Memorial Lutheran Church

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it  
 penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the
 thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
 
 
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2017

February 5: The Day After

      It’s difficult to know the true story if you keep hearing conflicting accounts.
      What story is being told by our lives? Or, if you are ready to take this more personally, what story is being told by your life? Will others who “read” you get a full understanding of the goodness of God? Are there conflicting accounts? What can be done if there are?

January 29: A Really Foolish Plan
   To die a slave’s death on a cross seems like a stupidly crazy plan for dealing with a problem of people who are stubborn, rebellious, nasty, mean (to use a few descriptive words), and need to be straightened out – or, as Paul writes, it appears to be foolishness.
   But God’s ways are not like our ways. The message of the cross is the message of God’s power to change lives for the good!

January 22: Living Wiuth The Lights On
When we can’t clearly see our direction, it’s hard to move forward. When we’re confused about our purpose, it’s hard to live life confidently. When darkness blocks out the light, it’s difficult to take confident steps forward.
        God’s Good News of our Savior Jesus is the Light that breaks through the darkness of old life and opens the way for us to live a new and wonderfully different life. Life is different with the Light on!

January 15: Knowing Why
For what purpose do we exist as Memorial Lutheran Church? For that matter what is my ultimate purpose as a creation of God? Why does God pour so many gifts into our lives? For what purpose are we to use our gifts?
When all things are considered, the ultimate answers to those questions lie in the God-proclaimed truth that He desires to save all people – and that He has chosen you and me to communicate to other people His plan of salvation. What’s our ultimate purpose? Why do we exist?
To share the Good News of Jesus with all people!

Jan 8: A Great Mystery With A Clear Answer
Why did the mysterious star appear? Why did it lead the Magi to a baby? What possible connection could it have to the Apostle Paul? Or to you? 



2016

December 18: Pastor Asmus: "To Life"    
We often hear ourselves say, “I just want to make sure that I live life to the fullest!” A commercial from long ago used to say, “You only go around once in life, and so you’ve got to grab for all the gusto you can get!” – whatever “gusto” is. Jesus actually said something that almost sounds similar. Speaking as the Good Shepherd, He announced, “I have come that they (His sheep) might have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

     The big difference is, Jesus had something much more in mind than simply having a good run while you live on this earth. Let’s listen today for what He means when He promises us His gift of Life “from Heaven Above.”


December 11: Pastor Asmus: "The Gift Beyond Understanding"
 People all over the world are finding peace through the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is not simply a brief rest from a frantic and even war-torn world. It is wholeness that comes from our hearts being made at one with God – and because we are made one with God, we reach out in peace to one another!   

December 4: Pastor Asmus: "Where Love Starts"
God’s steadfast love is revealed for us in the gift of His beloved Son. Once again as we head toward Christmas we will be “unwrapping” this gift of God’s love as we celebrate the coming of our Savior Jesus. We also celebrate by sharing His great gift of love with all those around us.


November 27: Pastor Asmus: "Waiting With Confidence And Purpose"
As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, let Martin Luther’s beloved hymn “From Heaven Above” speak to you in our special Advent worship series. Each service in the 4 week series focuses on God’s gifts that come down to us through the birth of Jesus. Today’s service looks at how the people of Israel waited in hope for the promised Messiah, and how we now wait in hope for His return on the Last Day.


November 20: Pastor Asmus: “Minions For Christ”
Even as Jesus is declared in the Scriptures to be the mighty King of all who has rescued us, we also are made very aware that He is our compassionate and caring King. His words in our Gospel lesson today call us to share the same compassion and care as servants in His Kingdom.


November 13: Pastor Asmus: “Knowing What He’s Done and Telling What You Know”  
   God uses pictures to help us understand more about who we are in relation to Him. We consider some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
  “A People Belonging to God ..Children of God . .My Friends . The Body of Christ . My Disciples . The Branches . Light and Salt . My Witnesses.”
   A witness is a person who makes a statement about what he or she knows or has seen. Jesus has chosen to use people who know and trust His saving love to tell others about this Good News. Because people all over the world need to learn about Jesus, God uses believers to take the Good News everywhere. This morning we welcome Missionary Herb Burch who serves as a witness for Jesus in the country of Peru.                                     

November 6: Pastor Paul Mehl: "Taste And See - That The Lord Is Good"
God uses pictures to help us understand more about who WE are in relation to Him. We consider some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
“A People Belonging to God . . . Children of God . . . My Friends . . . The Body of Christ . . .
My Disciples . . . The Branches . . . Salt and Light . . . My Witnesses.”
    Salt and Light seem like a strange combination – yet each plays a significant role in providing important benefits for the world – just as our Lord uses you and me to be a blessing for our world, as well. In fact, God has used all believers of all time – saints – to be salt and light for our world with the ultimate purpose of all people trusting God’s saving work in our Savior Jesus.
    Today we welcome Rev. Paul Mehl of Concordia, MO to share insights from God’s Word with us. Pastor Mehl is President of St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia; his son, Rev. Silas Mehl, is a pastor in our South Dakota District at Zion, Canistota and St. John, Montrose)


October 30: Pastor Asmus: "Connected And Filled With Fruit"
God uses pictures to help us understand more about who WE are in relation to Him. We consider some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
“A People Belonging to God . . . Children of God . . . My Friends . . . The Body of Christ . . .
My Disciples . . . The Branches . . . Light and Salt . . . My Witnesses.” 
        It’s likely that no one else has ever called you a “branch.” But when Jesus calls us “branches” after He calls Himself the “Vine,” we can begin to understand His desire that we find in Him the nourishment we need to grow as His people and to be a blessing to all. WE DEPEND ON CHRIST!
        Our Reformation and Confirmation Sunday emphasis also points us to the truth that we stand confidently in life on the strength of God. Our confirmation students shared their personal faith statements at a special gathering last evening. Today in our 10:45 worship service, they publicly profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. We are blessed to encourage one another in Christ!


October 23: Pastor Asmus: "Lifelong Learners"
       Throughout the Scriptures, God uses pictures to help us understand more about who WE are in relation to Him. Our fall series helps us discover more about ourselves and our relationship to God as we explore some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
“A People Belonging to God . . . Children of God . . . My Friends . . . The Body of Christ . . .
My Disciples . . . The Branches . . . Light and Salt . . . My Witnesses.”
        A disciple is one who is a learner, one who devotes himself or herself to the leading of a teacher. We know that we have the greatest of all teachers – Jesus – for His Words are the very words of God Himself. How excellent that He says to you and me, “You are MY Disciples!” He loves you and cares about you; He wants to teach you what is good and true; you can trust Him!


October 16: Pastor Asmus: " 'You Are' means 'We Are' "
       Throughout the Scriptures, God uses pictures to help us understand more about who WE are in relation to Him. Our fall series helps us discover more about ourselves and our relationship to God as we explore some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
 “A People Belonging to God . . . Children of God . . . My Friends . . . The Body of Christ . . .
My Disciples . . . The Branches . . . Light and Salt . . . My Witnesses.”
      A person’s body is made up of many different parts that function together as a whole. Though each part is different from the other parts, all the parts are interconnected and function together to make one body.
      So it is for you and me and all believers in Jesus! We are united together as one body in Christ, yet we are individually given different gifts so that the whole body can perform many different functions. No one part is greater than the other. Each part is vitally important. You matter to God and we matter to one another. Together we serve one common purpose – to make God’s saving work in Christ known to all!


October 9: Pastor Asmus: "You've Got A Friend"
     Throughout the Scriptures, God uses pictures to help us understand more about who WE are in relation to Him. Our fall series helps us discover more about ourselves and our relationship to God as we explore some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
“A People Belonging to God . . . Children of God . . . My Friends . . . The Body of Christ . . .
My Disciples . . . The Branches . . . Light and Salt . . . My Witnesses.”
     Making friends isn’t always easy to do. We want to be liked by others. We want people around us that we think are fun. We might even have to admit that we sometimes look for friends based on the thought of “what benefit will I get out of this relationship?” Sometimes we’re willing to do whatever it takes to have somebody call us their friend.
     “Wait, . . . what’s this I hear? Jesus calls me His friend? How can that be? God wants to be friends with me?”
     Well, that’s exactly what He says! Let’s talk today about what that means.


October 2: Rev. Pete Sestak: "Children Of God"
    Throughout the Scriptures, God uses pictures to help us understand more about who WE are in relation to Him. Our fall series helps us discover more about ourselves and our relationship to God as we explore some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
“A People Belonging to God . . . Children of God . . . My Friends . . . The Body of Christ . . .
My Disciples . . . The Branches . . . Light and Salt . . . My Witnesses.”
 
    To be called a child of God allows us to humbly celebrate our Heavenly Father’s love – that through Jesus we are called into His family. Carrying the “family name” can sometimes be difficult if others around us are opposed to our Heavenly Father’s will. However, carrying the “family name” through our Savior Jesus brings great blessing as we:
    - understand our loving Father’s forgiveness for us and through us toward others.
    - enjoy the invitation of approaching the Almighty God in prayer as dear children would speak to their dear Father.
    - live with the assurance of our eternal inheritance from our Heavenly Father.


September 25: Pastor Asmus: "Yes, YOU!"
God identifies Himself by a name that is often translated simply “I AM.” Jesus uses that name quite often in referring to Himself, but also adds a number of different pictures to help us more clearly understand His importance to us. Some of His “I AM” statements: “I am . . . the Good Shepherd . . . the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . the Vine . . . the Light of the World . . . the Resurrection and the Life.”
God also tells us, however, more about who WE are. Our fall series helps us discover more about ourselves and our relationship to God as we explore some of the “You Are” statements we find in God’s Word.  “You Are”:
“A People Belonging to God . . . Children of God . . . My Friends . . . The Body of Christ . . .
My Disciples . . . The Branches . . . Light and Salt . . . My Witnesses.”


September 18: Pastor Asmus: "What Are You Aiming For?"
Jesus’ very surprising – no, shocking – parable seems to hit the Pharisees right in the gut . . . because they loved money. They didn’t have an eternal focus with regard to their wealth and possessions. They got caught up in the trap of serving themselves for the pleasure of the moment. Their goals and aims in life were very short-sighted.
What are you aiming for?


September 11: Pastor Asmus: "Surprise Party!"
Are you kidding? “Repent and Rejoice?” Since when do these two words travel together? In our world today the word “repent” is more likely associated with an image of a wild-eyed street-corner crazy person possessed by hatred and grossly out of touch with reality. That’s hardly a picture of celebration.
Since when do “Repent and Rejoice” travel together? Ever since our Lord’s kindness has lovingly called you and me to repentance!  (see Romans 2:4)
 

September 4: Pastor Asmus: "Caught In The Crosshairs"
Being made a child of God through by what Jesus did on the cross changes everything for us. All that we are and have is shaped by His readiness to give His life away.
       When our identity as a child of God is ridiculed or challenged, what will be our response? How do we respond to Jesus’ shocking statement that we cannot be His disciples if we “do not hate father and mother, wife and children, sisters and brothers – and even our own lives?” What will it mean for us to take up our cross and follow Him?
 

August 28: Pastor Asmus: "Through Jesus, Therefore . . . "
Today’s Scripture readings call our attention to the Lord Jesus by showing us what sacrificial living looks like: First and foremost, the sacrificial gift of life offered by Jesus for us; secondly, the sacrificial living of the people God has rescued through Jesus – living that seeks to lift up the lives of other people and to ultimately show them the love of our Savior Jesus.


August 21: Pastor Asmus: "Drinking From The Rock"
Our community schools are beginning their school years, helping our kids build their knowledge on a solid foundation of education.
Our congregation’s Lutheran Schools are beginning their school year as well (Lutheran High kids have been going to classes already since this past Monday). Besides a solid foundation of education, our schools help our kids build their lives on an everlasting foundation: Jesus Christ, our Solid Rock! We celebrate the opening of another school year. In our late service today we will encourage our teachers and staff as they rededicate themselves to service in our Lutheran Schools. We also rejoice with Dana Miller, a daughter of our congregation, who is being installed today as Kindergarten teacher at Sioux Falls Lutheran School.


August 14: Pastor Asmus: "Wisdom Builds A House"
Last week we saw that Solomon made the commendable choice of asking God to give him wisdom above all things, that he might faithfully serve God and serve others. Solomon went on not only to exercise that wisdom in his calling as king, but to also write extensively about the wisdom that begins with the fear of the Lord. The book of Proverbs in the Bible communicates those proverbs of Solomon as the wisdom which comes down from above.
The basic message: God’s people find Wisdom fearing, loving, and trusting in God above all things! God’s people find Wisdom putting God’s Word into practice in daily life! God’s people find Wisdom trusting in what He has done for us in our Savior Jesus!


August 7: Pastor Asmus: "Choices"
       It sounds too good to be true: “What is it that you want most in life, Solomon? Just tell me, and I will give it to you.” That was  the choice presented to King Solomon when the Lord appeared to him in a dream.
       Having grown up in a king’s family, and actually having some experience already himself as a king, you might expect that  Solomon would be pretty expert in asking for whatever his heart would desire. Think about it! Wealth beyond the imagination;           never-failing health; fame . . . take your pick! No ask is too great. What matters most to you? Just speak your desire!
       Enough already about Solomon . . . What would YOU ask for?

 


 

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