The Message of Christmas (Luke 2:8-20)


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The Virgin Conception of Christ (Luke 1:26-36)


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Pointing People to Jesus (John 1:6-8, 19-28)


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The Coming of the Son of Man (Mark 13:24-37)


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Thanksgiving: Expressing Appropriate Gratitude (Luke 17:11-19)


 

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Instructions for All Christians (1 Peter 3:8-12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | November 13, 2011


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8 Finally, all of you be likeminded, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, humble, 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but instead, returning a blessing, knowing that for this you were called that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “He who desires to love life and to see good days, let him stop his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and let him do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against the ones doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:8-12) Continue reading

Instructions for Husbands (1 Peter 3:7)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | November 6, 2011


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You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7) Continue reading

Instructions for Wives (1 Peter 3:1-6)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 30, 2011


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Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2  when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3  Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear– 4  but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5  For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6  as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. (1 Pet. 3:1-6) 
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Following the Suffering Servant (1 Peter 2:21-25)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 23, 2011


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For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22  “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23  who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24  who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness– by whose stripes you were healed. 25  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Pet. 2:21-25) Continue reading

Servants Submit to Receive a Reward (1 Peter 2:18-20)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 16, 2011


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Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19  For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20  For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. (1 Pet. 2:18-20) Continue reading

Submitting to Governing Authorities (1 Peter 2:13-17)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 9, 2011

 

Good Works in a Watching World (1 Peter 2:11-12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 2, 2011


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Dear friends, I urge you, as temporary residents and foreigners in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.  Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Pet. 2:11-12) Continue reading

Destined for God’s Purpose (1 Peter 2:8b-10)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 25, 2011


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8b They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Continue reading

Christ: Firm Foundation and Stumbling Stone (1 Peter 2:6-8)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 18, 2011


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6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Isa 28:16)  7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” (Psa 118:22)  8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” (Isa 8:14) They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (1 Pet. 2:6-8) Continue reading

Offering Spiritual Sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5b)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 11, 2011


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“…you yourselves are…to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5b Continue reading

Christ the Choice Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:4-5a)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 4, 2011


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4 As you come to him, a living stone, who was indeed rejected by people, but who is a select, precious stone in God’s eyes, 5a you also yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual house…  Continue reading

Long For the Milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:1-3)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August 28, 2011


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1 Therefore, having gotten rid of all malice, all deceit, insincerity, envy, and every type of slander, 2 like newborn babies desire the pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, 3 since you have tasted the Lord’s kindness.

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Called to Obey (1 Peter 1:13-21)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August 14, 2011

Called to Obedient Action (1 Peter 1:13-25)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August 8, 2011


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Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,  15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”  17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,  18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,  19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.  20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you  21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,  23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;  24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,  25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Pet. 1:13-25 ESV)
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A Certain Hope (1 Peter 1:13)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August, 7, 2011


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Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13) Continue reading

Suffering is the Path to Glory (1 Peter 1:10-12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | July 31, 2011


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This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.  (1 Pet. 1:10-12) Continue reading

Resisting Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11)

By Daniel L. Sonnenberg, 7/24/2011

Overcoming Obstacles (1 Peter 1:6-9)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg  | July 17, 2011


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In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9  for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pet. 1:6-9)
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Such a Secure Salvation (1 Peter 1:3-5)


Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | July 10, 2011

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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Persevering in Persecution (1 Peter 1:1-2; 5:12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg  | July 3, 2011


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This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy.

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