Now I See It

April 24, 2022


Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the scriptures,
he was buried, and that he was raised
on the third day.

from 1 Cor. 15:3-4


1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Sometimes, what we think we know keeps us from what we need to know.

The Apostle Paul was a dedicated persecutor of Christians until he encountered the risen Christ. What he thought he knew about Jesus kept him from the wonderful truth that was there all the time. Jesus, whose followers he once persecuted, was what he was missing all along.

Easter - Shattered Expectations

April 17, 2022


He is not here;
he has risen!

from Matthew 28:6


Matthew 28:1-10

The two women went to where Jesus' body had been placed, expecting to finish preparing his dead body for burial.

The great news of Easter is not found in their expectations being met, but rather that Jesus was not dead like they expected, but had risen from the dead.

The good news of the Gospel isn't found in God meeting our expectations, but shattering them, revealing far more than anything we could ask or imagine - then, using us, to reveal the news of the risen Christ to others.

The Difference a Week Makes

April 10, 2022

The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

from Matthew 21:9


Scripture From Matthew 21 & 26

Within a week, Jesus is both celebrated and condemned. As Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, he is greeted by crowds shouting "Hosanna," but just a short time later, even one of his closest friends denies even knowing him.

Second Guessing God

April 3, 2022

When the days drew near for him to be taken up,
he set his face to go to Jerusalem.

from Luke 9:51


Scripture Luke 9:51-56

God's ways are often far different than our own. How often do we spend more time and energy asking God to fulfill our expectations than we do seeking God's?

Renew or Reuse?

March 27, 2022

New wine must be poured into new wineskins.
And no one after drinking old wine wants the new,
for they say, ‘The old is better.’”

from Luke 5:38-39


Scripture Luke 5:33-39

Let us avoid confusing the way we've always done things for God's purpose.

Last Picked

March 20, 2022

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy
who need a doctor, but the sick.
I have not come to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance.”

from Luke 5:31-32


Scripture Luke 5:27-32

How would our lives and congregation be different if our hearts were like Jesus' and prioritized the lost and sinners?

The Last Mile

March 13, 2022

Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him,
and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.”
Immediately the leprosy left him.

from Luke 5:13


Scripture Luke 5:12-16

We are a primary means that God uses to reveal his love to the people around us - especially those who are cast off and alone.

Gone to Meddling

March 6, 2022

Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water
and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered,
“Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.
Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”

from Luke 5:4-5


Scripture Luke 5:1-11

Do we dare to trust Jesus enough to let him direct our lives in areas where we think we know what to do?


February 27, 2022

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive
my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

from Matthew 18:21-22


Scripture Matthew 18:21-35

Forgiveness is something we need for ourselves but are sometimes are slow to give. If we are mindful of the cost of God forgiving our sins, forgiving others becomes possible.

Careful What You Ask

February 20, 2022

Whether it is favorable or unfavorable,
we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you,
so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God.

from Jeremiah 42:6


Scripture Jeremiah 42

If we ask God what we should do, we best do what God says.

Rev. Bill Westlund will be preaching since Pastor Paul is still isolating per CDC Guidelines after a breakthrough case of COVID-19.