Welcome to the Sermon Archives!

We invite you to browse through our previous messages from our pastors and other guest speakers.  Simply open the accordion below to discover the messages in each series.  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!

Previous Sermon Series

The Call (13 Messages)

Jesus called ordinary people, like you and me, to drop everything and follow him.  Over his 3 years of ministry on earth, he taught them many lessons, performed miracles in front of them, and empowered them to continue his work.  Today, Jesus calls us... how do we respond?  Join us for this series as we explore our call to follow our Lord & Savior!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, January - March 2021

♦  Remembering Our Baptism - Mark 1:1-11
♦  How Do We Listen? - 1 Samuel 3:1-20
♦  How Do We Follow? - Mark 1:14-20
♦  We Are Called To Learn - Mark 1:21-28
♦  We Are Called To Act - Mark 1:29-39
♦  Daily Transformation - Mark 9:2-10
♦  Are You Ready? - Mark 6:6b-13
♦  Good Denial - Mark 8:31-38
♦  Inner Temple - John 2:13-22
♦  Dawn - John 3:14-21
♦  The New Covenant - Jeremiah 31:31-34
♦  Two Parades - Mark 11:1-11
♦  2021 Good Friday Service

We've all faced hardships over this past year.  We have grown weary of the challenges we face and we long for relief.  We long for a Savior.  Yet even in this weary world, we can find hope!  Join us for this advent series as we explore how a weary world rejoiced that first Christmas and the lessons we can glean for our lives today!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, December 2020 - January 2021

♦ The Weary World Rejoices - Isaiah 40:1-11
♦  Gloria In Excelsis Deo - Luke 1:26-38
♦  All Come - John 1:1-14
♦  Where's The Joy? - Luke 2:1-20
♦  The Threshold of a New Beginning - Matthew 2:13-23
♦  Daily Epiphany - Matthew 2:1-12

In times of darkness, the message of Christ's resurrection brings light and hope.  Through this series, we explore how the Easter message can still bring us hope and joy, even in the wake of the current events.
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, April/May 2020

♦  He is Not Here - Matthew 28:1-10 (2020 Easter Worship)
♦  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

Christ invites us to follow Him and see exactly who He is.  Do you want to know more about this mysterious person?  Will you follow Him to learn more?  Come along with us through this series and discover the answer to these questions and more!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, January - March 2020

♦  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
♦  Faith Walking - Genesis 12:1-4
♦  Lord, I Believe - John 9:1-41
♦  Raising the Bones - Ezekiel 37:1-14
♦  Stubborn Faith - Matthew 21:1-11
♦  Good Friday Tenebrae Service

The United Methodist Church is facing a decision: where will it stand on human sexuality?  A decision may soon be made that could have major implications on the denomination.  In order to better understand where our denomination currently sits on this topic, lay leaders from our churches shared the history of how our denomination got to where it currently stands on the topic of human sexuality.  To learn more, check out the messages!
Messages from March 2020

♦  The Discipline & Human Sexuality - Job 28:12-28
♦  How Did We Get Here? - Proverbs 2:1-11

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!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, December 2019 - January 2020

♦  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
♦  Once in a Lifetime - Matthew 3:13-17

Part of our Christian journey involves growing and changing.  Change can be hard, but it is necessary if we are to leave our sinful past behind and grow closer to the Lord.  Journey with us over through this series as we learn about areas of our lives where changes can be made to make us more like Christ.
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, September - November 2019

♦  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

Jesus ask those he encountered some pretty tough questions.  How would you respond?  Walk with us through this series as we examine some of the tough questions/decisions Jesus set before us!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, July/August 2019

♦  Be A Good Samaritan: Luke 10: 25-37
♦  Tough Questions - Priorities: Luke 10: 38-42
♦  Tough Questions - How to Pray: Luke 11:5-13
♦  Tough Questions - Eternal Inheritance: Luke 12:13-21
♦  Be Ready! Luke 12:32-40
♦  Division and Peace - Luke 12:49-56
♦  Work or Compassion: Luke 13:10-17

The fire of Pentecost burns within the heart of every Christian.  We have the power of the Holy Spirit.  How will we use it in our lives today?  
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, June/July 2019

♦  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 was life like for the early Christians?  Come with us as we take a quick glimpse at the early church and learn some lessons along the way!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, April/May 2019

♦  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

"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!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, March 2019

♦  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

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.
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, February 2019.

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

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!
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, January/February 2019

♦  Undiluted: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
♦  Showing Up: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

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

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!

Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, December 2018/January 2019

♦  The Prophets: Jeremiah 33:14-16
♦  Family Relations: Luke 1:5-25
♦  Mary: Micah 5:2-5, Luke 1:26-56
♦  Shining the Light: Matthew 2:1-12
♦  A Fresh Start: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

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.
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, November 2018

♦  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

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.
Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, August - October 2018

♦  Small Gifts - John 6:1-15
♦  Bread of Life: John 6:26-35
♦  Seven Ones: Ephesians 4:1-16
♦  A Model to Imitate: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
♦  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

In our first series from Pastor Pam Harkema, we explore the life of someone who travels frequently - like a shepherd from Biblical times or a Pastor from the modern era.  Travel with us as we examine the shepherd's way.

Messages by Pastor Pam Harkema, July/August 2018

♦  The Long Way Home: Joshua 1:1-9 NIV
♦  The Hardest Thing To Do: Ephesians 1:3-14 NIV
♦  Table for One: Psalm 23

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!
Messages by Pastor Jim Aniol, October 2017 - June 2018

♦  Free from the law but sin no more? - Romans 8:1-11
♦  Adoption means? - Romans 8:12-25
♦  If God is for us, we have NOTHING to worry about! - Romans 8:26-39
♦  Paul is talking about OUR feet! - Romans 10:5-15
♦  God's River of Salvation - Ezekiel 47:1-12
♦  Preacher, beware, listener, be wary - 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
♦  Waiting... - Isaiah 64:1-9
♦  Make the path to our hearts easy: Isaiah 40:1-11 & Mark 1:1-8
♦  Jesus, the Father’s plan to give us hope: Luke 2:1-14 & Jeremiah 29:11-14
♦  Who is the real blind person? John 9:1-41
♦  Our call to serve God: Jeremiah 1:4-10, 17-19
♦  We can't move forward while looking backwards: Isaiah 43:18-25
♦  A promise with a purpose equals a covenant: Joshua 24:1,14-25
♦  Wrestling with God: Genesis 32:22-32
♦  Love is _____________________: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
♦  Revived, Restored, & Redeemed: Psalm 85:1-13
♦  Freedom from all, for all!: Acts 16:16-40
♦  Grace–when God knows what we've done & heals us anyway: Isaiah 57:11-21
♦  Faith Journey: John 3:1-21
♦  Disciples: John 12:1-11
♦  Even the stones will cry out! Luke 19:28-40
♦  Witnesses: Mark 16
♦  Jesus’ peace strengthens us for mission: John 20: 19-31
♦  But we’ve never done it that way before: John 21:1-14
♦  Gideon's International Message by Don Zietlow
♦  Confirm & Commit - John 15:1-8
♦  Choices - Psalm 1
♦  Church Growth: Acts 2:1-21 & 41
♦  The Good Shepherd: John 10: 11-18
♦  What is the most valuable free thing that you have ever received?: Isaiah 55:1-5
♦  Family Life: Colossians 3:1-17
♦  Leadership Change is Biblical: Joshua 1:1-9 & 1 Chronicles 22:1-13

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 God's call and followed Him. Are you ready for a journey?
Messages by Pastor Jim Aniol, July - September 2017

♦ Blessed to be a blessing - Genesis 12:1-9
If God is your co-pilot, switch seats! - Exodus 3:1-15
As God’s advanced scouts, do we offer faith or fear? - Numbers 1-3, 26-33
If Not us, then who? If not now, then when? - Jeremiah 1:4-10
God can use anyone, and anything.  Even tragedy. - Ruth 1:1-21
It's never too early to share the Good News. - Luke 1:39-55
Following God's Guidance. - Matthew 2:12-23
We are Never Lost when we are in our Father's House - Luke 2:41-52
Jesus Heals Anyone, Anytime & Anywhere - Matthew 9:9-12 & Mark 5:22-43
Be a lamb among wolves. Worst job description ever. - Luke 10:1-12, 16
God's Church, the same, yet different - Revelation 2 & 3

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!
Messages by Pastor Jim Aniol, May 2017
♦  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