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  • What Do We Do When Tragedy Strikes?”

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Aug 2, 2017
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,858 views

    This section of God's Word shows us how two people responded to a tragedy. One example comes from a widow whose son died. The other comes from one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament, Elijah.

    At some point it will likely happen to most of us. For each of us it will be different and yet the same. It will leave us with tears in our eyes and pain in our hearts. We call them tragedies—something that seems to turn our lives upside down. Because we live in a world stained by sin these ...read more

  • What's Buried Under Your Tent?

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Jul 24, 2017
     | 4,574 views

    Like Achan we may think our sin will not be uncovered--even by God. But we need to remember that nothing can be hidden from God and the guilt of our sins still stands. This account leads us to confess our sins and turn in faith to Christ forgiveness!

    Soon after they fell into sin Adam and Eve tried to hide their guilt behind coverings made of fig leaves. Later because of their sin they also vainly attempted to hide themselves from God. Adam and Eve’s son Cain thought he could hide the guilt of shedding his brother’s innocent blood by claiming ...read more

  • Show Your Faithfulness To The Truth

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Jul 24, 2017
     | 2,809 views

    A follower of Christ walks in the truth of God’s Word each day. Additionally, John tells us that Christians show their faithfulness to the truth as they work together with fellow Christians for the truth.

    What is the greatest danger to your faith? Please don’t let that question slip quickly from your mind. Consider it carefully. What is the greatest danger to your faith? As we take a moment to reflect on that question I want you to think back to the three Scripture readings for today. Did you ...read more

  • Show Your Faithfulness To The Truth

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Dec 14, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,360 views

    There are many great dangers to our faith! But ultimately the response to all of these is the TRUTH of God's Word.

    What is the greatest danger to your faith? Please don’t let that question slip quickly from your mind. Consider it carefully. What is the greatest danger to your faith? As we take a moment to reflect on that question I want you to think back to the three Scripture readings for today. Did ...read more

  • Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Jul 5, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 5,899 views

    "But what about you...who do you say I am?" Peter gave the correct answer to that question from Jesus to his disiciples. Our life and our eternal destiny are dependent on our answer to that same question.

  • Alleluia! Sing To Jesus!

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on May 20, 2010
     | 2,153 views

    Understanding the meaning and significance of Christ's ascension into heaven leads us to praise him for his grace that has saved us and for his promises that sustain us.

  • You Are Gifted!

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Feb 1, 2010
    based on 11 ratings
     | 32,675 views

    All believers have at least one gift that can be put into service for Christ and his Church.

    Traditionally they have been called “child prodigies.” Although educators often label them as “gifted and talented.” They are young people blessed with unbelievable intelligence, or amazing artistic talents, or seemingly unnatural physical abilities. We have all heard ...read more

  • Listen To The Lord

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Mar 13, 2009
    based on 9 ratings
     | 7,461 views

    May God give us all the attitude of Samuel that says, "Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening."

    (Note: For this sermon I had my cell phone in the pulpit. I had someone call me on it just as the sermon began.) The Word of God that we will consider in our sermon this morning is the Old Testament lesson for this Sunday from 1 Samuel 3:1-10. (Cell phone rings…) Just a minute let me take ...read more

  • We Have An Eternal House In Heaven!

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Aug 25, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 26,385 views

    In a world where everything changes it is reassuring to know that we have an eternal home in heaven.

    “There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…there’s no place like home.” That is all that Dorothy had to say in order to return to her home in Kansas. (Well she also had to close her eyes and click her glass slippers together as well.) If you are familiar with the movie The Wizard of ...read more

  • Live Your Life Worthy Of The Lord!

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Jul 23, 2007
    based on 16 ratings
     | 15,223 views

    May we by God’s grace and through His power live our lives worthy of the NAME we claim.

    The soldier walks 21 steps. On the 21st step he turns and faces the tomb he is guarding. He does this for 21 seconds. The soldier then turns to head back the other direction. He moves his rifle to his outside shoulder away from the tomb. After 21 seconds he walks 21 steps and repeats the ...read more

  • Know Your Judge Before Judgment Day!

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Feb 8, 2007
    based on 13 ratings
     | 3,222 views

    As we consider Judgment Day let’s not worry about the exact day that Jesus will return. Let’s make sure we are ready for his return every day. Let’s take this opportunity to learn the truth about our judge and the basis of his judgment.

    2012. I am sure that between now and the year 2012 A.D. you will hear a lot about what some think is going to happen at that time. According to the September 25, 2006 issue of Newsweek magazine that year could be the end of the world, as we know it. Followers of New Age spirituality have noticed ...read more

  • Jesus Was Baptized Too

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Feb 8, 2007
    based on 9 ratings
     | 14,700 views

    On this “Baptism of Jesus” Sunday we might very well ask what John asked. Why did Jesus need to be baptized? Like John it is also good for us to see our need for baptism by Jesus.

    John the Baptist. That name brings powerful images to mind. Camel’s hair clothes held together with a leather belt. Grasshoppers dipped in wild honey for a sweet and crunchy meal. Saying the morally right thing at the socially wrong time. John was the one who called the people who came to hear ...read more

  • A Gracious God Calls To Us

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on Jun 23, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,841 views

    Questions! Questions! Questions! If God knows everything why did he ask so many questions of so many people? Through the questions God addressed to Adam and Eve after the fall into sin we learn why God asked many of his questions. He called on sinner

    This morning I am going to test your knowledge of the Bible—specifically the Old Testament. As I quote a series of questions I want you to identify the person to whom God was speaking. Here are the questions. “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?” (Genesis 4:6) Of whom did God ask ...read more

  • Learn The "Heart" Of Prayer

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on May 23, 2006
    based on 16 ratings
     | 6,107 views

    King David takes us to the heart of prayer. David shows us a repentant heart, a trusting heart, and a longing heart.

    Abraham prayed for his nephew Lot. Actually, he bargained back and forth with the LORD a half dozen times over the destruction of the city where Lot lived. Elijah prayed for a miracle at Mt. Carmel. Hannah prayed for a child. Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still. Jesus prayed for the ...read more

  • Live With An Ascension Attitude

    Contributed by Michael Otterstatter on May 22, 2006
    based on 33 ratings
     | 9,218 views

    We ask the Holy Spirit to work through the verses of Psalm 47 to gently remind us of what the ascension of Jesus means for us. We have no reason to live our lives like deer caught in a car’s headlights. In light of this Psalm may each of us be empowered

    ‘‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky?” Do you think the angels were really looking for an answer from the disciples when they asked that question? It doesn’t seem as though they were. The question appears to have implied that the disciples had no good reason for standing ...read more