Posts by Ryan Lenerz (Page 2)

Posts by Ryan Lenerz (Page 2)

Dialogue: Can I Ask God for That?

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction Today we’re going to continue our series on prayer as a dialogue.  I hope with this message to encourage your prayer life – and to challenge you to pray like you never have before!  Last week, Pastor Brent kicked off our new series by answering the question: “Does prayer change things?” Because if prayer doesn’t really make any difference in our lives, then it’s really silly to spend…

Unexpected Encounter

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction Today I have the privilege of teaching from one of my favorite stories about Jesus.  And that’s a pretty BIG statement given all the stories about Jesus in the Bible.  I mean, whether you’re a Christian or not, the stories of Jesus in the Bible are rather incredible; they tend to draw you in and make you want to know more about this man and his miracles.  He taught with such wisdom. …

God is Jealous

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction  I’m so excited to continue our series describing who God is.  Long before we began this series, when we were only in the planning stages — I was fired up to teach you all about this character trait of God.    And the reason I wanted to teach on this topic is because it’s a hard pill for many of us to swallow.  It’s one of those character…

God is Infinite

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. New Series called God Is Today it is my pleasure to kick off a new message series we’re calling “God Is.”  Now I know, some of you might already be feeling a little disappointed going from such a practical series as GetFit to one you expect to be so dry and boring.   But I promise this series won’t be dry and disconnected from the life you are living…

MoneyFit

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Get Fit Recap I’m so glad to have the privilege of wrapping up this series we’re calling GetFit today.  And I’m not glad because I’m tired of it, but because it’s been such a helpful series for so many of you.   Here is a brief recap of the ways we want to help you GetFit in 2016.  We kicked off this series the first Sunday of January talking about being BodyFit. …

BodyFit

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Whole and Holy in the New Year  I love New Year’s celebrations, not for the drunken debauchery or for trying and failing to stay up until midnight, but because it gives me the opportunity to consider what I want to change going into the new year.  That and New Year’s Eve is my anniversary, so that’s special too!  I’m sure I’m not the only one who uses the new year…

A Picture Perfect Christmas: The Manger

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. How Kings are Born Today we are going to continue our series called, “A Picture Perfect Christmas,” where we are looking at the famous nativity scene so many of us associate with Christmas.  But what is so amazing about this scene we keep showing you, is that it wasn’t supposed to be this way.  This is NOT how kings are born into this world. If you want a glimpse…

A Picture Perfect Christmas: The Shepherd’s Crook

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Christmas  Can I tell you what I’m really excited about?  Christmas!  I can finally light up the outside of my house.  We put up the tree and decorations on Friday.  My first Christmas celebration begins this coming weekend already—and I get to celebrate it all month long.  I’ll celebrate Christmas this year with: The youth here at church The Drake Intervarsity college kids with Amy Everyone who attends the…

Can’t We All Just Get Along: Family Reconcilliation

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. The Holidays  It’s finally November and I think for most of us, this signals that the holiday season is upon us.  Thanksgiving is two and a half weeks away and Christmas is just around the corner.  Most of you have probably begun making your plans for the holidays already—you know where you are spending Thanksgiving and Christmas, you know which days you are taking off work, and you know what dessert you…

The Big Story of God: The Church

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Run, Forrest  This weekend a new Tom Hanks movie came out, “Bridge of Spies.”  I heard it was really good, but I wonder if it’s as good as my favorite Tom Hanks movie, “Forrest Gump.”  I love the character he played and how the movie intertwined fiction with historical events so well.  One scene in particular, I remember vividly.  It was while he was serving in the Army in Vietnam.  He’s…

The Big Story of God: Covenant

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Pinky Swear I love the Old Testament and today’s topic may be one of the most significant, albeit little known, passages in the Old Testament. Today we are going to read about the covenant God made with Abraham, then known as Abram, 4000 years ago. A covenant is a promise, but it’s a little different than what we think of when we think of promises. Most of us know that promises…

Faithful: Pure Faith

Sermon Podcast Audio  Your browser does not support the audio element. Lately, my son has been infatuated with a show on the Travel Channel called “Gem Hunt.” In the show, the main character, Ron LeBlanc, is traveling around the world to remote areas in search of precious gems. Often, he’ll show up in a village and people from all over will bring him colored rocks for him to buy. His problem is that among the very valuable, pure gemstones are…