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ARCHIVED SERMONS, OCT-DEC 2012

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December 30, “The Message of Christmas – Hope for a New Year” – Pastor Tim

The message of Christmas and the Christ.

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christmas miracleDecember 23, “Miracle of the Incarnation” – Pastor Kurt

The Incarnation is the term for God entering and altering our story by becoming human (John 1:14; Phil 2:6-11).  At just the right time and in just the right way, Jesus came.  He is not a created being, beginning existence in a stable.  Jesus was with God and is God from the very beginning.  The Virgin Birth is no minor miracle.  It is a big deal and sets apart Jesus as truly God and man.

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December 16, “Christmas Celebration”

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year.  First Brethren is blessed to have several talented musicians.  This service is a combination of  music, stories, and videos all in celebration of Jesus’ birth.

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December 9, “Miracle of the Celebration” – Pastor Kurt

Hanukkah is not the Jewish Christmas.  It is a celebration of God’s faithfulness 165 years before Jesus was born.  We may not celebrate Hanukkah the same way the Jews do, but as Christians we should not quickly dismiss a holiday Jesus celebrated and set the stage for His coming to be possible.  This is a different look at Hanukkah.

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December 2, “Miracle of the Creation” – Pastor Kurt

Creation is a Miracle of God.  While some in today’s culture are doubting this claim, there is authoritative and reliable  support for a young earth.  “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”  Hebrews 11:3

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November 25, “Wall of Stone – Jericho” – Pastor Kurt

Wall of sin, rebellion, bitterness, woundedness?  We all have walls dividing us from others and ultimately from God.  In this message of 7 Principles for tearing down walls, Pastor Kurt weaves the story of a near 90 year old woman journey to tear down the walls of bitterness  with the story of the Israelites seemingly impossible task of tearing down the walls of  Jericho (Joshua 6).

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November 18, “Wall of Water – Red Sea” – Pastor Kurt

You may be more fragile than you think.  God knows what we can face and sometimes takes us on a journey that appears wrong, when in fact, it’s because of His great concern and love for us (Ex 13).  Being still is hard when we feel trapped, but this is what the Lord wanted of Israel as they stood between Pharoah’s Army and the Red Sea.  Some things are held back from us by God because it is for our GOOD and for His GLORY.

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November 11, “Harvest Sunday “

A Sunday of Thankfulness – full of music and some special interviews (Prison Ministry, Benevolence, Peru Orphanage).  Listen to what God’s been up to this year at First Brethren.  Give Thanks – Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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November 4, “Orphan Sunday – Special Speaker Mandy Litzke”

Born into a tragic, heart-wrenching environment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and abuse, God spared Mandy’s life through the love of adoptive parents.  This mother of sixteen will share her story of God’s grace and our Biblical call to care for the orphan.  “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 (NIV).

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October 28, “OFFERINGS & SACRIFICES:  Jephthah & His Daughter – Pastor Kurt”

Although he had a rough childhood, and was an outcast by society and family, God still had plans to use him.  The same is true of you.  The story of Jephthah is challenging as we discover bargaining with God can lead to some real blunders.

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October 21, “OFFERINGS & SACRIFICES:  Barak & Deborah – Pastor Kurt”

Learn a lesson about volunteerism from an unlikely hero of faith.Barak was reluctant, hesitant, and fearful, but he was obedient.  God is looking for volunteers like His own Son, who courageously, willingly, and sacrificially gave of Himself on our behalf.  When leaders lead and people willingly offer themselves…God is praised.

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October 14, “OFFERINGS & SACRIFICES:  Cain & Abel – Pastor Kurt”

Things we give and things we give up.  It was more than just Cain’s offering that displeased the Lord.  Cain was different than before.  He neither prepared for worship nor gave of his first and best.  Yet God was still there beyond the confrontation.  God was near, hoping, and warning Cain to make the right choices.  Our God is still doing this today.

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October 7, “GENERATIONS: The GARNERS – Katie, Tim & Warren”

Jesus ended well and wants us to do the same.  Jesus passed a torch of faith to His followers and is asking us to pass this same torch to the next generation.  We can learn from Him (John 17) and learn from one another.  Listen in to how three generations have and are seeking to end strong so those who follow have hope, direction, and faith.

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October 7, “GENERATIONS: Leave a Legacy” , Phil Zile

A father of 7 and grandfather to nearly two dozen, Phil has learned the importance of legacy living.  He admits he is still in process, but gives us hope and encouragement to end strong.  Listen in some practical tips about being a person of influence to those near and far.  Warren Garner concludes with a person story about never retiring.

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