All posts by Pastor Mark Tiefel

Freedom and Mercy

prodigal_10060cHave you ever heard the question, “Why would God allow for the possibility of evil?” or something similar? It doesn’t take long for a question like that to become an accusation against the Christian faith and the entire existence of God. It makes logical sense that if God hates evil and doesn’t want people to be evil that He wouldn’t allow it to even be a possibility, especially since He is all powerful. It’s a tough question to answer and one that has left many Christians without an answer.

The answer, though, is easier than one may think. The key is to understand freedom. True freedom involves the ability to do both good and evil. Without either option, there is no true freedom and God did not create mankind to be mindless robots. He could have but then we would have no true joy in resisting evil and following His will. There would also be no freedom and no relationship with God. God wants to be our Father as well as our Creator. A Father does not force things upon His children. A Father acts in love.

Our study on Sunday looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son and how it helps us appreciate God’s mercy and the freedom He gives His children. Check it out here.

A Lesson from Judas

arrest1cWe all know Judas’ story. His name is forever associated betrayal. But do we learn from his lesson for our lives? What led to his demise? If we could speak with him today, what would he tell us to avoid, or to follow? Take a unique look into Judas’ heart and your own, through our first Lenten lesson in our series “I was there!” May we always heed to Lord’s gospel invitation for forgiveness and faith!
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Ash Wednesday

ash_12201Join us tomorrow evening as we begin our midweek Lenten services. The season of Lent marks the time that we focus on the suffering of our Savior that eventually led Him to the cross of death. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.

Our series this year is called, “I was there!” Each week we look at a first hand account of someone who witnessed the Passion of Jesus. Tomorrow’s individual is Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Join us for a soup supper at 6 pm and our service at 7 pm!

Not Conformed, but Transformed!

Luther's SealOn Sunday we studied how our Lord’s Transfiguration. The Holy Spirit reveals an interesting connection for our lives. We, too, our transfigured like our Savior. Paul wrote to the Romans, “Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed…” Literally, “be transfigured.” Although we wait for the bodily transformation of heaven, we are changed today by faith in Jesus! That is good news for us as we think about God’s expectation in the sixth commandment. Check out our sermon from Sunday to find out more!