Free of Charge: Messy Forgiveness

September 2, 2012
Pastor Fred Nelson

Last week we looked at grace through the lens of forgiving. We talked about the three main parts of forgiveness (condemining, releasing, and reconciling) and how God works in us to do it and receive it when forgiveness works well. We took time last week to surface some questions and situations when the work of forgiveness doesn’t go well. Today we’ll tackle those five big times when forgiveness is especially difficult or messy.

Free of Charge: The Flow of Forgiveness

August 26, 2012
Pastor Fred Nelson

Today we turn from seeing grace through the lens of giving to seeing it through the lens of forgiving. What is forgiveness and how can we bring ourselves to do it and receive it? And what do we do when we find that we can’t? This  morning’s message is built upon a great video about forgiveness from the inspirational Christian author Corrie Ten Boom. To watch that video, click here.

Free of Charge: A Harvest of Thanksgiving

August 19, 2012
Marcus Kunz

This morning we continue our four-week series on the counter-cultural thrust of the Christian message based on theologian Miroslav Volf’s book Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving. Our guest preacher, Marcus Kunz, is a Redeemer member and advisor to the ELCA Presiding Bishop. We’ve been exploring how, in a culture largely stripped of grace, where we become “takers,” or “buyers and sellers,” the Gospel of Jesus calls us to a different kind of life – marked instead by being “receivers and givers.” We’ve heard the Good News that God is not a miser, a task-master, or an indulgent stranger. God is the Gift Giver. And we, in response, are invited to be part of a harvest of thanksgiving.

Free of Charge: The Two Boxes

August 12, 2012
Pastor Fred Nelson

This morning we launch launch a four-week series on the counter-cultural thrust of the Christian message based on theologian Miroslav Volf’s book Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving. In a culture largely stripped of grace, where we become “takers,” or “buyers and sellers,” the Gospel of Jesus calls us to a different kind of life – marked instead by being “receivers and givers.” The Good News for today is that God is not a miser, a task-master, or an indulgent stranger. God is the Gift Giver. And the good news for today, is that God’s gift is here for the asking – free of charge. Just be sure to take from the right box…

Get Smart: The Skill of Living Wisely

August 5, 2012
Rachel Quest

Today, our Ministry Coordinator Rachel Quest will wrap up our series on wisdom from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes by exploring the idea of understanding wisdom not so much as a set of intellectual concepts, but as “the skill of living wisely.”

Get Smart: Life is Unfair


July 29, 2012                 
Pastor Carol Breimeier

It’s the fourth week of our five-part message series on finding God’s wisdom for living in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Today we delve into Ecclesiastes, a book with what might be called a resigned tone: resigned to a kind of futility to human endeavor and a substantial degree of unfairness in life. What does it mean for us as Christians when we, too, observe that “the same fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil” (Eccl. 9:2)?

Get Smart: Rebuking


July 22, 2012                 
Pastor Fred Nelson

This morning we’ll continue our summer message series on Proverbs by looking at a slightly odd and off-putting word we find in Proverbs: rebuking. We’ll look at how often we fail to confront one another with the truth in a wise and helpful way and suggest some practical tools for speaking the (sometimes uncomfortable) truth to one another in love.

Get Smart: Anger Management

July 15, 2012
Pastor Matt Stuhlmuller

We are continuing our message series on wisdom in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Last week, we explored God’s invitation to choose wisdom over folly. God invites us to grow in wisdom to the point that we fear what God fears, namely the destruction of our own lives and the lives of others. Today we’ll look at what God has to say about a common but potentially destructive human emotion: anger. We’ll compare and contrast what our culture has to say about anger with what God’s Word teaches us. The message will be an excellent opportunity to reflect on where we’re at and ponder God’s invitation to grow in wisdom.

Get Smart: The Beginning (and End) of Wisdom

July 8, 2012
Pastor Matt Stuhlmuller

Today we are launching into a five-week message series on the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. During our journey, we will be looking specifically at the wise teachings offered to us in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. These books offer timeless wisdom about God, human relationships, and life in general. We begin our series this morning with a meditation on the source of wisdom: where does wisdom come from? What is the goal of wisdom? What impact can these teachings have on my daily life?