Always a Bridesmaid (Natalia Terfa 11/12/17)

We heard a sermon in August about the time between expectation and hope. We find ourselves in this same place again in our readings today. As we await the arrival of Christ, what does our preparation look like? What does it mean to wait for something yet coming, but still being present in the here and now?

Scripture: Amos 5:18-24; Matthew 25:1-13

Song: "Heaven Now!" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Under Construction (Chad Brekke 11/5/17)

The odds are fairly good that one of the many road construction projects around the metro area slowed down your drive to church today. Will there come a time when all of this construction is completed? The truth is, each of us is an unfinished project, under construction. How is your personal construction project going? What will it look like when finished?

Scripture: Revelation 7:9-17; Matthew 5:1-12

Song: "Your Grace Finds Me" written by J. Myrin & M. Redman; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Bottom Line (Natalia Terfa 10/29/17)

There are 613 laws/rules to follow in the Old Testament. 613. Phew. How are we ever to expect to follow them all? Jesus gives us a little help today and narrows it down to 2. On this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, let’s look at our two “rules” and what it means that grace comes first.

Scripture: Romans 3:19-28; Matthew 22:34-40

Song: "We Are Called (let us not forget)" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

Watch the video we showed at the end of the message

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Show Me The Money (Chad Brekke 10/22/17)

The prosperity gospel is a booming business. The idea that I can get a huge return on my investment by giving money to a ministry is an appealing theology to millions. The Lutheran theology of the cross is something altogether different. Jesus turns our attention away from what we have or desire toward who we are and what we value.

Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23; Matthew 22:15-22

Song: "At The Cross (love ran red)" written by C. Tomlin, I. Watts, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Invitation Only (Natalia Terfa 10/15/17)

Ooof. This is not a text we hear in Sunday school. Who would turn down an invitation to dine with the King? And who would wear sweatpants to a wedding feast? In fact, both of the texts today feel like a call to worthiness. And that’s hard to hear. But what if we’re missing something? Is it really so dire?

Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

Song: "Psalm 126 (come home with jubilation)" by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Prize Fighter (Chad Brekke 10/8/17)

Father Richard Rohr wrote that “religion either produces the very best people or the very worst.” In this passage, Paul continues arguing against the outward trappings of the religious system that he had devoted his life to, in favor of “the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” This deserves a closer look!

Scripture: Philippians 3:4b-14

Song: "Lead Me To The Cross" written by Brooke Ligertwood; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Authority Issues (Natalia Terfa 10/1/17)

Today’s Gospel begins a series of challenges to the authority of Jesus by those holding positions of power. What is it about this Jesus guy that is so threatening? What does it mean that Jesus is occupying the temple in these stories and what does it have to do with us and the places we occupy?

Scripture: Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

Song: "From The Inside Out" written by Joel Houston; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Dealing With God (Chad Brekke 9/24/17)

Let’s be honest, sometimes the bible bugs us. Why should the lifetime criminal have a place in heaven right next to the lifetime active church member just because of some jailhouse conversion? Today we contend with the annoying reality that God occasionally does things without our permission!

Scripture: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Matthew 20:1-16

Song: "One Thing Remains" by B. Johnson, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

VIDEO: Grace and Fear

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As We Forgive (Natalia Terfa 9/17/17)

The Gospel today reminds us just how similar we are to the disciples, when they ask Jesus just how often they are supposed to forgive someone. 7 times? Then can we stop? Jesus lays down quite the stunning answer to this question, one that we hate and love all at the same time.

Scripture: Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

Song: "Mighty To Save" written by B. Fielding & R. Morgan; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Church (Chad Brekke 9/10/17)

As we celebrate rally day and the kick off to our next season of ministry and outreach, we pause to consider what the church is really all about. Is this community of faith a tired remnant of generations past or are we being called together for just such a time as this?

Scripture: Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

Song: "Be The Church" written by Stefan Van Voorst; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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