Audio Sermons

Audio Sermons at Prairie Lane Church

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Sept. 17, 2017 "You Really Do Need a Shepherd"

text: Psalm 23
Nearly everyone is familiar with Psalm 23, with its words and with its imagery. But for many of us Psalm 23 feels out of touch with our technological, fast-paced world. In addition, green pastures, quiet waters and right pats sometimes, but not always describe our lives. And yet Psalm 23 endures. Psalm 23 continues to speak comfort and encouragement to us.

Why? Because we really do need a shepherd. We need a guide, we need someone bigger or stronger and wiser than we are to take care of us and to guide us through this life and beyond the grave to what is next. We really do need a shepherd.

Psalm 23 covers the entire spectrum of our lives: From good times to bad times, from sunny seasons to death’s dark valley. But this must be the constant in life: The presence of the shepherd. If and only if the Lord God is our shepherd then we have what we need.

And what kind of shepherd is our God? The One in whose presence we will finally never be in want. We’ll never be alone. We’ll never be abandoned. We’ll never travel down a path where he cannot follow in his goodness and love. We will never be in want of a God who loves us, a God who cares for us, and a God who prepares a place for us.

Sheep prefer to be led from the front rather than be driven from behind like cattle, for instance. Sheep form a trusting relationship with the shepherd they follow. Jesus picked up on this when he said, “I am the good shepherd and my sheep know my voice.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd who knows his way through the valley of the shadow of death and through death itself.

And we follow this most remarkable of shepherds. He’s one of us. He’s a shepherd and he’s a lamb. He is the Lamb who has been slain but now lives. He walks with us, he protects us and he takes us home in the end. The Lord is our shepherd and we want for nothing. Why? Because in his presence we already have everything we need.

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Sept. 10, 2017 Pastor Richard Hartwell "Loving God"

text John 20:30-21:19

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Aug. 13, 2017 Neil Stanley "A New Chapter at Prairie Lane Church"
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July 30, 2017 Final Four "Integrity"

Pastor Dan's final Omaha sermon. 

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July 23, 2017 Final Four-Three "Prayerful Dependence"

Pastor Dan shares his thoughts on seeking the guidance of the Lord. text John 3:8, Acts 15:36-40, 16:6-10

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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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