse 8). Where is God calling you to share the gospel – in a place near or far?…

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News Flash! Getting the Sacred Story Straight-When?

2013-03-03 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Sharing the good news takes time! A person does not always believe after only a single conversation. Such is the case when Paul shares the gospel with King Agrippa. As we share our faith, then, we must be patient, knowing that God works through his Word, even if God’s Word takes many years or even decades to bear the fruit of faith!…

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News Flash! Getting the Sacred Story Straight-What?

2013-02-24 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The message of the gospel is always the same – that Christ died on a cross in our place for our sins. But the way we share that message can be different depending on the situation or personality. Some people share the gospel through friendships, others through service, and still others through confrontation. In this message, we look at different styles of evangelism, reflecting on Paul’s admonition to share the gospel “by all possible means” (verse 22).…

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News Flash! Getting the Sacred Story Straight-Who?

2013-02-17 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

In Mark 4:1 it says, “The crowd that gathered around Jesus was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.” Jesus was a popular teacher when in Galilee. But in Mark 5, he enters into the region of the Decapolis – pagan territory. Only one man comes out to meet him – and he is a demoniac at that. But Jesus heals him and tells him, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you” (verse 19). Jesus wants the good news to be shared with everyone – pagans and believers alike.…

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"F" is for FAILURE: Seeing Beyond Life's Messes-You Think Setbacks Are Final

2013-02-10 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The old saying goes, “You take two steps forward and one step back.” Setbacks are simply part of life. But they are not reasons to give up! In Jesus’ story of the prodigal son, the son believes his sin has cast him out of his father’s good graces…permanently. But as he learns, even the most serious setback of sin is no match for his father’s love.…

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"F" is for FAILURE: Seeing Beyond Life's Messes-You Work Harder, Not Smarter

2013-02-03 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Always worrying about what other people think of you can be paralyzing. It can keep you from doing the right thing and lead you to do the expedient thing so others will think well of you. It can also lead you to manage your image to impress others rather than getting honest about your failures. Success comes when you live not to please others, but God.…

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"F" is for FAILURE: Seeing Beyond Life's Messes-You Work Harder, Not Smarter

2013-01-27 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hard work is great! But sometimes, working hard only wears us out and leads us to failure. In these instances, we do not need to put in more hours or apply more elbow grease. Instead, we need to find a different way to work. This is the lesson that Jethro teaches his son-in-law Moses.…

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"F" is for FAILURE: Seeing Beyond Life's Messes-You Fulfill Your Own Prophecy

2013-01-20 :: Concordia Impact Ministries

Sometimes, we set ourselves up for failure. We tell ourselves we will not be able to do something. We do not give something our full effort because we are convinced that it is beyond our ability. We fulfill the prophecy we make about ourselves. This is what the Israelites do in Numbers 14. They are convinced that they will die and so they grumble. And their own words prove to be their undoing as they are judged by God.…

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"F" is for FAILURE: Seeing Beyond Life's Messes-You Take "No" for an Answer

2013-01-13 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Sometimes, we have to learn how to accept an answer that is “no.” Other times, it behooves us to ask again! Consider Abraham. He won’t take “no” for an answer…even from God! He haggles with God with the hope that God’s mercy will triumph over His judgment. And though God still destroys Sodom and Gomorrah, God proves to be delighted that Abraham won’t take “no” for answer when it comes to mercy.…

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"F" is for FAILURE: Seeing Beyond Life's Messes-You Run for the Wrong Goal

2013-01-06 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

If you’ve watched enough football, soccer, or basketball games, you’ve probably seen someone make a goal…for the other team. It’s a highly embarrassing mistake. After all, a player reaches the goal. It just happens to be the wrong one! Sometimes, the reason we fail is because the goals we have aren’t right. Take Samson, for instance. He had goals of revenge. But this wrongheaded goal was his undoing at the hands of the Philistines.…

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Jubilee Worship: Ready, Set, Go!

2012-12-30 :: Pastor Bill Tucker & Zach McIntosh

Simeon is ready to go meet his Maker. How did Simeon ready himself? By trusting in Christ! When Simeon saw Christ, he received his consolation. We, like Simeon, can only be readied to meet our Maker through Christ. On a Sunday when many people are readying themselves for a new year, we talk about readying ourselves for a new - and eternal - life.…

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The Fabulous Life of Elijah: Forecasting the Finish

2012-12-23 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

According to a widely promoted story, the world, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, will end on December 21. This, of course, is out of step with Christ’s teaching, “No one knows about that day or hour [of the end], not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for the first coming of the Lord. How can we best prepare for His second coming?…

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When Darkness Closes In: Processing A Tragedy

2012-12-16 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

In light of the terrible shooting in New Haven, Connecticut, we take some time to process our grief and address some of the questions on the hearts and minds of many.…

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The Fabulous Life of Elijah: Transitioning the Torch

2012-12-09 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Elijah passes his mantle to Elisha. As Christians, we are called to pass the mantle of our faith to the next generation. The holidays are an especially good time to do this, as we share “the reason for the season” with our kids and others.…

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The Fabulous Life of Elijah: Dealing with Despair

2012-12-02 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Even the most stalwart spiritual heroes encounter moments of despair. Elijah did when he was being chased by Jezebel, saying, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life” (verse 4). In the midst of the holidays, some people experience a heightened sense of depression. It is important to lean on God’s presence and strength even in our darkest moments.…

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The Fabulous Life of Elijah: Multiplying What’s Meager

2012-11-25 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

In times of scarcity, it can be tough to trust God! The widow at Zarephath had to learn this lesson first hand as she shared the only food she had with a prophet she didn’t even know. As we give thanks for what we have, do we trust God to provide us with all we need? And are we willing to share with others as they have need?…

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The Fabulous Life of Elijah: Comfortable with Confrontation

2012-11-18 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Many people are passive aggressive, refusing to confront head on differences with others in conviction or challenges in their relationships. God wants us to confront things – even difficult things – head on like Elijah does with the prophets of Baal.…

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At The Intersection Of Church And State: Now What?

2012-11-11 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Now that the election is over, there is a group of people who is inevitably disappointed. When our political party is victorious or defeated, how do we respond? With prayer and submission, of course! In this way, we entrust ourselves to God’s ultimate rule, believing the rulers He has put in place will ultimately accomplish His divine purpose.…

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At The Intersection Of Church And State: Jesus’ Tax Policy

2012-11-04 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

When the Pharisees and Herodians come to Jesus with their question about taxes, they are trying to get him either to disrespect the powers that by answering that paying taxes are not necessary or to somehow compromise his devotion to God by living under the government. Jesus respects the government while still holding his ultimate allegiance to God’s kingdom. In a world where political discourse is often uncivil and where people put politics ahead of God, we should follow Jesus’ lead.…

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Word Problems – Real Answers: If A Pharisee Is This Righteous…

2012-10-28 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

On Reformation Sunday, we remember the central message of our Christian faith: that we are justified not by our works, but by grace through faith. All too often, we can be tempted to make how well we steward our lives the benchmark for our self-worth. The gospel reminds us that we are precious not because our own righteousness, but because of God’s righteousness, given to us through the cross of Christ.…

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Word Problems – Real Answers: If A Manager Changes 800 To 400…

2012-10-21 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

This parable is one of the most difficult in the Bible! After all, having a master (who stands for God) commending a dishonest manager (verse 8) raises all sorts of questions. But the interpretive key to this parable comes at the end of verse 8: “For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” If we are shrewd about things like our jobs and our reputations, how much more shrewd should we be when it comes to managing our money for the sake of God’s Kingdom!…

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Word Problems – Real Answers: If Barn “A” Holds 500 Tons Of Grain…

2012-10-14 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

“You can’t take it with you.” Everyone has heard this cliché, but far too many of us have far too much trouble living like it’s true. Rather than storing up treasures for ourselves, we are called to leverage the treasures God has given us for the blessing of others. As Augustine commented on this parable, “He did not realize that the bellies of the poor where much safer than the storerooms of his barns.”…

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Heaven: God’s Feature Presentation-I Would Like To Know…

2012-10-07 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Many people have many questions about heaven, for we, like Paul, know that “our citizenship is in heaven” (verse 20). In this message, we answer some common questions about heaven as asked by Concordia’s members.…

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Heaven: God’s Feature Presentation-How To Get To Heaven

2012-09-30 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

If heaven is as glorious as the Scriptural record paints it to be, the question naturally arises: “How do I make it into God’s heavenly kingdom?” On Jubilee Weekend, we answer this question clearly according to the Gospel: it is through faith and faith alone in Christ that we receive paradise.…

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Heaven: God’s Feature Presentation-How Far Is Heaven?

2012-09-23 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Many people think of heaven as a place “out there.” And though it is true that when we die, we “depart to be with Christ” (Philippians 1:23), heaven’s ultimate resting place will be in a reconstituted creation. Heaven, then, is not finally a different place, but a different state – a state that is free from sin, death, and the devil.…

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Heaven: God’s Feature Presentation-Life After Death

2012-09-16 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The promise of heaven may be glorious, but the stark reality is, as Jesus alludes to in this parable, that not everyone will live with God in heaven. This is not by God’s dream or design, however. Jesus consistently addresses and warns against hell so that we may escape such a damnable destiny.…

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Heaven: God’s Feature Presentation-Why Heaven Matters

2012-09-09 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Most people know that there is something wrong with this world. The tragedy, death, and despair of our world makes us cry out for something better – something heavenly. The apostle Paul addresses this yearning for something better in Romans 8 and reminds us that the reason we yearn for a better life is because there is a better life!…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Retirement That Works

2012-09-02 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Retirement involves more than playing golf and lounging around! When Moses led the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, he was 80 and his brother Aaron was 84. Just because you retire doesn’t mean that God can’t use you to do amazing work! What work is God calling you to do for Him?…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Taking Work Home

2012-08-26 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Many people take work home with them, either physically or emotionally. Some people are always on call or working on projects and are never able to stop. Other people carry the emotional weight of their work on their shoulders and are never able to relax. On Labor Day weekend, we look at the importance of balancing work and rest and note how in the Ten Commandments, a mandate to rest goes hand in hand with a mandate concerning relationships in the family.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Budgeting and Tithing

2012-08-19 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Key to any Christian budgeting is giving. Solomon reminds us, Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10). When we trust God to give back to Him what He has given us, our faith in Him to provide for all of our needs grows by leaps and bounds.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Help! My Job Is Unfulfilling!

2012-08-12 :: Pastor Larry Krueger

A recent feature in Psychology Today asked, “Is Your Job Killing You?” It’s no secret that some people do not like their jobs and feel like they are slowly having the life sucked out of them. How do you survive when your work gets hard? By remembering that, ultimately, even in a trying job, you can still serve God. This is what Joseph had to remember when he worked for Potiphar. His job was so bad that it landed him in jail! But God ultimately came through for Joseph and He will come through for you too.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-How to Pray

2012-08-05 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Many people want to pray, they just don’t know how! Thankfully, Jesus gives us a great way to pray in His prayer – the Lord’s Prayer. But this prayer is not just a prayer to be recited, it’s a prayer to be followed. Praying for everything from God’s glory to forgiveness for sins to our daily needs are all appropriate topics in prayer. In this message, we tease out how this prayer can be a pattern for our praying.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-A Healthy Look At Me, Part 2

2012-07-29 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The Hebrew word for “health” is shalom which describes not just our physical health, but our mental, spiritual, and emotional health as well. God wants us to be healthy in all aspects of our lives. The foundation for holistic health, however, is our spiritual health. In this message, we discuss how all these areas of health intersect with each other.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-A Healthy Look At Me, Part 1

2012-07-22 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Many people struggle with feelings of worthlessness and unworthiness. They forget that they are made in God’s image. However, when we remember this fact, we can rest assured that it is in Him that we find our worth and can then develop a healthy self-image…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-The One Debt You Want

2012-07-15 :: Pastor Rev. Gerald B. Kieschnick

Many people struggle with out-of-control debt. God’s call is that we steward the resources He has given us faithfully and avoid debt as much as possible. Yet, there is one debt God wants us to have: the debt to love each other. On Pastor Tucker’s 25th Ordination Anniversary, President Kieschnick shares how the continuing debt to love each other is part of the pastoral ministry and every Christian’s ministry.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Giving Grace, Telling Truth

2012-07-08 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

As Christians, we are called to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Holding love, or grace, and truth and tension can be difficult. Sometimes, we are tempted to tell someone the truth self-righteously, lambasting them to make a point. Other times, we are tempted to avoid a tough conversation, preferring to offer them instead encouragement even when they need to be confronted in sin. When Jesus meets a woman caught in adultery in John 8, He holds grace and truth in perfect tension. He does not condemn her, but He also does not sanction her sin.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Learning to Forgive

2012-07-01 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

When someone wounds you deeply, to put it mildly, it is difficult to forgive. Yet, forgiveness is what we are called to by God, for God Himself is forgiving. The prophet Jonah despised this attribute of God. He says, “I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity” (Jonah 4:2). Yet, if we do not forgive, we are bound by those who hurt us. When we forgive, however, we are freed!…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Living with Loneliness

2012-06-24 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

According to a study conducted by the AARP, 44 million people struggle with loneliness. This same study found 35% are chronically lonely, a 15% from ten years ago. Loneliness is epidemic. Jesus can sympathize with our loneliness. In His hour of deepest need – as He was on His way to the cross – His dear disciples were scattered. It is because of Jesus’ loneliness that He makes the promise to never leave us alone.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Leadership God’s Way

2012-06-17 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Many people struggle with finding time for God in Bible study and prayer. For husbands and fathers, being rooted and grounded in these things is especially important, since they are called to lead their families spiritually. On Father’s Day, we reflect on the promise that a man who is grounded in God’s Word has the strength to lead his family faithfully and well.…

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tHE aBNORMAL lIFE: Changing on Purpose-Trusting God Totally

2012-06-10 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

God is in the business of asking people to do seemingly strange things. In the book of Hosea, God asks the prophet to take a prostitute as a wife. The prophet and the prostitute – what a combination! But through this odd coupling, God teaches Israel about being faithful to Him. Will we be faithful to God, even during difficult times?…

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Living on Purpose: Living with Regrets

2012-06-03 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

We all have regrets. Past mistakes, failings, fallings, and sins can scar our souls in significant ways. How do we move past these things and live with the chazowns that God has given us? The key is Godly sorrow, otherwise known as repentance. Rather than beating ourselves up over our past mistakes, we need to sorrowfully bring them to Christ so that he can forgive them and give us a fresh start.…

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Living on Purpose: What Matters Most

2012-05-27 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

During Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. We also remember that every life will eventually end. With this in mind, it is worth it to ponder whether or not we are living with eternity in mind. For Paul, what matters most is “knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection.” For this is the key to eternal life. Does this matter the most to us too?…

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Living on Purpose: Ready, Set, Go!

2012-05-20 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Now that we have discovered our spiritual gifts and have thought about our vocations, how can we move toward intentionally living out God’s purpose for our lives? This is where having a plan of action comes into play! Jesus notes that for building projects and in wars, there is always a plan of action. Do you have a plan of action for your life? You need to be ready and set to go!…

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Living on Purpose: Getting Spoked Up! (Part 2)

2012-05-13 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

There are three other major spokes in our vocational wheel. They include our health, our work, and our finances. The goal in these areas is that we would be, as Paul writes of himself, “commended in every way” (verse 4) even when things get difficult, as they certainly were in Paul’s life. We want to be found faithful.…

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Living on Purpose: Getting Spoked Up! (Part 1)

2012-05-06 :: Pastro Bill Tucker

When people get excited about something, they will often speak of “getting stoked up,” like embers in a fire. God wants us to get stoked up about the different vocations he has for us. We can look at these vocations like spokes in a wheel – we need to faithfully live out several vocations at once to make our life roll forward. For the next two weeks, we will talk about getting spoked up! That is, we will discover what spokes God has placed in the wheel of our vocations. We begin with our two primary vocations – seeking God’s kingdom and sharing God’s kingdom.…

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Living on Purpose: Putting it on Paper

2012-04-29 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Crafting a personal purpose statement helps bring clarity to the ways in which God has gifted you to live for Him. Writing it down allows you to revisit your purpose statement time and time again and discern whether or not you are being faithful to God’s purpose for your life. When God comes to Habakkuk and asks him to write down a revelation, the Hebrew word for “revelation” in verse 3 is chazown. The chazown that God wants Habakkuk to write down has to do with righteousness before God. What chazown is God asking you to write down?…

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Living on Purpose: Uniquely You

2012-04-22 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Our unique chazowns are rooted in the spiritual gifts God has given us. In order to discern our spiritual gifts, we need to ask what we love, what upsets us when it is not done or done incorrectly, what our past experiences are, and be familiar with the areas in which we have consistently been affirmed.…

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Living on Purpose: Getting to Your Purpose on Purpose

2012-04-15 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Far too many people drift through their lives aimlessly, not knowing what they will do next. Or, when they do make plans, they do not make them with God in mind. When you reach the last day of your life, will you be where God has designed you to be? Or, will you simply live and die without purpose?…

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Living on Purpose: Connecting to God's Chazown:

2012-04-08 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Before we ever had a purpose in our lives, God had a purpose for our lives. And His purpose for us is expressed in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. For when Christ died and rose, our eternities were secured and our salvation was fulfilled. Do you believe in Christ’s purpose for you?…

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Palm Sunday: Incredible Savings!

2012-04-01 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”…

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King Me! Life Lessons from Israel's Lieges: God's Supreme Court

2012-03-25 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the LORD. He said: 4 “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the LORD, which the doorkeepers have collected from the people. 5 Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair the temple of the LORD— 6 the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple. 7 But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are acting faithfully.” 8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the LORD.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. 9 Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the LORD and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. 11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.…

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King Me! Life Lessons from Israel's Lieges: Divided We Fall

2012-03-18 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 9 The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. 11 So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”…

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King Me! Life Lessons from Israel's Lieges: The Ultimate Washington Outsider

2012-03-11 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me.” The LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” 4 Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5 Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.” 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”…

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King Me! Life Lessons from Israel's Lieges: Hey, Jealousy!

2012-03-04 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. 7 As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” 8 Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9 And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had left Saul.…

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King Me! Life Lessons from Israel's Lieges: I Just Can't Wait to Be King!

2012-02-26 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

All the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.” 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”…

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Unresolved: The World

2012-02-19 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

As Christians, how do we live in a world filled with so much depravity? How do we work with those who share radically different worldviews from us? Paul argues that, without compromising our core convictions, we can gladly enter into the lives of unbelievers, seeking by any moral means possible to bring to them the message of the gospel.…

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Unresolved: Time

2012-02-12 :: Pastor Larry Krueger

When conducting the Facebook survey that served as the basis of this series, one person commented, “I need a 25 hour day.” This was the one thing she wanted more than anything else for 2012. We have so many things to do and we never seem to have enough time to do them. The apostle Paul realizes that “time is short” (verse 29). And we will not get any more hours than what have been appointed for us. What we need, then, is not more time, but to use the time God has given us to His glory.…

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Unresolved: Healing

2012-02-05 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

“It seems like everyone I know is getting cancer.” A dear lady said this to me a year ago after her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She prayed for healing. It did not come. Why is it that Jesus heals so many people in the Bible, but so many of our prayers for healing go unanswered? How do we trust Christ even when our prayers for healing aren’t answered as we might like them to be?…

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Unresolved: Children

2012-01-29 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

“Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3 NLT). Yet, with children also comes heavy responsibility. The call of Scripture is clear: We are to raise our children in the faith and, when they stray, we are to exercise patience and seek gentle restoration.…

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Unresolved: Temptation

2012-01-22 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Many people struggle with long-lasting and lingering temptations. Whether we are tempted by alcohol, food, anger, resentment, or sexual indiscretion, we all face some type of temptation. Jesus models how to overcome temptation: through Scripture, the power of God, and consolation from others.…

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The Word Of The Lord Endures Forever

2012-01-18 :: Rev. Dr. Guide Merkens

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God Always Cares For You

2012-01-18 :: Rev. Dr. Guide Merkens

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Life Everlasting

2012-01-18 :: Rev. Dr. Guide Merkens

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Unresolved: Direction

2012-01-15 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

“What does God want me to do?” “Where does God want me to go?” “What does God want me to be?” These big questions about life’s direction do not have easy answers. What’s more, when we approach God in prayer about large life decisions, heaven can sometimes seem strangely silent. Yet, even when we don’t know what to do, we are given this admonition: “When we do not know what to do, we are to fix our eyes upon You”…

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Face to Face…With the King

2012-01-08 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

He only looked like a child. But to Herod, he was so much more. He was a threat to his title as “King of the Jews.” Herod desires to kill this child, but his plot is foiled. Some wise men from the east desire to worship this child, and they are blessed. Jesus is King! Will we respond with rebellion like Herod or worship like the wise men when we meet Him face to face?…

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Face to Face…With the Messiah

2012-01-01 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

He only looked like a child. But to Simeon, he was so much more. He was the consolation Israel was waiting for. The Holy Spirit had revealed to Him that a baby named Jesus was God’s promised Messiah. When He sees Jesus face to face, then, he sings, “Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace” (Luke 2:29). Simeon sees Jesus and now knows that he can die in peace. For through the Messiah, he has the assurance of seeing Jesus again face to face in eternity. Do you have the assurance of seeing Jesus face to face in eternity?…

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All I Want For Christmas Is…An XBOX Kinect

2011-12-25 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The XBOX Kinect is a video game system you play by simply moving your body. It interacts with your movements and your voice so that you can become fully immersed in the game. No joysticks or buttons needed! It takes you into a different reality. On Christmas Day, we marvel at how Jesus willingly came into a different reality. He left heaven to come to this earth. But His different reality was not an entertaining one, it was a humble and dark one. As John says, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (verse 14). The promise of the gospel is that Jesus joins us in our reality so that we can join Him in His.…

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All I Want For Christmas Is…A Pet Rock

2011-12-24 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS is the first fully automatic Nerf dart gun, complete with one six dart clip and three extended clips which hold 18 darts each. It has a lot of firepower and is every boy’s (and man’s) dream! When Christ came to this earth, He came in the most meager of ways. Born in a stable, He seemed to be nothing special – or powerful. But Jesus, as God incarnate, had incredible firepower. By His death and resurrection, He conquered sin, death, and the devil. What sin, fear, or difficulty do we need conquered? The baby in the manger can help!…

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All I Want For Christmas Is…Legos

2011-12-18 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Lego Board Games are games you build yourself! And as you build them, you also try to beat your opponents. In Matthew 2, we are introduced to Herod the Great. Herod was known as quite a builder. He was the one who expanded the temple in Jerusalem to an untold splendor. He was the one who built fortresses such as the Herodium and even built a whole new city – the Caesarea Maritima. But Herod was also paranoid that someone would seek to take his power and prestige. So when some Magi from the east come inquiring about “a King of the Jews,” Herod becomes immediately jealous, believing that someone is trying to steal his throne. Sadly, during Christmas, our penchant for jealousy often comes out as we compare ourselves to those who more than us. Are we satisfied with what we do – and do not – have?…

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All I Want For Christmas Is…A Pillow Pet

2011-12-11 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Pillow pets are exactly what their name implies – they are pets, but they are also pillows. By simply unfolding it, your child can turn his stuffed animal into a pillow on which to sleep. Around the holidays, a pillow pet sounds nice, doesn’t it? After all, this season is so busy and tiring. Who couldn’t use a nap? In Isaiah 8, the prophet speaks of a dark, tiring, and stressful time. He foretells a coming Assyrian invasion. But then, in chapter 9, Isaiah breaks out in a chorus of hope: “The people living in darkness have seen a great light” (verse 2). He further promises a coming Messiah who, among other things, will be the “Prince of Peace” (verse 6). Jesus, even when we are stressed and in need of rest, stills our souls with His peace.…

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All I Want For Christmas Is…A Sing-A-Ma-Jig

2011-12-04 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

They won “The Toy of the Year” for 2011. Sing-A-Ma-Jigs can talk, sing, and harmonize with each other! If you collect the whole family, they will always sing in perfect harmony. If only our families were as harmonious. But the truth is, our families are often filled with stress and strife, especially around the holidays. During the first Christmas, Joseph encountered a major family problem – his fiancé Mary turned up pregnant and he knew he was not the father! Yet, because of Joseph’s trust in God, he stayed with Mary and saw their marriage through. Do we trust in God to see us through difficult times and reconcile our broken relationships?…

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Tough Joy: A Series on Philippians: Making a List and Checking It Twice

2011-11-27 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Aretha Franklin sang, “You better think, think about what you’re trying to do to me!” In Philippians 4, Paul is exhorting us, “You better think!” But what Paul calls us to think about is not the pain of our relationships and lives, as in Aretha Franklin’s song, but about that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. What we think about shapes the outlook we have on life. What do you think about?…

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Tough Joy: A Series on Philippians: Confidence Men

2011-11-20 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind has just published a book titled Confidence Men, detailing the Obama administration’s confidence – and confusion – as they seek to handle some of our day’s biggest issues. If there was a “confidence man” in the first century, it was Paul. In his former life as a Pharisee, he was confident in his own ability, morality, and spirituality. But now he has shifted his confidence to Christ. Where is your confidence?…

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Tough Joy: A Series on Philippians: Cop An Attitude

2011-11-13 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The phrase “cop an attitude” usually carries with it a negative connotation. But in Philippians 2, Paul calls us to cop the same attitude as Christ! We are to imitate His humility, His servant-spirit, and His obedience. For when we cop Christ’s attitude, we are pointing others toward Christ Himself so that the knees and the tongues of others can bow can confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!…

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Tough Joy: A Series on Philippians: Pain and Suffering

2011-11-06 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

In a dispute, a plaintiff will sometimes try to sue a defendant for “pain and suffering.” In these instances, the plaintiff is seeking to recoup some sort of reimbursement for the anguish the defendant has allegedly caused him. Paul opens his letter with an honest admission of his situation: he is in great pain and suffering. He is “in chains for Christ” (verse 13). Yet, rather than suing, Paul rejoices, for he know that what has happened to him “has really served to advance the gospel” (verse 12). Do we see circumstances that cause us pain and suffering as opportunities to advance Christ’s gospel? What are some ways we can better learn to see the gospel even in our most difficult moments?…

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More Blessed: Bigger Than Our National Debt

2011-10-23 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Though our national debt is big, it is not nearly as big as the debt of our sin, for the debt of our sin is incalculable. When Jesus encounters a sinful woman who anoints His feet with perfume, He knows that she loves Him much because she has been forgiven by God for a debt of sin that baffles her. On Reformation Day, we celebrate God’s extravagant love – a love so great that it would cover our sins. We respond by loving and serving our Lord for His marvelous gift…

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More Blessed: Sturdier Than Prudential

2011-10-16 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Prudential built its reputation on providing their clients with steady financial returns on their investments. That’s why their logo is a rock. It indicates steadiness and sureness. Stewardship, likewise, begins with a rock-solid promise: “I the LORD do not change” (verse 6). This means if God has been generous to us in our past, we can count on Him to be generous to us in our future! How have you seen God’s generosity in your past? Do you steward your money generously as a sign of faith that you trust His generosity for your future?…

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The Me I Want To Be: Lust to Zeal

2011-10-09 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The enticement to lust is everywhere in our culture. What we see on TV, the internet, in video games, and in many other places can tempt us to lust after someone who is not ours. Paul’s pronouncement on lust is unequivocal: We ought to flee it (verse 18)! Why? Because we are temples of God’s Spirit. Thus, we live our lives with zeal for him rather than a lust for sin, as Paul says in Romans 12:11: “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”…

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The Me I Want To Be: Idleness Intentionality

2011-10-02 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Idleness is inexcusable! Because we were created to work, we will find work to do one way or another. But the work born out of idleness is sinful work, like being a busybody. Thus, it is important that we are intentional and faithful in the work we do so that we glorify God in our work.…

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The Me I Want To Be: Anger to Rejoicing

2011-09-25 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

When facing injustice, a person can respond in one of two ways: anger or rejoicing. The apostles could have responded with anger at the Sadducees because the Sadducees were unfairly persecuting them. Instead, they were “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy suffering disgrace for the Name” (verse 41). How do we respond to adversity?…

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The Me I Want To Be: Falsehood to Purity

2011-09-18 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Our world is full of lies. The most dangerous lies are those told about God. This is why John encourages the children of the true God to stay way from idols (cf. verse 21) and remain in him who is true (cf. verse 20). In this message, we will discuss how to stand up for purity and truth in a world full of wickedness and lies.…

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The Me I Want To Be: Why We FAIL

2011-09-11 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

In Ephesians 4 and 5, Paul outlines four sins that cause us to FAIL: Falsehood, Anger, Idleness, and Lust. What is the solution to overcoming such enticing sins? Should we strive harder? No! Paul says we should “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (verse 24). We should put on Christ. For when we do, we receive the PRIZE he has for us: Rather than lies, we receive God’s Purity; rather than anger, we live with Rejoicing; rather than sitting around idle, we live with Intentionality; rather than lusting after others, we live with Zeal toward God, and, finally, Christ ushers us into Eternity. Over the next five weeks, we will unpack each of these items and discover how Christ’s power overcomes our sinfulness with his righteousness!…

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Wise Up! Lessons from Proverbs: Better with Age

2011-09-04 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Next Sunday is Grandparents’ Day. One week early, as we wrap up our series on Proverbs, we take a look at how age and wisdom often go hand in hand. In a culture obsessed with youth, the Biblical writers find great value in age. Age develops patience, knowledge, trust, and wisdom!…

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A Tale of Two Adventures: Grander than the Canyon

2011-08-21 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.…

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A Tale of Two Adventures: Pointing to God's Crown A Tale of Two Adventures: Pointing to God's Crown

2011-08-14 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

While Paul was in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”…

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Wise Up! Lessons from Proverbs: Bite Your Tongue

2011-07-31 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

James warns, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6). How we speak about others and God counts. Our words can hurt more than many of us realize or understand. How do you use your tongue? To curse men or to praise God (cf. James 3:9)?…

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Wise Up! Lessons from Proverbs: Beyond Facebook Friends

2011-07-24 :: Pastor Larry Krueger

We were created to be in relationship with one another. Friendships, therefore, are important. Friendships, however, involve more than just good times and goofing off. They also involve honesty and transparency. Do you have friends with whom you can be honest and who are honest with you, even when the truth hurts?…

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Wise Up! Lessons from Proverbs: Reckless Generosity

2011-07-17 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The simple message of Proverbs concerning riches is this: riches are not to be trusted. Money is good for many things. It can be saved (21:20) and it can be shared (11:24). Either way, it does not provide the security we desire. Only God can provide that.…

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Wise Up! Lessons from Proverbs: Elbow Grease

2011-07-10 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Studies show that the average person wastes approximately two hours per day at work socializing, surfing the internet, and running personal errands. During the summer months, we are keenly aware that rest is good! Laziness, however, is not. Do we work hard, knowing that our efforts form our character and serve the needs of others?…

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Wise Up! Lessons from Proverbs: Be Afraid

2011-07-03 :: Pastor Larry Krueger

Wisdom does not begin with what a person knows, but with who a person knows. To fear the Lord and to trust his Word is to have wisdom. Notice that Solomon says that it is the “beginning of knowledge” (verse 7). Hence, wisdom is a journey. We have only begun to become wise. There is always room for growth. This series is devoted to helping us grow in wisdom.…

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All in the Family: Children Should Be Seen and Heard

2011-06-05 :: Pastor Josh Hower

An old cliché, finding its origin in the fifteenth century in the sermons of a clergyman named John Mirk, says, “Children should be seen and not heard.” Mirk originally applied this only to female children. Jesus, however, has a much different take on all children: He delights to welcome them, listen to them, and bless them! In this message, we’ll discuss the value of children, modern attitudes toward children, and offer comfort to those who desire children, but cannot have any.…

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All in the Family: Help! I Need Somebody, Help!

2011-05-15 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Adam was not meant to be alone. He needed a “helper” (verse 18). The title “helper” is not meant to be derogatory toward Eve, relegating her to Adam’s slave, as this same moniker is used of God Himself: “The LORD is with me; He is my helper” (Psalm 118:7). This title is instead meant to describe the special gifting a wife has as her husband’s helpmate, helping him as God helps His people. In this message, we discuss the woman’s role as a helpmate and talk about the temptation that women face to nag their husbands bitterly rather than to support them joyfully.…

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All in the Family: Fierce Females

2011-05-08 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Esther was a strong woman. As the favorite female of the king, she could have lived out her days in ease and luxury. Instead, she chose to work fiercely and fearlessly to save her people, the Jews. And God, though He is never explicitly named in this book, is there the whole time, giving Ester the strength she needs for the daunting tasks in front of her. On Mother’s Day, we give thanks for the moms who work fiercely and fearlessly, knowing that they, like Esther, need God’s strength.…

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All in the Family: Family Feud

2011-05-01 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

What a strange way to begin a series on how God views the family! Jesus here talks about dividing the family and causing feuds, not uniting the family and fostering love. And yet, here we find a fundamental truth concerning the family: unless our families are rooted and founded in following Christ, they will ultimately fail. Christ comes first. He is the one who blesses and keeps our families. Our families must rally around Him and be united by Him.…

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Easter Sunday

2011-04-24 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Hallelujah!…

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Palm Sunday: Hold Your Donkeys!

2011-04-17 :: Pastor Josh Hower

Although the idiom "Hold your horses" is most commonly meant to encourage someone to slow down, it used to take on a more literal sense. In the days of horse drawn carriages, people would use this expression if a horse became unruly. It was an admonition to keep a horse in check. When Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he enters on a colt "which no one has ever ridden" (verse 2). Unbroken colts were known to be difficult and unruly to ride because they were not used to carrying burdens. Unbroken animals were also known to be set aside for holy purposes (e.g., Numbers 19:2). Jesus, then, as the Holy One of Israel rides in on an animal set aside for God's holy purpose. The donkey has been held just for Him. Do you trust in Jesus as your Holy One?…

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Based on a True Story: Diagnosis Murder

2011-04-13 :: Pastor Josh Hower

As we approach Holy Week, we look at a parable Jesus told concerning His impending death. The religious leaders are plotting to kill Jesus even though He is the very Son of God. Yet, Jesus’ death does not mean His end. He is rejected by men, but chosen by God as the unshakable cornerstone on which we can base our lives.…

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Based on a True Story: The Squeaky Wheel

2011-04-10 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” This axiom reminds us that sometimes, we must push, prod, and cajole to get what we want or need. In Jesus’ Parable of the Unjust Judge, the woman must do just this simply to get justice. Jesus’ point, however, is that our Father is a just judge who will bring us justice according to His righteousness. No cajoling is needed.…

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Based on a True Story: Everything Must Go! (Lent)

2011-04-06 :: Pastor Ely Prieto

When a company is going out of business, they will often have an “Everything Must Go” sale where they seek to liquidate their merchandise. Jesus calls upon us to liquidate the merchandise of this world in order to obtain the true treasure of God’s Kingdom.…

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Based on a True Story: God in the Gap

2011-04-03 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Scripture tells us that there is a chasm between us and God, created by sin. God Himself bridges this gap by sending His Son, Jesus, to die in our place for our sin. The punishment of hell is reserved for those who do not want God to stand in the gap between them and Him. This is why Abraham reminds Lazarus, in hell, “A great chasm has been fixed” (verse 26). The call in this life is to trust in Christ who bridges the gap between us and the Father so that gap does not become fixed eternally. In this message, we will address the doctrine of hell, as well as some of the issues raised by Rob Bell’s new book, “Love Wins.”…

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Based on a True Story: Unbearable (Lent)

2011-03-30 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

giving it time to bear fruit. So it is with us: Our Lord bears with us in our sin, giving us time to repent and bear the fruit of His Spirit. We are to reflect God’s willingness to bear with us as we “bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances we may have against one another” (Colossians 3:13).…

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Based on a True Story: Pride and Prejudice

2011-03-27 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

It’s not just Elizabeth Bennet who suffers from pride and prejudice in the Jane Austen novel, it’s a tax collector who suffers pride and prejudice in the Bible. The Pharisee is both prideful of himself and prejudiced against the tax collector. And yet, God is not prejudiced against this taxman because of his sin. Instead, God sees his humble faith and gladly forgives him.…

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Based on a True Story: Too Big to Fail (Lent)

2011-03-23 :: Pastor Bob Nordlie

When GM and Chrysler were teetering on the precipice of collapse, many touted these companies as “too big to fail,” noting the effects that these business’ bankruptcies would have on the national economy. As big as these companies might be, they are nothing compared to the Kingdom of God. Though it appears small, God’s Kingdom is massive. And it is so big that not only can it cannot fail, it will not fail!…

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Based on a True Story: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

2011-03-20 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

The lawyer of Luke 10 asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor” (verse 29)? According to the Parable of the Good Samaritan, your neighbor is not merely one who is closest to you, be that in physical proximity or relational affinity; rather your neighbor is a person who you may despise or who may despise you. Nevertheless, you are called to help them in Jesus’ name.…

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Based on a True Story: Out with the Old (Lent)

2011-03-16 :: Pastor Larry Krueger

Jesus has come to make things new – even us! Thus, trying to hold on to our old, sinful natures while being renewed and redeemed by Jesus simply will not work. Because of Christ’s new work and Kingdom, we are called to celebrate our newness in Him.…

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Based on a True Story: The Parable of the Parable

2011-03-13 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Parables are generally titled, “The Parable of…” For example, we find in the Gospels “The Parable of the Talents” and “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” Though this parable is generally titled “The Parable of the Sower,” it could also be titled, “The Parable of the Parables,” for, in this story, Jesus explains the purpose of His parables and how people either believe or reject them. In this opening message, we introduce the parables and explain their purpose and meaning for our lives.…

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Ash Wednesday

2011-03-09 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Following the Fall, God renders a harsh judgment on Adam: "Dust you are and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19). This is meant to remind Adam - and everyone - that we are made from dust and, upon our deaths, we will return to dust. Yet, even though we are made from humble dust, the Psalmist exclaims that we are highly exalted! He sings, "You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned with glory and honor" (verse 5). How is it that we, made from humble dust, can be celebrated as the crown of God's creation? The preacher of Hebrews finally applies this Psalm to Jesus (cf. Hebrews 2:5-9). It is Christ who exalts us and restores our value by His cross. God, rather than dusting us away in death like we do with the dust on our furniture, blesses us, keeps us, saves us, and will raise us on the Last Day.…

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Inspiring

2011-03-06 :: Pastor Larry Krueger

The Bible cannot be “inspiring,” without first being “inspired.” Because the Scriptures are “inspired,” they inspire us with their wisdom, insight, and understanding about our lives. Thus, we hide God’s Word in our hearts and study it daily. In this message, we’ll cover tips for studying the Scriptures and also survey different Bible translations and their strengths and weaknesses.…

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Inspired

2011-02-27 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

As orthodox Christians, we believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture. “Verbal” means that the very words of the Bible are inspired. “Plenary” means all the words of the Bible are inspired. Because of this, we can trust what the Bible has to say because its author is God. This is why it is profitable for doctrine and life. In this message, we’ll talk about the doctrine of inspiration and address some of the objections to it.…

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Fit for Life II: "Mind"

2011-02-20 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

In verse 30, Jesus quotes what is known as the Shema, a Hebrew word meaning, “hear.” The Shema is taken from Deuteronomy 6:4-5, which was popularly considered to be God’s greatest commandment, as Jesus affirms in Mark 12. Interestingly, when quoting the Shema, He says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Loving God with your mind, however, was not a part of the original Shema! Jesus adds this! He adds this because He knows that being mentally fit is important to a healthy life. Thus, we are called to study the Scriptures, for by sharpening our minds, we also sharpen our faith.…

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Fit for Life II: "Soul"

2011-02-13 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Some people, when speaking of a person they love romantically, will refer to them as their “soul-mate.” Though this term often carries with it connotations that are not concomitant with a biblical theology of romantic love, this term can be helpful in identifying the fact that romantic love is deeper than just physical affection. For we, at the very level of our souls, were created to be relational beings! Thus, appropriately ordering our relationships according to God’s design is paramount for healthy living.…

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Fit for Life II: "Heart"

2011-02-06 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Jesus says that our hearts follow our treasure (cf. verse 21). Thus, if our treasure is money, our heart will be attached to cash. Time and time again, Jesus warns against loving money, for the love of money can wreck our souls (cf. Mark 8:36). We are to steward our money, not love it. This is the path to good financial health.…

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Fit for Life II: "Spirit"

2011-01-30 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Some people, rather than stewarding their bodies for righteousness, become obsessed with their bodies in vanity. It is to these people that Paul would say: “Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (verse 8). Though physical training is good, eventually, no matter how much physical training we engage in, our bodies will waste away. Spiritual training, however, is training that lasts not only in this life, but into eternal life.…

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Fit for Life II: "Body"

2011-01-23 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

When we worship, the apostle Paul says, we worship by offering our bodies (cf. verse 1). Unfortunately, far too many people do not treat their bodies as things with which they are to worship God. They engage in gluttony or chemical abuse and thus destroy their bodies with wickedness rather than worshipping with their bodies in righteousness. Paul’s call is for us to worship God with our bodies and be the Body of Christ.…

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Fit for Life II: "Prepare for Battle"

2011-01-16 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

God has created your body and loves it and even promises to raise it on the Last Day. Sadly, there is a battle for your body. For whereas God loves your body as His creation, Satan hates it and wants to destroy it. He uses things such as obesity, chemical dependency, and even terrible illness to wreak havoc in your body. This is part of the reason Jesus speaks of demon possession so often. Jesus wants to have control of your body by faith so that Satan cannot come in and destroy it.…

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A Fresh Start

2011-01-02 :: Pastor Josh Hower

Welcome to 2011!…

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Hello! My Name Is...Prince of Peace

2010-12-19 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

It’s crunch time! Christmas is only five days away and, my guess is, you do not have everything done that needs to be done for the holiday. During these final, stressful days, we remember that even when stress abounds, the peace of God surpasses our stress. Whether your stress is rooted in a “to-do list” or a painful memory or a family quarrel, God’s peace is there for you!…

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Hello! My Name is...Everlasting Father

2010-12-12 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

1 Peter 1:13-25 The joys of Christmas can be fleeting. A day for which we spend months preparing comes and goes in a matter of hours. Not long after gifts are unwrapped and the tree is taken down, life returns to normal. It is at these times that we can take comfort in the fact that even though holiday cheer does not last, our Father does. His word and ways will continue, even when the things of this world do not.…

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Hello! My Name is...Mighty God

2010-12-05 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Matthew 1:18-25 In Matthew 1, our Lord is given two names: “Jesus,” to describe His function of saving us from our sins and “Immanuel” to describe His identity as God. Thus, Jesus is our “Mighty God.” He is “mighty to save” as well as God come to earth to dwell with us in our trials and pain.…

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Hello! My Name is...Wonderful Counselor

2010-11-28 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

John 14:15-21 Shortly before He is crucified, Jesus promises His disciples “another Counselor.” The word “another” connotes that there is also a first Counselor, who is Jesus. The Holy Spirit, then, is Counselor 2.0. In the midst of the stress of the holidays, we need all the wise counsel we can get – to navigate stressful schedules and unhealthy family situations. Do we rely on the great counsel of our God?…

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Credo: I believe in...Eternal Life

2010-11-23 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hebrews 11 recounts the lives of faithful saints who have gone before us. In Hebrews 12, the preacher reminds us that “we are surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses” (verse 1). We, as God’s saved children, are his saints. Doctrinal Topics: Sinner and Sainthood, Life Everlasting Apologetic Concerns: Praying to the Saints…

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Credo: I believe in...the Holy Spirit

2010-11-14 :: Pastor Josh Hower

Doctrinal Topics: The Holy Spirit, Sanctification Apologetic Concerns: The Charismatic Movement, Relationship between Justification and Sanctification Following Jesus’ ascension into heaven, he promised to send “the Spirit of truth to guide us into all truth” (John 16:13). God’s Holy Spirit indwells every Christian. Contrary to the “acts” that we do in our sinful nature (cf. verse 19), the Spirit produces good “fruit” (cf. verse 22) as he sanctifies believers in the truth.…

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Credo: I believe in...God's Kingdom

2010-11-07 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Doctrinal Topics: Eschatology, Judgment Apologetic Concerns: Dispensational Premillenialism, Postmillenialism Whereas Christ came as a gentle baby in a manger upon his first advent, he will come as a conquering King at time’s end. Jesus explains that there will be distress in the last days as well as false prophets and false teachers. Our call, then, is to stand firm in the faith as we await his return and final judgment.…

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Credo: I believe in...the Church

2010-10-31 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Doctrinal Topics: Scripture, Baptism, Lord’s Supper, Unity Apologetic Concerns: Why Bother With Church? The Lutheran Confessions teach: “The Church is the congregation of saints in which the Gospel is purely taught and the Sacraments are correctly administered. For the true unity of the Church it is enough to agree about the doctrine of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments” (AC VII 1-2). This is the Church: Word and Sacrament. And this is the source of the Church’s unity. On Reformation Day, we remember how Luther called the Church back to the core of its being.…

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Give & Take: Take

2010-10-24 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

As the old saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.” The rich fool in Jesus’ parable had to learn this the hard way. He took many treasures into his barns, but he could not take them with him into eternity. This is why Jesus encourages us to take the right treasures – the very treasures of God. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).…

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Give & Take: Give

2010-10-17 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

A drought has swept across the land. Elijah is commanded by God to go and stay with a widow at Zarephath. Upon arriving at her house, Elijah requests a piece of bread to eat. But the woman has only enough oil and flour to make bread for she and her son. But Elijah encourages her: “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me” (1 Kings 17:13). Elijah continues by assuring this woman that God will provide, but only after she shares her last bit of food with Elijah. She must trust in God’s providence. As we give, do we trust that God will also give to us so that our needs may be met?…

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Credo: I believe in...the Resurrection

2010-10-10 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Doctrinal Topics: Resurrection, Descent into Hell Apologetic Concerns: Arguments Against the Resurrection Jesus’ resurrection conquers death. Indeed, the Creed and Scripture teach that Jesus descended into hell to declare his victory over sin, death, and the devil (1 Peter 3:18-22). Unlike Peter, we do not have to wonder to ourselves what happened. Christ has risen! And the promise is that we too will rise.…

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Credo: I believe in...the Atonement

2010-10-03 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Doctrinal Topics: Atonement / Propitiation, Love Apologetic Concerns: Divine Child Abuse, The Scandal of the Cross God killed his Son on a cross to satisfy his wrath, invoked by our sinfulness. Some are offended by this teaching, equating it to “divine child abuse.” But John teaches that God’s action of killing his Son was not motivated by anger at Jesus, but by love for us. Jesus’ willingness to take on his Father’s wrath at sin means that we receive the Father’s grace.…

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Credo: I believe in...the Incarnation

2010-09-26 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Doctrinal Topics: Incarnation, Two Natures in Christ Apologetic Concerns: Christ’s Divinity, the Virgin Birth Beginning with Adam and Eve’s “original sin,” it was always God’s intention to send a Savior. But God’s Savior is no hired hand. God’s Savior is God himself. The doctrine of the incarnation teaches that God comes into history in the person and work of Jesus.…

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Credo: I believe in...Creation

2010-09-19 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Doctrinal Topics: Creation, God’s Word, Fall Apologetic Concerns: Evolution God’s Word is powerful and effective. With only his command, he brings everything that is into existence. And what he creates, he declares to be “good.” But sin mars creation’s goodness and paves the need for a Savior to redeem the fallen creation.…

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Credo: I believe in...God

2010-09-12 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Doctrinal Topics: Trinity, Idolatry Apologetic Concerns: Pluralism God is incomparable. This is the prophet Isaiah’s argument. As we open this series, we consider the ways in which God is incomparable and how, as the incomparable God, he is worthy of our worship, praise, and faith.…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Despair

2010-08-22 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Stained by Death 1 Thess. 4:13-18 Under the influence of false and nefarious teachers, the Thessalonians had begun to believe that death marked the ends of their existences. Paul refutes such a notion and promises that we will rise from death on the Last Day. The resurrection of Christ is proof of this (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:20).…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Sin

2010-08-15 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Stained by Sin Romans 3:21-28 Paul’s verdict on humanity’s sin is harsh: “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:11). It is only through Christ’s blood that the stain of our sins can be washed clean. In response to this, we are to live humble lives (cf. verse 27), knowing that our righteousness is a pure gift of God.…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Anxiety

2010-08-08 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Stained by Anxiety Mark 14:32-41 It’s called hematidrosis. Dr. Frederick Zugibe, the Chief Medical Examiner of Rockland County, New York, explains the disease: “Around the sweat glands, there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form. Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict. Then as the anxiety passes the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood goes into the sweat glands. As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat.” This seems to be what Jesus experiences in the Garden of Gethsemane, so great was His anxiety. Jesus understands our anxiety, and He also promises to care for us in the midst of our anxiety. As He reminds us, “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:30, 33).…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Betrayal

2010-08-01 :: Pastor Josh Hower

Stained by Betrayal Mark 14:17-26 The tension in Mark’s gospel is intense as Jesus prepares to go the cross. Before He gives His life, Jesus celebrates with His disciples one last supper. But even this affair is marked by darkness. For one of His own will betray Him unto death. The Greek word for “betray” is paradidomi, meaning “to hand over.” Interestingly, this is the same word used by Paul to describe the Lord’s Supper: “For what I received from the Lord, I also passed on (paradidomi) to you” (1 Corinthians 11:23). Jesus “hands over” His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sin even as we hand Him over to the cross because of our sin.…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Ill-Preparedness

2010-07-25 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Stained by Ill-Preparedness Matthew 25:1-13 It is not a doctrinal topic we often think about, but we should. The Second Coming of Christ should be central to how we live our lives every day. Indeed, the primary command associated with the Last Day is to “keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (verse 13). We are to be prepared! Do we joyfully prepare for our Lord’s coming?…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Fear

2010-07-18 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Stained by Fear Matthew 8:23-27 Fear is the antithesis of faith. When Jesus’ disciples are fear-struck at the sight of a terrible storm, Jesus asks them, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid” (verse 26)? Jesus asks us the same question. He also invites us to believe that His “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Hunger

2010-07-11 :: Pastor Ely Prieto

Stained by Hunger Mark 6:30-44 In our cultural context, it can be hard to understand true hunger. Yet, over 1.02 billion people suffer from chronic hunger in our world. To a hungry culture, Jesus provided food. But He provided not just the food for their stomachs, but bread for their souls. Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry” (John 6:35). Do we care for the hungry, as did Jesus, while also feasting on the spiritual food of Christ?…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Battle

2010-07-04 :: Pastor Bob Nordlie

Stained by Battle Hebrews 4:1-13 On our nation’s Independence Day, we remember how we entered the rest of freedom even as the Israelites entered the rest of God’s Promised Land. We are also warned not to harden our hearts, but to allow our consciences to be pricked by the sword of God’s Spirit – His holy Word.…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Inadequacy

2010-06-27 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Stained by Inadequacy Luke 5:4-11 Peter was a professional fisherman. But even a professional has an off day from time to time. He has been fishing all night and hasn’t caught a thing. Jesus tells Peter to put his nets down on the other side of his boat. When he does, and when he catches a miraculous number of fish, Peter responds with deep a sense of anxious inadequacy: “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man” (verse 8)! Do you every feel inadequate? Addictions, guilt, and even other people can all make us feel inadequate. Praise be to God that Christ makes us not only adequate, but abundant!…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Need

2010-06-20 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Stained by Need John 2:1-11 Jesus’ mother has a need: the wine at a wedding feast has run dry. So, she goes to her son and asks for help. Even when He does not respond favorably – “Dear woman, why do you involve me” (verse 4)? – Mary responds with faith. She tells her servants, “Do whatever He tells you” (verse 5). Do we trust in God to meet all our needs and, indeed, meet them in a way that is “more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20)?…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Misunderstanding

2010-06-13 :: Pastor Zach McIntosh

Stained by Misunderstanding Luke 2:41-52 Joseph and Mary were confused. Jesus had slipped away from their care so that He could teach in the temple courts. Even after He explains that He had to be in His Father’s house, “they still did not understand what He was saying to them” (verse 50). What parts of Christianity confuse you? We are to trust that, by God’s Spirit, that which is mysterious can be made clear, for we have been promised insight by “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).…

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Stained - Windows into our Heritage: Stained by Ridicule

2010-06-06 :: Pastor Josh Hower

Stained by Ridicule Acts 2:1-13 Being ridiculed for your faith is as old as the faith itself. Indeed, even on the Church’s very birthday – on Pentecost – the disciples are ridiculed as they speak in tongues. “They have had too much wine,” their antagonists say (verse 13). How do you respond in the face of ridicule? Jesus promises, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).…

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Memorial Day 2010: Fully Armed

2010-05-30 :: Chaplain Connie Walker

Memorial Day Weekend: Fully Armed! (Chaplain Connie Walker) - Ephesians 6:10-18 There have been many long-standing feuds: Irish Catholics and Protestants, the Montagues and Capulets. But none of these are as long-standing as the feud against God and Satan. Blessedly, we already know the outcome of this battle, however. Our Lord wins! And yet, even though the outcome of the battle is certain, God calls us to be His soldiers, fighting with the weapons He gives us. This weekend, we are reminded of these weapons which can take down Satan and save souls.…

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When...You're Trapped in Addiction

2010-05-23 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hope When…You’re Trapped by Addiction - Exodus 32:1-6, 19, 21-24, 30 At the root of all addiction is idolatry. Satan tempts us to take a good gift of God such as food or drink or sex and turn it into a god-thing and that’s a bad thing. As we review Israel’s idolatry in the wilderness, we see addictive behaviors such as drunkenness (cf. verse 6), situated in a context of rank idolatry. Yet, even in such a sinful context, Moses holds out the hope of atonement, for there is rescue from addiction!…

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When...Your Marriage Falls Apart

2010-05-16 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When...You're Depressed

2010-05-09 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hope When…You’re Depressed Ruth 1:1-5, 8a, 16 Naomi is a depressed woman. Throughout the book of Ruth, she blames God for her heartache and hardship. She says, “The hand of the LORD has gone out against me” (Ruth 1:13). And yet, the hand of the LORD is not against Naomi. For through the faithfulness of her daughter-in-law, Ruth, God works to restore the fortunes of Naomi. God can restore us out of depression and despair as well! On Mother’s Day, we also remember how we are called to honor our mothers even as Ruth honors Naomi.…

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When...Your Children Rebel

2010-05-02 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hope When…Your Children Rebel 1 Samuel 2:22-26 Eli has wicked and rebellious sons. The disobey God’s commands and even abuse women. When Eli tries to talk to them, his efforts prove feeble and futile. His sons do not listen to him. However, there is another young man in this story named Samuel who will eventually become the greatest prophet in all Israel. Eli may have lost his biological sons but he finds a son from God in Samuel. We too have a Son from God in Jesus. When our children rebel, we can give thanks that God’s Son never rebelled, but fulfilled the will of His Father perfectly. And His perfection covers over our children’s rebellion and over our rebellion as well.…

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When...You're Estranged

2010-04-25 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hope When…You’re Estranged 1 Samuel 18:9-14, 21, 31-33 David and his son Absalom are not on good terms. Indeed, one time David says of Absalom, “He must not see my face” (2 Samuel 14:24). This estrangement continues until finally, Absalom is killed in battle. It is only then that David realizes how futile his estrangement from his son has been. When sin estranged us from God, He did not allow that estrangement to remain. Rather, He sent Jesus and deal with us a loving father deals with his son – firmly, but compassionately.…

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When...You're Stretched too Thin

2010-04-18 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hope When…You’re Stretched Too Thin Exodus 18:13-18, 21-23 Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Moses knows how you feel! He took on too much. Blessedly, his father-in-law encouraged him to delegate his tasks. One of the great spiritual dangers of our world is the danger of having too much to do and not enough time for what – and who – matters most. Do you delegate what you need to delegate so that you have time for your family and for God?…

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When...You're Caught in Blame

2010-04-11 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hope When…You’re Caught In Blame Genesis 3:1-13 “My wife tricked me!” At least, that’s Adam’s excuse when God questions Adam as to why he broke God’s command. Adam blames his wife for his sin. He tries to pass the buck. How often do we try to blame others for our faults and pass the buck of our foibles to others? The blame game destroys relationships and families. Thankfully, we have someone who took the blame our sins deserved and died the death we should have died – Jesus Christ. Rather than playing the blame game, Christ removes our blame of sin.…

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Five Family Fiascos: Hope When It All Falls Apart

2010-04-04 :: Pastor Bill Tucker

Hope When…It All Falls Apart Luke 24:1-6a When the women go to the tomb on the first Easter, they must have felt as if their whole world had crumbled out from underneath them. The Man they had worshipped, followed, and put their trust in was now dead…or so they thought. But on Easter, when they arrive at the tomb, they find hope in what they don’t find. They don’t find Jesus – because He has risen! As we begin this series, we will discover how the risen Christ can offer hope to us – and to our families – just He offered hope to these women on that first Easter morning.…

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