Welcome to the Bethel Covenant Church sermon podcast. We are an Evangelical Covenant Congregation that meets outside Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Join us LIVE Sundays 10am on our Facebook Page (facebook.com/bethelcovenantchurch)
Philip stands before the Sanhedrin and retells the story of Isreal around the way God's spirit calls us again and again to leave some things behind on the way to new freedom, new calling, and new purpose.
Peter stands up in Acts, looks straight at the painful reality of Judas' betrayal, and reminds the other disciples foundational principal of what it means to follow Jesus. If you are in a time of change or uncertainty this is for you.
Sometimes the greatest barrier to a life of discipleship is our fixation on comparing ourselves with, criticizing, and trying to control others. When Peter tries to point the focus onto someone else, Jesus calls him right back to his and our call.
The presence of doubts and difficult questions silently frustrate and discourage many Christians. They can even lead to a brittle kind of faith focused on winning arguments instead of encountering Jesus, but what if there is more to faith than thinking perfectly?
He is Risen Indeed! Once a year on Easter we celebrate the ressurection with a call and response, but that is with hindsight. On the first Easter morning, no one was ready to answer back just yet it was met with joy, but also fear. We look at not only the miracle of the Empty tomb, but the miracle that it is STILL good news for cowards, failures, and enemies of Christ like us.
Lamentations ends without resolution. When Jesus comes only a few people are able to see him as the answer to Lamentations 5 because they are so busy trying to make it on their own. What are we missing when convince ourselves we have the answer instead of looking for what God is really doing?
We continue our series in Lamentations with chapter 4. Often a crisis or a disaster doesn't change us as much as it reveals what is below the surface. After a year of let downs where can we plant our feet?
The book of Lamentations is NOT fit for a verse a day calendar, but neither are our lives. Join this lent as we dive into how God is present in more than the beautiful pictures of life we try to paint for others. What is in your closet?
The way you pray says a lot about the God you pray to. In the Lord's Prayer Jesus invites us to pray in a new way that reflects what's true about our world and our God. Over the next few weeks we will break down this prayer line by line to get a better picture of who God is and what it means to live like he arrived in the person of Jesus.
Jesus was not the first to be called son of god, prince of peace, and bringer of good news. What does it mean to really believe that the baby in the manger is God, and the most powerful men and women on earth are not?
We focus on Mary this week. Every single aspect of Mary's biography suggest she should be far away from anything important that happens in the world. The bottom of every ladder that matters, but God chooses her for the most important role any human has ever had before her. She is not surprised, why not?
We hear the story of Jesus facing off in the desert against the devil. In this strange story he confronts three of the greatest ways human beings get pulled away from what God wants for us, how Jesus passed the test on our behalf, and what it looks like to live like that is true.
We look at 2 Corinthians and the role the Greek word Charis plays in living our lives like people who have received much!
note: in the beginning of the sermon I incorrectly refer to Charis as a Hebrew word but really its Greek the language of most of the New Testament. Whoops!
Join us as we dive into Mark 12. The bible may not tell us WHO to vote for but it has a lot to say about HOW we should approach the issues, causes, and politics of our day AND the people in our lives in light of God's perspective on the world.
We conclude our series in the life of Elijah with one last Showdown. When a message comes that turns Elijah's life upside down he is forced to confront the ways his story about himself is different from the one God is telling.
We witness an epic showdown between Elijah and the Prophets of Baal and Asherath. Elijah stands alone and challenges everyone to stop collecting things to worship and make a choice. In our world today we are pulled in all directions by all kinds of values, ideas, and demands. Elijah gives us a picture of the freedom that comes when we faithfully serve ONE master instead of "the collection."
Have you ever met someone whose seems to not get phased by anything? Who even on bad days is able to care for others and make a positive impact on the places they go? In the first of three in a series we explore the life of a person named Elijah and the way that God teaches him (and maybe us) to be sustained at the SOURCE of life, rather than our fickle circumstances.
As we continue our sermon series on finding UNITY through our diversity as the body of Christ we spend some time talking about what it means to Build Up and what it means to pursue the call God has on us.
People of Hope tell the story of their encounters with Jesus. Its not a book, a video, or an argument that draws people to faith. It is the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of regular people. Person to person all the way back to Jesus.
We tend to think of sharing faith to be all about what we say or do. The story of Phillip reveals how we LISTEN to God and people in all kinds of circumstances speaks louder than even the most well formulated arguments.
We FINISH our series in Matthew with one last conflict between the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth. Jesus Gives his disciples something to help them prove the empty tomb in the world they live in. It's a very different kind of evidence.
As we continue through the gospel of Matthew, Jesus enters in to the city of Jerusalem and he is greeting with the cry Save Us. What were they looking for? What are we looking for when we cry out save us to God?
We walk through Matthew 19-20 and find one point coming through again and again.
ALL PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD. Not because of what they do, accumulate, or achieve. But because of what they ARE. PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD.
If you are a PERSON you have IMMENSE, undeniable, uncountable, and practically INFINITE value to God. If you know any people even the ones you aren't so sure of, they MATTER TO GOD.
Leann has been serving in Ukraine since 2003. During that time she has witnessed the Holy Spirit touch a multitude of people, bringing them salvation, healing, freedom, and deliverance. Ukraine has seen it’s fair share of hardships: hopelessness, corruption, alcoholism, high divorce rates, addictions, depression, and poverty. But God can change all of that! He has given Leann a heart for the people of this nation. She believes that the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon Ukraine and that there will be a mighty move of revival all around the land!
Leann gave us an update on what God is doing in Ukraine and encouraged us all to draw closer to the God that made and deeply loves us in 2020!
Michele Arndt is the Pastor of The Crossing Covenant Church our most recent church plant. She is a phenomenal preacher with an passion for seeing people develop real relationships with Jesus Christ and live them out in every aspect of their lives.
Pastor Michele continued our series in Matthew focusing on Jesus as he is tested in the desert. When we follow Jesus all of us will be tested and "Our Fitness for ministry depends on our ability to STAND FIRM when the stakes are high."
Pastor Michele also updated us on what God has been doing in Houlton, WI at The Crossing.
Today we hear stories of learning to suffer well from three different people. Thanks to Rick Nelson, Wanda Nelson, and Molly Perkins for sharing God's word and their experiences of walking through valleys.
Today we have Will Droogsma our worship leader preaching about what we can hold on to not if, but when tragedy, suffering, and pain turn our world upside down. I took a lot out of it and I hope you do too.
So often we leave the most important things in life on the back burner in order to deal things that feel urgent. What would it look like to say yes to the main thing, so we can say no to the distractions?
Last Saturday our Women's Ministry welcomed Leah Everson who spoke on the crucial importance of REST not just for having a healthy life. But for our relationship with God and the pursuit of our life's call. I had the privilege of overhearing her teaching and it was just too good not to share. I hope you like it!
Leah is a Minnesota girl, a washers rookie, a book addict, and a messy mama. She divides her time between encouraging new mothers in their walk with God and taking care of her own busy boys. Loved by Jesus, Leah is learning to rest in Him. Leah received her MDiv from Denver Seminary and was the founding director/teacher of The Scum Study Center at Scum of the Earth Church in Denver, CO for five years. Leah is a member of Redbud Writers Guild and participates in the Five Minute Friday community.
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This is part one of a three part series about following Jesus where we are, with those in front of us, and for the long haul. How do we let go of the past and the future and life faithfully in the present?