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July 29, 2012 @ 8:50 am

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of all things, the source of all goodness and love. He is our God and we are His people.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God the Son, true God and true man. He was crucified, died and was buried for our sin, that we might be free. He rose again on the third day that we might enjoy life with God now and for eternity. He ascended into heaven and will come again in power and glory to judge both the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life; He has made us members of the people of God through Word and Sacrament, and sustains and strengthens us in the one true Christian faith through those same means of grace. We believe that our sins have been forgiven and that we will live together with God and all believers now and throughout all eternity.

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July 29, 2012 @ 8:20 am

Pentecost 9 - 2012: Sermon

July 29, 2012 - Sermon from Pentecost 9

Sermon: "Rejoice! How to Face Reality with Confidence"

Philippians 3:1-7 (Summer Series 6)-Rev. Mark C. Wagner

Intro: Today we begin a chapter that opens a window deep into the heart of the apostle. In one of the most autobiographical sections in Scripture, we discover the glowing secret of the mighty ministry of this man. If you're here to learn how to worship more effectively, listen closely.

1.  Joy is the distinctive sign of our victorious faith.

  1. We react to troubles with continuous rejoicing.
  2. Whatever comes we know he is adequate to meet it in and through us.

App: As remarkable as these assertions are, they are not new. This is the experience of the believer in any age. Sometimes, even though we are the teachers, we need to go back over the basics, the first principles of the Gospel.

2.  Evil lurks nearby in the menace of external religiosity.

  1. Paul calls out his adversaries: dogs, evil-doers, mutilators.
  2. The Judaizers continually hounded him, trying to upset the Christians.
  3. An apparent show of devotion makes faith an empty, barren mockery.

App: Paul contrasts this with what we may call the measure of true devotion. Judaizers of any age glory in their activity and their zeal. But we glory in Christ Jesus and nothing else.

3.  Confidence proceeds out of losing everything for Christ.

  1. Paul's lesson in life exposed his self-reliance: ancestry, orthodoxy, activity and morality.
  2. From all in which he might boast, Paul selects his weaknesses.

Conclusion: Paul teaches a truth that is repeated over and over in Scripture: whatever we count as gain must be counted as loss for Christ. When Paul stepped out of himself, he stepped into the fullness of Christ and a blessed new reality emerged.

"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ."

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July 29, 2012 @ 8:15 am

Lord Jesus Christ, My Savior Blest

Hymn of the Day: Lord Jesus Christ, My Savior Blest (CW362)

1.Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior blest, my Hope and my Salvation!

Lord, hear my plea: Deliver me from misery! Your Word brings consolation.

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July 22, 2012 @ 11:13 am

Pentecost 8 - 2012: Sermon

July 22, 2012 - Sermon from Pentecost 8

Sermon: "Rejoice! How to Serve Up with Joy"

Philippians 2:12-18 (Summer Series 5)-Rev. Mark C. Wagner

Intro: Is being a Christian a dreary grind in which everything we like is illegal, immoral or fattening? Is it perhaps a religion of rules which are in conflict with the free spirit of man? Obedience, as it is so clearly modeled in our Lord Jesus, means an intelligent application of principle to life. Obedience in this sense is not a slavish observance of rules but the key to liberty.

1. Paul exhorts us with the necessity of intelligent obedience. (v. 12)

  1. Work it out: we do the living but he lives, acts and chooses through us.
  2. Shine it out: we are mindful that every moment depends on his power.
  3. Hold it out: we share why our confidence is adequate for any situation.

App: This discovery turns adversity into adventure, transforming the routine sameness of life into a continual challenge to see God at work. Keep going! He has the solution already.

2. Paul explains for us the recipe of true obedience. (V. 13-16)

  1. The entrance of God obliterates murmuring.
  2. The enjoyment of God replaces rules with relationship.

App: Paul himself had to learn that it wasn't his behavior that God examined but his heart. He learned that his faith wasn't a book of rules but a person filled with compassion.

3. Christ exemplifies the effects of godly obedience on others.

  1. Paul looks forward to the day when all the fruit of the Spirit becomes visible.
  2. He says, "To know Christ is to be filled with joy, energized by God."

Conclusion: God gets to you when you spend enough time with him.  His joyful interaction with each of us renovates our thinking, renews our will with his good purpose, and causes us to act more like Jesus.

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July 22, 2012 @ 11:10 am

The Son of God, Our Christ

Hymn of the Day: The Son of God, Our Christ (CW525)

1. The Son of God, Our Christ, the Word, the Way,

shared human life and toiled throughout the day;

from common folk he called the twelve to be

co-workers in his sacred ministry.

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July 15, 2012 @ 8:20 am

Pentecost 7 - 2012: Sermon

July 15, 2012 - Sermon from Pentecost 7

Sermon: "Rejoice! How to Get Down with Christ"

Philippians 2:5-11 (Summer Series 4)-Rev. Mark C. Wagner

Intro: This passage on the humiliation/exaltation of our Lord Jesus ranks as the Mt. Everest among the mountain peaks of revelation concerning the Person of Christ: the amazing story of how the eternal Son of God stepped out of eternity into our time and place.

How do we quell the destructive forces of rising pride in human hearts? As Christ's character embodies in us, we can achieve peace.

1. He came down low to bring us up with him.

  1. Jesus gave up the right to his rights. He emptied himself and became nothing.
  2. Jesus then assumed our place before God and became obedient to death.
  3. Jesus won the eternal position and prestige of unequalled glory.

App: Every knee bowing, every tongue confessing: Jesus is LORD! Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise!

2. He came to change how we experience his peace.

  1. Paul describes us as those who "have the mind of Christ."
  2. Paul brought a tremendous healing ministry based on Christ himself: renunciation, humiliation

App: When the normal reaction to mistreatment whelms up within us (resentment, upset, anger, retaliation) then we feel the mind of Christ pressing our will into a different attitude and an alternate path of action.

Conclusion: What appears to be the hardest thing to do (humbling yourself) comes easily when you are close to Christ. His own willingness to accept injury and insult breaks through with a global effect on our lives. We are finally at peace, with others and with ourselves.

Recorded on Thursday, July 12, 2012

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July 15, 2012 @ 8:15 am

I Know My Faith Is Founded

Hymn of the Day: I Know My Faith Is Founded (TLH381)

1. I know my faith is founded on Jesus Christ, my God and Lord;

And this my faith confessing, unmoved I stand upon His Word.

Man's reason cannot fathom the truth of God profound;

Who trusts her subtle wisdom relies on shifting ground.

God's Word is all-sufficient; it makes divinely sure,

And trusting in its wisdom, my faith shall rest secure.

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July 8, 2012 @ 8:55 am

Every Move I Make - Grateful Hearts

Every Move I Make by the David Ruis (1996)

Performed by Grateful Hearts at Our Savior Lutheran in Grafton, Wisconsin.

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July 8, 2012 @ 8:50 am

America the Beautiful - Grateful Hearts

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates (1895)

Performed by Grateful Hearts at Our Savior Lutheran in Grafton, Wisconsin.

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July 8, 2012 @ 8:45 am

Hallelujah: Your Love Is Amazing - Grateful Hearts

Hallelujah: Your Love Is Amazing by Brian Doerksen and Brenton Brown (2000)

Performed by Grateful Hearts at Our Savior Lutheran in Grafton, Wisconsin.

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