Weekly Sermons

To view Living Hope’s weekly sermons please click on the “Sermons” tab on our website. (They will no longer be posted or emailed separately).

On the Sermons tab you will find two links:

Living Hope’s weekly Worship Services on YouTube Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of recent worship services.

Living Hope’s archived sermon videos (2013-2017)

A Saturday devotion will continue to be posted and emailed if you are following our website. The “follow” option is located in the footer of each page of this website.  

If you wish to receive an additional devotion emailed to you directly from Living Hope on Wednesdays, click here and mark the box by the option:  I would like to receive the weekly e-devotion “Bytes of Bread”. You may also leave a prayer request on that form.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26

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God is not limited

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” This is such an easy thing to do…when life is running smoothly. When the Lord’s blessings are obvious, it seems so natural to say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1). When we are happy, successful, satisfied, thriving, we eagerly exclaim, “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5). When life is calm, joyful, peaceful, quiet, we have no problem proclaiming, “In God I trust, I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:11).

But what about the times when life doesn’t seem to be running smoothly at all? What about the times when trouble and sorrow and hardship and pain cloud our lives? What about the times when it seems as though God has lost control of things (as if his power has limits), or when it looks as if he is unaware of the difficulties we are facing (as if his knowledge has limits), or when it appears that he no longer has our best interests in mind (as if his love for us has limits)? What about the times when the circumstances of life make it so difficult to trust?

It’s at times like these that we must remember: God is not limited; we are. Our understanding of how God’s plans fit together for the world and for our individual lives is limited by our limited minds, by our limited intellect, and by our limited reason. And, worst of all, our understanding is also constantly clouded and stained by our sinfulness.

God, however, is without limits. His power is boundless. His knowledge is endless. His love for us is ceaseless. He has already proven that by sending his Son Jesus into the world to live and to die to save us from our sins. He’s already proven that by raising his Son back to life and by glorifying him at his right hand for all eternity. And the one who has already proven these things promises to continue to work out all things in our lives—all things—for our good, both now and for eternity. And that is true no matter what the individual circumstances of our lives may look like. It’s true even when our “own understanding” may try to convince us otherwise.

So “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Heavenly Father, when my limited understanding leads me to question your plans for my life, remind me of your limitless power, knowledge, and love, that I may place my trust in you all my days. Amen.

www.WhatAboutJesus.com

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Quarterly Voters Meeting

Sunday, April 18th after the Worship Service

Our Quarterly Voters Meeting will be held following our 10:00 Worship Service.  All of our members are invited to attend.  These meetings are an opportunity to learn more about Living Hope and how we work together to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Glory be to God!

Glory be to God the Father!  Glory be to God the Son!
Glory be to God the Spirit!  Great Jehovah, Three in One!
Glory, glory, while eternal ages run!

Glory be to him who loved us, washed us from each spot and stain!
Glory be to him who bought us, made us kings with him to reign!
Glory, glory, to the Lamb who once was slain!

Glory to the King of angels!  Glory to the Church’s King!
Glory to the King of nations!  Heaven and earth, your praises bring!
Glory, glory, to the King of glory sing!

Glory, blessing, praise eternal!  Thus the choir of angels sings;
Honor, riches, power, dominion!  Thus its praise creation brings;
Glory, glory, glory to the King of kings!

~ Horatius Bonar (1866)

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WELS APP for phone or computer

The WELS App is a user-friendly PWA app developed by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. A PWA app resides at a regular web address. The idea of a PWA is that it can give all the features of a store app, but be updated right away and is available on any platform–offering similar experiences on any device. It can easily be added to the home screen of a computer or a mobile device, and will respond like an regular app.

The WELS app offers a daily Bible verse, daily devotions, and much more.

Learn how to add it to your home screen:

WELS Mobile App Information & WELS App link

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🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
~ 1 Peter 1:18-21

This will be the last posting of “Encouraging Words for Today”. It was begun in March of 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 shut-down. We hope that it has been an encouragement to the members of Living Hope and the followers of this website.

A Saturday devotion will continue to be posted on this website.  

If you wish to receive a devotion emailed to you from Living Hope on Wednesdays, click here and mark the box by the option:  I would like to receive the weekly e-devotion “Bytes of Bread”.

Other emailed devotion subscription links:

WELS Devotions (many options)

ELS Daily Devotions (a Bible verse, hymn verses, and a prayer)

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🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
~ John 21:12-14

The last posting of “Encouraging Words for Today” will be on April 9th.  It was begun in March of 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 shut-down. We hope that it has been an encouragement to the members of Living Hope and the followers of this website.

A Saturday devotion will continue to be posted on this website.  

If you wish to receive a devotion emailed to you from Living Hope on Wednesdays, click here and mark the box by the option:  I would like to receive the weekly e-devotion “Bytes of Bread”.

Other emailed devotion subscription links:

WELS Devotions (many options)

ELS Daily Devotions (a Bible verse, hymn verses, and a prayer)

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🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
~ John 20:26b-29

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
~ Psalm 18:46

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🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
~ Luke 24:33-39

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🦋 Encouraging Words for Today

Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he (Jesus) explained to them (the two disciples on the road to Emmaus) what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village where they were going, he acted as if he were going to travel farther. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, since it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he reclined at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and began giving it to them. Suddenly their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. Then he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was speaking to us along the road and while he was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
~ Luke 24:27-32

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