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February 28, 2021, The Second Sunday in Lent - Pastor Mark Bartels

"The Cross in My Life" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

Mark 8:31-38

31Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things; be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the experts in the law; be killed; and after three days rise again. 32He was speaking plainly to them. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But after turning around and looking at his disciples, Jesus rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You do not have your mind set on the things of God, but the things of men.”

 

34He called the crowd and his disciples together and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it. But whoever loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36After all, what good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38In fact, whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 

              

 

February 24, 2021, Lent - Pastor Bernt Tweit

The Hands of the Passion-"Hands of Betrayal"

"Judas" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

John 13:21-30

             21 After saying this, Jesus was troubled in his spirit and testified, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: One of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples were

looking at each other, uncertain which of them he meant.23 One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side.

24 So Simon Peter motioned to him to find out which one he was talking about. 25 So leaning back against Jesus’ side, he asked, “Lord,

who is it?” 26 Jesus replied, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread, after I have dipped it in the dish.” Then he dipped the

piece of bread and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told

him, “What you are about to do, do more quickly.” 28 None of those reclining at the table understood why Jesus said this to him.

29 Because Judas kept the money box, some thought that Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the Festival,” or to give something

to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

 

February 21, 2021, The First Sunday in Lent - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"The Conquering Power of Christ" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

Romans 8:31-39

31What then will we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32Indeed, he who did not
spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also graciously give us all things along with
him? 33Who will bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies! 34Who is the one who
condemns? Christ Jesus, who died and, more than that, was raised to life, is the one who is at God’s right
hand and who is also interceding for us! 35What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble or distress
or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  36Just as it is written: For your sake we are being
put to death all day long. We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. 37No, in all these things we are more
than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels
nor rulers, neither things present nor things to come, nor powerful forces, 39neither height nor depth, nor
anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

February 17, 2021, Ash Wednesday - Pastor Mark Bartels

The Hands of the Passion-"Hands of Repentance"

"The Pharisee and the Tax Collector" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

Luke 18:9-14

              9 Jesus told this parable to certain people who trusted in themselves (that they were righteous) and looked down on others: 10 “Two men

                 went up to the temple courts to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself

                 like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people, robbers, evildoers, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a

                 week. I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 “However the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even lift his eyes up to heaven, but

                 was beating his chest and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 “I tell you, this man went home justified rather than the other,

                 because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

February 14, 2021, The Last Sunday after Epiphany - Pastor Mark Bartels

"Reflecting the Lord's Glory" Video: Facebook, Google. Audio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

              12 Therefore, since we have this kind of hope, we act with great boldness. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his

           face, so that the Israelites could not continue to look at the end of the radiance, as it was fading away. 14 In spite of this, their 

           minds were hardened. Yes, up to the present day, the same veil remains when the Old Testament is read. It has not been

           removed because it is taken away only in Christ. 15 Instead, to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts. 

              16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord

           is, there is freedom. 18 But all of us who reflect the Lord’s glory with an unveiled face are being transformed into his own image,

           from one degree of glory to another. This too is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

           Therefore, since we have this ministry as a result of the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged. On the contrary, we have

           renounced shameful, underhanded methods. We do not operate in a deceitful way, and we do not distort the word of God. 

           Instead, by proclaiming the truth clearly, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

 
 

February 7, 2021, The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Do Everything for the Sake of the Gospel" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

16You see, if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast about, because an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17If I do this as a volunteer, I receive compensation. But if not, I have been entrusted with a responsibility as a steward. 18What then is my compensation? To present the gospel of Christ free of charge when I preach it, instead of making use of the right I have when I preach the gospel. 19In fact, although I am free from all, I enslaved myself to all so that I might gain many more. 20To the Jews, I became like a Jew so that I might gain Jews. To those who are under the law, I became like a person under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might gain those who are under the law. 21To those who are without the law, I became like a person without the law (though I am not without God’s law but am within the law of Christ) so that I might gain those who are without the law. 22To the weak, I became weak so that I might gain the weak. I have become all things to all people so that I may save at least some. 23And I do everything for the sake of the gospel so that I may share in it along with others.

 

 

January 31, 2021, The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany - Pastor Mark Bartels

"Godly Choices" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

                Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If 

           anyone supposes that he knows something, he does not yet know the way he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this 

           person has been known[a] by him.

So, concerning the eating of food from idol sacrifices, we know that an idol is not anything real in the world and that there is no God but one. Indeed, even  if there are so-called “gods,” whether in the heavens or on earth (as in fact there are many “gods” and many “lords”), nevertheless for us there is one God—the Father, from whom all things exist and we exist for him—and one Lord—Jesus Christ, through whom all things exist and we exist through him.

However, that knowledge is not in everyone. Instead some, who are still affected by their former habit with the idol, eat the food as something sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

Food will not bring us closer to God. We do not lack anything if we do not eat, nor are we better off if we do. And be careful that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone sees you, a person who has knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of this man, weak as he is, be emboldened to eat food from an idol sacrifice? 11 You see, the weak person is being destroyed by your knowledge—the brother for whose sake Christ died! 12 And when you sin in this way against your brothers and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I do not cause my brother to sin.

 

January 24, 2021, The Third Sunday after Epiphany - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"This World is Passing Away" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

29I also say this, brothers: The time is short. From now on, let those who have wives live as if they have none; 30those who weep, as if not weeping; those who rejoice, as if not rejoicing; those who buy, as if not possessing; 31and those who use the world, as if not getting any use out of it. For the way of life that belongs to this world is passing away.

 

 

January 17, 2021, The Second Sunday after Epiphany - Pastor Mark Bartels

"Bought at a Price" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12“All things are permitted for me”—but not all things are beneficial. “All things are permitted for me”—but I will not allow anything to control me. 13“Foods are for the belly, and the belly is for foods, but God will do away with both of them.” However, the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14God raised up the Lord and will also     raise us up by his power.15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then remove the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Certainly not!         16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For it says, “The two will become one flesh.” 17But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 18Flee from sexual immorality! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.

 

January 10, 2021, The First Sunday after the Epiphany - The Baptism of our Lord - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Believe in the Lord Jesus" Video: Facebook, Google. Audio: Google. Text: PDF

Weekly Worship Guide

Acts 16:25-34

25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Instantly all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27When the jailer woke up and saw that the prison doors were opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, because he thought that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted with a loud voice, “Don’t harm yourself, because we are all here!”29The jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling in front of Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them outside and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”31They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his home. 33At the same hour of the night, he took them and washed their wounds. Without delay, he and all his family were baptized. 34Then he brought Paul and Silas into his house and set food before them. He rejoiced, because he and his whole household had come to believe in God.

 

January 3, 2021, Second Sunday after Christmas- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Help in Temptation" Video: FacebookGoogle. Audio: Google Text: PDF

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Hebrews 2:10-18

10Certainly it was fitting for God (the one for whom and through whom everything exists), in leading many sons to glory, to bring the author of their salvation to his goal through sufferings. 11For he who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified all have one Father. For that reason, he is not ashamed  to call them brothers. 12He says: I will declare your name to my brothers. Within the congregation I will sing your praise.13And again: I will trust in him. And again: Here I am and the children God has given me. 14Therefore, since the children share
flesh and blood, he also shared the same flesh and blood, so that through death he could destroy the one who had the power of death (that is, the Devil) 15and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. 16For surely he was not concerned with helping angels but with helping Abraham’s offspring. 17For this reason, he had to become like his brothers in every way, in order that he would be a merciful and faithful high priest in the things pertaining to God, so that he could pay for the sins of the people. 18Indeed, because he suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

 

 

 

 

 

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