Monday, December 31, 2007

Throughout the centuries, mankind has worshipped many different gods. And this isn't just a think of the past, it's true also today. However, as we see in Isaiah 45:20-25, there is only one true God and only he can save. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Somehow and in some point in time, the message of Christmas got changed. No longer is it a message of grace and love. Instead, it's a message of works and entitlement. But the true message of Christmas is a message of redemption. And because of this, this is what should be reflected in our celebration. This message can be heard at

Monday, December 24, 2007

As we read about the birth of Jesus, we see that he was no ordinary child. He is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. If we really believe this, if we really believe in Jesus, if we really believe him to be the unique Son of God, then we must trust in him as our Savior and submit to him as our Lord. This message can be heard at

Monday, December 17, 2007

When we look at the gospels, we see that Jesus made some great claims about himself. The apostles and the writers of the New Testament also made great claims about him. But is all of this true? In this message based on Matthew 11:2-15, we see that not only did Jesus make great claims, he backed them up. He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming Messiah and he also did what no ordinary man can do. This message can be heard at

Monday, December 10, 2007

In addition to being a season of waiting, the season of Advent is also a season of preparation. In Matthew 3:1-12 we see that John the Baptist prepared the people for the coming of the kingdom of heaven by calling them to repentance. In the same way, we prepare for our Christmas celebration and for the Lord's return. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, December 03, 2007

We're now in the season of Advent. And one of the things we do at this time is anticipate the return of Christ. Jesus assures us that he will return, so we must be prepared for his coming; we must be expecting his coming. Without a heart of expectancy, we'll miss out on the Day of the Lord. To hear this message or to download it, click on this link,

Monday, November 26, 2007

The end times is a fascinating subject for so many people. They want to know when Jesus will return and what the end will be like. But as Jesus describes the end in Matthew 24, we see that his concern was for his people. He didn't want them to be led astray by false christs and false prophets who were to come. You can hear or download this message at
During our Thanksgiving celebrations, we typically thank God for our material blessings. But, as we see in John 6, our greatest blessing isn't material or worldly; it's Jesus. He is our greatest reason for thanksgiving. This message is shorter than normal, since I encourage our people to share what God's been doing in their lives this past year during our Thanksgiving service. It can be heard or downloaded at

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The final judgment is an uncomfortalbe subject for many believers. Even though the subject of the end times intrigues them, the judgment seems like the negative and the scary side of the subject. But, as we see in Isaiah 63:1-6, the judgment is actually a blessing for the faithful. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, November 12, 2007

We all realize that we're imperfect people. But so often, we use this as an excuse to justify our sin. However, in this week's message, based on Mark 8:42-50, we see that we're to take our sin very seriously. We're to do everything possible, we're to make any sacrifice necessary, to ensure that we don't lead others to sin or live in wickedness ourselves. This message can be heard or downloaded at:

Monday, November 05, 2007

We all know that we're imperfect people and that we sin against others on a daily basis. We also know that all people are sinful, so we expect others to hurt us. But even though we know this, we find forgiveness to be a very difficult thing. We're usually willing to forgive, but only so far. But in this message, based on Matthew 18:23-35, we see that God wants us to forgive others just as he's forgiven us. You can hear it or download it by clicking this link:

Monday, October 29, 2007

Most people today will not simply take Jesus at his Word. They're filled with doubt; they always think there's more to discover. And because of this doubt, they lack the faith by which we're saved. Believing in Jesus, however, means taking Jesus at his Word. It means that his Word, his promise and word of assurance, is enough for us. We can trust him and look to him with confidence. This message can be heard at

Monday, October 22, 2007

Most of us are pretty good at wasting time. And not only do we waste time with our worldly responsibilities, we also waste time when it comes to our life of faith. We waste our time with the works of darkness, with things that hinder our faith, rather than using it to serve and glorify God. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, October 15, 2007

Ministry is a very frustrating thing. It often feels like little, if anything, is being accomplished. So it's easy to throw in the towel and quit. However, no matter how things may seem, we must press on. God has not revoked his calling, nor has he given up on the world. This message can be heard at

Monday, October 08, 2007

Even though we know we're to place our trust in God, that we're to rely upon him, most of us rely instead upon ourselves or our fellow man. In Jeremiah 17:5-10 God points out that, if we do so, we're under a curse. His blessing can only be received when we trust in him. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, October 01, 2007

Whether we recognize it or not, one of our main desires in life, one of our main pursuits, is our own glory and honor. However, according to Jesus, we're to live a life of humility. Glory and honor cannot be gained us, it's something that's given by God himself. And God exalts not the proud or the arrogant, but the humble. This message can be heard at

Monday, September 24, 2007

Man has always searched for the fountain of youth and the means to live forever. However, despite all of our efforts, despite all of the advances that have been made, everyone still dies. However, there is one who has power over death and who can give eternal life. His power over death assures us of the life he's promised, of the forgiveness of sins, and tells us where this life is to be found. This message can be heard or downlowaded at

Monday, September 17, 2007

Wisdom and knowledge are highly valued in our society. We can see this by the high priority placed on education. However, we've done everything possible to separate these things from the fear of the Lord. And apart from the fear of the Lord, apart from the knowledge of God, there is no true wisdom, knowledge, or understanding. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Christian life is a continual battle with ourselves. Our sinful nature pulls at us, drawing us to acts of wickedness. How can we live the Christian life with this going on within? In Galatians 5, Paul tells us to walk by the Spirit. We're to follow his leading, setting our minds on the things of the Spirit, and resist the flesh. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Sunday, September 02, 2007

We all know the Golden Rule, that we're supposed to treat others how we want to be treated. Jesus says that we're to love our neighbor as ourselves. However, we're always trying to find the limit of this love; we want to know when we can stop loving people. This message can be heard at

Monday, August 27, 2007

Just about everyone knows who I'm talking about when I use the phrase, "I want to be like Mike." Because of his great talent, as well as his championships, money, and fame, many people wanted to be like Michael Jordan at the height of his career. In the same way, we all have role models that we look up to and aspire to be like. However, as we see in Ephesians 5:1-11, instead of imitating the ways of the world or the people of this world, we're to be imitators of God. He's to be our role model and the one we emulate. This message can be heard or downloaded at

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My family and I took one last trip before school starts, so we had a guest speaker at Grace and Redeemer. Dave Jameson, from Freedom Lutheran Church in Ottawa, IL was with us. He spoke about being prepared for action, and how this can remove distractions that hinder our service of God. It can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, August 13, 2007

This week at Grace, everyone, including I, was distracted during the sermon. A bat made its way into the sanctuary in the middle of the message, flying back and forth over the heads of the congregation! Hopefully those who didn't catch it all (the sermon, not the bat) will listen again to it.

We heard in Luke 19 how Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. He knew the judgment that was coming on them because they didn't recognize his coming. In the same way, we too should weep for the millions of people in our world who don't know Jesus and are, as a result of their sin, going to hell. And this sorrow should motivate us to obey the calling of God to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth.

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

We all lead very busy lives, we have many different goals, and many things that we value. It get's very hard to balance everything because things often conflict with one another. God also gets brushed aside in the process. In today's message, based on Matthew 13:44-46, we see that God's kingdom is so valuable that the one who finds it gladly gives up all else to possess it. It can be heard at It can also be heard at

Sunday, July 29, 2007

This week, we heard our final message in our series on Joshua, "The Making of a Servant." In this message we saw that, even though Moses was a very unique leader, he was not indispensable. God was able to raise up someone else to take his place. The same is also true for us. So the servant of God must not think to highly of himself, or place too great an importance on any one man. This message can be heard at

Sunday, July 22, 2007

In this continuation of our series on the life of Joshua titled, "The Making of a Servant," we see that a servant of God must be willing to go against the flow. Society tried to lead us away from God, and we must be willing to stand against this pressure. It can be heard at

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The past couple of Sundays, I've been away on vacation. So we had a couple of guest speakers in at Grace. On July 8, Sheriff Roger Scott gave the message in which he looked at the life of Lot and what we can learn from him as we seek to follow Jesus. It can be heard or downloaded at

On July 15th, Pastor Don Barnes was with us and delivered a message in which he looked at Paul's desire to know Christ. He then shows that this is the desire every believer in Jesus should possess. The link for this message is

Sunday, July 01, 2007

In the fifth message of our series, "The Making of a Servant", we see that Moses was not at all concerned about his own glory and honor. In the same way, we're not to be concerned about these things in ministry. We're to recognize that all people, along with the gifts they've been given by God, are just as essential to the ministry of the church as we are. It can be heard and downloaded at

Monday, June 25, 2007

In the fourth message of our series "The Making of a Servant" we see that God is our guide. Just as he spoke to Moses and in this way gave direction to the people of Israel, so does he speak to us today. This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, June 18, 2007

In our third message of the series, "The Making of a Servant", we saw that God is a jealous God. He will not tolerate rebellion. He demands a whole-hearted commitment and devotion. This message can be heard at

Sunday, June 10, 2007

In the second message of our series, "The Making of a Servant", we learn that God is present. He isn't a distant God, far removed from us. He's right here with us, living among us. And this has an important impact on us as we seek to serve God and minister to others. It can be heard at

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Last week we saw that, as believers, we've been called to serve the Lord and to minister to others. We also saw that we've been empowered by the Holy Spirit to do what we've been called to do. This week, we began a series of messages titled "The Making of a Servant." We're looking at lessons learned by Joshua as he prepared for the calling God would place on his life.

This week we saw that the servant of the Lord must look to the Lord. We're completely dependent on him in all things. Because of this, we must fix our eyes on him alone as we strive to heed his calling. This message can be heard at

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Even though we know we've been called by God to reach out with the message of the gospel, even though we know we're called to minister to others, quite often believers fail to do so. We often fail to do what we've been called to do because we feel unworthy of such a calling and incapable of it. But, as we see in our message for today, our ministry is empowered by the Holy Spirit. It's only as he works through us that we can do anything; it's only as he works in others that their lives are touched. This message can be heard at

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Today, in a message based on 1 Peter 4:7-11 we see that the end of all things is at hand; this fact is stated all throughout Scripture. And because of this, we're told, we're to live for the Lord; in all things, we're to glorify him. This message can be heard at

Sunday, May 13, 2007

It came out this past September that chaplains in the United States military have been told that they cannot publicly pray in Jesus' name. In this message, we look at why Christians end their prayers in this way, and why, despite orders, military chaplains must continue to do so. And not only them. So too must all believers who pray in public. This message can be heard at

Monday, May 07, 2007

At Grace this week, we're hearing a series of messages entitled "Living the Life of Heaven." Our speaker is Pastor Dennis Norby from Helmar Lutheran Church. The first message in this series is titled "Welcoming the Message." In this sermon, based on 1 Thessalonians 1, Pastor Norby points out the effect that welcoming the gospel had upon this particular church and what it can have upon us as well. It can be heard at

On Sunday evening, Pastor Norby preached a message talking about the work that's produced by our faith. It can be heard at

Our Monday message reflected on love, and how it inspires works, our service of God and others. It can be found at

Our Tuesday message showed that our hope in Jesus Christ produces endurance for the believer. It can be heard at
Yesterday, at Redeemer, we heard a message based on Isaiah 5:1-7. In this text we see that God has done everything possible for mankind; there's nothing more God can do to convince man that he's God and that he should place his trust in the Lord. And because of this, if people continue in their rebellion, if they continue to turn from the Lord, he will justly pour his wrath upon them. This message can be heard at

Sunday, April 29, 2007

In this week's message, we heard how, as believers, we're to abstain from the passions of the flesh. We're to do this because giving in to them is a danger to both us and others. As Peter points out in 1 Peter 2:11, these passions war against our soul. Giving in to them can lead us into a state of unrepentance. Peter points out that we're also to do this, that we're to do good, because doing so will cause unbelievers to glorify God when he visits them and because we'll silence the talk of ignorant people. It then stands to reason that the opposite is also true. By giving in to them, we validate the world's criticism of us and our message. This message can be heard at

Monday, April 23, 2007

Today, it seems, we live in a culture of cowards. People are often unwilling to do what is right out of fear. They fear what others may think of them; they're afraid of what they might lose; they're afraid of what others may do to them. But, as we see in 1 Peter 2, as believers, we're called to suffer for what is right. We're to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who wanted nothing more than to do the will of the Father. You can hear or download this message at

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Scripture tells us that Jacob, rather than his brother Esau, was to receive the blessing of God. However, throughout his early years, Jacob tried to get the advantage, he tried to get God's blessing, by his own effort and cunning. However, he ended up learning that God is the only source of blessing and that, in order to get it, he had to hang onto him and not let go. The same is also true for us. God is the only source of blessing and in order to get it, we must hold onto Jesus. This message can be heard at

Monday, April 09, 2007

Today, I have our Holy Week and Easter messages. On Maundy Thursday we talked about the Lord's Supper, why it continues to be practiced today, and why it's so meaningful for believers in Jesus. It can be heard at

On Good Friday, we talked about the meaning of this day. We saw that it's a day of mourning because we remember Jesus' death and our role in his suffering. But we also saw that it's also a day of rejoicing. Without Good Friday, with the willing sacrifice of Jesus, we wouldn't have the hope we receive on Easter. It can be heard at

On Easter we reflected on the importance of the resurrection. Many people say that, even if Jesus was just a man, even if he didn't rise from the dead, the Christian faith would remain intact; they say that at the core of our faith is the call to love one another. While this is important, the Christian faith truly hangs on Jesus and his resurrection. Had he not risen from the grave, we would remain in our sin and we'd remain without hope. This message can be heard at

Sunday, April 01, 2007

We concluded the series, "Our Father Abraham", with a message titled "A Man of Legacy." As Abraham got older, he wanted to find a wife for his son, Isaac. However, he didn't want Isaac marrying a woman of Canaan. He didn't want this because the women of that land worshipped other gods and might pull his son away from the Lord. So he sent his servant to his homeland, to his own family, to find him a wife. In this way, Abraham sought to protect his son and to leave a legacy of faith behind him. In the same way, as believers in Jesus, we too should be men and women of legacy; we should desire to leave a legacy of faith behind us when our time in this world comes to an end. This message can be heard at

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Last night, we finished our Lenten series, "Words from the Cross." Our message focused on the last words Jesus spoke prior to his death, the word os committal. Before dying, Jesus committed his spirit into the hands of the Father. Like Jesus, we too must commit ourselves into God's care because we have no control over death or the life after. And with Jesus' sacrifice, we also know that, when we die, we will be welcomed into his loving arms. This message can he heard or downloaded at

Sunday, March 25, 2007

In our message this Sunday, we saw Abraham obey God's command to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering. God stopped him at the last moment, but we see in this that Abraham was a man of extraordinary faith. He was willing to obey God and trust his promise no matter what. This is a faith we all need as we face decisions about whether to obey Christ or disobey, believe him or disbelieve. You can hear it at

Thursday, March 22, 2007

In the series we've been hearing on Wednesday evenings, we come to one of Jesus' final words spoken from the cross. Prior to his death, he declared that it is finished. When he said this, he was saying that his work of redemption was complete and that the penalty of our sins had been paid. There's no more that needs to be done; there's no more that can be done. You can hear this message at

Sunday, March 18, 2007

In our series, "Our Father Abraham," we see that God confirmed his promise to Abraham. He also added that he would have a son with Sarah and that this would be the child through whom he'd establish his covenant. Instead of doubting God, instead of trying to do it his own way, Abraham believed God in a spirit of amazement. In the same way, we too need to trust God even when his promises seem unrealistic. This message can be heard at

Thursday, March 15, 2007

On Wednesday night, in our series "Words from the Cross", we looked at the word of desolation. While hanging on the cross, Jesus asked God why he had forsaken him. When we look at what Jesus was enduring, along with the testimony of Scripture, we find that he was truly experiencing the judgment of God. In this message we look at why this was the case and what it means for us. You can hear this message at

Sunday, March 11, 2007

In our series "Our Father Abraham" we see this week that Abraham was a man of mercy. When God discussed with him the destruction of Sodom, Abraham interceded for the righteous of the city. He didn't want to see them suffer the same fate as the wicked. We, in the church today, need to have this same heart. We too should go to God pleading for the salvation of his people in a world that is facing his judgment. This message can be heard at

Thursday, March 08, 2007

During our Lenten service last night, we looked at another word of Jesus from the cross. We see that Jesus, as he was dying, was concerned about his mother's welfare and provision in this world, and he provided for that. In the same way, he's also concerned not only about our salvation, but also about our needs in this life. This message can be heard at

Monday, March 05, 2007

This Sunday, we looked at another failure of Abraham and what we can learn from it. We see that, because of their outward circumstances, Abram and Sarai tried to fulfill God's promise their own way. We often do the same thing. But God doesn't need our wisdom or insight to determine the best way to accomplish his purpose. God is able to do everything he's promised and he's faithful to his Word. This message can be heard at

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Sunday, we were forced to cancel church do to bad weather. However, on Wednesday night we continued our series "Words from the Cross" with a message titled "The Word of Assurance." As Jesus hung on the cross, he gave the assurance of salvation to one of the thieves who were hanging next to him. We find, as we seach the Scriptures, that God gives the same assurance to each one of us who look to Jesus and trust in him. And because of this, we no longer have to fear death or the judgment of God. You can hear it or download it at

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Throughout Lent, we're having Wednesday evening worship services. We'll be focusing during this time on the words of Jesus spoken from the cross. The word that we considered this week is the word of forgiveness. Even during his tremendous suffering, Jesus prayed for his persecutors, asking that they might be forgiven. This is a great encouragement to us because, if Jesus desired their forgiveness, it also assures us that he desires ours as well. It also serves as an example for us to seek the forgiveness of all people, even those who hate us and cause us to suffer. You can hear this message at

Monday, February 19, 2007

In our third message of the series, "Our Father Abraham" we learn that the father of the faithful was a man of peace. In Genesis 13 we see that he was willing to give his nephew the first choice of land, and the best land, for the sake of peace. God also desires for us, as his children, to live in peace with one another. But are we, like Abraham, willing to sacrifice things of value, things of importance, to maintain peace? This message can be heard or downloaded at

Monday, February 12, 2007

Yesterday, we continued our series on Abraham with a message based on Genesis 12:10-20. In this message we looked at an act of great selfishness on the part of Abraham and how we're called, as believers, to generosity, selflessness, and humility. We also saw how this sin committed by Abraham was rooted in a lack of trust in the promises of God and how the same thing is often true of us. You can hear it at

Monday, February 05, 2007

This week, we started an eight week series that will continue on Sunday's up until Holy Week. The title of this series is "Our Father Abraham." In it, we'll look at Abraham, the father of the faithful, and see what we can learn from him to apply to our own walk of faith.

This week's message is based on Genesis 12:1-9. In it we see that Abraham, because of his great faith, was a man of sacrifice. And as the faithful of God, we too must be men and women of sacrifice. It can be heard at

Monday, January 29, 2007

The hymn "Amazing Grace" is one of the most widely known and most loved hymns of the church. But even though we sing of God's amazing grace, few people today are truly amazed by it. So many of us continue to depend on works or our own goodness to earn God's salvation and as a method to judge the worthiness of others for God's blessings. In Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus tells a parable that reveals to us the true nature of God's grace and why we frequently live in resentment of it. You can hear it at

Monday, January 22, 2007

Even though most believers say that God's Word is important, so many seem bored by its message and indifferent to what it says. In this message based on Hebrews 2:1-3, we see that this attitude can lead to disastrous consequences. It can be heard at

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Because God's Word can be challenging, because it can make us uncomfortable, many people search for answers and guidance from other sources. People turn to other religions and to occult practices. What does God have to say about this? This week's message, based on Isaiah 8:20-22 looks at this question. You can hear it at or at

Monday, January 08, 2007

This week's message looked at the fact that, even though so many people claim to have a high regard for the Word of God, they're so quick to dismiss it. If we really desire God's guidance, if we really want his blessing, then why would we ignore what he says to us? In this message based on John 2:1-11 we see that, without listening to the Word of God, without following him, we cannot receive the blessing of the Lord; we must do whatever he says. You can hear this message at or at

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

In this week's message we looked at the 12 year old Jesus. As the Son of God, it was only natural for him to be around the things of God. In fact, his whole life revolved around God. It was his heart's desire. But is it our's? So many people, even in the church today, seem to want nothing to do with God. You can hear this message at or at