Sunday, August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020: Bearing witness of the Light and the reception of the Light

 Hello everyone,


This is a link to our Sunday service from August 9, 2020. This week, Pastor Hodge expounded on John 1:6-13 with a sermon titled "Bearing witness of the light and the reception of the light". This week, Pastor Hodge shows how John the Baptist came to bear the witness of the Light, and that he was a witness of the Light. He points to the real Light, Jesus, but the world did not know him. Furthermore, Jesus' own people did not receive and believe in Him, but some did.

What does this mean for us today? Listen and find out by cutting and pasting this link into your favorite Web browser:

https://archive.org/details/august-92020-service-gflc

We also had Amy, Roger and Karen do our special music. We pray that you enjoy it. And we pray that you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

August 2, 2020: Black Lives Matter and Antifa: Should the church support these movements?

Today, Pastor Hodge addressed the issue of the "Black Lives Matter" and "Antifa" groups. On the surface, their goal is admirable, and Biblical: black lives absolutely do matter to the Lord, and racism is a violation of Scripture, as racism tells God that His creation, or a part thereof, is inferior. All blacks are made in the image of God. But below the surface, and drilling down to what the founders and supporters believe, are these groups doing what God wants us to support? Listen to his sermon on what lies below the surface of these groups.

You can listen and watch this sermon here:

https://archive.org/details/august-32020-service-gflc

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

Sunday, July 26, 2020

July 26, 2020: Our full service is now online

This week, Pastor Hodge expounded on the book of John, chapter 1, verses 1-5. in the beginning was the Word, and we see who that Word is. What does He give to us, and we talk about the battle of good and evil in a dark world. What is our challenge and what can we do? We look to Colossians 1:17 for the answer.

You can watch our service by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/july-262020-service-gflc

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

Sunday, July 19, 2020

July 19, 2020: The Psalmist looks to the mountains; or, what a travelogue!

This week, Pastor Hodges sermon was on "The Psalmist looks to the mountains; or, what a travelogue!". What's this about mountains, where does our help really come from, and when does God sleep? And is He our keeper and will protect us now and forever? And what can we do? Listen and find out!

The entire service is available for your edification right here:

https://archive.org/details/GFLCDeKalb7-19-20service

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

Sunday, July 12, 2020

July 12, 2020: A life of grace, while running the race

This is the July 12, 2020 service. This week, Jim Mistry preached for us this 
Sunday "A Life of Grace, While Running the Race" while our Pastor took a break this week.
We invite you to listen to our service to learn how we do both from Jim.

You can find the service here:

https://archive.org/details/gflcjuly-122020service

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

Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020: Our (almost) complete service

This week, Jim Mistry did the sermon, which we believe you will find edifying. However, there is about a three minute gap in the sermon because the service ran longer than the CD could actually hold. We apologize for that. Nevertheless, we pray you are blessed by the service today.
You can hear the service here:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-752020-servicepart-1

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

Sunday, June 28, 2020

June 28, 2020: The challenge of difficult times

This week, Pastor Hodge picked up where he left off last week, on "The challenge of difficult times". Who and where are we to stand in these times? Listen and learn!

We do not have a video service recorded this week due to technical difficulties. Further ones will be posted at:

https://www.facebook.com/gracefreelutheranchurch

Additionally, thanks to a generous church member and an outside associate, our CD burner issue has been resolved. You can hear the service here:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-june-282020service


And we pray that you will be strong in the Lord!

Monday, June 22, 2020

June 21, 2020: The overcomers

Hello Grace Free Lutheran Church members and guests,

Despite reloading the operating system and attempting other tricks on my laptop, the driver for my CD player remains broken. That means that I cannot upload service audio at this time to our archive.org account. 

A temporary solution is as follows: 1. You can ask me for the original CD recording, and we can loan it to you.

2. You can listen to and watch the sermon on our Facebook page, here:


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

Monday, June 15, 2020

June 14, 2020: Doing what is right finds favor with God

Good day everyone,

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties beyond my control, I am unable to upload audio recordings until further notice.

While my laptop has new hardware components: new memory, a new solid state storage drive, and a new battery...my Blu-Ray player is 14 years old, and Microsoft didn't make a new driver when it updated my system to Windows 10 version 2004 (build 19041) last Tuesday. It turned the DVD player and recorder into a brick.

As it turns out, the update to Windows 10 version 2004 brick many printers and other devices. Microsoft is aware of that and proudly declared that "10 million drivers are working". Great, but not so much for the millions more that apparently aren't.

I have tried reloading the driver, to no avail, and other tricks. A word of warning if you have an older printer. or laptop: this version needs some serious work. In the meantime, Shawn is posting the video of our service on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/gracefreelutheranchurch/
There, you will find this week's sermon: "Doing what is right finds favor with God". We'll keep you posted on our audio issue.
Thanks for your patience,
The production team at Grace Free Lutheran Church

Sunday, June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020: Overcoming evil with good

Here is our June 7, 2020 service. Today, Pastor Hodge' sermon was on overcoming evil with good. How do we overcome evil with good? Listen and find out! Copy and paste this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-june-72020service

Please see our service rundown, attached. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Gilbert Sebenste
Grace Free Lutheran Church

Saturday, May 30, 2020

May 31, 2020: Pentecost (Empty sanctuary and online audio and video due to COVID-19)

Good day Grace Free Lutheran Church members and guests,

This is our May 31, 2020 online "service". At this time, unless things change, we will be providing audio only for the service next week. This is because starting this Sunday, in-person services will resume at 9:30 AM. Full information is on our main web site. The tech crew will still be recording the entire service for those who are unable to make it, or are high risk. The deacons, trustees and the church tech are working to bring back a video service, streaming live, in the future.

This is Pentecost Sunday, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Hodge's sermon is on that, and we invite you to worship with us and be reminded of this joyous day. You can see the service online later today or tomorrow morning on our Facebook page, and you can hear the audio portion here:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-church-may-31service

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

Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 24, 2020: What can we do in times like these, part 4: Fear (Empty sanctuary and online audio and video due to COVID-19)

This is our Sunday morning "service" for May 24. While we long for the time where we can get back together again, we pray that this will still be a blessing to you. This week, Pastor Hodge continues with part 4 in his series on "What we can do in times like these" on "Fear". We need not be afraid during this pandemic, but be wise and look to the Lord for courage instead.
To see his sermon, please see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gracefreelutheranchurch. For our audio of the service, copy and paste this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-service-may-242020service

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020

May 17, 2020: What can we do in times like these, part 3: Truth (Empty sanctuary and online audio and video due to COVID-19)

This morning, Pastor Hodge preached the third in a series on "What can we do in times like these?" with the message of "truth". How do we know what is truth, and what is a lie? Who or what is truth? And how do we live our lives in truth? Please listen to our sermon and find out! You can watch the sermon and listen to the worship by going to our Facebook page, here:

https://www.facebook.com/gracefreelutheranchurch

Or you can listen to the entire "service" audio, here:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-church-may-172020service

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

Saturday, May 9, 2020

May 10, 2020: What can we do in times like these, part 2: Peace (Empty sanctuary and online audio and video due to COVID-19)

Good morning Grace Free Lutheran Church members and guests,

Here is our online "service" for May 10, 2020. Pastor Hodge's sermon today
is on peace. Where and from Whom does it come from? How can we have it during this COVID-19 outbreak? Listen and find out by clicking here:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-may-92020service

You can also see the service on our Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/gracefreelutheranchurch/

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

Saturday, May 2, 2020

May 3, 2020: What can we do in times like these, part 1 (Empty sanctuary and online audio and video due to COVID-19)

This is our May 3, 2020 online "service". Today, Pastor Hodge begins a new series called "What can we do in times like these?". How do we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, even though times and personal situations are difficult? Listen to the service, and find out, here:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-church-may-32020-service

You can also see the video of this service on our Facebook page! Be sure to look us up! Just search for Grace Free Lutheran Church. We are the one in DeKalb, Illinois.

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus, even in the midst of the pandemic!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

April 26, 2020: The spiritual gift of mercy (Empty sanctuary and online audio and video due to COVID-19)

Our April 26, 2020 service is now available for your listening and viewing. The video portion of our service can be found online with our Facebook page. Just Google "Grace Free Lutheran Church" and you'll find us. The entire audio portion of the service can be found here:

https://archive.org/details/april-262020-pastor-michael-hodge-thegiftof-mercy

This week, Pastor Hodge continued in his series on spiritual gifts, looking this week at the gift of mercy. How can you tell if you have it, and what are some of the pitfalls you have to watch out for? Wisdom and discernment need to be a part of this very effective serving ministry to the body of Christ. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

April 19, 2020: The spiritual gift of leadership, and pitfalls (Empty sanctuary and online audio and video due to COVID-19)

Hello everyone,

This is the day the Lord has made, and we will sing that song today, amongst others as we worship our Lord still in quarantine. You can find the audio portion of our service here:

https://archive.org/details/grace-free-lutheran-april-192020-service

You can also find the video of our sermon, which was recorded and placed to our Facebook page.
And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

April 12, 2020: Easter (Empty sanctuary and online video and audio due to COVID-19)

Happy Easter! Christ has risen! And today, we proclaim that to a lost and dying world, and we celebrated today and our service. It is unfortunate that this year, thanks to COVID-19, that we cannot be together. But in our houses and apartments, let us celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, and the good news that when we repent of our sins and turn to Christ to be our Savior, Lord, and Master, he will save us from God's wrath, and all who will believe on him!

Please find our service rundown, attached. Additionally, an experimental video of this sermon is available on our Facebook page. And you can find our service by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/eastersunday2020gracefreelutheranchurch

Happy Easter!

Pastor Hodge, and the deacons and trustees of Grace Free Lutheran Church

Thursday, April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday service (Empty sanctuary and online video and audio due to COVID-19)

This year, unfortunately, we cannot do our usual Maundy Thursday Communion service due to COVID-19. However, I pray we can do it next year. Until then, Pastor Michael Hodge has prepared a Maundy Thursday sermon for you to listen to, and reflect on.

You can listen to it by cutting and pasting it into your browser:
https://archive.org/details/maundythursdaypastormichaelhodge

Additionally, we are experimenting with a video feed as well. You can see the video on our Facebook page (there is a brief glitch in the middle of the video, we know!) at:
https://www.facebook.com/gracefreelutheranchurch/

Our current plan is to audio record the entire Easter service, and have a video recording of the sermon on our Facebook page, available by very early Sunday morning.
May you have a blessed Good Friday and Easter as well!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday (Empty sanctuary and online audio due to COVID-19)

Our Palm Sunday service is now available. Many of you may be able to sing the choruses straight out of memory. You can find the service online by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/gracefreelutheranchurchapril5palmsundayservice

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus! Feel free to call and talk to each other online. Let's stay connected during this outbreak! And remember the blessing we have today to be able to do that. Remember just 15 years ago, we only had 600 minutes of talk time per month, and could only send out 30 text messages without incurring stiff penalties!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

March 29, 2020: The gift of giving (Empty sanctuary and online audio due to COVID-19)

Sing along together with Amy, Shawn and Pastor Hodge as we lift our voices and our hearts to the Lord this morning. The Pastor's sermon today is on the spiritual gift of giving. Do you have it, and what does it look like? And how do you encourage that gift? Listen and find out by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/gflcdekalbmarch29service

The service recording can be found here. And we pray you have great week in Christ Jesus, in spite of our circumstances. Stay or become more focused on Him this week!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020: The spiritual gift of exhortation (Empty sanctuary and online audio due to COVID-19)

We have canceled church for bad winter weather conditions before. But not for a pandemic! This was a bit awkward: it was just the audio engineer, the pastor and his wife, a musician and a Scripture reader all practicing "social distancing", all while doing our service this morning for an online audience. We made it as normal as possible, and our series in spiritual gifts continues today with the spiritual gift of exhortation. That's not a common word today, so Pastor Hodge will explain what it means to exhort, why it is an extremely personal gift, and who in the Bible had it? And do we have it ourselves? Listen and find out!

Get ready to sing along as Roger Seldal leads our worship for you.
If you have any comments, concerns, questions, or suggestions for improvement, we would love your feedback during these difficult times. Please send all correspondence to our website contact page, we'd love to hear from you!

You can hear this service by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/march222020service

Thank you, and may the Lord protect us from this virus!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020: (mostly) complete service (Empty sanctuary and online audio due to COVID-19)



Hello everyone,

Due to the threat of COVID-19, we are going to send this email weekly to all our members, and we are going to try to record the service from beginning to end. Feel free to share it, and pass it along to others who would benefit hearing this service.

Due to the length of this morning's service, we have everything recorded up through the end of the sermon today, which starts at 46 minutes and several seconds afterwards in the recording. Pastor Hodge continued in his series on spiritual gifts, and specifically the gift of teaching. Who has the gift of teaching, how is it manifested, and what do great Bible teachers need? And who is a great example of one? Listen and find out by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/march152020service

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

Saturday, March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020: A word about COVID-19 (this post expires on April 30, 2020 unless canceled/replaced)

Dear GFLC members and guests,

As a result of the COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling Sunday school until further notice. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that if you have any health issues, or are over 60 years old, or are at significant risk for catching the virus and becoming severely symptomatic, STAY HOME. We will record the service audio from beginning to end, and post them on our blog by Monday morning (frequently Sunday afternoon) as we are able. We are evaluating the situation daily, and are continuously monitoring the CDC and the DeKalb County Health Department for further information, recommendations, or mandatory shutdowns.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

March 8, 2020: The gift of service

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in Romans 12 with the spiritual gift of service. This gift and compasses a variety of ministries and is manifested in several ways. But, do you have the gift of service? And what are things that you must be aware of if you do have that gift? Listen and find out!

We also had Diane do our children's sermon this morning. We hope you are blessed by both of these recordings, which can be found by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgethegiftofsservice

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

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020: Spiritual gifts - prophecy

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in his series on the spiritual gifts of Romans 12 by looking at the gift of prophecy. He takes a look at what it is, and what it isn't, and then looked at the prophet Jeremiah and how true prophets of God suffered because of their obedience to the Lord. You can hear his sermon here:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgeromans12continued

Please see our church bulletin and our sermon notes, attached. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

February 23, 2020: Recognizing and using our spiritual gifts

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in his series on spiritual gifts, looking at Romans 12:6, and expanding on how we can recognize and use our spiritual gifts. He recaps what a spiritual gift is, and then what we do with them, and why.

We also had Molly Blobaum give our children's sermon, and the GFLC Quartet did our special music today. You can listen to all of these service elements here:

https://archive.org/details/04romans12continued

Please see our church bulletin, and sermon notes, attached. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 16, 2020: Trials and suffering

This week, while Pastor Hodge was off, Gilbert Sebenste filled in with the sermon entitled "trials and suffering". Why do we go through trials? What is the purpose of suffering? Listen and find out!

We also had our children's sermon, Clarke and Dave did our special music, and all of these service elements can be found by cutting and pasting this link into your web browser:

https://archive.org/details/04gilbertsebenstetrialsandsuffering

Please see our church bulletin, attached. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February 9, 2020: The community energized by her giftedness

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in his series on spiritual gifts this week with a sermon entitled "The community energized by her giftedness". Spiritual gifts spring great blessings and we are encouraged by our spiritual gifting us. What is the background of gifts and what happens today with gifts and what is our challenge? Listen and find out!

We also had Amy Taylor do our children's sermon. To listen to both of these service elements, simply cut and paste this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/02pastormichaelhodgethecommunityinspiredbyhergiftedness

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

Monday, February 3, 2020

February 2, 2020: The living Church of Romans 12

This week, we resume Pastor Hodges' series on the church in Romans 12, and next week, Pastor Hodge will begin his series on spiritual gifts. But in preparation for that, listen to this sermon to prepare you for the rest of the series by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

 https://archive.org/details/pastormichaelhodgeromans12

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

Sunday, January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020: The dilemma between God and Man

This week, the Gospel was presented in full. We are reminded that things were once great between God and man. But then Adam and Eve began to doubt God, and desired something that they thought was better. Then Adam and Eve made a decision that had colossal implications which affect us today. They sinned against  our holy God, and the evil of sin separated us from fellowship with God. We would be damned in hell forever as a result of this, except…

God's loving response brought us out of our hopeless dilemma and back together, by having Jesus Christ die on the cross for our sins to those who repent, or turn from their sins, and trust and believe in Christ as their Savior, Lord and Master.

Even so, there are still consequences for our sin. As believers in Christ, what can we do, and by whose strength and power does the work?

We also had Molly give our children's sermon this morning. You can hear both of these service elements here:

https://archive.org/details/04pastormichaelhodgethedilemmabetweengodandman

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

Sunday, January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020: Creation and the value of human life

We're sorry you couldn't be with us this morning! Please join us Wednesday evening for our Bible study and prayer starting at 7 PM, and then next Sunday join us for Sunday school starting at 9:30 AM, followed by our worship service at 10:30 AM.

This was National Right to Life Sunday, and we take a look at the Scriptures to show how much God values life in the womb, all the way to death. And it's not because of us, but because of God who decrees that, and who is the author and authority of all life.

We also had Pastor Hodge do our children's sermon this morning; we hope you are blessed by that. And, you can hear both of these service elements here:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgecreationandthevalueofhumanlife

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

Sunday, January 12, 2020

January 12, 2020: Getting back on the right path

This week, Pastor Hodge focused on Galatians chapter 6, verses one through five. We have a very serious problem: even as believers, Christians can and do sin. But what is the goal, and what is the method...what do we do, practically? Listen and find out!

We also had Amy Taylor deliver our children's sermon. We pray you are blessed by that, and the sermon, here:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgegettingbackontherightpath

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

January 5, 2020: Communion

This week was communion, and Pastor Hodge expounded on what communion is, and why we do it, and some of the viewpoints of communion. but then we go back to the Bible to see what it really is.

The back portion of this sermon was not recorded, as the sermon was split into two parts, with communion about 2/3 of the way in. However, what was recorded was worthwhile, and you should listen to it, here:

https://archive.org/details/pastormichaelhodgecommunion
And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!