Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Wild Life (Video)

January 31st, 2021
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This is a video message by Pastor Reid Matthias, "Wild Life".  It is the fifth message in our January series "The Call Of the Wild".

They went into Capernaum and right away Jesus entered the synagogue and began to preach.  Mark 1:21

For the modern Lutheran, this seems really interesting. That anyone could wander in from the outside, walk to the front of the synagogue and take over is outside of the boundaries of tradition. Like most denominations, Lutherans have a set form and routine of what worship generally looks like: a few songs, some prayers, scripture verse and the sermon given by an ordained pastor/priest. But in this vivid scene, one of Mark’s first paintings of Jesus’s ministry in Galilee, Jesus enters synagogues, preaches and casts out demons. (1:23, 1:39)

Wild Life (Audio)

January 31st, 2021

This is an audio message by Pastor Reid Matthias, "Wild Life".  It is the fifth message in our January series "The Call Of the Wild".

They went into Capernaum and right away Jesus entered the synagogue and began to preach.  Mark 1:21

For the modern Lutheran, this seems really interesting. That anyone could wander in from the outside, walk to the front of the synagogue and take over is outside of the boundaries of tradition. Like most denominations, Lutherans have a set form and routine of what worship generally looks like: a few songs, some prayers, scripture verse and the sermon given by an ordained pastor/priest. But in this vivid scene, one of Mark’s first paintings of Jesus’s ministry in Galilee, Jesus enters synagogues, preaches and casts out demons. (1:23, 1:39)

Wild Possibilities (Audio)

January 24th, 2021

This is an audio message by Pastor Rolly Stahl, "Wild Possibilities".  It is the fourth message in our January series "The Call Of The Wild".

Jesus called a bunch of 12 blokes to become his disciples.1 In Sunday’s Bible reading, we discover the first four of them: brothers Peter and Andrew; and brothers James and John. They could also be called “the fab four” – because in all the listings of the 12, they are mentioned first.2

Peter, James and John were present wiWild Possibilities (Video)th Jesus when he raised the daughter of Jairus back to life again; at Jesus’ transfiguration; and nearby when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. These three were Jesus’ “inner circle” – who later became pillars of the early Christian community.

Andrew was also present at significant times,3 but there is much less written about him.  After Jesus’ resurrection, the last mention of Andrew in the Bible is in Acts 1:13 – as one of the 11 remaining apostles.

I wonder: What stories did Andrew have about his experiences with Jesus?

And: What were the wild possibilities of “the fab four” during their time with Jesus – and afterwards?

This Sunday I invite you to come along to explore Andrew’s story with me!

Wild Possibilities (Video)

January 24th, 2021
Watch Now:

This is an video message by Pastor Rolly Stahl, "Wild Possibilities".  It is the fourth message in our January series "The Call Of The Wild".

Jesus called a bunch of 12 blokes to become his disciples.1 In Sunday’s Bible reading, we discover the first four of them: brothers Peter and Andrew; and brothers James and John. They could also be called “the fab four” – because in all the listings of the 12, they are mentioned first.2

Peter, James and John were present with Jesus when he raised the daughter of Jairus back to life again; at Jesus’ transfiguration; and nearby when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. These three were Jesus’ “inner circle” – who later became pillars of the early Christian community.

Andrew was also present at significant times,3 but there is much less written about him.  After Jesus’ resurrection, the last mention of Andrew in the Bible is in Acts 1:13 – as one of the 11 remaining apostles.

I wonder: What stories did Andrew have about his experiences with Jesus?

And: What were the wild possibilities of “the fab four” during their time with Jesus – and afterwards?

This Sunday I invite you to come along to explore Andrew’s story with me!

The Wild Life of Following Jesus (Audio)

January 17th, 2021

This is an audio message by Pastor Reid Matthias, "The Wild Life of Following Jesus".  It is the third message in our January series "The Call Of The Wild".

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses and the prophets wrote about in the law: Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.
“Come and see,” Philip answered (John 1:45-46.)

 

 

The Wild Life of Following Jesus (Video)

January 17th, 2021
Watch Now:

This is a video message by Pastor Reid Matthias, "The Wild Life of Following Jesus".  It is the third message in our January series "The Call Of The Wild".

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses and the prophets wrote about in the law: Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.
“Come and see,” Philip answered (John 1:45-46.)

 

 

King of the Wild (Audio)

January 10th, 2021

An audio message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on John the Baptist, his wilderness experience and baptism of Jesus.

King of the Wild (Video)

January 10th, 2021
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A video message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on John the Baptist, his wilderness experience and baptism of Jesus.

The Call Of The Wild (Audio)

January 3rd, 2021

This is an audio recording of Pastor Rolly Stahl's message "The Call Of The Wild".  It is the first message in our January series "The Call Of The Wild".

Today we're looking at how God used a star to draw some foreign Magi from the East to come and worship Jesus. We can only wonder what their colleagues suggested about their sanity! Yet it was God keeping his ancient promise to Abraham: "All peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Title photo credit: "Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness" by mypubliclands is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Call Of The Wild (Video)

January 3rd, 2021
Watch Now:

This is a video of Pastor Rolly Stahl's message "The Call Of The Wild".  It is the first message in our January series "The Call Of The Wild".

Today we're looking at how God used a star to draw some foreign Magi from the East to come and worship Jesus. We can only wonder what their colleagues suggested about their sanity! Yet it was God keeping his ancient promise to Abraham: "All peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Title photo credit: "Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness" by mypubliclands is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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