Mark Friz

A Disciple's New Clothes

March 16, 2014
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Colossians 3:12-17

Pastor Mark Friz finalizes the sermon started by Pastor Dan Walter. The message identifies three pieces of clothing to "put on." It also identifies three aspects of the Christian diet that we need to "put in."

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Reconciliation Force: The Story of Onesimus

March 9, 2014
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Philemon 1-25

This sermon, originally scheduled for March 2, was postponed one week because of an ice and snow event. Pastor Mark appears as Onesimus in a first person sermon. Onesimus appeals for God's people to not only forgive one another, but to also accept and welcome one another in Christ Jesus.

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A Disciple's Treasure

February 16, 2014
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Colossians 2:16-23

The Apostle Paul issues a warning against three false gospels: strict legalism, unhealthy mysticism, extreme asceticism. There is safety in our fullness in Christ (Col. 2:9-10).

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A Disciple's Protection

February 9, 2014
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Colossians 2:6-15

Pastor Mark explores Paul's warning in Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." This passage forms a Spiritual Security System for believers.

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A Disciple Maker's Pain

February 2, 2014
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Colossians 1:24-2:5

Pastor Mark describes three mysteries of discipleship. A biblical mystery is something that has been hidden in the past but now is revealed. Even though the NT reveals several mysteries, we can never fully understand them. This sermon especially emphasizes the mystery of suffering, focusing on the Coptic Christians in Egypt, with 40 church burned in the last half of 2013.

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A Prayer for Disciples

January 19, 2014
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Colossians 1:9-14

Normally, when we pray for one another, we pray for healing from diseases or help in emergencies. The Apostle Paul suggest a different kind of prayer--prayer for better disciples. The passage from Colossians teaches us how to pray for a disciple's head, hands and heart.

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More Disciples, Better Disciples

January 12, 2014
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Colossians 1:1-8

In this first passage from the Colossians series, the apostle Paul celebrates the spiritual growth of the new church in Colossae. Pastor Mark introduces this new sermon series and encourages the St. Paul's Congregation with news of how the gospel is growing and bearing fruit throughout the world.

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No “Ifs,” All “Ands,” and One “But”

December 29, 2013
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Luke 2:1-20

Pastor Mark revives a Christmas Sermon preached by his father when he was a child. The message encourages us to have the excitement and faith of a child, but to ponder the meaning of Christmas with the meditation skills of an adult.

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Mary: A Song of Trust

December 22, 2013
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Luke 1:46-56

Pastor Mark explores Mary's emotional journey from anxiety to adoration, as she grapples with the news that she is to be the mother of the Messiah. The Magnificat and the story behind it reveal significant lessons in trust and how to grow in faith during trying times.

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Isaiah: A Song of Preparation

December 8, 2013
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Luke 3:1-14; Isaiah 40:1-11

In this sermon, the St. Paul's Chorale helps Pastor Mark communicate Isaiah's admonition to "Prepare the way of the Lord" with selection from Handel's "Messiah." The sermon encourages us to prepare for the coming of Jesus by receiving God's comfort (Is. 40:1-2), repenting of our sins (Is. 40:3-4), rejoicing in our hope (Is. 40:5), and repeating God's message (Is 40:9).

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