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Weekly sermons from Good News Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

Good News Weekly Message Pastor Jonathan Bauer

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Weekly sermons from Good News Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

    When Jesus ascended, our hope skyrocketed with him.

    When Jesus ascended, our hope skyrocketed with him.

    Hope is a precious commodity in life. If someone has hope they get through just about anything. It’s easy for us to tie our hope to the things that we can see and measure in our lives. When the evidence
    is positive, hope grows. When the evidence is negative hope shrinks. That might seem to present a challenge for the hope we have in Jesus since all evidence of his presence in our lives disappeared the day he ascended into heaven. However, Jesus’
    ascension doesn’t diminish our hope or cause it to die. In fact, it does just the opposite. Because he rules over all things for our good, our hope remains alive long after Jesus disappeared.

    • 18 min
    There's only one stone worth starting with.

    There's only one stone worth starting with.

    Hope is a precious commodity in life. If someone has hope they get through just about anything. In fact, hope is so important that it’s part of the very foundation on which our life is built. Without hope, the rest of the building crumbles. This week we see how a foundation that consists of hope in Jesus is often and easily dismissed by many in our world. It is often and easily rejected as foolish and worthless. However, not only does God say that the hope we find in Jesus is a suitable foundation for life. It is the only foundation for this life and for eternal life. Though many might dismiss it, Jesus’ resurrection has demonstrated the value of a life built on him.

    • 20 min
    You are blessed when you get called to take the stand.

    You are blessed when you get called to take the stand.

    Hope is a precious commodity in life. If someone has hope they get through just about anything. The hope we have in Jesus is so different from – and at odds with – other versions of hope that exist, that it will inevitably raise questions. Sometimes it will even incite criticism and ridicule. However, today we are going to see that the unique nature of our hope in Jesus is also the very thing that prepares us to share that hope when it is put on trial. Because our hope is based on Jesus’ resurrection, we are able to offer a defense of our hope without needing to be defensive. Both the words we say and the manner in which we say them convey the certainty of the hope we have in Jesus.

    • 20 min
    Jesus calls us to a life full of injustice.

    Jesus calls us to a life full of injustice.

    Hope is a precious commodity in life. If someone has hope they get through just about anything. In order to have that hope, one of the things we need is the ability to believe in justice. We need the assurance that good will conquer over evil and that wrongs will eventually be righted. That belief in justice can be challenged when we see all the injustice in our world that seems to go on unchecked. Thankfully, today we hear Jesus, our Good Shepherd, assure us that he is always with with us. Just as he is alive in spite of the injustice he endured, so also our hope can remain alive even in the midst of the injustice we endure.

    • 21 min
    Because of Easter, we already live in an alternate universe.

    Because of Easter, we already live in an alternate universe.

    Hope is a precious commodity in life. If someone has hope they get through just about anything. However, there are times when life’s circumstances would cause us to think as though hope is dead. When our lives are characterized by apparent weakness, failure, and defeat, our belief that things are going to get better can easily diminish. Thankfully, Easter demonstrates that when hope seems dead it is never more alive. Jesus’ resurrection is proof that what seems like weakness, failure, and defeat is in reality power, success, and victory. Through the Scriptures, God opens our eyes to see and causes our hearts to burn with a living hope.

    • 21 min
    Easter puts us on a path whose end is nowhere in sight.

    Easter puts us on a path whose end is nowhere in sight.

    Hope is a precious commodity in life. If someone has hope they get through just about anything. But hope requires specifics. We are willing to put up with just about anything as long as we know when and how it will end. This might seem to be a drawback of the hope Easter delivers. The light at the end of the dark tunnel that it promises is completely out of view. Far from this being a drawback, however, this means that Easter offers us a hope that never dies. No matter what we might go through in life – positive or negative – we can always be confident that our best days are in front of us. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees it.

    • 19 min

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