Sermon – How Can I Convince You.. – Guest Trudy Stoffel

August 2, 2020 Guest message from Pastor Trudy Stoffel. There’s a song from 1984 by the band Survivor that I have a sneaking suspicion was written about the scripture.  It goes like this.  “How can I convince you what you see is real?  Who am I to blame you for doubting what you feel?  I was always reaching, you were just a guy I knew.  I took for granted the friend I had in you.  I was living for a dream, loving for a moment, taking on the world, that was just my style.  Then I touched your hand and I heard you whisper.  The search is over, love is right before your eyes.”  Something about that sappy love song helped me to see the scripture in an entirely new way.  

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Sermon – What We Can Do – Guest Pastor Ruben Duran

July 5, 2020 Guest message from Pastor Ruben Duran. I hope that you are enjoying this 4th of July weekend, finding time for rest, relaxation, good food, but also reflecting on our country and its vision and the challenges we’re facing these days and the role that all of us play in it.  As for me, this weekend, as every weekend of the 4th of July, is a time also to remember a gift I received 18 years ago when I became a citizen of the United States. 

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Sermon – God’s Family Wrestles For Goodness – Guest Pastor Paul Rohde

June 21, 2020 Guest message from Pastor Paul Rohde from Augustana College and Pastor Sarah’s father.

I can’t hear this story of Hagar and Ishmael without remembering the day I had assigned it in confirmation.  An eighth grader came into class and indignantly threw his Bible on the table and said, “I can’t believe what’s in this book.  I thought the Bible was boring.”  I said, “What on Earth made you think the Bible was boring?”  “Well,” he said, “just look at its cover.”  My friends, the Bible is not boring.  I’m grateful for a Bible that gives us raw candor about human beings and families.  It helps us know on every page that family is not boring.  Because God engages real people in real struggles, we come to know that goodness is not boring.  Living in the promise of God is not boring. 

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