Wausau Alliance Church

General

Encouragement from Pastor Greg

Dear Wausau Alliance Church, I feel like the Apostle Paul writing a letter like this to you given that I cannot see you in person, but this is the reality of our current situation. I miss being able to gather with you as God has designed the church to gather. I miss being able to meet together as Hebrews 10:25 instructs, and as we have been obeying in the past. Obviously now, with our current situation and with the gift of technology, we can still obey God’s Word in Hebrews 10:25, even if it looks quite different than we feel…

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Good News of Great Joy

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the…

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Love With Us

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). The most memorized verse in the Bible is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” One of the primary motivations that led Christ to this earth was God’s love for the world. As John 15:13 says, there is no greater love that could be demonstrated. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John takes…

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Ultimate Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). This second week of Advent, we look forward to Christ’s birth and his promise of peace. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,…

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We Do Not Lose Heart

“So we do not lose heart, Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen by to the things that are unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17). As we look forward to Christmas, let us not be a people who come to Christmas Day saying, “Wow, Christmas sure snuck up on me this year!” Let us be a people… let us be families… who have not just prepared for…

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What About God’s Grace?

Ephesians 1:7-9 – “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” I recently heard someone say that the idea of grace terrifies them. When I first heard this idea, I thought it was crazy. But then as I heard them explain what they meant, their thoughts were quite profound. Grace is undeserved favor. It is the favor that God chooses to give His people who do not deserve His favor. Of course, the ultimate demonstration of grace is…

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The Lord is Near … Call On Him in Truth

Psalm 145:18 – “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” This morning as I sat down to read my Bible, I went on to my Bible app to check what my scheduled reading was for today. As I opened the app, I saw an image on the main screen with Psalm 145:18 on it. You’ve seen these kinds of images shared on social media. The image was a nice modern looking abstract image, with stylized font meant to make you feel good as you read the promise God gives…

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God’s Discipline

“Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people” (Numbers 21:6-7). The Israelites once again became impatient against God. This was a common pattern in the Israelite nation from the time they left Egypt till the time they took over the Promised Land. They became impatient; they were sick…

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Abide in Me

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing… If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:4-5, 7). Does John 15 sound like a Utopian pipe dream? Do Jesus’ words seem to be…

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Questions

1 Corinthians 15:1-5 – “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” When we say we are sharing the gospel with someone, how important is it that we share the…

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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

“Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:1-2). Leviticus is a fascinating book filled with many confusing laws, rituals, and stories. This story of God striking down Nadab and Abihu is one of those stories that leaves us a bit baffled. What is clear from Leviticus is that the holiness of God demands our…

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Who Are We?

“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (Romans 8:16-17). “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). The two passages quoted above carry an incredible amount of theological depth and practical implication as followers of Christ. Yet somehow, for many, the power of these passages have become practically cliché for us. Of course I know that…

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All of Who We Are!

“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied” (Acts 9:31). What is a typical day in your life? What does a typical season in your life look like? What is the norm for you and your family? Consider the events of Acts 9. Acts 9:1-22 shows us the dramatic conversion of Saul. Previously he was a Pharisee seeking to murder Christians. Now, because of Jesus’ intervention, Saul is saved, walking in the Spirit,…

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Be Angry!

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27). Whenever we think of anger, we think of things like fits of rage, temper tantrums, loss of self-control, and a tailspin born out of selfish desires. When we think of being angry, we measure our understanding of anger against the standard that we know the best: humanity. This is where our fault lies. We have so many human examples of how anger brings forth sin that we cannot comprehend how anger could be handled righteously….

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Pray without Ceasing!

“Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church” (Acts 12:5). God works through our prayer. This truth should transform us. If we truly lived our theology, we would walk differently in light of the fact that God works through our prayers. Consider this story in the book of Acts. In Acts 12, Herod the king sought to put an end to the spread of the Christian church, so he killed James, the brother of John, and he arrested Peter. This would be similar to the U.S. capturing and killing Osama Bin…

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