Sermons by Pastor Gawel

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We Will Overcome This Broken World

Life Guide The hymn, “It Is Well” begins, “When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.’ ” How? How can it be well with a person’s soul when tornadoes destroy their house or while […]

Proclaim The Resurrection!

Life Guide Later in his life, Peter would write, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (I Peter 3:15) Acts 3 is an example of what always being prepared to proclaim the […]

Praise the King of Peace

Life Guide If you had to choose one word to sum up Palm Sunday, “hosanna” would be a solid choice. The crowds shouted, “Hosanna! Save us!” to Jesus. There’s no one better than Jesus to direct such a request. Jesus is the savior. In accordance with God’s will and in answer to humanity’s desperate pleading, […]

Worship the LORD your God

Life Guide If we could keep the first commandment, we’d keep the rest automatically. How? If we really did believe, love, and trust in God above all else, every other instruction from God would fall into place. What is a “god” anyway? A god is that upon which we rely for all needs, that which […]

Ours in Christ

Life Guide If only we could more fully realize the degree to which these verses are true for us. We’d walk around without a care in the world and people would think we’re bonkers. Let’s pray for a little earthly off-our-rocker-ness, then. Let’s pray for an otherworldly knowledge of just how true the things this […]

God on Trial: Restraint


Much of what God calls us to do isn’t easy, but difficult. Yet, these are things which God himself does. When God calls us to be holy, he isn’t just tossing up some hollow ideal, he’s calling us to be as he is. He tells us to be like Jesus who does all things in […]

Compelled, New, and Reconciled

Life Guide The 1959 Chevy Corvette is a beautiful car. The ’72 Corvette Stingray is bold yet sleekly styled, aesthetically pleasing. Then there’s the ’88 Corvette Stingray. I don’t know what happened there. Rough decade for car design in general. Then, the 2024 Corvette Stingray got things back on track and looking like a super […]

Seeing the Savior Satisfies the Spirit

When kids are going to do something they know they shouldn’t be doing and don’t want to get caught doing it, a lookout is assigned. The lookout’s usually the one all the other kids think will mess up whatever mischief they’re trying to get into. Even though it kinda stinks to be lookout, it’s a […]

Let All Together Praise Our God!

(John 1:14) 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. In Christ Jesus, who was born to be the God-man, dear fellow redeemed, Many communities in our country have […]

The Father Will Redeem His Children

Life Guide What’s the difference between a name and a nickname? A name, in our culture at least, isn’t generally given with a ton of thought put into the actual meaning of it. We like the sound of it or choose it because of a family member. “Joseph” means “He will add /increase.” Was I […]