Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Welcome Harvest: Pastor Rolly Stahl

July 17th, 2020

Sowing and harvesting features in a bunch of Jesus’ parables about the kingdom of God. Last Sunday, we looked at Jesus’ Parable of the Sower.  We talked about God as the Gardener, and considered what sort of soil is a Welcome Place for Faith.  Today we look at Jesus’ Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.  While this parable also talks of seeding and harvest time, Jesus is telling us different things about his kingdom.

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Welcome Place for Faith (Pastor Matthias Reid, via Pastor Rolly Stahl)

July 12th, 2020

Jesus shows us that all people matter to God: regardless of their age, gender,
social status, ethnicity, health or wealth, past or present. In his teaching he
speaks the truth in love so that people can share in his kingdom life. In his
miracles, he brings restoration and hope. And in his death and resurrection
Jesus opens the kingdom of God to all!

Today, we will unpack what Jesus’ Parable of the Sower can mean for us. Our theme: Welcome Place for Faith.

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


Welcome Rest! : Pastor Rolly Stahl

July 3rd, 2020

Jesus ministered to tens of thousands of people, yet he never seems to be hurried. He spends regular time with his Father; and rests secure in our Father’s love. That’s what Jesus wants for all of us! In Jesus, we find Welcome Rest for our souls.

Matthew 11:25-30

More than welcome. The Prophets Reward : Pastor Reid Matthias

June 26th, 2020

As the Messiah-King, Jesus ushers in the kingdom of God and calls us to share in this new life. Throughout his ministry, Jesus shows us that all people matter to God. He ate and drank with those labelled as “sinners”. He ministered to Gentiles. He noticed the little people, and made children welcome.

What Jesus Says about Doing the Father’s Will: Pastor Rolly Stahl

June 19th, 2020

As he finishes his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives a series of four contrasts, each one illustrating two ways to live. One way ends up in life; the other ends in disaster. Those who do the will of the Father and put Jesus’ words into practice will inherit life in the kingdom of God. Join us this week to hear more about what Jesus says about doing the Father’s Will.

Matthew 7:13-29

What Jesus Says About Judging Others: Pastor Reid Matthias

June 13th, 2020

When our hearts are not secure in God’s love for us in Jesus, we may try to secure ourselves by pointing out the faults of others. When we judge others, it’s a vain attempt to try to justify ourselves. But there is only one way for us to be justified…tune in to find out more.

Matthew 7:1-5

What Jesus Says About Worry: Pastor Rolly Stahl

June 6th, 2020

Resting secure in our Father’s love frees us from worry. God wants us to be free from worry so we can enjoy life as his gift, and share his peace and blessing with others.
Matthew 6:25-34

Pentecost 2020: Join Pastor Rolly and Reid in a discussion about Commission, Co-mission and Mission

May 29th, 2020

What does the commission at the birth of the Church have to do with the birthday of the church two thousand years later? In these present times, what opportunities for witnessing can we not let slip through our fingers? How has the commission of God changed from the time of Moses, to the time of the Disciples, to the time of the 21st century Church?

Exodus 3:1-10; Luke 24:30-35; Acts 2:1-4


What Jesus says about Money: Pastor Reid Matthias & Pastor Noel Due

May 23rd, 2020

Money is not evil in itself but obsession over money can ruin our lives. Join with us today as guest Pastor Noel Due shares with us what Jesus says about creating a healthy attitude towards money.
No one can serve two masters, since either since they will hate one and love the other, or they will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:24

What Jesus Says About Showing Off: Pastor Rolly Stahl

May 16th, 2020

Are we performing to please the crowd? If we take that into our relationship with God, we will miss out on the better things he has for us. Likewise, if our religious habits in public are not matched with the character of Jesus in our private and personal lives, then it’s just a put on, a meaningless display of fake piety. There is only one cure for this: repentance.
Matthew 6:1-18

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