I suspect you have noticed how easy it is to tear someone down. Our little constant criticisms can pick away at others piece by piece. But the opposite is equally true, and even more than equally true. God has given us words to speak to build up others. To give hope. To give courage. To […]
Ruth and Naomi are a good example of a problem we often face. When people attempt to comfort us, they offer words of reassurance – promises. But are these a real source of comfort? Or are they only words? Does God have something more to give us?
Click on the > icon above to listen. Jesus offers a tough choice. He says that we cannot serve both God and money. Of course, at first that seems easy. After all, we don’t serve our money, do we? Or… do we? Once we look at it for a moment we realize that we’ve spent […]
Click the > icon above to listen to the sermon. How do churches grow? In Acts 6 it says that the word of the Lord “increased” and many people came to faith. How does that happen? We might attribute it to many things – especially things that we hope we can buy, like a great […]
Click the > icon above to listen. Jesus poses an impossible situation. He tells his followers that they must do a clearly impossible thing. At the Sermon on the Mount he told his disciples that they must love their neighbors as themselves. But here, on the way to Jerusalem, he tells them something even harder, […]
Click on the > icon above to listen. It sounds easy to just pick a lower seat in order to get a higher place. But humility is not just a strategy. It’s not just a way to maneuver ourselves into a more advantageous situation. Humility is recognizing where we really belong, who we really are, […]
Click on the > icon above to listen. Pastor Wentzel considers Jesus’ words about choosing the less prestigious seat. What does it mean for us?
Click on the > icon above to listen. Jesus says that the doorway to eternal life is a narrow door… but it is an open door. It is the only door… but it is a door for you, an opportunity for you to pass from death to life.
Click the > icon above to listen. Jesus says the door to heaven is narrow and a lot of people won’t be going through it. Elsewhere he says that many are called but few are chosen. So it sounds like not many will come to saving faith. And yet, a few verses later he describes […]
Click on the > icon above to listen. Pastor Wentzel talks about running the race of faith, and where our encouragement comes from.
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