Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Listening to Jesus’ Voice (Video)

February 28th, 2021
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In our 21st Century culture, we can fill our days with so many activities that we lack space to reflect and listen to our own inner world – let alone the concerns of others …or listening out for God’s voice.

Let me confess: I am addicted to activity, and need to make some regular space to be still in the presence of God… and listen out for his voice.

Our God is not interested in our religious performance, but in a personal and intimate relationship with us.  In Jesus, God has removed every barrier that separates us from the life he wants for us.  Now that Jesus has reconciled us into a right relationship with Father God, we now have the awesome privilege of doing life together with him.  For that relationship to flourish, we need to keep listening to his voice – and talking with him.

Join us for a message by Pastor Michael Dutschke.

Listening to Jesus’ Voice (Audio)

February 28th, 2021

In our 21st Century culture, we can fill our days with so many activities that we lack space to reflect and listen to our own inner world – let alone the concerns of others …or listening out for God’s voice.

Let me confess: I am addicted to activity, and need to make some regular space to be still in the presence of God… and listen out for his voice.

Our God is not interested in our religious performance, but in a personal and intimate relationship with us.  In Jesus, God has removed every barrier that separates us from the life he wants for us.  Now that Jesus has reconciled us into a right relationship with Father God, we now have the awesome privilege of doing life together with him.  For that relationship to flourish, we need to keep listening to his voice – and talking with him.

Join us for a message by Pastor Michael Dutschke.

LESS-Lent - Life-Less( Audio)

February 21st, 2021

This is a message from the series LESS-Lent by Georgie Schuster - "Life-less"

Jesus’ words are confronting: “Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me. Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:34-35).

Direct and to the point. These words were shared moments after he had shared the direction his own life was about to take. That of suffering.

His own life was about to be surrendered and it didn’t look pretty. But his actions had eternal consequences for us.

Our salvation.

Jesus had the bigger picture in mind when he shared these words.

What if we steadied ourselves for a moment and thought of what our surrendered life might look like?

Jesus spent three years investing in the lives of those around him, before his death and resurrection. Think of all the lives he touched and the impact that was made. He showed by his words and actions that people mattered to God.

What would it be like if we ‘surrendered our lives’ to God and allowed him to direct us to people who need to be shown that they matter to Him?

LESS-Lent - Life-Less( Video)

February 21st, 2021
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This is a message from the series LESS-Lent by Georgie Schuster - "Life-less"

Jesus’ words are confronting: “Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me. Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:34-35).

Direct and to the point. These words were shared moments after he had shared the direction his own life was about to take. That of suffering.

His own life was about to be surrendered and it didn’t look pretty. But his actions had eternal consequences for us.

Our salvation.

Jesus had the bigger picture in mind when he shared these words.

What if we steadied ourselves for a moment and thought of what our surrendered life might look like?

Jesus spent three years investing in the lives of those around him, before his death and resurrection. Think of all the lives he touched and the impact that was made. He showed by his words and actions that people mattered to God.

What would it be like if we ‘surrendered our lives’ to God and allowed him to direct us to people who need to be shown that they matter to Him?

Ash Wednesday (Video)

February 17th, 2021
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This is a message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 17th Feb 2021 - Ash Wednesday "Ego-less"

Ash Wednesday (Audio)

February 17th, 2021

This is a message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 17th Feb 2021 - Ash Wednesday "Ego-less"

Widly Unpopular (Video)

February 14th, 2021
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This is a message by Pastor Reid Matthias on 14 Feb 2021 "Wildly Unpopular".

Then a man with leprosy came to Jesus and on his knees begged him: ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ ~Mark 1:40

The man with leprosy displays an incredible faith. He doesn’t say, ‘If you want to, I hope you can make me clean,’ or ‘As a last resort, I’ll see what you can do.’ No, his statement is of profound trust that he has encountered one who can truly bring restoration to his life.

Restoration, because he is wildly unpopular.

 

Widly Unpopular (Audio)

February 14th, 2021

This is a message by Pastor Reid Matthias on 14 Feb 2021 "Wildly Unpopular".

Then a man with leprosy came to Jesus and on his knees begged him: ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ ~Mark 1:40

The man with leprosy displays an incredible faith. He doesn’t say, ‘If you want to, I hope you can make me clean,’ or ‘As a last resort, I’ll see what you can do.’ No, his statement is of profound trust that he has encountered one who can truly bring restoration to his life.

Restoration, because he is wildly unpopular.

 

A Wild Night of Wonders (Video)

February 7th, 2021
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This is a message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 7 Feb 2021, "A Wild Night of Wonders".  It is the sixth message in our series "The Call Of the Wild".

After dealing with a demon in the Capernaum synagogue, word must have spread quickly.  As soon as the sun went down, people in their droves were beating a path to Jesus.  It was a “wild night of wonders”. Those who were brought to Peter’s house were broken or burdened. After encountering Jesus, they went home restored and renewed.

Yet when they get up after “the wild night of wonders”, Jesus is nowhere to be seen. He’s out in “the wilderness” – a quiet place free from distractions – to pray.  This tells us a lot about Jesus’ priorities: his relationship with his Heavenly Father was more important than the amazing miracles he had done or the expectations of others.

It’s amazing the difference Jesus makes. And it’s amazing how life can be different for us when we make some space in our lives to connect with his Father – whom we also address as: “Abba Father” or: “Our Father in heaven”.

A Wild Night of Wonders (Audio)

February 7th, 2021

This is an audio message by Pastor Rolly Stahl on 7 Feb 2021, "A Wild Night of Wonders".  It is the sixth message in our series "The Call Of the Wild".

After dealing with a demon in the Capernaum synagogue, word must have spread quickly.  As soon as the sun went down, people in their droves were beating a path to Jesus.  It was a “wild night of wonders”. Those who were brought to Peter’s house were broken or burdened. After encountering Jesus, they went home restored and renewed.

Yet when they get up after “the wild night of wonders”, Jesus is nowhere to be seen. He’s out in “the wilderness” – a quiet place free from distractions – to pray.  This tells us a lot about Jesus’ priorities: his relationship with his Heavenly Father was more important than the amazing miracles he had done or the expectations of others.

It’s amazing the difference Jesus makes. And it’s amazing how life can be different for us when we make some space in our lives to connect with his Father – whom we also address as: “Abba Father” or: “Our Father in heaven”.

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