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Sermonette: January 25, 2021

Quite a few years ago, about 20-25 years ago when living in Colorado, the lottery jackpot there reached an unheard of level. I don't recall the exact amount but I think it was getting close to $10...

 

Sermonette: January 18, 2021

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving might not be a good sport for you. If at first you don't succeed, you are probably headed toward a career as a cable TV news reporter. Silly jokes to be sure,...

 

Sermonette: January 11, 2021

A Happy and Blessed New Year to you. I've got a question for you. How many of you made a new year resolution this year? I have another question. How many of those resolutions are still being kept? My...

 

Sermonette: January 4, 2021

Greetings dear friends in Christ. Here we are, another year has come and gone. I truly hope the year 2020 was a good one for you and your families. No, I'm not joking about that. Yes, I know what...

 

Living on Purpose: Embracing hope

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday, but I must admit that it did not seem like a normal Christmas. Yes, we sent out cards and decorated the tree, but there was something strange about the...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 28, 2020

Then Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered. I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 21, 2020

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 14, 2020

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with...

 

Sermonette: Dec. 7, 2020

"But when you have eaten and are satisfied, you must bless the LORD, your God, for the good land he has given you. Be careful not to forget the LORD, your God, by failing to keep his commandments and...

 

Sermonette: Nov. 30, 2020

My recent days have been filled with planning for Advent, the church season that begins on November 29 and continues for four Sundays. Advent is a time of preparation and waiting for the Christ child...

 

Sermonette: Nov. 23, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 118:1 I have been sitting here in front of my computer for over an...

 

Sermonette: Questions vs. Answers

“I don’t have any.” “None.” “I think I understand, so no questions.” These were some of the answers I got on “Sermon Note Forms” recently turned in by our 7-8 grade Confirmation...

 

Sermonette: November 9, 2020

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? John 3:16 is always a top pick, as is Psalm 23. Other top picks include Micah 6:8, Isaiah 41:10, Hebrews 11:1 and Philippians 4:7. Each verse, in fact all of...

 

Sermonette: Oct. 5, 2020

First Congregational Church I am moved by what poet and songwriter Sara Graves shares in her song “The Dream” about her grandfather’s recurring image of God:  You are standing in the driveway...

 

Living on Purpose: Surrendering our will in order to do His

When God taps us on the shoulder and introduces Himself, we are faced with a decision to either listen, or excuse ourselves and walk away. Some individuals when convicted with this holy invitation...

 

Sermonette: God (probably) doesn't want to bail you out

God (probably) doesn’t want to bail you out by Joe Greiner Evangelical Free Church In Jeremiah chapter 15, we come across some of the most painful language Jeremiah ever uses to describe his...

 

Roof and steeple restored on New Rockford's oldest church

The First Congregational Church in New Rockfod has stood in the same spot for more than 100 years. In fact, it has graced the corner of Central...

 

Sin is not the Enemy by Joe Greiner Evangelical Free Church

To be perfectly transparent, I have no idea how many people read these, or if there are regular readers of sermonettes. As I write them, I imagine there are some who read them each week. If that’s...

 

Sermonette: Sin hurts those around us

Sin is a concept I don’t enjoy. I know, that’s not very surprising— a pastor who doesn’t enjoy sin. However, my struggle with the concept isn’t what you might assume it is. Obviously, I...

 

Sermonette: Sin loves the darkness

I’m sure many of us know John 3:16. As the most famous verse in the Bible, almost everyone who’s been in a church has it memorized, and many outside the church as well. However, the entire...

 

Sermonette: August 31, 2020

I am attending a wedding this week. What is amazing to me is that not so very long ago, those who knew me would have been very surprised at that statement. Truth is, I would go to great lengths to...

 

Sermonette: August 24, 2020

Greetings dear friends in Christ. It’s hardly news anymore. I can’t imagine there is any person, anywhere, that isn’t aware of COVID-19. In actuality, it hasn’t been that long since the...

 

Living on Purpose: August 24, 2020

The Christian worldview of life is about learning what God requires and willingly accepting the call to become a devoted disciple of Christ. This life-changing decision has everything to do with...

 

Sermonette: August 17, 2020

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:15 One of the things I’ve learned lately is how sin starts small. Perhaps it’s...

 

Living on Purpose: Prayers and appreciation for first responders

Someone mentioned the other day about how after pouring out some heated frustrations on one of their Facebook sessions, they had a headache and was terribly depressed. For those who read this column...

 

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