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June 13, 2021, Third Sunday After Pentecost- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Where are you?" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

Genesis 3:8-15

8 They heard the voice of the Lord God, who was walking around in the garden during the cooler part of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 The man said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because

I was naked, so I hid myself.” 11 God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman you gave to be with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 The Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent: 

Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all the livestock, and more than every wild animal. You shall crawl on your belly, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will crush your head, and you will crush his heel.

 

June 6, 2021, Second Sunday After Pentecost- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Keep the Sabbath Day Holy" Video: Facebook, Google Audio: Google.

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Deuteronomy 5:12-15

                 12 Observe the Sabbath day by setting it apart as holy, just as the LORD your God commanded you. 13Six days you are to serve and

                 perform all of your regular work, 14but the seventh day is a sabbath rest to the LORD your God. You are not to do any regular work,

                 you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock or

                 the alien who resides inside your gates, in order that your male servant and your female servant may rest like you. 15 Remember that

                 you were slaves in the land of Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out from there with a strong hand and an outstretched

                 arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the day of rest.

 

May 30, 2021, The Holy Trinity- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Be Led by the Spirit" Video: FacebookGoogle Audio: Google.

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Romans 8:14-17

               14 Indeed, those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery so that you are

           afraid again, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom[a] we call out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself joins our

           spirit in testifying that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, we are also heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,

             since we suffer with him, so that we may also be glorified with him.

 

May 23, 2021, Pentecost Sunday and the Rite of Confirmation- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Be Led by the Spirit" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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John 14:25-27

25“I have told you these things while staying with you. 26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I told you. 27“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not let it be afraid.”

 

 

May 16, 2021, Seventh Sunday of Easter- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"What is love?" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

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1 John 4:13-21

13This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. 16We also have come to know and trust the love that God has for us. God is love. Whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 17In this way his love has been brought to its goal among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are just like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love, but complete love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who continues to be afraid has not been brought to the goal in love.

19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For how can anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, love God, whom he has not seen? 21This then is the command we have from him: The one who loves God should also love his brother.

 

May 9, 2021, Sixth Sunday of Easter- Pastor Thomas Heyn

"Remain in our Resurrected Lord's Love!" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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John 15:9-17

9“As the Father has loved me, so also I have loved you. Remain in my love. 10If you hold on to my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have held on to my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you these things so that my joy would continue to be in you and that your joy would be complete.

12“This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this: that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you continue to do the things I instruct you. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will endure, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17These things I am instructing you, so that you love one another.”

 

May 2, 2021, Fifth Sunday of Easter- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Remain in Christ for Life" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

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John 15:1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he is going to cut off.  And he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will bear more fruit. 3“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I am going to remain in you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Likewise, you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him is the one who bears much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown away like a branch and withers. Such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this: that you continue to bear much fruit and prove to be my disciples.”
 

April 25, 2021, Fourth Sunday of Easter- Pastor Mark Bartels

"Jesus-the Good Shepherd!" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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John 10:11-18

11“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired man, who is not a shepherd, does not own the sheep. He sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13Because he works for money, he does not care about the sheep.

14“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me 15(just as the Father knows me and I know the Father). And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I also have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This is the commission I received from my Father.”

 

 

April 18, 2021, Third Sunday of Easter- Pastor Bernt Tweit

"How Jesus Appears to You Today" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google. Text: PDF

Weekly Worship Guide

Luke 24:36-49

36As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”37But they were terrified and frightened and thought they were looking at a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While they still did not believe it (because of their joy), and while they were still wondering, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43He took it and ate in front of them. 44He said to them, “These are my words, which I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46He said to them, “This is what is written and so it must be: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49Look, I am sending you what my Father promised. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

 

 

April 11, 2021, Second Sunday of Easter- Pastor Mark Bartels

"New Birth, New Life" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

1 John 5:1-6

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the God who has given birth  also loves one who has been born of him. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: that we keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 because everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. 5 Who is the one who overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 This is the one who came by water and blood: Jesus Christ. He did not come by the water alone but by the water and by the blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

 

 

April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"The Resurrection of Our Lord" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google. Text: PDF

Weekly Worship Guide

Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could go and anoint Jesus.2Very early on the first day of the week, at sunrise, they went to the tomb.3They were saying to each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb for us?”4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.6He said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” 8They went out and hurried away from the tomb, trembling and perplexed. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

 

April 2, 2021, Good Friday - Pastor Mark Bartels

Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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Isaiah 53:4-6

4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for
our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are
healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the
Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

 

 

April 1, 2021, Maundy Thursday - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"The Passover and the Lord's Supper" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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Mark 14:12-26

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 He sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and there a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house that the Teacher says, ‘Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 His disciples left and went into the city and found things just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover. 17 When it was evening, he arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining and eating, Jesus said, “Amen I tell you: One of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and said to him one by one, “Surely not I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the Twelve, one who is dipping bread with me in the dish. 21 Indeed, the Son of Man is going to go just as it has been written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread. When he had blessed it, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take it. This is my body.”  23 Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them. They all drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for many. 25 Amen I tell you: I will certainly not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26 After they sang a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

 

 

 March 28, 2021, Palm Sunday - Pastor Mark Bartels

"Blessed Humility" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google. Text: PDF

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Philippians 2:5-11

5Indeed, let this attitude be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. 6Though he was by nature God, he did not consider equality with God as a prize to be displayed, 7but he emptied himself by taking the nature of a servant. When he was born in human likeness, and his appearance was like that of any other man, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. 9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

March 24, 2021, Lent - Pastor Bernt Tweit

The Hands of the Passion-"Hands of Self-Preservation"

"Pilate" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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Matthew 27:15-26

             15 At the time of the Festival the governor had a custom to release to the crowd any one prisoner they wanted. 

              16 At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. 17 So when they were assembled, Pilate

           said to them, “Which one do you want me to release to you? Barabbas—or Jesus, who is called Christ?” 18 For 

           Pilate knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because of envy. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment 

           seat, Pilate’s wife sent him a message. “Have nothing to do with that righteous man,” she said, “since I have 

           suffered many things today in a dream because of him.” 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the 

           crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus put to death. 21 The governor asked them, “Which of the two do you

           want me to release to you?” “Barabbas!” they said. 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called

             Christ?” They all said to him, “Crucify him!” 23 But the governor said, “Why? What has he done wrong?” But they kept shouting 

             even louder: “Crucify him!” 24 When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing and that instead it was turning into a riot,

              he took water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this righteous man’s blood. It is your 

              responsibility.” 25 And all the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released Barabbas to

              them, but he had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified.

 

 March 21, 2021, The Fifth Sunday in Lent - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"The Invitations of Jesus" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

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John 12:20-33

20Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Festival. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22Philip went to tell Andrew. Andrew came with Philip and told Jesus.23Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it continues to be one kernel.

But if it dies, it produces much grain. 25Anyone who loves his life destroys it. And the one who hates his life in this world will hold on to it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, let him follow me. And where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 27“Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, this is the reason I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name!”A voice came from heaven: “I have glorified my name, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd standing there heard it and said it thundered. Others said an angel talked to him. 30Jesus answered, “This voice was not for my sake but for yours. 31“Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be thrown out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to indicate what kind of death he was going to die.

 

 

March 17, 2021, Lent - Pastor Mark Bartels

The Hands of the Passion-"Hands of Brutality"

"Soldiers" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google. (Missing first two minutes of service.)

Weekly Worship Guide

Matthew 27:27-31

             27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole cohort of soldiers around him.

             28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head.

                They put a staff in his right hand, knelt in front of him, and mocked him by saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They

                 spit on him, took the staff, and hit him repeatedly on his head. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe

                 and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

 

 

 March 14, 2021, The Fourth Sunday in Lent - Pastor Mark Bartels

"Christ B.C." Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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Numbers 21:4-9

 

4They set out from Mount Hor along the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom, but the people became very impatient along the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? Look, there is no food! There is no water! And we are disgusted by this worthless food!” 6The Lord sent venomous snakes among the people, and the snakes bit the people. As a result many people from Israel died. 7The people went to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord to take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed on behalf of the people.8The Lord said to Moses, “Make a venomous snake and put it on a pole. If anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will live.” 9Moses made a bronze snake and put it on the pole. If a snake had bitten anyone, if that person looked at the bronze snake, he lived.

 

 

March 10, 2021, Lent - Pastor Bernt Tweit

The Hands of the Passion-"Hands of Hypocrisy"

"Caiaphas" Video: Facebook, GoogleAudio: Google.

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Mark 14:55-65

             55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death, but they did not find any.

             56 Many testified falsely against him, but their testimonies did not agree. 57 Some stood up and gave this false testimony against him:

             58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 59 Yet even

                 on this point, their testimony did not agree. 60 The high priest stepped forward and questioned Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is this

                 they are testifying against you?” 61 But Jesus was silent and did not answer anything. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ,

                 the Son of the Blessed One? 62 “I am,” Jesus said. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming with the

                 clouds of heaven.” 63 The high priest tore his robes and said, “Why do we need any more witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy!

                 What do you think?” They all condemned him as being worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit on him. They covered his face and

                 struck him with their fists, saying, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him and beat him.

 

 

March 7, 2021, The Third Sunday in Lent - Pastor Bernt Tweit

"Seeing Jesus in the Ten Commandments" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google. Text: PDF

Weekly Worship Guide

Exodus 20:1-17

Then God spoke all these words:

2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, where you were slaves.

3You shall have no other gods beside me. 4You shall not make any carved image for yourself or a likeness of anything in heaven above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. 5Do not bow down to them or be subservient to them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God. I follow up on the guilt of the fathers with their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren, if they also hate me. 6But I show mercy to thousands who love me and keep my commandments.

7You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not permit anyone who misuses his name to escape unpunished. 8Remember the Sabbath day by setting it apart as holy. 9Six days you are to serve and do all your regular work, 10but the seventh day shall be a sabbath rest to the Lord your God. Do not do any regular work, neither you, nor your sons or daughters, nor your male or female servants, nor your cattle, nor the alien who is residing inside your gates, 11for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. In this way the Lord blessed the seventh day and made it holy. 12Honor your father and your mother so that you may spend many days on the land that the Lord your God is giving to you.

13You shall not commit murder. 14You shall not commit adultery. 15You shall not steal. 16You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

 

 

March 3, 2021, Lent - Pastor Mark Bartels

The Hands of the Passion-"Hands of Misguided Zeal"

"Peter" Video: FacebookGoogleAudio: Google.

Weekly Worship Guide

John 18:4-11

             4 Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who are you looking for?”5 “Jesus the Nazarene,”

                 they replied. “I am he,” Jesus told them. Judas, the betrayer, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus told them, “I am he,” they backed away

                 and fell to the ground. 7 Then Jesus asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” “Jesus the Nazarene,” they said. 8 “I told you that I am

                 he, ” Jesus replied. “So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the statement he had spoken: “I did not lose any

                 of those you have given me.”10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear.

                 The servant’s name was Malchus.11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath. Shall I not drink the cup my Father has given

                 me?”

 

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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