Messages

Messages & Teaching Series:

[Click on underlined links to listen to messages – current series is at Home page]

Answers to Questions about “Church” & its Shepherds – Dec 4, 2016

Jesus’ Last Words Prepare Jesus followers for Life – John 13-17

Series Introduction – Sept 11, 2016

01 Re-orientation – John 13:31 – 14:14 – Sept 18

02 Our Helper & Companion – John 14:15-27 – Sept 25

03 Staying Connected to Jesus – John 15:1-8 – Oct 2 [Paul Stenglein]

04 Remaining in Jesus’ Love – John 15:9-17 – Oct 9 [Clint Bucholz]

05 It Won’t be Easy – John 15:18–16:4 – Oct 16

06 More Help than we Realize – John 16:5-15 – Oct 23

07 The Great Reversal – John 16:16-33 – Oct 30

08 The Most Important Thing – John 17:1-8 – Nov 6

09 Jesus’ Prayer for His ‘Glory Agents’ – John 17:9-19 – Nov 13

10 Jesus Prayer for Us – John 17:20-26 – Nov 13

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Instructive Examples from 1 & 2 Samuel

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition

01 Hannah (Taking Heartaches to God) – 1 Samuel 1 – Jun3 26, 2016

02 Samuel (Speaking Truth to Power) – 1 Samuel 2-4 – July 3

03 David (Facing Tough Challenges with Courage & Faith) – 1 Samuel 17 – July 17

04 Jonathan (Model for Friendship) – 1 Samuel 18-20 – July 24

05 Abigail (Being Wise under Foolish Leadership) – 1 Samuel 25 – July 31

06 Nathan (Speaking Hard Truth Shrewdly) – 2 Samuel 11-12 – Aug 7 Message related Q & A’s

07 Amnon (How Sin Thinks & Acts) – 2 Samuel 13 – Aug 21

08 Absalom (Responding to Life’s Disappointments) – 2 Samuel 14-18 – Aug 28

09 Joab (Danger of being guided by Self-interest) – 2 Samuel 19 – Sept 4

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Ambassadors of Hope – June 12, 2016

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When the Road Gets Hard: Life Lessons from…

01 Hard Roads – Jeremiah 1 – April 10, 2016

02 Broken Cisterns – Jeremiah 2 – April 17

03 Heart Belts – Jeremiah 13 – April 24

04 At the Potter’s House – Jeremiah 18 – May 1

05 Hard Road Lamenting – Jeremiah 19-20 – May 8 [No recording, but see Hard Road Lamenting handout & Nathan’s Lament Poem]

06 Response Options – Jeremiah 29 – May 15

07 Someone to Imitate – Jeremiah 35 – May 22

08 Someone Not to Imitate – Jeremiah 36 – May 29

09 Investing in Hope – Jeremiah 32 – June 19

01 A Weeping King – Luke 19:28-44 – Feb 28, 2016

02 A Disrespected Son – Luke 19:45 – 20:19 – March 6, 2016

03 A Targeted Teacher – Mark 12:13-44 – March 13, 2016

04 A Betrayed Friend – Luke 22:1-71 – March 20, 2016

05 A Victor over Sin & Shame – Easter, March 27, 2016

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Looking at Life from the Other Side of Death

How to be living Now so that when He [Jesus] appears we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming – 1 John 2:28

01 Death and the 2 Doors – Jan 10, 2016

02 Our After Death Evaluation – Jan 17, 2016

03 Carryover: How Now Affects Then – Jan 24, 2016

04 Other Side Treasure – Jan 31, 2016

05 Avoiding After Death Regret – Feb 7, 2016

06 (Re)Orientation – Feb 14, 2016

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Messages from Hope CC Elders

Brett Zimmerman – Jan, 22, 2017

Paul Stenglein – March 26, 2017

Listening to God – Stenglein – May 14,2017

How Reality Gets Disguised – Zimmerman – May 21, 2017

Joe Stearns “Attitude” message – April 3, 2016

Brett Zimmerman – Feb 21, 2016

Paul Stenglein – Jan 3, 2016

Paul Stenglein – June 7, 2015

Bill & Janet Gray – Marriage – May 3, 2015

Clint Bucholz  – Jan 4, 2015

Gary Opperman – March 30, 2014

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How to Get Ready for God’s Promised Future

A Study of Things to Come from Bible books Daniel & Revelation

Series Introduction – Sept 13, 2015 (Intro starts 80 sec into recording)

01 Motivation to Prepare – 2 Peter 3:11-14 – Sept 20

02 Prophecies of Things to Come – Daniel 2 & 7 – Sept 27

03 What About America – Daniel 9 – Oct 4

04 When Persecution Comes – Daniel 1,3,6 – Oct 11

05 Rapture – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – Oct 18

06 Understanding Revelation – Rev 1, 4-5 – Oct 25

07 Beginning of Birth Pangs – Rev 6-11 – Nov 1

08 God’s Plan for Israel – Ezekiel 36-39 – Nov 8

09 Tribulation’s Key Characters – Rev 12-14 – Nov 22

10 Tribulation’s Key Events – Rev 15-16 – Nov 29

11 Armageddon – Rev 17-19 – Dec 6

12 After Armageddon – Rev 20 – Dec 13

13 Life in Eternity – Rev 21-22 – Dec 27, 2015

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We are… Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. – 2 Corinthians 5:20 

01 You’ve Been Appointed – 2 Cor 5:9-20 – June 14

02 – The Heart of an Ambassador – June 21

03- Who are You Looking Out For – Ruth – June 28

04 – Ambassador Barnabas – Acts 4:32-37 – July 5

05 -Ambassador Tabitha – Acts 9:26-43 – July 12

06 – Ambassadors Timothy & Epaphroditus – Phil 2:19-30 – July 19

07 – Ambassador Conversations – Col 4:2-6 – July 26

08 – Ambassador Conversations (2) – Col 4:5-6 – Aug 2

09 – Ambassador Conversations (3) – Aug 16 [no recording]

10 – Ambassadors to Whom? – Luke 18:35-19:10 – Aug 23

11 – Ambassadors Can’t be Self-Righteous – Luke 18:9-14 – Aug 30 (Clint Bucholz)

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Ephesians Series IV

(Ephesians 6:10-20)

01 – Not a Game; It’s Your Life – Eph 6:10-12 – April 19, 2015

02 – Our Enemy’s Schemes – April 26, 2015 [no recording, but see PDF 02 – Our Adversary’s Schemes]

03 – Battlefield: Marriage – Bill & Janet Gray – May 3, 2015

04 – God’s Provided Protection (1) Belt & Breastplate – May 10

05 – God’s Provided Protection (2) Shoes & Shield – May 17, 2015

06 – God’s Provided Protection (3) Helmet & Sword – May 24

07 – Prayer & Alertness Needed Too – May 31, 2015

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The Hope of Easter

01 – Hope Abandoned – Luke 24:13-27 – March 29, 2015

02 – Hope Procured – Isaiah 53 – April 3, 2015

03 – Hope Resurrected – Luke 24:13-48 – Easter, April 5, 2015

04 – Hope Motivated – Acts 4:1-23 – April 12, 2015

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Other Messages

David’s Passion – Selected Psalms – Paul Stenglein – June 7, 2015

Believers Baptism – March 1, 2015

Keep Hope Alive – Jeremiah 29 – Feb 15, 2015

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(Ephesians 5:1-6:9)

 01 – Imitating God  – Eph. 5:1-2 – Jan 11, 2015

02 – Things We May No Longer Do – Eph. 5:3-7 –  Jan 18, 2015

03 – Walking in the Light – Eph. 5:8-14 – Jan 25, 2015

04 – Making the Most of Opportunities – Eph. 5:15-17 – Feb 1, 2015

05 – The Help We Need – Eph. 5:18-21 – Feb 8, 2015

06 – Shining Wives – Eph. 5:22-24 – Feb 22, 2015

07 – Shining Husbands – Eph. 5:25-33 – March 8, 2015

 08 – Shining Families – Eph. 6:1-4 – March 15, 2015

 09 – Shining @ Work – Eph. 6:5-9 – March 22, 2015

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Being the “Church Jesus had in Mind (Ephesians 4)

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 01 – Walking in Unity  – Eph. 4:1-6 – Nov 09, 2014
02 – Everyone has a “Part” – Eph. 4:7-12,16 – Nov 16, 2014
03 – The Goal of “Church” – Eph. 4:11-16 – Nov 23, 2014
04 – Being our New Selves – Eph. 4:17-24 – Nov 30, 2014
05 – Truth & Anger Maturity – Eph. 4:25-27 – Dec 7, 2014

06 – Money & Mouth Maturity – Eph. 4:28-30 – Dec 21, 2014
07 – Conflict Maturity – Eph. 4:31-32 – Dec 28, 2014

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More Than You Can Imagine (Ephesians 1-3)

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Series Intro (part 1)(part 2) – Sept 14, 2014
01 – Amazing Blessings – Eph. 1:1-14 – Sept 21, 2014
02 – Reasons for Hope – Eph. 1:15-23 – Sept 28, 2014
03 – Meet the New You – Eph. 2:1-10 – Oct 5, 2014
04 – Meet the New Us – Eph. 2:11-22 – Oct 12, 2014
05 – Meet the New “Church” – Eph. 3:1-13 – Oct 19, 2014
06 – The Power of Love – Eph. 3:14-21 – Nov 2, 2014

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7 Questions God has chosen to answer & How His answers can make sense of & give direction to our lives – June 29 – Sept 7, 2014

1 – Who is God? 
2 – What is God up to? 
3a – Who are we? 

3b – Male and Female “in His image” 
4 – What went wrong? 
5 – What has God done about what went wrong? 
6 – What is God doing today? 
7 – How do we join what God is doing today? 

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  • How to POINT People to Jesus – June 15 & 22

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The Story

Finding Your Story in God’s Story Overviewing God’s grand narrative: Genesis – Revelation – Sept. 8, 2013 – May 25, 2014 To see how this impacted our community check out this link The Story in Frankenmuth

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  • Conversations that Matter – Aug 25 – Sept 1, 2013
  • Community Unity – July 28 & Aug 4, 2013
  • Membership – June 30 – July 21, 2013
  • Embracing Triune God – March 17 – June 23, 2013
  • The God Who Celebrates: God’s 7 Appointed Times for Celebration – Leviticus 23 – Dec 9, 2012 – Jan 13, 2013
  • 2 Timothy – Sept 23 – Dec 2, 2012; Jan 13 – Feb 17, 2013

I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God… For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,but a Spirit of power,of loveand of self-discipline (practical wisdom) –2 Tim 1:6-7 (Sept 23-Dec 2; Jan 20-March 3 )

01—Fan Into Flame—2 Timothy 1:1-7—Our Triune God gifts us with everything we need to succeed, to experience and share His promised life. He now invites us to embrace that truth and join His life-giving mission. To do so will require that we fan into flame what He’s given us

02The Life We’re Called To—2 Tim 1:8-12—Grasping what God has purposed and done for us through Christ, and being convinced that He is able and plans to save and protect for our future day of evaluation any Time, Talent and Treasure we entrust to Him in this life, encourages us to unashamedly embrace His purposes as our own.

03—Four Focuses can function as our life-journey GPS & keep us on a path pleasing to Jesus–2 Tim 1:12-14

  1. Getting to Know Jesus truly & deeply2 Tim 1:12 I know whom I have believed,and am convinced that he is ableto guardwhat I have entrusted to himfor that day. Trusting Jesus starts a life-long (& eternal) relationship with Jesus which, in its healthy state, will be characterized by deepening relational knowledge. This knowledge will strengthen our core convictions about God’s power, character & plan, including how we fit into it and why this life’s trials, pain & persecution shouldn’t surprise or discourage us. This knowledge will also deepen our conviction that nothing we entrust to him in this life will be forgotten; there will be great return on anything we invest for His Kingdom.
  2. Embracing that Triune God invites each of us to play a part—Accepting and embracing that, along with great privileges and the promise of return on investment, we have also been given responsibility; there are expectations placed on God’s children
  3. Being guided by the Faith-Love pattern/deposit from Jesus—We have been given a pattern. We don’t have to feel without direction or categories within which to operate in life.
  4. Believing & Receiving Triune God’s offered Help—2 Tim 1:14 with the helpof the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

04—Our Choices Matter—2 Tim 1:15-18—Many followers of Jesus will desert their fellow followers of Jesus in the heat of Spiritual battle. Those who do not, but instead courageously support and help will be noted and repaid by God

05–Jesus Mission Strategy–2 Tim 2:1-2–Jesus Mision Strategy is for His followers to relationally entrust His truth to others who will do likewise. The strenth needed to do this consitently is avialable to us through the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

06–Motivating Metaphors–2 Timothy 2:3-7–3 Metaphors: Soldier, Athlete & hardworking Farmer, can keep us focused and motivated throughout our life”s war/race/mission so that we run well, finish strong and receive Truine God’s reward.

07–The Big Picture–2 Timothy 2:8-13–The implications of Jesus’ Gospel and Salvation make any suffering and sacrifice related to it worth the cost.

08–Useful, Unashamed & Prepared–2 Timothy 2:14-21–Striving continually to present ourselves for Triune God’s approval, makes us unashamed, useful, and prepared to do whatever good our Master asks of us.

09–Captured Alive–2 Timothy 2:22-24–The keys to escaping and helping others escape being captured alive by the devil to do his will.

10–Who to Partner With?–2 Timothy 3:1-9–Heart attitudes and behaviors will reveal who are and are not the being cleansed and prepared workmen we should partner with in our Master’s service.

11–Thoroughly Equipped – 2 Timothy 3:10-17 — Through the troubles that will acoompany the pursuit of a God-pleasing life, God’s Word and the People being formed by it can guide and thoroughly equip us.

12–Our Mission – 2 Timothy 4:1-4 — Even though many will turn away from the truth, and from us when we share it, awareness of our future eternal evaluation by Jesus should prompt us to accept God’s Mission of willingly, patiently and carefully offering to Jesus-followers the help and guidance they need to live more God-pleasing lives.

13–Winning God’s Super Bowl – 2 Tim 4:5-8 – Accepting God’s game plan as our life’s mission will be well worth it.

14–Life Story Possibilities: Timothy, Demas, Luke, Mark, Alexander & Paul – 2 Tim 4:9-22 – Our life stories have many possibilities–How much better to choose to live a story like Timothy, Luke, Mark or Paul rather than like Demas or Alexander.

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The God Who Celebrates: God’s 7 Appointed Times for Celebration – Leviticus 23 (Dec 9, 2012-Jan 13, 2013)

01 – Passover & Unleavened Bread – Leviticus 23:1-8 — As God’s people we regularly remember and celebrate His freeing us from slavery and eagerly pursue the new kind of God-pleasing life our freedom makes possible.

02 – Firstfruits – Leviticus 23:9-14 — As a token of our devotion and as acknowledgement that His is the provider we give back to our Lord the first part of any blessings we recieve.

03- Weeks (Pentecost) – Leviticus 23:15-22 — In thanksgiving for His blessings we are to be expenctant, grateful, compassionate and generous:

  • Tuning in to and acting on the Holy Spirit’s promptings
  • Gratefully giving back to God a portion of all we receive
  • Remembering God’s kindness, we invite people with no people to be with us
  • Remembering God’s blessings, we share with those less fortunate

04 – Trumpets – Leviticus 23:23-25 — God wants His people to be tuned in and ready to respond to His trumpet call. We stay ready by regularly remembering His pardon, confessing and repenting of our sin, and living in expectant aticipation of the fulfillment of all of His promises.

05 – Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) – Leviticus 16; 23:26-32 — The only way of access into the presence of the Lord is by humbling oneself to receive the benefit of Christ’s atoning blood sacrifice and the removal of our sins by placing them on Him as our scapegoat.

06- Tents/Tabernacles – Levitiucs 23:33-44 — God wants us to set aside time to remember His works on our behalf in the past, to enjoy and share His present povision, and to believe and live as though His promises about us and our future are sure.

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