Searching for the Perfect Present - Gift of Patience

What is patience?  It has been defined as an inner calmness that comes from the knowledge that God is in control.  Why is it difficult to have patience?  We live by the clock.  It is human nature and we are becoming an angry nation.  "You need to have patience so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised." Hebrews 10:36

How can we unwrap the gift of patience?  This gift comes from God - it is a fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22)  We must abide in Christ, slow down and wait on God. "But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

Chris Gould
Living as Grace filled Givers

Pastor Allen Bauer concludes his teaching series "Disciples Living as Grace-filled Stewards" with his message on 11/19/17, entitled, "Grace-filled Givers".  Why do we give to the Lord?  We give out of love, out of obedience, to support His work, to become more like Jesus.  We give because we trust God and we want to establish the Lordship of Christ in our life.  We give because of the abundance of blessings that He has given to us.

Chris Gould
Discipling Grace-filled Ambassadors

Pastor Allen Bauer begins his teaching series "Disciples Living as Grace-filled Stewards" with his message on 11/5/17, entitled, "Discipling Grace-filled Ambassadors".   How do we live as Grace-filled ambassadors?  Remain in Jesus.  Live as Jesus did and be God's light in this world.  Start where you are by doing simple things done in love.  "In your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15

Chris Gould
Reformation - Christ Alone

Pastor Allen Bauer concludes his teaching series "Reformation" with his message on 10/29/17 Reformation Sunday, entitled, "Christ Alone" . What is it that drives us?  For the World: it is DIY, power, money, etc.  For the Christian: it is the Gospel, Christ, worship, love, and the world around us.  "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."  Phillippians 2: 3-4

Chris Gould
Reformation - Faith Alone

Pastor Allen Bauer continues his teaching series "Reformation" with his message on 10/22/17, entitled, "Faith Alone".  What is faith?  Faith is NOT about dreams or desires of a person.  Faith is trust in god's promises.  God has the power.  God promises salvation through faith and God promises that we are a part of His family.  "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works."  Ephesians 2:8-9a

Chris Gould
Reformation - Grace Alone

Pastor Allen Bauer continues his teaching series on the Reformation with his message on 10/15/17, entitled, "Grace Alone".  What is grace?  It is a gift, paid by Christ, for our salvation. "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people," Titus 2:11Grace is personal and is ongoing.  "The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus."   1 Timothy 1:14

Chris Gould
Reformation - Scripture Alone

Pastor Allen Bauer continues his teaching series "Reformation" with his message on 10/8/17 entitled, "Scripture Alone".  Where does our authority come from?  Jesus lived under God's authority.  The scripture is our authority.  "From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:15b-16   The Bible is a revelation from God and needs to be studied. 

Chris Gould
The Teeter Totter of Life - Moving to Balance

Pastor Allen Bauer continues his teaching series "The Teeter Totter of Life" with his message on 9/24/17, entitled, "Moving to Balance".  Pastor asked 4 important questions.  What will be the center of your life?  "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" Luke 10:27What will be the character of your life? "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus".  Philippians 2:5What will be the contribution of your life?  "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10a.  What will be the communication of my life?  "Your faith in God has become known everywhere." 1 Thessalonians 1:8b


Chris Gould
Lead Us Not into Temptation; But Deliver Us From Evil

Pastor Allen Bauer concludes his sermon series, "Living the Lord's Prayer" with his sermon, "Lead Us Not into Temptation; But Deliver Us from Evil".  God does not tempt us.  We are tempted by Satan and our own sinfulness.  God may test us to bring us closer to him.  We need to recognize that there is a battle going on for our eternal lives and we should not take the power of evil lightly.  We need to ask for strength to resist and put on the full armor of God to take our stand against the devil's schemes.  We are never alone is this battle but God is always with us.

Chris Gould
Christ, The Rock

Pastor J Brown, from Concordia University - Austin, gave the message on Sunday, September 10.  This Sunday was Concordia University Sunday honoring all of the Concordia Universities in the country. Pastor Brown's message was "Christ, The Rock - A Foundation on Which We Can Rely".  On Christ, the solid rock I stand; All other ground is sinking Sand.

Chris Gould
Living the Lord's Prayer - Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Pastor Allen Bauer continues his teaching series "Living the Lord's Prayer" with his message on 9/3/17, entitled, "Forgive Us Our Trespasses".  People don't like to talk about sin. However, "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1:9God is merciful. God gave to us Christ, who paid for our sins. We should respond to God's grace with grace.  "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

Chris Gould
Hallowed be Thy Name

Pastor Allen Bauer is preaching a new series called "Living the Lord's Prayer.  The message on August 6, 2017 was entitled, "Hallowed be Thy Name".  Why is a name important? A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold" Proverbs 22:1

We can reverence God and worship Him by praying through the Names of God. Each of the names of God reveals some aspect of His character.

Elohim- The Mighty Creator- Gen. 1:1

Adoni- Lord or Master- Gen. 15

El Shaddai- Almighty- Gen. 17

El Elyon- Most High- Gen 14

El Roi- The Strong One- Gen 16

El Olam- Everlasting God- Gen 21

Yahweh- I Am Who I Am- Ex. 3

Yahweh Jireh- God our Provider- Gen. 22

Yahweh M’kaddesh- God who Sanctifies Lev. 20

Yahweh Nissi- Lord our Banner- Exodus 17

Yahweh Rohi- The Lord my Shepherd- Psalm 23

Yahweh Rophe- God who heals- Exodus 15

Yahweh Shalom- The God of Peace- Judges 6

Yahweh Shammah- The Lord is Here – Ezekiel 48

Yahweh Tsidkenu- The Lord our Righteousness – Jer. 23





Chris Gould
Everyone's Normal Until You Get to Know Them

Pastor Allen Bauer started a new teaching series "Everyone's Normal Until You Get to Know Them".  He wrote out the messages while he is gone and this week his message was delivered by Lay Minister, Matt Dassow. "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?".  He answered, "I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."  Genesis 3: 8-10How do we get out of hiding and build community? By 1) Repentance (repent so your sins may be wiped out); 2) Acceptance.  Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone. and 3) Communication with God and with each other.

Mary Metzger