The Prodigal - The Bottom

Richard Crouch, Director of Christian Education, delivered his message on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal" is titled "The Bottom"

The bottom of our living is a place of hopelessness and that is where the prodigal son finds himself in Sunday's reading from Luke.  Yet ours is a God who loves broken people and so He meets us at the bottoms of life as a gracious and faithful God.

Amy Benitez
The Prodigal - The Breach

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal" is titled "The Breach" ~Luke 15:11-13

"And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' ~Luke 15:12

First, why did the young man want to take his inheritance and leave?  Second, why did the dad let him go?  There is no real love without freedom.  Here is a father who loves his son enough to say, "Go" and "I will wait, and wait, and wait..."

Jesus had that freedom.  He didn't use it.  

A part of God's love is this amazing grace that says, "Go.  Fail.  Yield to temptation.  But I'll be here.  I'll wait.  I'll forgive."

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men??? God's Own House

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from the Sermon Series "Fishers of Men???" is titled "God's Own House"

As those who share in God’s calling, we are to live as God’s holy house in this world--faithful to Him in our witness and service, confident that He watches over us, His house, faithfully.

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Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men???" - A People Who Go Above and Beyond

Pastor Allen Bauer's message on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from the Sermon Series "Fishers of Men???" is entitled, "A People Who Go Above and Beyond".


Here you see Jesus calling us in so many ways to go above and beyond to serve and love others, even our enemies.  Why?  Because this is what God has done for us and how He has loved us.  We are to be merciful, for He is merciful.

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men??? Rooted in God's Word

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from the Sermon Series "Fishers of Men???" is entitled, "Rooted in God's Word" - Jeremiah 17: 7-8


The congregation and the believer whose leaves are always green… that bear fruit for the kingdom is the congregation and believer planted by the streams of God’s living water--His word!

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Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men??? Called to Deep-Sea Fishing

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from the Sermon Series "Fishers of Men???" is entitled, "Called to Deep-Sea Fishing" - Luke 5:1-11

Peter was a master fisherman.  It was his profession.  If he hadn’t caught any fish all night and in shallow water, he wasn’t going to catch any during the day and in deep water.  Yet that is exactly what Jesus tells him to do, and then to his surprise, they haul in a great catch.  So we in our mission and outreach are to trust and follow the calling of our Lord Jesus – He is the true Master Fisher of Men.

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men???" - Reflecting God's Love

Paul calls it the gift we should all desire to know and to have--agape love.  It is God’s unconditional love.  Jesus adds that by this kind of love all people will know that we are His.  That’s the kind of church He desires that we be--a church and a people that reflect His love to each other and to all around us.

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men??? A Church That Values Every Member

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on 1/27/19 was entitled, "Fishers of Men???  A Church That Values Every Member!" from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.

Most people believe that unity requires uniformity.  You see this in how upset we get over differing viewpoints.  However, God did not create His church to look like a suburb where every second or third house looks alike.  He made us each different and unique so that each has a role to play in His kingdom and each is needed by the others.  He desires that we be a united community that treasures diversity.

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men??? Ready When He's Ready

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on January 20, 2019 was entitled, "Ready When He’s Ready” - John 2:1-11

What I want to pick up on is the dialogue between Mary and Jesus--how she tells the servants to be ready whenever Jesus is ready to perform His miracle.  Are you and I ready for Jesus to perform His miracles in our lives and make Himself known to us?  That’s part of our calling as a congregation and as believers--to be ready when He is ready.

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men???? - A People Who Know Whose They Are

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on January 13, 2019 was entitled, "Fishers of Men???? - A People Who Know Whose They Are" from Isaiah 43:1-7.

The key to knowing who and why we are is to know whose we are. "Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" ~Luke 1:34

To understand who Jesus is, we need to know whose He is. "Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." ~Luke 3:21-22

Who are we?  We are His!  "that I might be His own and live under Him in His Kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness." ~Luther's Small Catechism

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men???

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on January 6, 2019 was entitled, "Fishers of Men???"  "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men."  ~Mark 1:17

God wants us to be a community of the most unlikely missionaries.  "I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power.  Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given to me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ..." ~Ephesians 3:7-8 

Because of Jesus, God has done the most unlikely thing - He has chosen you and me to be His missionaries. "through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known..." ~Ephesians 3:10

Amy Benitez
How to Live Christmas Every Day

Pastor Allen Bauer's message on Sunday, December 30, 2018, was entitled, "How to Live Christmas Every Day". 

Mary and Joseph followed the law and brought Jesus to the temple to buy Him back from God according to Exodus 13. There they meet Simeon and Anna. What can we learn from these two to make Christmas more than a one day event but a year long event?

Amy Benitez
Advent Living - Living by Faith in a Skeptical, Unbelieving World

Pastor Wayne Braun’s message on 12/23/2018 was entitled, “Advent Living - Living by Faith in a Skeptical, Unbelieving World”

I often hear people say that they don’t know how they could face life without faith in Jesus.  Yet many do in this unbelieving world.  Faith is no easy thing.  That’s what makes the story of young teenage Mary so amazing--believing that God really was going to use her to bring God’s Son into this world.  That faith in God--His grace, His promises, His power and His faithfulness--is what sustained her in the face of the world’s skeptical, unbelieving scorn.

Amy Benitez
Advent Living - Living Joyfully in a World of Sorrows

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on Sunday, December 16, 2018, was entitled, "Living Joyfully in a World of Sorrows" from Philippians 4:4-5 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand.”  

Joy seems such a rare commodity in today’s world. Ironically this is especially true at Christmas time--the season of Joy.  Could it be that we sense that we are alone--that God is not with us?  Well, Paul puts that to rest.  No matter the circumstances in life, God is near.  That is the message of Christmas--Jesus is Immanuel--God is with us.  Joy, is the fruit of God’s Spirit--the fruit of God’s presence in our lives.

Amy Benitez
Advent Living - Prepared for Eternity in a World that Lives Like There's No Tomorrow

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on 12/9/18 was entitled, "Advent Living - Prepared for Eternity in a World that Lives Like There's No Tomorrow" - Malachi 3:1-4.   

Too many of us live our lives like there is no tomorrow.   "And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts,  But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? - Malachi 3:1-2  

What kind of tomorrow will that day be if we fail to prepare today?  While we spend our lives as if there is no tomorrow, Jesus spent His life so that you and I might have a tomorrow that lasts. Advent Living sees today as a God given opportunity to prepare for tomorrow.  "Come you who are blessed by My father." -  Matthew 25:34

That's Advent living - living today in preparation for the tomorrow that God has promised. 

Amy Benitez
Advent Living - A Life of Hope in a World of Despair

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on 12/2/18 was entitled, "Advent Living - A Life of Hope in a World of Despair" from Luke 21:25-28.  25 "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding.  27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."  There are two reactions to the same events - Despair and Hope.  We allow our life's circumstances to determine our outlook on life, but we see hope in life's struggles, because we have been given hope in Jesus.

Amy Benitez
Christ the King Sunday

Pastor Allen Bauer's message on 11/25/18 was entitled, "Christ the King".  Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" John 18:33  Jesus said, "My Kingdon is not of this world...But now my kingdom is from another place."  Christ is not the same kind of king as the world kings, so how can we be careful we don't miss Him?  We choose to worship Him and let Him affect our whole lives.  We show His love and forgiveness to the people around us.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of  you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the LORD forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:13-14 

Chris Gould
How to Live Thank-Filled Lives

Pastor Allen Bauer's message on 11/18/18 was entitled, "How to Live Thank-filled Lives" .  Have you ever struggled with being thankful?  You are NOT alone.  There are benefits to living a thankful life.  How do we know what God wants? Choose to live a thank-filled life.  It is NOT about things.  Follow God alone.  Come to worship.  Make it an Act of Faith.  "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Chris Gould