Audio Sermons

Audio Sermons at Prairie Lane Church

We invite you to listen to Pastor Dan's Sunday morning messages on your computer or on the go.Files are available as .mp3s for download or you may listen with streaming audio.

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July 9, 2017: The Final Four-One "Persistance"
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June 11, 2017 Beatitudes: The Great Reversal
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June 4, 2017 Pentecost 2017
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May 28, 2017 "Bridging the Gap"

Ascension Day 2017.

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May 21, 2017 "Living Generously"

We look at the topic of generosity referencing Leviticus 19:9-10. This passage instructs Israel to leave some of their harvest behind in order to help the poor and the immigrant.  Giving these "last-fruits" came in addition to giving their tithe, which was their "first-fruits."  As Christians today, we are also called to sacrificial generosity in response to the generous grace of Jesus.  We will never be able to out-give God! 

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May 14, 2017 "Power of Hospitality"

First of a two-part series on hospitality and generosity. Christians are asked to live very differently than the normal patterns of the world: hospitality and generosity. From I Peter 4:9 all Christians are told to offer hospitality without grumbling.  There is great power in hospitality because it is an action that reflects the way that God treats us--we were once strangers and aliens, but God brings us into his family through Jesus.  What is a way that you can grow in your hospitality?  

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May 14, 2017 "Power of Hospitality"

First of a two-part series on hospitality and generosity. Christians are asked to live very differently than the normal patterns of the world: hospitality and generosity. From I Peter 4:9 all Christians are told to offer hospitality without grumbling.  There is great power in hospitality because it is an action that reflects the way that God treats us--we were once strangers and aliens, but God brings us into his family through Jesus.  What is a way that you can grow in your hospitality?  

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April 30, 2017 "A Mix of Faith and Doubt"

To tip our scales more toward faith and less to doubt, we should ask God for help with honest humility, know and experience God to be awed by him, and take some risks of faith where we have no choice but to depend on him.

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April 23, 2017 "The Surprising Place We Find the Disciples on Easter Night"

We explore John 20:19-23 when Jesus appears to his disciples as they are huddled behind locked doors on Easter night.  We see in this encounter that Jesus offers his peace then sends them out for his work with the Holy Spirit's help.  And, in the sermon I talk about how many people long for peace and quiet in their life, but Jesus challenges us with "peace and movement" instead.  

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April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday we look at the first words that the resurrected Jesus speaks--2 questions, "Woman, why are you crying?  Who is it that you are looking for?"  We can understand those questions to be about 2 of the most important questions for all people, addressing a reason for hope in suffering and also about our search for contentment.  Easter answers both those questions, and all of our biggest questions! 

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April 2, 2017 Lent Series "Jonah's Lesson of Repentance"

We look at the "40" story from Jonah, as Nineveh is given 40 days to repent.  Certainly, the theme of Jonah is about repentance, but it really is about Jonah's repentance and not as much about Nineveh's.  This enemy of Israel immediately turns to God when they are warned, but Jonah is the one who disobeys and has a hard heart.  In the same kind of way, repentance must start with us before we worry about the repentance of others.  
 

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March 26, 2017 Lent Series "Journey Toward Restoration"

In this message, we look at I Kings 19 when Elijah the prophet is full of despair and wants to die, but God brings him on a journey of restoration.  The problem had many parts, and also God's restoration had many parts: physical provision, 40 days walking and waiting, a reminder about how Moses faced the same kinds of things, and a new assignment from God.  But, most important of all was the presence of God, which came in a quiet whisper.  Notes

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March 19, 2017: 40 Days Series "Time in the Desert"

We take a look at the 40 days the spies explored the promised land, which turned into 40 years of punishment in the desert because of their disobedience at a crucial moment (Numbers 14). It is still true today that disobedience to God can put us in a "desert" place. What we think might be a small deal could be a big deal to God. Or, it is also possible that we are sent into the "desert" in order for God to exercise our faith and prepare us for future ministry, like the younger generation who will be called on to conquer the land.  

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March 12, 2017 Lent series "Time in God's Presence"

We continue the 2017 Lent theme on "40" when Moses spends 40 days with God on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 34).  When he comes down the mountain, he is reflecting God's glory.  Paul writes about this in II Corinthians 3 saying, "We are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory..."  And, we should know that intentional time spent in God's presence will make us more Christ-like.  

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March 5, 2017: 40 Days Series 1 "Different Kinds of Waiting

We begin our new series "40 Days..." by looking at the story of Noah. We considered the 370 days Noah and his family spent on the ark and the different kinds of waiting it involved.  There are times when waiting makes sense, and then there are other times that we wait and we will not know why.  God does not see time the way we do, and is not slow how we understand slowness (2 Peter 3:9).  But, in our experience, we will indeed have to learn to remain faithful and to keep trusting in God even when waiting on the Lord is longer than we think is necessary.  

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