Lose Your Past

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s March 22 message, “Lose Your Past” is now available.

This sermon is part 10 of our Lenten teaching series “The Biggest Loser” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

Watch a test video of Pastor Allen Bauer’s drama sermon as Zacchaeus shares how Jesus freed him from his past!

2015-03-22 830am Message” Zacchaeus Loses His Past; Gains Jesus’ Peace from FishersOfMenSL on Vimeo.

Pastor Emeritus Allen Bauer shares a dramatic first person message from Zacchaues, who, through the grace shared by Jesus, lost the shame and anger of his past and GAINED the peace and life of Jesus.

03/22/15 SUMMARY: We are not bound to living out the good, bad, or the ugly of our past because JESUS MAKES US NEW!  LOSE the chains of your past–GAIN freedom!  

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Lose Your Past” and to answer the following questions: 

Do you ignore guilt? Do you rationalize it (saying others are worse)? Do you try your own solution? Or do you come to Jesus for His solution? How Do YOU Handle Guilt?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Losing Guilt

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s March 15 message, “Losing Guilt” is now available.

This sermon is part 8 of our Lenten teaching series “The Biggest Loser” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

03/15/15 SUMMARY: Guilt is like the “check engine” on the dashboard of our life–if we sense it, something needs to be fixed. Living with guilt, like driving a car with a warning light on, means that a breakdown is likely ahead. Pastor Allen Bauer shares today’s message and shows us God’s plan for us to LOSE guilt and GAIN the freedom that comes from forgiveness.  

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Losing Guilt” and to answer the following questions: 

Do you ignore guilt? Do you rationalize it (saying others are worse)? Do you try your own solution? Or do you come to Jesus for His solution? How Do YOU Handle Guilt?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Losing Anger

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 8 message, “Losing Anger” is now available.

This sermon is part 6 of our Lenten teaching series “The Biggest Loser” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

03/8/15 SUMMARY: Maybe a better title is “Losing [Damaging, Godless, Unhealthy Expressions Of] Anger.” Even Jesus got angry. The question is how do we avoid sin when boundaries are crossed? Seek all God wants you to gain of His Spirit!  

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Losing Anger” and to answer the following questions: 

Everyone gets anger sometime–even Jesus!  Sinning in our anger brings destruction and division. Based on God’s Word & today’s message, what will you change about how you react when you get angry?  How can you practice articulating the boundary that was crossed?  What can you do to ensure your reaction is tied only to that incident (and not others from your past)?
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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

When Losing Is Winning

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 1 message, “When Losing Is Winning” is now available.

This sermon is part 4 of our Lenten teaching series “The Biggest Loser” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

03/1/15 SUMMARY: Who said there has to be a winner and a loser in a relationship? In a marriage where you are supposed to be ONE, if someone loses, you both lose! Both are hurt! Discover that Jesus’ path of reconciling a world of sinners–you and me!–to God is the same process for us TRULY winning in our relationships.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Losing Your Mind” and to answer the following questions: 

In relationships, if we strive to be “right” or to “win” there will always be two losers–because the relationship loses! But, it is transformative when we discover that Jesus’ path of reconciling a world of sinners–you and me!–to God is the same process for us TRULY winning in our relationships. Which relationship will you apply this to first? In which relationship will you “lose” to win?
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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Losing Your Mind

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s February 22 message, “Losing Your Mind” is now available.

This sermon is part 2 of our Lenten teaching series “The Biggest Loser” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

02/15 SUMMARY: “LOSING YOUR MIND” isn’t so bad–if you are GAINING CHRIST’S! Listen most to His voice & find FREEDOM! Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). That means we can be freed from our old lies and “the futility of their thinking.” 

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Losing Your Mind” and to answer the following questions: 

What’s One Truth That Will Change Your Mind This Week?
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). That means we can be freed from our old lies and “the futility of their thinking.” What truth of God’s will you hold onto this week?
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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Impressive Love

The .mp3 audio file for our February 15 message, “Impressive Love” is now available.

This sermon is part 2 of our teaching series “Future Family” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

02/15 SUMMARY: Last week God spoke to us about ending negative patterns in our lives so the consequences of those sins (done by us and/or to us) don’t affect future generations of our family. Today, God’s message comes to us through guest speaker, pastor, author and founder of Faith@Home, Mark Holmen. Learn about how to add the positive, life-giving patterns that God offers us and our future family!

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Days Of Future Past

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s February 8 message, “Days Of Future Past” is now available.

This sermon is part 1 of our teaching series “Future Family” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

02/08 SUMMARY: Want to know what your family is going to be like years or even generations from now? Look at the patterns (yours and your parents) and you’ll have some solid leads. But patterns can be changed and our Savior Jesus is in the change business! Learn how to free AND bless your future family!

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GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Days Of Future Past” and to answer the following questions: 

Intro Question

What is one of your favorite childhood family memories?  What were the household rules when you were growing up? How have those rules influenced your current family life?

Read Genesis 26:1-11.  What promises did God give to Isaac?  Did Isaac’s choice to lie about his wife reflect his trust in God’s promise?  Look also at Genesis 12:10-20; Genesis 20:1-13.  Does Isaac seem to follow God’s promises or his father Abraham’s patterns?  Consider your own life–would God say you are relying on His promises or your own resources (personal strength, family patterns, etc.)?  What is one pattern in your life that you would dread seeing being repeated in your children or grandchildren?

Read Ezekiel 18; especially 18:19-23.  Jerry brought up this passage to show God declares that He will not punish children for parents’ sins.  Jerry also taught that families often still have to experience the consequences of past sins–especially the tendency to repeat the sinful pattern.  Now read Mark 9:42.  Think about what Jesus is saying about our responsibility if we harm one of our children (His “little ones”) by continuing in a pattern of sin.  Now put this warning of Jesus into your own words.

Read Luke 15:11-23.  Rather than feel doomed and trapped into repeating sinful patterns, Jerry suggested we follow the example of the Prodigal Son and come to our senses, give up the pattern, go back to our Father in confession, and accept the restoration offered by our Heavenly Father through Jesus’ sacrifice.  Could you follow these steps?  Can reading Romans 6:12-13 help you turn from sin?  Are you ready to “offer yourself to God”?   Note: if you would like the help of someone walking with you through these steps, you are invited to contact Jerry through the Fishers’ office (281-242-7711, pastor@fishersofmen.org)

Read Romans 5:8-11 and Philippians 4:9  Put the pattern of God’s love, forgiveness and restoration as shared in Romans 5 into your own words.  How could you continue on that pattern of forgiveness and love in your family?  In the Philippians passage, the apostle Paul demonstrates that a leader (in a church OR a family) is to be following the pattern of Jesus so that others can see that pattern alive before them and have a tangible pattern to follow.  What’s one pattern of Jesus that you would like to see your family get better at repeating?  What will you do to improve that pattern in your life?

Closing Call To Action Question: A suggested pattern of Jesus you could work on adding to your life and then modeling for your family is prayerful dependence on the Heavenly Father (rather than self-dependence as Abraham and Isaac demonstrated at times of stress).  Some Scriptural examples of Jesus praying include Luke 6:12-13; Matthew 14:12-23, and Matthew 26:36-43.  What big decision in your life will you pray and wait on God to guide–and share that pattern with your family?  What burden will you seek God’s help with rather than run from or self-solve?  How will you invite your family to pray with you?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

GO, Be Jesus’ Real Presence!

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The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s February 1 message, “GO, Be Jesus’ Real Presence!” is now available.

This sermon is part 3 of our teaching series “Ready, Set, Go!”and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

02/01 SUMMARY: “All nations”—people you see everyday—still need Jesus. We make Him real when we rely on His Spirit, remain in His Word, and GO live it out for all to see. Learn more with us!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “GO, Be Jesus’ Real Presence!” and to answer the following questions: 

Intro Question

Read Matthew 28:16-17.  What do you like best about a great worship service?  The disciples enjoyed being with Jesus in worship, and He enjoyed being with them. Yet, the phrase we call “the Great Commission” begins with “GO” because there is more than worship.  What part about going and being a disciple of Jesus out in the world is the most challenging for you?

Read Matthew 28:19.  Yes, there are some two billion Christians, but that means there are more than five billion people living and dying in our world who don’t trust Jesus.  Name five people you know who don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior.  As you think of your five names and the five billion others, what moves in your heart at the thought “there are more PEOPLE who need what you have”?

Read Acts 1:4-8.  Why do you think Jesus wanted His disciples to “wait” for the power of the Holy Spirit before they go as witnesses?  How would having God’s power and guidance help you be a witness of Jesus love in your corner of the world?  What will you ask God to help you do better in your witness to others?

Read Philippians 2:12-15  Jerry taught that this Bible passage is God’s invitation us to go beyond a Sunday-only faith to “working out our salvation” in every aspect of our life–relationships, work, recreation, choices, etc.  What part of your life feels most in line with Jesus’ ways?  Which seems to need some change?  If you accepted Philippians 2:14 as your focus challenge for one week, what would you do to “Do everything without complaining or arguing”? What would you substitute in place of complaining or arguing? Who do you think would notice the change first? This is how we SHINE and make Jesus real, and that’s what making disciples is all about!

Closing Call To Action Question: As you ask God to empower you to do Philippians 2:14 (“Do everything without complaining or arguing”), imagine how you will work that out in various situations you are likely to face.  What positive action can you do as a replacement for complaining or arguing for the next week? What would be different if you improve? If you succeed?  We’ll be praying for you!

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

SET Others Ahead Of You


The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s January 25 message, “SET Others Ahead Of You” is now available.

This sermon is part 2 of our teaching series “Ready, Set, Go!”and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

01/25 SUMMARY: Our culture says “Be #1″ Jesus says to be the greatest “Set Me first, others second, yourself last.” Learn more!  Set Jesus as Lord and set others ahead of yourself—as Jesus did—and you are all set for a life-adventure!  

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GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “SET Others Ahead Of You” and to answer the following questions: Who is someone in your life that you can say “They set my needs ahead of their own”?  Where do you have the bigger challenge to set other’s needs ahead of yourself–at work, in your neighborhood or home? Who is one person you will prayerfully concentrate on valuing above yourself?

Intro Question

Read Luke 22:24-27.  Jesus interrupts an argument among the disciples about which was the greatest to talk about true greatness.  Jerry stated “Jesus teaches us repeatedly that what you set your heart on is a choice that shapes EVERYTHING.”  Where do you find it most tempting to act as if you are one of the greatest and can dominate and control?  At home?  At work? In your neighborhood?  Why would using worldly power methods take you off the path of the life and life-pattern of Jesus?  When you hear Jesus say “You are not to be like that” (Luke 22:26), can you explain what He is calling you to be like instead?

Read 1 Peter 3:15.  Explain the difference between saying you are a Christian and actually living out the phrase “set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts”?  Do you agree with Jerry’s statement: “Jesus is the author of life, so He has the right to author your story”?  Why or why not?  Jerry also taught “He is the one who exchanged His life for ours, so Jesus has the right to ask you to change—to exchange anger for peace, and love of self exchanged for love of others.”  What do you think Jesus is asking you to exchange?

Read Philippians 2:3-5  How well would you say you do at “looking not just to your own interests, but all the interests of others”?  Jerry suggested that GOOD, BETTER, BEST can be a useful reminder of how to do this:

  • Look out for the GOOD of others (Philippians 2:4)
  • Think of them and treat them as BETTER than you (Philippians 2:3)
  • Remember, the BEST model of serving others is… Jesus (Luke 22:27)

Is it hard for you to think of someone as better than you when they really aren’t?  What might change in you if you could think of the other person that way?  What might change in them if you treated them in that way?  While we can’t control another person’s response, we know Jesus is honored when we set Him as Lord of our lives and set the needs of others ahead of ourselves!

Closing Call To Action Question: Chose one person in your circle of life (at home, work, neighborhood, etc.) that you will pray for daily and try the GOOD, BETTER, BEST way of valuing them.  Do GOOD to others–for Jesus’ sake!

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

READY To Give An Answer


The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s January 18 message, “READY To Give An Answer” is now available.

This sermon is part 1 of our teaching series “Ready, Set, Go!”and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

01/18 SUMMARY: God asks us to be ready to give an answer to others about our hope. First, are we ready to answer Him?  Are we ready to hear His answers to us?  God’s answers shape everything!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “READY To Give An Answer” and to answer the following questions: What would your savior be like if Jesus was as committed to you as you have been toward Him?
What would your life be like if you were as committed to Jesus as He was to you?
What will our church become and do if we commit our ALL to Jesus as He does to us?

Intro Question

Read John 3:16 and Romans 3:23-24.  Do you see any exceptions in these verses?  Does Jesus love sinners (even terrorists) any less than you or me?  Do we need His forgiveness any less than all the rest of the world?

Read Luke 9:21-22.  To save us all how much does Jesus say He has to sacrifice?  If you were God the Father could you give up your child for the sake of saving others?  As you think about all Jesus sacrificed and suffered through for you, how would you express your thoughts and feelings?

Read Luke 9:23-26  Jesus describes that His followers have to have the same “all-in” commitment.  If you were trying to explain this to someone not familiar with Christianity how would you word it?  Would you describe your commitment to Jesus as an “all-in” commitment–denying your desires as you seek ALL of His for you; seeking Him ALL your days, not just Sundays?  If not, journal or share one area in your life where you want to move toward an “all-in” response to Jesus’ “all-in” sacrifice for you.

Read Acts 2:42-47  Jerry drew from this snapshot of the newborn Christian church for actions that he lifted us as focuses for Fishers in 2015–that we’d grow even better as a learning church, a caring church, a worshiping church, and a sharing (or evangelizing) church.  Which of these do you think Fishers already does well?  How you think you might personally improve in each of these godly actions?  Which one will you pray about each day for the next week for our church family?

Closing Call To Action Question: Jerry shared from Colossians 3:1-17 that not only are there seven “all” phrases in those verses, but that there are many truths to help us grow in an “all-in” kind of life-response to Jesus.  As you read these verses what are two changes you feel inspired to make?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

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