Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 29, 2018: Two guys and a Redeemer (part 3)

This week, Pastor Michael Hodge preaches on Luke 24:13-34. Two of his disciples were conversing about the death of Jesus and all that had happened, when Jesus joins them, even though they don't recognize him. They told Jesus that they were expecting him to come back to life and save the Jews. But Jesus opens their hearts through the Scriptures, and they recognize him.

Now, Jesus isn't physically with us, but he is through the Holy Spirit, and there are times that God has moved in our lives as His will is done through us.

We also had Josiah Fagerstrom and friends do our special music, and tell us what it was like on their musical, missionary tour through Europe. And, we also had Molly Blobaum do her children's sermon on eyes. We hope you are blessed by these service elements.

You can hear these service elements here:

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018: The dynamics of friends and enemies (Post-resurrection apppearances of Jesus, part 2)

This week, Pastor Hodge continues his series tht went through Easter and looks at the dynamics of friends and enemies of Jesus post-resurrection. For instance, we see Mary Magdalene sees the resurrected Jesus, but Jesus' disciples don't believe her. The group of women see Jesus, believe and worship him, and calms them. But then there is a the Great Lie from Jesus' enemies. How do they try to cover up the resurrection? How to the chief priests do it? And what important lesson can we take away from it? Listen and find out!

We also had Mark Fagerstrom give his children's sermon using a...banana? Yes, just listen to how he gets to the point of what the Word of God teaches. No, it's nothing crazy, just listen to it. :-) And, we had Dale Vesta and Karen Hannan do our special music for today.

You can listen to all of these service elements here:

And, we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018: Jesus' post-resurrection appearances (part 1)

This week, we had an unusual service. For the first time in many years, we had no electricity for the first 2/3rds of the service due to a power outage. Exelon got our portion of the power grid back up just before the sermon started, so we were able to record that (but nothing else). This changed our worship service to an acoustic one. No organ...piano and guitar and our voices sufficiently helped us to sing praises to God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Sunday school was interesting as well! Thanks to the hard working linesmen at Exelon for getting us back up and running 7 hours earlier than expected, in very challenging weather conditions, with snow and light freezing rain falling!

This week, Pastor Hodge expounded on John 20:11-18. Unbelievers think that Christian women are treated as second class citizens. Of course, God crushes that utter nonsense as women were the first to see the risen Christ, and their encounter with angels, and Jesus. God gave men and women equally important roles, just as He does today.

We had intended to record the Children's sermon and special music, but the power didn't come back on until afterwards.

You can hear the sermon here:

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 8, 2018:Jesus cries out and dies, yet he starts something new

This week, Pastor Michael Hodge looks at Matthew 27:50-53. A lot of pastors do not tackle these verses because of their complexity. But this week Pastor Hodge does that, talking about why there were outer and inner curtains to the temple. Did Jesus descend into Hell, and what about the story of the rich man and Lazarus? And what is the original Scripture and early church view on Hell? Who will be raised from the dead? And what does that all mean to us? Listen and find out!

We also welcomed our new members today, with special music as well. We hope you are blessed by these service elements. You can here them by cutting and pasting this link into your browser, here:

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!.