Recent Sermons

A listing of our most recent sermons. Our sermon archives are available from the navigation pane on the right




People of the Book

Dale Fredrikson


The worst has happened. Israel is, finally, in exile. And as what's left of the Jewish race struggles to find a foothold in an alien world, they come together and form a new identity, a new resolution. Join us as we try to taste what it was like to be an Israelite in exile.


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Into Exile - The Jewish World is Shattered

Dale Fredrikson


It's one of the pivotal points in the story of the Jewish people; the moment when their world was shattered. When everything they had ever known was taken away from them, and they were carried away into exile. Join us as we stand with them, in that moment, and try to feel what that was like.


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Understanding the 1st - Century Jewish soul: Introduction

Dale Fredrikson


Recently we began a new sermon series called "Who was Jesus really?" The idea being that you can't love somebody you don't know. Well, one thing we know about Jesus is that he was a first-century Jew, who spoke into a first-century Jewish world. So today, we began to ask the question, what was that world all about? And we find that the answer points, inevitably, back into the Old Testament...

Next week we'll begin talking about that story. And here, for you edification and entertainment, is some reading you can do to get yourself up and running ahead of time: 2nd Kings 22, and 2nd Chronicles 36:1-21. And for extra credit, read Deuteronomy 28.


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Paul Says Goodbye - From his heart to ours

Dale Fredrikson


It seems like a normal end to a letter. Some personal notes, a salutation, and then a benediction. But there's more to it than that, because for Paul, it was personal. And that, it turns out, was the whole point.


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The Ascension - What was the real story?

Dale Fredrikson


Focus Scripture: Luke 24:50-53


It's a familiar story. Jesus ascending to Heaven, and the disciples returning; first to Jerusalem, and from there to the rest of the world. But there's so much more to this story than meets the eye...


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What do we really mean by "prayer"?

Dale Fredrikson


Today we goofed up just a little, and forgot to turn on the recording until five minutes or so into the sermon. So, to catch you up before you listen, here are some notes:

Read Ephesians 6.19-24.

Imagine an ocean liner. Huge, magnificent, incredibly powerful and complex; a city on the water. Now imagine that ocean liner stuck in the middle of the Sahara desert. Or imagine a basketball player. Michael Jordan, for example. Tall, athletic and incredibly skilled. And now imagine that basketball player with his ankles tied together. Or imagine a diesel-electric locomotive. Big, burly and all engine. And now imagine that locomotive stuck in a plowed field. What all these have in common is strength and power. You could call it, if you like, magnificence. But no matter how big, they are all dependent on something. The ocean liner depends on being in the water, the basketball player depends on the freedom of his limbs, and the locomotive depends on being properly planted on the rails. And now, imagine an ambasador. One of the most important and respected officials a government can have, because he represents his country on foreign soil. And now imagine that ambassador in prison, chained to the wall. It's incredibly easy to miss how extraordinary Paul's position was; how desperate. As an ambassador for God, it made as much sense for him to be in prison as it did for an ocean liner to be stuck in a desert. And Paul knew, ambassador though he was, that he was utterly dependent. And what he was dependent on, was prayer. Now, that reality is familiar to many of us. Anyone who has ever ministered, or preached, or tried to talk to anyone about Jesus, will know more or less how Paul felt. Paul knew 3 things:


1) He had been sent to be an ambassador,
2) he was in prison, and
3) prison or not, he must speak boldly. One translation of that word is "brazenly".


And Paul knew that, to make that work, he needed prayer. And Ephesians is all about prayer; it's soaked and boiled in prayer. The first half of the book is one big prayer, which ends with a bang with the familiar benediction in Eph 3:20-21. And now, here in Eph 6, he winds up his letter with an urgent appeal: Pray for me, he says, because if you don't, I'm cooked. In this church, we take prayer seriously. It's built into our vision statement. We put a liot of effort into our prayer room. So really, we could end the sermon here. Paul sets the example, now get to it. We should pray harder, louder and longer, and we'll get more done. Except, I don't think that's what Paul is saying, I don't thing that's what the text is saying. And to get at what I mean, we're going to have to take a closer look at the text, but we're not going to get that far today, because in order to make sense of the text, we need to lay a foundation. We need to take a step back and look at our frame of reference; what we really mean when we use the word "prayer". In this church, we've defined prayer as a dialog which takes place in the context of relationship. Well then, who are the players in this dialog? Obviously us (me or you) and God. Ok then, who's God? Who are we? And where is God? Where are we?

And now, if you've managed to read this far, we're all caught up and it's time to turn on the recording.


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Why God Made Kindness

Dale Fredrikson


Last week Pastor Wendy talked about kindness, and it got me thinking. I've always thought of kindness as, you know, a good thing to do. But it's so much more than that. God made us to love one another, and love isn't a feeling or a theory, it's how we treat one another. Kindness is vital.


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Kindness is...

Wendy Terry


We’ve heard a lot in recent weeks about “Minnesota Nice”. The closest word we think of in Scripture is often “kind”. What exactly, then, does the Bible say about kindness? Turns out, kindness is a lot deeper than just sharing a cupcake at the lunch table.


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How to become better lovers

Dale Fredrikson


We've talked a lot about how God put us here on the Earth so that we could learn how to love; to be real lovers, like He is. But how do we do that? What does it take? Where do we start?


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