The Silence that Speaks - #3 - The Die is Cast

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Mordecai saves the king, but is not recognized.  Haman is somehow promoted.  Thus begins the war between Mordecai the Jew and Haman the Agagite. The scene is set. Nothing is by chance. In circumstances like this we often complain that God is not fair, that God is unjust, that God is absent, or even worse that God is evil. But we are still in the middle of the story as were Mordecai and the Jewish nation (also back in Jerusalem!).  We cannot see the end of things from the middle and must walk by faith, not by sight. God intends to save and protect his people in Christ and ultimately to destroy those who wickedly remain opposed to Christ. There is no power, no enemy, that can thwart God’s electing purpose. We, too, like David in Psalm 16, can praise God because he has made our lot secure in Christ.

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The Silence that Speaks - #2 - Called by Name

Esther is caught up in a story that is beyond her control. What should she do? She goes along with the story and the plan. The author doesn’t both to discuss the morality or the rightness of it. The king calls her by name and elevates her to be his queen. God is silently moving everyone and everything into place. Even more than that, God is being a husband to his people, even to us. Esther is called by name, as are we by our God to live in this world as his people. It is not always clear how we are to live our lives as God’s people, but this much is clear that we are caught up in his plan whether we know it or not. We are God's own and we live for his applause. A sermon on Esther 2:1-18.

The Silence that Speaks - #1 - The King Laughs (and we laugh with him)

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It’s hard to know the end of the story from the middle of it.  It’s hard to see God’s hand of power, love and protection at work when we’re living it. In the book of the Esther there is a silence that speaks loudly.  You don’t hear the name of God.  You don’t hear a prayer from God’s people.  Yet, the silence of Scripture speaks volumes about God in her life.  We do not know the end of the story from the middle of it, but God’s story in Esther helps us see God’s hand at work in all of it.  A sermon on Esther 1 by Pastor Nate Bourman.

NEW SERIES - The Silence that Speaks

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 "I believe in God even when he is silent." 

~ found scratched into the wall at a Nazi prison camp.  

Throughout history, there have been times when it seemed like God has gone silent.  Esther lived at such a time.  A terrible and dangerous king named Xerxes ruled the known world.  He and Haman laughed when together they decided to exterminate the Jewish people.  However, their plan did not succeed.  Truth be told Haman hanged himself in an almost satirical turn of events.  The God of the universe brought about an incredible salvation through Esther, but never once is God or the Lord named in the book.  Still, he's there directing, controlling, and saving.  Even when he seems silent, we believe.  We believe in the God who comes to us through Jesus, his cross, and his empty tomb.  We hope in him against all hope.

In a world where it is increasingly difficult for us to see God as the end nears, in a world where we are faced with difficult choices, in a world that where the rich laugh and the poor remain marginalized, the life of Esther will speak.  Into our lives where we can’t see the hand of God at work, where we struggle to hear his voice, and see his plan in our lives, the God of Esther will speak.  God does indeed seem to be silent in our lives.  God’s does indeed seem to absent from our lives.  But the book of Esther will assure that God is indeed not silent nor is he absent.  This Sunday, we start into Esther.  We keep telling her story all summer.  We need to see all God does for his people.  God is on the move in our lives, even if we can't see him.  More on Sunday (6/30).  You won’t want to miss a single Sunday.

God at Work - #2 - The Church at Her Best

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Jesus’ prayer and God’s heartfelt desire is that the church - that we - would be united and one just as he is one.  It’s what Jesus prays about on the night he was betrayed.  But what does that look like?  What does the church look like at her very best? Listen in, I think you might be surprised and moreover both challenged and comforted.  The church is at her best not because of her behavior, but because of her Savior.  Listen in to this sermon from Pastor Bourman on John 17:20-23. 

New Series: God at Work

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Construction projects are happening all over our city right now. Roads, business, and homes are being built and being fixed up. There’s a construction project going on here on our corner of 60th & Hampton too. It started 92 years ago, and it is continuing to take place today. God is at work here. He is using his powerful tools to create, strengthen, and build for himself a people that are loved and prepared to go and love. God is at work! In us, and through us.

5/26 - God at work...instilling peace in our hearts and lives

6/2 - God at work...establishing unity with him and each other

6/9 -  God at work...preparing us to testify

6/16 - God at work...guiding us in truth

6/23 - God at work...giving us faith in what seems impossible

Life in Color - #5 - Easter Swagger

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So much about our lives is frustrating and discouraging.  We sweat pulling weeds and labor against thorn and thistle.  Much of our existence is a spitting into the wind.  That’s the curse of sin.  We even feel it in our own bodies.  But God has a promise for us that who we are now is not what we’re going to be like in all eternity. We are not who we’re gonna be.   Listen in as Pastor Bourman takes to the end of 1 Corinthians 15. 

Life in Color - #4 - The Resurrection Gets you Ready

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The resurrection changes everything about the way that we live our lives.  It changes the way that we get ready to die.  Because of Jesus resurrection we get to live completely ready to die, to meet our Lord, and to live with him forever.  It also changes the way we live until we die.  We live with purpose and victory and hope.  We live not for ourselves, but for him who lived and died and rose again.  The resurrection changes the way that we live our lives.  Listen in as Pastor Bublitz takes us further into 1 Corinthians 15. The Spirit will raise you up in your spirit.

Life in Color - #3 - Signed, Sealed and Delivered

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The resurrection of Jesus is everything.  It is that on which we stake our hopes.  It is that which gives our lives meaning.  It is that which assures us that our guilt is gone and our sin is forgiven.  And the list goes on.  The resurrection of Jesus removes the if from our lives so that we can live with resurrection courage and confidence.  Listen in as Pastor Bourman takes us into 1 Corinthians 15:12-28.  The Spirit will raise you up in your spirit. 

Life in Color - #2 - First Things First

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We all want our lives to mean something.  We want to have purpose for our lives, hope for each day, and joy as we live our lives in this world.  We all want life in color.  We’re starting a new series called: Life in Color.  In this series we’re going to stare into the tomb of Jesus and find that it’s empty.  He’s not there! He is risen, just as he said.  But that doesn’t mean the resurrection.  The resurrection is full of countless blessings.  Listen in as we dig into 1 Corinthians 15.

Best. Prayer. Ever. - #7 - Lord, rescue us!

If there was one word to describe your life, what would that word be?  If there was one word that you would choose, which one would you choose?  The one word Jesus would give us as God’s people in this world world is “warfare” and “struggle.”  We are at war and Jesus urges us to pray for help and rescue in this war.  As we wrap up the “best prayer ever” series, we learn to pray, “Lord, rescue us.”  Yet, even while we pray it, we have complete confidence that he will, in fact, rescue us. Who we have in Jesus is not a life-coach or an encourager, we have a rescuer.