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Complaining – Part 4

Devotional- Needs and wants We start our scripture just after Moses got over dramatic, asking God to end his life because he could not bear the load, the burden of these complaining people. “The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the … Continue reading Complaining – Part 4

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Complaining – Part 3

Devotional -“ just unalive me now.” Preface: I recently learned that the term “unalive” (grammatical incorrect, I know) is used online in place of the word “kill.” Perhaps someone is trying to make a joke, but on the internet sarcasm doesn’t really translate…[like at all.]So they might use this term in place of kill. Additionally … Continue reading Complaining – Part 3

BackStory: No Guts, No Glory?

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Below is Sunday's message in blog-format. If you'd rather listen to the podcaast of this sermon, Click Here or use the Spotify Player at the end of this post. When read the words “King Saul” what comes to mind? Tyrant? Emotionally Unhinged? Angry and controlling? Cowardly? Disgraceful? King Saul was Israel’s first anointed king. Historically, … Continue reading BackStory: No Guts, No Glory?

Noel – Christmas Service

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Did you miss out on our Christmas Sunday Service? We've tried to recapture this service in blog form. to listen to the service in it's "entirity" CLICK HERE and listen on Spotify. Sing along, read along and reflect on "What God has Done!" Prelude: “ Come Thou Long-expected Jesus” Reading 158 “Our God Comes” “I … Continue reading Noel – Christmas Service

Noel – Light of the Word

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Mankind regularly finds itself in dark places. We need to see what is right before us, gain an understanding of our surroundings, our current situation. We need guidance, the light at the end of the tunnel that beckons us to better things. We need to be cleansed and purified from sin and unholiness. Jesus doesn't just point these things out to us,

Noel – Happy Birthday Songs

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Christmas 2022 Sermon Series Imagine for just a moment, it’s your special day. You’re having family and friends come over for dinner or perhaps joining them at a restaurant, and it’s all because you are celebrating your birthday. They are thankful for you, you are grateful to the Lord for another year to serve him … Continue reading Noel – Happy Birthday Songs

#SoBlessed – Jesus At Arm’s Length

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Today we are on week two of our series #SoBlessed. Last week we looked at the “Flip-side to blessing.” The very things we think seem to make us blessed, namely material possessions, actually hamper us from being truly blessed. We left off with this word - If Jesus says, “you’re blessed: take comfort. If he … Continue reading #SoBlessed – Jesus At Arm’s Length

Sanctifying Grace – Navigating the Gap

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Let's recap previous areas we've talked about on the Journey of Grace. This Journey to becoming made a disciple. The first stop along the way has been The Compelling Invitation. Someone's story, their life is so compelling we can't help ourselves. We reflected on the links from John the Baptist all the way to the … Continue reading Sanctifying Grace – Navigating the Gap

Saving Grace – “Different Stories, Same Need.”

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Thanks for joining us again at Viroqua Nazarene. We’re in this series called “Journey of Grace.” It’s all about discovering the Grace of God along your path to becoming more and more like his son, Jesus. And becoming more like Christ is the essential characteristic of a person called “Christian.” We talked two weeks ago … Continue reading Saving Grace – “Different Stories, Same Need.”

The Journey of Grace – The Compelling Invitation

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I'm going to start this new sermon series by addressing some criticism. It’s not personal to me or to our church, but rather criticism some folks have about the Christian Faith and Christian churches. The top criticism not believers and non-church goers have about church is that it’s filled with hypocrites. We hear this frequently, … Continue reading The Journey of Grace – The Compelling Invitation

UnComfortable: The Sins of the Father

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A Series on topics we'd rather not talk about. I’ve titled today’s message “The Sins of the Father.” Today we will look at several verses in the Bible that address this concept. Here’s something uncomfortable to start with: a cursory reading of them might lead you to believe they contradict one another. Where one insinuates … Continue reading UnComfortable: The Sins of the Father

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UnComfortable: “That is what some of you were”

A series discussing topics that we'd rather not. Uncomfortable topics. Out of all of them, today is one I am probably least comfortable with. Perhaps you are in the same boat. You know about this topic, you have beliefs about this topic, and perhaps you wouldn’t mind discussing it…but not in a church setting. That … Continue reading UnComfortable: “That is what some of you were”

UnComfortable: Port Authority

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I’m going to decide that the length of my shoe = 1 Foot, because ya know it’s 1 foot. One of my feet at least. This is not a standard that everyone can measure by. Some people have smaller feet and others, longer feet. If we determined the length of our church sanctuary using that form of measurement, using our own feet as the measurement for “1 foot,” we’d all come up with something different. This is an illustration of our world today. For many people, Truth is not absolute. There is no standard. No consistent measurement. And this is the problem. It was Pilate’s problem.

Proverbs 28 – Cloudy with a chance…

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“Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”Proverbs‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Have you ever seen the movie, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?" It's about a young inventor who tries to use science to make it rain food. It sounds silly and of course … Continue reading Proverbs 28 – Cloudy with a chance…

Proverbs 29 – Justice For All?

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“By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.”Proverbs‬ ‭29:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬ For me this seems like a verse that can easily translate into our life. A Leader (king) who actually enforces the laws, supporting justice: all of that gives the area over which they lead - … Continue reading Proverbs 29 – Justice For All?

Proverbs 26 – Smooth Lips Make Bad Pottery

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“Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.”Proverbs‬ ‭26:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬ There is an ancient Japanese art of repairing old pottery by infusing it with liquid gold. It’s called kintsugi. What is described here in proverbs 26:23 sounds like the opposite. Instead of the pure metal being added to … Continue reading Proverbs 26 – Smooth Lips Make Bad Pottery

Proverbs 18 – I Know Just How you feel…

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“To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.”Proverbs‬ ‭18:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Have you ever started sharing something personal to some one, they jump in with some sort of quip that appears to be empathetic in nature? “I know just how you feel!” And then they go one about their experiences and such. Did you find … Continue reading Proverbs 18 – I Know Just How you feel…

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Proverbs 15 – He Sees You When You’re Sleeping…

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.Proverbs 15:3 Did you ever wonder why people believe St. Nicolas could "see you when you're sleeping," and "knows when you're awake?" It is really the next line that takes the cake: "he knows if you've been bad or good." This is a god-like … Continue reading Proverbs 15 – He Sees You When You’re Sleeping…

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Proverbs 14 – Different kind of work

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”Proverbs‬ ‭14:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬ I work two jobs. One, I am a Pastor. I write sermons every week, plan Sunday worship service, connect with my church folks. The other, I work in a grocery store. I’ve had several roles in the store: barista, grocery … Continue reading Proverbs 14 – Different kind of work

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Proverbs 8 – Wisdom and wealth

Choose my instruction instead of silver,    knowledge rather than choice gold,for wisdom is more precious than rubies,    and nothing you desire can compare with her.Proverbs 8:10-11 NIV "I wish I had a million dollars!" Have you ever said this phrase before? Heard someone else say it? The pessimist in me thinks, "but after you get that money, taxes … Continue reading Proverbs 8 – Wisdom and wealth

The Problem with Beacons

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Genesis 11:1-11 (This message originally presented and recorded on Sunday, July 3rd 2022.) Independence day weekend! Traditionally, we’d hear a message on the topic of freedom, independence, or justice. We might recount the wars and the biblical tie-ins to their call to arms. We could talk about the Constitution and the bill of rights. Identifying … Continue reading The Problem with Beacons