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David Stertz

The Best Hope – An Order for For Worship on the Lord’s Day – Sunday, March 29

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* Here are some worship notes for you individually or for you and your family. These are intended to go along with the sermon though you don’t need to use the notes to make sense of the the sermon. If they help you, use them to guide you in your worship of our Lord! If you have children who can read, you may want to have them read some of the Scripture passages themselves. Read Psalm 57 Sing together or mediated on the hymn “Arise, My Soul Arise.” If you are able, print out the hymn pages for everyone with…

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Hope in Romans 8 – A Devotional for Lord’s Day – March 22

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Dear Friends, We have an audio devotional uploaded to our church website. You can find it here. https://www.sunrisebiblechurch.org/sermons/?sermon_id=279 * Here are some worship notes for you individually or for you and your family. These are intended to go along with the audio devotional though you don’t need to use the notes to make sense of the the audio devotional. If they help you, use them to guide you in your worship of our Lord! * If you have children who can read, you may want to have them read some of the Scripture passages themselves. Read Psalm 91:1-2 Sing together or…

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Update on Church Services and Activities

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Dear Friends, I want to update you all as to our plans for our church for the next several weeks. As it stands now, we still fall under an executive order from our Governor and in addition, our President has given guidelines that no gathering of more than 10 people should occur for the next 15 days.  For these reasons, we are going to cancel all church activities through the end of March. As I wrote to you last week, God’s Word gives us guidance for these kinds of decisions in the Scriptures: Romans 13:1 – “Let every soul be…

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Services Cancelled

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Dear Friends, I want to inform you that this afternoon, the deacons and myself have decided to heed the recommendation of our Governor to temporarily cease our public gatherings. We are therefore not going to have services this Sunday through next Wednesday (March 18). Today, Governor Walz declared a Peacetime Emergency. The guidelines for this include that no public gathering should occur where 100 or more people are in a space where social distancing of 6 feet per person cannot be maintained. That means that our Sunday morning gatherings would not meet this standard. Though we do not always have 100 or…

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A Prayer of Confession

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Pastor Stertz mentioned the prayer confession offered in “The Book of Common Prayer” during Sunday’s Sermon. Here it is: “Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways, like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things we we ought to have done, and we have done those thins which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O…

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On Church Attendance

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Whenever a pastor preaches, teaches, or writes on the subject of church attendance, two responses can leap into the forefront of some people’s  minds. One, “He must be really upset about certain people skipping church!” Two, “He only is upset because it’s his job!” Both thoughts are true in some sense but not in the cynical sense that might appear on first glance. As I pastor, I am upset when church members skip the assembling of God’s people and I do think about it because it’s my job. However, these are not bad things. Let me explain why. First, let…

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Lessons from Genesis 26:34-28:9

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I promised in this past Sunday’s sermon (July 1, 2018) that I would post the ten lessons we saw from Genesis 26:34-28:9. Nine of them are lessons of warning. The tenth is a lesson of hope. For a fuller context for these, you may want to listen to the sermon! The apple does not fall far from the tree. What you see in Jacob and Esau is only a heightened example of their parents. Esau could not control his various appetites. It appears he learned that from his father well who loved his son because of his game. Jacob was…

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They Said It Wasn’t Religious

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Last month I listened to an episode of EconTalk, a podcast I regularly tune into that deals with the subject of Economics. I highly recommend the podcast if you want to learn about Economics. This particular installment was an interview with Robert Wright who has recently written a book titled “Why Buddhism is true: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.” The conversation was largely about meditation and mindfulness. In the opening moments, the interviewer, Russ Roberts, stated “despite the title…this is not really a religious book.” Wright responded “You are right: the book isn’t about the kind of…

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Quick Thoughts on Divorce and Children

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Divorce continues to wreak havoc to our American society. As a pastor, I have heard this statement numerous times from people who are considering divorce: “it is best for the kids that we divorce.” The reasons given are almost always the same. The husband and/or wife do not want the kids to see his or her or their behavior because that “hurts the children.” Jayne, a woman quoted in Thom Rainier’s book “The Millennials,” offers a personal, passionate, and devastating critique of such statements: “Mom said that it was best to divorce so my brothers and I didn’t have to live…

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God’s Sovereignty and the Political Blues

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Most conservative, American Christians have voted Republican over the last several decades: this is not a secret. As a conservative, American Christian I have done the same. Though I have never made this central to my ministry as a pastor, my personal political leanings have not been a secret for anyone who wanted to know them. One more fact that is not a secret: many, if not most conservative, American Christians are not Donald Trump supporters. A myriad of reasons exist why such Christians do not support Trump. Many of these kinds of Christians are quite discouraged about the possibility…

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