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Pastor Cindy Grieb

The Blessing

By |May 26th, 2019|Categories: Genesis, Psalms, Sermons|Tags: |

Have you ever been blessed by God? Jacob wrestled with God. Do you remember the story? He wrestled with God and refused to let go until he received God’s blessing… It got me thinking… what exactly does it mean to be blessed by God? As I studied the role of blessings in the stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I found that although I had a sort of inner sense of what a blessing is, [...]

Jacob Wrestles

By |May 25th, 2019|Categories: Genesis, Sermons|Tags: |

Jacob had an interesting relationship with God. You may remember the story: Jacob and Esau were fraternal twins. From the beginning, they were polar opposites: Esau was a rough outdoorsman. He loved to go hunting. Jacob preferred to stick close to home. Esau was big and burly and hairy. Jacob was smaller and smooth-skinned. Because Esau had been the first of the twins to reach outside the womb, he was Isaac’s firstborn and in line [...]

The Man of Sorrows

By |May 1st, 2019|Categories: 2 Corinthians, Isaiah, John, Sermons|Tags: , , , |

On the night of the Passover Feast, the night He was betrayed, Jesus knew exactly what was coming. Knowing He had but a few short hours, He chose to humble Himself and take on the role of a Servant. He laid aside His outer garments and attended to the needs of His disciples by washing their dirty feet (John 13:1-15). In one of the most beautiful Old Testament passages (Isa. 52:13-53:12), the prophet Isaiah writes [...]

Maundy Thursday: A New Commandment

By |April 18th, 2019|Categories: 1 John, Deuteronomy, John, Leviticus, Matthew, Sermons|Tags: , , |

On the night He was betrayed, Jesus knew He had but a few hours before He would be handed over to the authorities. So, He gathered His beloved disciples around Him and shared with them those things which pressed most urgently on His heart. He began by washing their feet. We know that washing of the feet was a common practice. After all, the people wore sandals, if any shoes at all. And although major [...]

Living in Community

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Ephesians, Exodus, Sermons|Tags: , , |

Unless you have studied European Renaissance Literature, you may not know the name of John Donne. John Donne was born into a Catholic family in England in 1572. That may not seem significant to you, but due to laws previously passed by Queen Elizabeth I, anyone not faithfully attending the Church of England in those days was subject to fines, confiscation of property or imprisonment. In 1601, John Donne secretly married Anne More, grand-niece of [...]

Who is the King of Glory?

By |March 31st, 2019|Categories: Ephesians, Isaiah, Sermons|Tags: , |

From Professor Douglas O. Linder, UMKC School of Law: Although the 1995 criminal trial of O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman has been called "a great trash novel come to life," no one can deny the pull it had on the American public.  If the early reports of the murder of the wife of the ex-NFL football star (turned-NBC-sports-announcer) hadn't caught people's full attention, Simpson's surreal Bronco ride on [...]

Immanuel: God with Us (Part One: The Incarnation)

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Ezekiel, Matthew, Sermons|

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Matt. 1:22-23) As we contemplate together what it means for God to be with us, let’s first turn our attention to the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon in about 597 BC. That [...]

Immanuel: God with Us (Part Two: Indwelling)

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: John, Sermons|

…now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16:5-8) The [...]

Walk Worthy

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Ephesians, Sermons|Tags: , , |

In Ephesians chapter 4, Paul strongly urges the Christians to be more than just believers in Christ. He encourages them to become true followers who imitate Christ in their daily routine. He writes, Eph. 4:1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 [...]

Reconciliation

By |November 24th, 2018|Categories: Matthew, Sermons|Tags: , , |

Worship leader Tommy Walker wrote a song titled, Only a God Like You* In it, he writes, My allegiance and devotion, My heart's desire and all emotion, Go to serve the Man Who died upon that tree It’s a great worship song. Do you know it? As I was singing this song on a Sunday morning, I found myself wondering, is it true of me? Is my heart’s desire and my emotion really wrapped up [...]

Who is Like the Lord Our God?

By |May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Exodus, Ezekiel, Isaiah, John, Sermons|Tags: |

Who is like the Lord, Our God? He spoke, and all of Creation came into being from nothing. He spoke, and the wind and the waves obeyed. He spoke, and the sick were healed, the dead were raised, the demons were cast out. He is the Lord, our God, who says, Isa. 46:8 “Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors. 9 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, [...]

There’s An App For That!

By |September 13th, 2014|Categories: 1 Kings, Hebrews, James, Matthew, Romans, Sermons|

app • application application • : an act of putting to use : a program (as a word processor or a spreadsheet) that performs one of the major tasks for which a computer is used : the act of fixing the mind; intenseness of thought; close study; attention : that part of the discourse, in which the principles before laid down and illustrated, are applied to practical uses – ♦ ♦ ♦ – Just for [...]