Welcome to the Sermon Archives!

We invite you to browse through some of our previous messages.  If you have questions on anything you hear, feel free to ask!  Just contact our pastor at pastor@driftlessministry.org.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!


♦  Once in a Lifetime - Matthew 3:13-17
  Come and you will see - John 1:29-42
  Leaving - Matthew 4:12-23
Blessed Are They - Matthew 5:1-12
  Alpha and Omega - Revelation 1:1-8
  Lessons from the Churches - Revelation 3:14-22
  The Discipline & Human Sexuality - Job 28:12-28
♦  Faith Walking - Genesis 12:1-4
♦  How Did We Get Here? - Proverbs 2:1-11
♦  Quilt of Valor Presentation - Carl Bargabos
♦  Lord, I Believe - John 9:1-41
♦  "Raising the Bones" - Ezekiel 37:1-14
♦  "Stubborn Faith" - Matthew 21:1-11
♦  Good Friday Tenebrae Service
♦  Easter Worship - He is Not Here - Matthew 28:1-10
♦  Living Hope - 1 Peter 1:3-9
♦  Burning Hearts - Luke 24:13-35
♦  Doctrine of Discovery - Matthew 25:31-40
♦  Ultimate Forgiveness - Acts 7:55-60
♦  The Joy of Testing - Psalm 66:8-20
♦  Looking Ahead - Acts 1:6-14
♦  A Special Online Worship from the Wisconsin United Methodist Conference
♦  Today's Pentecost - Acts 2:1-21
♦  The Privileged - 2 Cor. 13:5-14
♦  Growing Into Hope - Romans 5:1-11
♦  Walking in Newness of Life - Romans 6:1-11
♦  Who do you feed? - Romans 7:15-25a
♦  In God We Still Trust - Romans 13:1-7
♦  Sow Big - Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
♦  Nurture the Wheat - Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
♦  Priceless - Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
♦  Multiplication - Matthew 14:13-21
♦  Into the Storm - Matthew 14:22-33
♦  Persistent Faith - Matthew 15:21-28
♦  Thankful Service - Matthew 16:13-20
♦  Deliverance - Exodus 3:1-15
♦  Be Ready - Exodus 12:1-14
♦  Conquerors - Exodus 14:19-31
♦  What Is It? - Exodus 16:2-15
♦  Strike the Rock - Exodus 17:1-7
♦  Our Cornerstone - Matthew 21:33-46
♦  Answer the Invitation - Matthew 22:1-14
♦  Image on the Coin - Matthew 22:15-22
♦  Showing Love - Matthew 22:34-40
♦  On Being Saintly - Revelation 7:9-17
♦  Urgent Faith - Matthew 25:1-13
♦  The Element of Risk - Matthew 25:14-30
♦  A Spirit of Revelation - Ephesians 1:15-23


  Shining the Light: Matthew 2:1-12
  Undiluted: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
  Thoughts From the Parade: Luke 19:28-40
  Evidence: John 20:19-31
  That One Thing: Acts 9:1-19
  Church Ladies: Acts 9:36-43
  Open Heart: Acts 16:9-15
  What's Next?: Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53
  Confirmation Ceremony @ Retreat UMC
  Veni Sancte Spiritus: Acts 2:1-21
  After the Fire: Psalm 42:1-6, 1 Kings 19:1-15
  It's Good to Ask: 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14
Have Faith: 2 Kings 5:1-14, Luke 10:1-11,16-20
  What Does Kindness Cost? - 2 Peter 1:3-9
  Reshapen - Jeremiah 18:1-11
  Chaos & Order - Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
  Change the River - Ephesians 2:1-10
  Christian Karma - Luke 16:19-31
  What is More - Luke 17:5-10
  Thanks; Praise - Luke 17:11-19
  What's Your Vocation? - Luke 18:1-8
  Modern Pharisees - Luke 18:9-14
  Faith Legacies - Ephesians 1:11-23
  The Spirit Abides - Luke 20:27-38
  Our Choice - Luke 21:5-19
  Christ Reigns - Colossians 1:11-20

 The Long Way Home: Joshua 1:1-9 NIV
♦  The Hardest Thing To Do: Ephesians 1:3-14 NIV
♦  Table for One: Psalm 23
♦  Small Gifts - John 6:1-15
♦  Bread of Life: John 6:26-35
♦  Seven Ones: Ephesians 4:1-16
 Quilt of Valor Presentation to Gary Robertson
♦  A Model to Imitate: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
♦  A Fresh Start: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

  In God We Trust - Matthew 6:24-34 & Isaiah 49:15-16
  Doubting Thomas - John 20:19-29
  He Lives - John 20:1-18 & Luke 24:13-36


2019 Advent & 2019/2020 Christmas Seasons

2019 Advent & 2019/2020 Christmas Seasons

The Advent and Christmas seasons are always a special time of the year... filled with fun and festivity, cheer and light.  But are you missing the reason for the season?  Are you ready?  Ready for a Savior to come into your life?  Ready to spread the light in a dark world?  Check out these great messages and get ready!

♦  Time to Get Ready! - Isaiah 2:1-5
♦  Lessons from the Wild Man - Matthew 3:1-12
♦  God With Us - Matthew 1:18-25
♦  A Light in the Darkness - Matthew 2:13-23
♦  Following the Light - Matthew 2:1-12

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

"Can you pray for me?"  We've all heard it at some point in our lives.  But what does prayer actually do for us and the people we pray for?  And how should we pray?  Is there a right or wrong way to do it?  Come along with us as we explore the power of prayer in our lives today and discover ways to improve your own prayer life!

♦  Getting Close to God: Jeremiah 29:11-12
♦  Reaching the Unreached - Romans 10:6-10
♦  Pray Then Like This - Matthew 6:9-15
♦  I Can't Hear You! Hebrews 11:39-40
♦  Growing In God - Philippians 4:4-7

Follow Me: The Teachings of Jesus

Come along with us as we follow Jesus and take his teachings to heart during a few of his encounters with people during his time here in our world.

♦  This Was Not the Plan! - Luke 5:1-11
♦  How Can We Choose? - Luke 6:17-26
♦  Depth of Field: Luke 9:28-36

Follow Me: The Teachings of Jesus
Living as the Body of Christ

Living as the Body of Christ

Paul calls the church the Body of Christ, but what does that mean?  How are we to collectively live our lives so that we are seen as reflections of Christ?  Come along with us as we examine what it means to live life as the church - the Body of Christ!

♦  Showing Up: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
♦  Neediness: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
♦  Love Again: 1 Corinthians 13

Christmas Through Their Eyes

Each year we hear the familiar story of the Messiah's birth, often through the eyes of the main characters.  But what about those in the background?  How did they view the events that took place on that first Christmas?  Walk with us to Bethlehem as we dig deeper into the Christmas story through the eyes of some of these background characters!

♦  The Prophets: Jeremiah 33:14-16
♦  Family Relations: Luke 1:5-25
♦  New Hope & Retreat UMC Sunday School Christmas Program
♦  Westby UMC Sunday School Christmas Program
♦  Mary: Micah 5:2-5, Luke 1:26-56

Christmas Through Their Eyes
The Spirit Within

The Spirit Within

When we accept Christ into our lives and become baptized in the Holy Spirit, part of God's Holy Spirit comes and resides within us.  It empowers us for the journey ahead and aids us in our times of trouble.  Yet there are times when we may doubt that He is there.  How can we be sure the Holy Spirit is actually in us?  What are the signs/symptoms?  Journey with us and discover several attributes of God's Holy Spirit and how we show these in our lives.

♦  Spirit of Gratitude: Colossians 3:15-17
♦  Spirit of Faithfulness: Hebrews 11:1-3,39-40
♦  Spirit of Generosity: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
♦  Spirit of Discipline: Matthew 7:13-14, James 1:1-4, 12-15
♦  Spirit of Humility: Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37

What We Believe as United Methodists

Christians believe in the love of Jesus Christ that reaches out to all creation. Christians are called to serve wherever Christ would have us work to heal and free others through the power of the Holy Spirit. In this, United Methodists are like most other Christian denominations. But there are also a few ways we express our faith that is distinctive from others.

 Through this series, we will explore what we believe not just as Christians, but more specifically, what we believe as United Methodists. We have a wonderful heritage in Methodism. Explore with us.

♦  Dressed for Success: Ephesians 6:10-20
♦  Means of Grace: Ephesians 2:1-10
♦  Three Simple Rules: 3 John & Galatians 5:13-14
♦  Social Holiness: Micah 6:6-9 NIV
♦  Two Promises: Matthew 26:26-30, Matthew 28:15-20
♦  Moving Toward Perfection: Philippians 3:12-16

The Word You Need to Hear!

The Bible is filled with wonderful scripture filled with lessons that God wants to teach us.  And we all have questions about them!  What piece of scripture has been weighing on your heart lately?  What passage do you want more explanation on?  Our congregations were asked these questions and submitted the scripture passages that they wanted to hear more about.  Join us in this sermon series as we explore these passages and discover what they hold for our lives!

Where are we going?

Have you ever gone on a journey that did not change you?  Maybe it wasn’t a big change, but every journey that we go on changes us at least a little bit. When we go on a journey we see things and hear things that are new to us, and they change us.

During this sermon series, we’re going to go on a journey with some Biblical heroes and find out how their lives changed because they answered Gods call and followed Him. Are you ready for a journey?

God Gives Second Chances

Examining Jonah

♦  Jonah, What Were You Thinking? - Jonah 1 (currently unavailable)
♦  Jonah, Jonah, Don't Lie to God! - Jonah 2
♦  Second Chances - Jonah 3
♦  Be What You Believe - Jonah 3 & 4

Life is full of questions.  Many, many questions.  But questions are good… they make you think.  As we walk through the Bible, we’re often presented with many deep questions… and very seldom does the Bible give us easy answers.  God wants us to realize that nothing in life is black and white, so He gives us a lot of gray in the Bible.

Take the story of Jonah… the cute little story about the little guy who gets swallowed up by the whale. As kids we think about Jonah wandering around in the belly. What would he find? Did he see the ribs of the whale? Was there water in the belly of the whale? Did Jonah find undigested fish in the belly? Ewwh!!

As we get older though our questions change.

Was being swallowed by the whale a punishment?  Did the whale want to eat Jonah, or save him?  What was Jonah running from?  What does the story of Jonah have in common with Jesus and the events of Holy Week?  Why did the whale finally spit Jonah out?  Why did Jonah get mad at God?  Who are the Ninevehites of today?  Who is Jonah today?  What was Jonah’s real job that God wanted him to do?  What is God really telling us in the Book of Jonah? What is he asking us?

In this series, we’re studying the book of Jonah.  We encourage you to read along with us and coming up with your own questions.  Once you have a question, write it down and search for an answer!