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  • Passed On, Picked Up, and Pursued!

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Jun 8, 2024

    It has been said that the Christian Church is always only one generation from extinction. "Well," you say, "That's not true. The Church has been going on for two thousand years, and, as a matter of fact, ours is on the grow." True, but let us hear carefully on the intent of the speaker. The statement was made to make a point, and the point is this: The ongoing existence of the church is dependent upon People continuing to come to Christ, living for Him, and passing Him on to others. 2 Timothy...

  • Kingdoms

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Jun 1, 2024

    Do you like kingdoms? When I was a little kid some of my favorite stories were those that had to do with kings and castles and princes and princesses. Especially princesses in need of being rescued. And kissed! I liked kingdoms with dragons that needed to be hunted down, and engaged in a battle to the death in order to save the kingdom, and ally a princess whose hand, her dad, the king would give to any brave knight who rid the land of all resident reptiles with an attitude. I thought it would...

  • Revelation

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|May 25, 2024

    I received the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior on a Saturday night. I was non-religious, and totally ignorant of the Scriptures, becoming a Christian brought a major shift to how I viewed life. Something, or should I say "Someone," impacted my mind the next morning. As usual on Sunday, I slept late, then ate breakfast and read the Sunday funnies. I did not awaken on Sunday morning with an over-powering passion to attend church. About mid-morning, with the events of the previous night lingering...

  • Saying "I DO"!

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|May 18, 2024

    Back in the 70's a Christian group from Minneapolis, known as "The Gamble Folk," recorded an album which included a song with this line: "Anybody here want to live forever, say, "I do". (Saying, "I do" to Jesus). I'd like to have us think about this sentence for a few minutes. Let's open our Bibles to John 1:12. There are three things about this statement: 1. It's simplicity, 2. It's profoundness, 3. Its permanence. It's Simplicity We become a child of God by receiving Christ for who he is. Beco...

  • What Is The Problem?

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|May 4, 2024

    The man on a corner holding up a sign, "Jesus Saves". Is it embarrassing? Or should you pay attention? Those words have become a cliché. What does it mean to be saved? Do you know? Now don't be too quick to answer, for it may mean more than you think. It is important not to forge God's signature to our own ideas, so we'll look briefly at three things the Bible has to say about being saved. The Bible teaches that salvation has three aspects to it, and the three official theological, 12 foot...

  • There's Health in the Sun and in the Son

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Apr 27, 2024

    Last Monday afternoon I went out to mow our lawn after feeling quite ill Sunday night and all of Monday morning. Finally I just felt the need to get out of bed and go outside into the warm sunshine. As I began to make my rounds in the backyard I thanked the Lord for the beautiful Spring day, and then concluded by saying, more to myself than to God, "There's health in the Sun" S-U-N. The thought brought me up short, rolled around in my imagination, and came out the second time, "There's health...

  • Life is a Song to Be Sung to God!

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Apr 20, 2024

    I am going to begin with the following statement. "A job may sustain your life, but it will not provide you a life to sustain! It will not give you a life to prepare for! Do you have a "song to sing?" Who are you singing it for? That's what the Psalms are, songs sung to God, for God, and about God. In fact, either directly, or indirectly God is always the audience when the Psalms are sung or said. When we read the Psalms we come to experience the fact that they were written out of the...

  • Getting Along

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Apr 13, 2024

    Recently I have been reminded that the best health care plan is preventative health care: Living healthy, and when possible, knowing what to do when our health wavers. Now what is true for our bodies is equally true for our souls. Preventative soul care. Getting along! That's how I'd like to invite you to view this morning's message. Lest you think I'm aiming it at one of you specifically or someone you know. I'm not! If this nudge was on your behalf, that's between you and God. Getting along! P... Full story

  • Paying Attention!

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Apr 6, 2024

    When I was a freshman at Bethel College I took biology my first semester. I had a wonderful professor, a Dr. Johnson, who saw the wonders of God in all of nature and did his best to awaken his students to the same enthusiasm he exhibited in class. Some times he succeeded, but many times we just sat there and looked at him. One day he gave each of us a fish to examine, and invited us to tell him how many things we noticed about our fish. I noticed 5 things, and was amazed that one of the...

  • The Right Track

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Mar 30, 2024

    How can we know we're on the right track in life? Are we becoming all we can be, and whom should we allow to define the "can be?" Most folks are suspicious that there is a "right way to live, and even if they can't specifically define it, they know where they are on a scale. Life, in a quality sense of the word, can begin with Jesus at any point. Jesus said in John 14: 6, "I am the way and the truth and the life..." Now that's pretty all inclusive. It doesn't leave any room for alternate...

  • Memories and Heroes Last Forever

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Mar 16, 2024

    "Memories and heroes last forever!" That's not a Bible verse so you don't have to accept it as the final word on the matter. It's a line out of a Country-Western song. A song with a particular memory and a particular hero in mind. We all have heroes who have impacted our lives in a positive direction. I would like to raise up three things for you to think about in relationship to heroes and heroines: 1. What is a hero? It's more heart than "hunk." It is more of character than curves. The...

  • When Don't We Get Into Trouble?

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Mar 9, 2024

    Trouble, possibly terminal trouble, will happen to a life who is not lived towards God. "Is any one of you in trouble (afflicted)? He should pray Matthew 11:28,30. One of the nice things about this Scripture is that God draws a big circle around it. With the word trouble God allows us to fill in the blanks of our situation. Every trouble we experience is important to God. "Are any among you suffering?" The word addresses our inner response to the trouble we are experiencing. Life has got us...

  • A Scary Question

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Mar 2, 2024

    What's scarier than meeting a big, black, Northern Minnesota bear while you're on a hike in the woods? Or your first day on your first job? How about coming across this verse which says "O Lord, you have searched me and know are familiar with all my ways...before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord." (Psalms 139) This sounds like God has more than a casual interest in us. Turning Psalm 139: 23, 24 into a question, then peeking through our fingers to see what happens,...

  • Conquering The Hill!

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Feb 23, 2024

    Traveling through life, if each day is committed to God, can be spiritually as well as physically renewing. Today's reflections come from two little girls, about third and fourth grade, at the KOA Campground near Red Lodge, Montana. We were on vacation, and I was laying in our tent late in the afternoon soaking up some mountain rest before we left for the Pig Races at Bear Creek. The two little girls I mentioned had been taking turns riding a rental bicycle back and forth on the driveway in fron...

  • The "Jesus Prayer"

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Feb 3, 2024

    "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" It was a simple prayer, a passionate prayer, a prayer not found in any of the prayer books the religious leaders of the day depended upon. It wasn't even found in the Psalms, the prayer and song book of the Jews. It was a prayer with the desperateness and urgency of one who is in danger and can only manage the word, "Help!" Or who finds themselves in a burning building, or house and creeds out the one word necessary at the moment "Fire!" The prayer...

  • It's A Win Win Situation

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Jan 27, 2024

    Recently I received a letter from someone in another part of the country expressing sadness over the sin by which they have been overtaken. Even though their situation had nothing to do with me directly, they expressed hope that I “might find it in my heart to forgive them.” My first reaction was that there was no need to offer forgiveness on my part since the situation did not affect me. But on further reflection on the matter, I realized that all sin affects everybody either directly or ind...

  • The Highway Of "My Way:" Paved By Whom And Where Does It Go?

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Jan 13, 2024

    Several nights ago our phone rang at two in the morning, and for the next 45 minutes I was in conversation with a college freshman who, in tears at the beginning of the conversation, poured out her frustration and confusion about what place God, if there is a God, should have in her life. The stirring of her heart over spiritual matters was precipitated by her roommate's urging to "give her life to Christ" as Savior and Lord. This young college student raised some honest questions which had...

  • By Special Invitation

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Dec 30, 2023

    How many of you have ever received a special invitation to something real good? Wonderful! I've had some special invitations myself. Being invited to come to Roseau was a very special invitation for Julie and I. Another very special invitation was when I was in the third grade. I received a special invitation to a Birthday Party. The invitation which was handed out at school, and came in a nice envelope said: "you are invited to a Birthday Party for Chris Osmers on Saturday afternoon from 2 to...

  • The Gift Was Wrapped Just Right!

    Pastor Joe Elick 1040-2021|Dec 23, 2023

    I don't know about the rest of you men, but as for me, even after I've finished my Christmas shopping, the gift job is still only half done. I've still got the wrapping to do. This is where my major frustration starts: When I sit down at my desk, or at a table with several rolls of Christmas paper, a pair of scissors, a package of bows, and some scotch tape, I want things to come out just right. I have this mental picture of those receiving gifts from me being so overwhelmed by the wrapping job... Full story

  • Reflections in the Water

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Dec 16, 2023

    One of the characteristics that accompanies our "Peopleness," and which we struggle with many times, is ACCOUNTABILITY: He says,"why do I have to be in at a certain time?" She says, "It's MY room!" Several years ago the pop recording artist, Billy Joel, recorded a song entitled, "It's My Life!" A song which became very popular. The lyrics had a get off my back and let me do my own thing kind of message. It fantasized about a life without accountability. Sometimes it's tough to be accountable....

  • Power Surge

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Dec 2, 2023

    Picture yourself among the disciples: “Do you hear something?” A sound roars from the sky without warning, the roar of a violent wind, and the whole house where everyone is gathered reverberates with the sound. Then a flame appears, dividing into smaller flames, spreading from one person to the next. All the people present, (a hundred and twenty of them), were filled with the Holy Spirit and begin speaking in languages they had never spoken, as the Spirit empowered them. Jesus said just bef... Full story

  • Eeny, Meeny, Miny

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Nov 25, 2023

    Choices! Life is filled with them. Not all of them with as short-lived results as flavors of ice cream. Robert Frost vividly captured the significance of life's choices in this poem. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Thou... Full story

  • Pie and Praise

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Nov 18, 2023

    Main Idea: Abundance should result in praise to God, not pride in self! Getting ready for the "Big Dinner," as the day progresses more and more people get added to the guest list . You make more and more trips back to SuperOne to pick up items for your meal. "Kenny," you say, what are you doing here? Aren't your parents having Thanksgiving dinner at your house?" "Oh sure, Kenny replies, "I already ate over there, I have a lot to be thankful for!" Well, Kenny's theology may be a little weak, but...

  • Seeing Clearly

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Nov 11, 2023

    One of the many neat things about grandmas is that they have great expressions and sayings to help everyone else sort out life. My grandma had a saying she would use every time I would understand something new. She would say: “Ah, And the blind man picked up his hammer and saw.” I loved her play on words. It made you want to invent new stuff you learned just to hear her say it. To be able to see, or understand something clearly however, is a wonderful thing. We may sigh and say, “Ignorance is bl...

  • He Took A Stand

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Nov 4, 2023

    There comes a point in some cases where you say, "I've had enough." You get to a line and have to decide whether you will cross it or not. You know that you can't just stand there. If you stand there you will soon lose all your strength, fall down and forget where you are. There was a day in the Old Testament when a father stood up in public and took a stand for God on behalf of himself and his family. It's a wonderful story about a father who provided security for his family. He was a positive...

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