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Posts from 2012

Posts from 2012

OJC 2012

Here’s what I did yesterday. Thank you VotL church family for helping to show the love of Jesus in practical, tangible ways. I am inspired by your commitment, energy, and joy. You aren’t content to settle for becoming just another cruise ship church in the suburbs and I love that about you. Our country needs churches with this kind of attitude. God will use us to make a difference in our world. Thank you for helping people see the light…

When God Shows Up

This time of year brings out a lot of different emotions for people. For some it’s a wonderful time of year for making memories with family, baking cookies, and looking for just the right gifts to get those special people in your life. For others it’s a time of year that stirs up guilt, hopelessness, financial anxiety, or painful memories of lost or broken relationships.  It’s no wonder that in the whirlwind of the Christmas season it’s easy to miss…

Who is Worthy?

Who is worthy to lead us into the future?  No, this isn’t yet another ad for the upcoming election. I wouldn’t do that to you! It is however an important question answered by the Bible book of Revelation. This Sunday we come to the grand finale of our Revelation Rewind sermon series. We will see not only who is worthy to lead us into the future but who is worthy to actually make our future more secure. And at the…

Fall Fun

Many thanks to everyone who helped make our Fall Festival in the park a really fun time last Saturday. Lions Legend Park is a beautiful place to be in the Fall with all the tall old oak trees surrounding the pavilion. It was a little chilly, no doubt about that, but that just made me appreciate the hot apple cider that much more! Once again it was great to get together as a church family (which is sometimes tough to…

Paradise Restored

Hello Friends, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” These are words from the Bible’s last book, the book of Revelation, that describe the eternal victory that Jesus has won for all who trust in him. These words are simple. They are clear. They are pure promise. They describe a place that is nothing less than Paradise! So if you recognize that there are some longings…

2 Exciting Things

Two exciting things took place this past Sunday at VotL 1) Joe Gawel was installed as our senior vicar and preached an awesome sermon on how God’s grace changes people’s hearts. You can read it here if you’d like. Vicar Joe will be serving with us for the next 9 months as he completes his senior year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. (Basically in our church body a vicar is someone who’s not quite yet a pastor but helps…

Questions Kids Ask Their Parents

After talking one Sunday morning after church with Larry J it sounded like a fun idea to do a series on the simple yet profound questions that children ask…so I’m inviting your input. If you’ve got some time this week, please take a brief survey that I created to help me compile a number of questions I might develop into a sermon series. Just follow the link below. Thanks! Questions Kids Ask Their Parents

Father’s Day Leftovers

Yesterday while preaching on Job 1:1-5 for Father’s Day, I realized that I am a truly rich man. As I was reading how Job had so much worldly wealth (think a garage full of camels, not cars) I could see my wife and kids sitting in the front row of chairs and a thought struck me: Even though Job was an enormously wealthy man, “the greatest man among the people of the East”, what made him truly rich was his…

Mother’s Day

Hello Friends, This Sunday of course is Mother’s Day. I’m thinking about this because I just got back a couple days ago from a brief trip to El Paso, Texas where my Grandma and Grandpa live. I got to preach at their church this past Sunday and spend some quality time with them. My Grandparents aren’t in the best of health anymore and I hadn’t seen them in a long time so it was very special for me to be…

The Easter Project

A big thank you today to everyone who helped with our second Operation Jesus Cares project! In case you’re wondering what that is…Operation Jesus Cares is our ongoing mission to help people in need by showing the love of Jesus in real world ways. Today was another awesome opportunity for us as a suburban church to show our heart for the city. That is something that is important to me and I’m excited to be part of a church that…

New Bible 101 Opportunity

What is Bible 101? Basically it is your opportunity to casually learn about the Bible with other people in a group and ask whatever questions are on your mind. You don’t have to go to our church. You don’t have to know anything about the Bible. You don’t even have to have ever met me before. As for me, I’ve just noticed in conversation that a lot of people would like to know more about the Bible but assume there’s…

Path to Victory

Dear Friends, I am a bundle of excitement right now and here’s why. Since starting from scratch 5 years ago, God has grown our church from a small group of less than 10 meeting in my home for Bible study to the 180 who’ve been worshiping with us on average lately in the theater. Over this time God has had to teach us countless times that we live by faith and not by sight as is always the case and…
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