Mission Questions - #2 - Leading Questions.

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Questions are powerful.  They can lead us to be introspective and incisive.  They can lead us to see ourselves better and more clearly.  They an also lead to a better and clearer understanding of God as they lead us to meditate on who he is and what he’s done.  That’s the idea behind our series: Mission Questions.  We want to spend some time asking questions of ourselves and our own thinking about our personal and church mission work.  We also want to spend time going deeper into God’s mission and his heartfelt desire for the world.

Today, as we continue walking through Romans 10, Pastor Bourman asks the leading question: If the gospel is so powerful and it is what saves people, why don’t we share it more often or more confidently?  We have every reason to do it, so let’s roar!

Mission Questions - #1 - Probing Questions

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Questions are powerful.  They can lead us to be introspective and incisive.  They can lead us to see ourselves better and more clearly.  They an also lead to a better and clearer understanding of God as they lead us to meditate on who he is and what he’s done.  That’s the idea behind our new series: Mission Questions.  We want to spend some time asking questions of ourselves and our own thinking about our personal and church mission work.  We also want to spend time going deeper into God’s mission and his heartfelt desire for the world.

Today, as we begin this series in Romans 10, Pastor Bourman challenges us to think about the thinking of our own hearts when it comes to the gospel.  He comforts us by leading us rest in the finished work of Jesus as we go out.

The Servant of the Lord - #5 - A Word for the Weary

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There are so many things that exhaust us.  The constant chasing of happiness and the rat race we live. The pressure and expectations of God and of other people.  Even the threats against our life and the lives of people we love.  It’s too much.  It’s exhausting.  Jesus has a word for all of us, a word that sustains the weary.  Listen in today as Pastor Bourman gives us that Word and refreshes our hearts with words from Jesus. Isaiah 50:4-11.

The Servant of the Lord - #4 - You are no longer a captive.

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Jesus has come to set us free from sin, to set us free to serve him. But why do we remain in our sin?  Why do we refuse to leave the prison which holds us captive?  Our answers to these questions show us how powerful sin is as a master.  But Jesus will not stand by to leave us in our prison.  He has come to set us free.  He has thrown open the doors of the prison and leads us out by his grace and mercy.  And he keeps doing it.  As often as we return to our sin, just so often he comes to forgive us and to lead us out.  Listen in as Pastor Bublitz proclaims our freedom to us as he preaches on Isaiah 61.

The Servant of the Lord - #3 - Made for This.

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There are a convergence of causes this weekend.  The Sanctity of Human life, Racial Equality as we remember MLK Jr.  We add to that other causes about life: the #metoo movement, child trafficking, sex trafficking, and so many mother human rights and human life issues.  Into these causes, into our sorrow, into even our frustration Christ steps in and he says, “I was made for this.  I was made to bring salvation.  I was made to heal hurts and to bring justice.”  Into our frustration God speaks up: “It is too small a thing. I have so much more for you to do.”  The Servant of the Lord comes to our aid to save us and so many others.  He even invites to be involved in his important work.  We like him were made for this!  Listen in as Pastor Bourman preaches on Isaiah 49.

The Servant of the Lord - #2 - I have called you in righteousness.

It was time.  It was time for Jesus to step forward and to be anointed for the work that God sent him to do.  That’s what happened at Jesus’ baptism and it was time.  It was time for him to take up the cause and the cross.  It wouldn’t be easy, but it would mean salvation.  He was called to this and his Father would support him along the way.

It is time for us too.  It’s time for us to step forward and step into the roles for which God fit us when we were baptized and to which God calls us by the gospel.  God has called us to step forward to take up God’s cause of saving souls. We too were called to this and our Father will support us along the way.

Listen in as Pastor Bublitz preaches on Isaiah 42.

The Servant of the Lord - #1 - It's your time to shine.

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January can be a dark month for many reasons. It’s a darker and gloomier time of the year, especially here in WI.  All the excitement and joy of Christmas is fading away if it isn’t already long gone.  Our busy lives are back on, full steam ahead.  Our struggle with sin continues.  

But wait!  A light has dawned on us.  Our Savior Jesus has come and dawned on our darkness.  It’s time to rise up and shine!  It’s time to rise up in the glory that he has given us.  It’s time for us to rise up with the healing of his gospel beneath our wings.  It’s time for us to shine.

Listen in as Pastor Bublitz urges us on to rise and shine as he preaches on Isaiah 60.

Today, we’re beginning a new series from the book of Isaiah.  Isaiah wrote a number of songs that we call, “The Songs of the Servant.”  In these songs and in other places he helps us know who Jesus is and what he would do.  Today, he, the Light of the World dawns on us and causes us to shine.  Rise up and shine!

Fear Not - #4 - Pulling Back the Veil

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It’s Christmas and it is, as the songs say, the most wonderful time of year, the time when we remember how the extraordinary became ordinary, how the Creator joined the ranks of the created.  There are plenty of reasons to sing and shout for joy to the Lord.  And yet it is so easy to sing our way through Christmas and lose our awe and miss the glory of all that’s happening.

Listen in as Pastor Bourman pulls back the veil to show us what God did at Christmas.

Songs of Advent - #4 - God of the Dance

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God wanted us to live and walk with him in this smooth and synchronized dance with creation, with each other and especially with him. But sin blew that up. The dance was ruined and broken up so that now, even the best of our days is trouble and sorrow (Psalm 90:10). Ever since the fall into sin, God has been working to roll back the curse and to restore our perfect dance with him.  In the coming of his Son he has restored our dance with him and soon he will restore all of creation.

Listen in as Pastor Bourman leads us to consider Psalm 85.  We see that our God is at work to return us to Eden, to restore this broken world to perfection.

Songs of Advent - #3 - God can't wait.

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The watchman waits.  He waits and he watches all night long, waiting for dawn to rise.  We wait too.  We wait for God come.  Many times, however, we’re waiting for him as though he were a highway robber or a mugger in the alley. But God is hardly like that.  In fact, God is waiting, but not to pour out wrath but to gush with grace, to dole out blessings.  He is giddy with joy to make it happen for us now and eternally. Psalm 130.

Fear Not - #2 - Mary

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When God breaks into our life and calls us to follow, it can be a scary, disturbing and frustrating thing.  All of our plans get tossed to the side as we are called to give up everything to him in following him.  But God breaks in with grace, with power, and even with himself to calm our hearts.  He says, “Fear not.”  Listen in as Pastor Bourman shows us how God breaks in and displaces fear with faith and gives us peace.  We’re looking at Luke 1:26-38.

Songs of Advent - #2 - Lift up your heads!

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There are so many things in life that would cause us to hang our heads.  Shame.  Guilt.  Trouble.  Trial.  Sadness.  Discouragement. Depression and more.  We hang our heads in shame.  We have our heads in discouragement and brokenness.  But then our King breaks in and lifts up our heads.  Then our King breaks in and comes to our side.  Then our King breaks in to forgive and glorify.  Lift up your heads!  Your king comes for you. Listen in as Pastor Bublitz teaches us to sing a song of preparation from Psalm 24 - Lift up your heads!

Fear Not - #1 - Zechariah

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The trouble and disappointments of this life can easily make us begin to think God has given up on us. Along with Zechariah, our sight is set back on the greater things - the gracious promises of God to rescue us from sin and bring us peace and joy through our Savior. And so we see that God hasn't given up on us, instead, he's given us himself.  Listen in as Pastor Bublitz teaches us to set our sights on the grace of God.  This is a sermon on Luke 1:5-24.