18
Dec
2014

Fears and Comfort in Forgetting and Remembering

Sermon for Advent 3 Midweek, about fears and worries about losing memory, or wanting to forget hardships but being unable--and the comfort of knowing what God forgets and remembers. The following readings are incorporated into the sermon: Psalms 9 & 25, Isaiah 49:15-16, and Luke 12:4-7.

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15
Dec
2014

The Will of God

Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about how God's will for us is to lead a joyful, prayerful, and thankful life. How is this possible for the Christian who faces the world's troubles? Is sanctification my spiritual do-it-yourself project?

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11
Dec
2014

The Cost of what is forgotten and remembered

Sermon on Hosea 2:6-23, but more broadly the whole book of Hosea, for Advent Midweek 2, part of a series on forgetting and remembering. What did it cost Israel to forget God and His commandments? What did God remember? How was God's compassion moved to save His people, even when they broke His covenant in unfaithfulness? How does Jesus make the Church His own bride?

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8
Dec
2014

Receive the Gospel

Sermon on Mark 1:1-8, for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, about preparing our hearts for Christ's coming. How is repentance a preparation of our hearts? Who accomplishes this? What is the impact of the Gospel, or good news, of Jesus, the Son of God?

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4
Dec
2014

We’ve Forgotten, but God Remembers

Sermon on forgetting and remembering, a continuation of Sunday's theme, for Advent 1 midweek services. How God's people forget about Him, His mighty works and His commands; and how God remembers His people and His covenant, and reminds us. 

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1
Dec
2014

Forgotten and Remembered

Sermon on Isaiah 64:1-9 for the 1st Sunday in Advent, about the seeming hiddenness of God at times in our lives, wrestling with the burdens of sin, and finding forgiveness and mercy in Christ Jesus.

 

 

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1
Dec
2014

Reaping a Richness Toward God

Sermon on Psalm 65 and Luke 12:13-21, about a contrast between David and the rich fool, how they each responded to their abundance. What creates an attitude of thankfulness?

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24
Nov
2014

What sort of people?

Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about Jesus' Final Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats, and what the relationship between faith and good works is. How should we live in anticipation of that judgment, and what deeds mark the life of the Christian. How do we obtain such faith to do these things?

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17
Nov
2014

Banking on the Master

Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30, for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, the Parable of the Ten Talents. A sermon about how we prepare for Christ's second coming and His judgment. Lessons in stewardship and trusting God, and how we perceive or encounter God.

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10
Nov
2014

Meet the Bridegroom!

Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13, for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, about the Parable of the Ten Virgins, or the Five Wise and Five Foolish Virgins, and the Wedding Banquet that they were invited to. How does this parable prepare us for Jesus' second coming, and to be watchful and ready?

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3
Nov
2014

Washed in the blood of the Lamb

Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, for All Saints' Day. A sermon about the church triumphant, the saints in glory, who have passed through the great tribulation and are forgiven and made holy by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.

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27
Oct
2014

Sin and Grace in the Reformation

Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, for Reformation Day, about the meaning sin and grace, and how they show our human need and predicament before God, and His merciful response to our situation. What can the analogy of viruses  help us to understand about the disease of sin, and God's cure in Christ Jesus?

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20
Oct
2014

Church and State in the Reformation

Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22, for Reformation 3,the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' teaching of two duties, to Caesar, and to God--or government and God. What are our religious liberties? How should we live as Christian citizens? How is the USA our "Caesar" today?

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13
Oct
2014

Rejoicing and Prayer in the Reformation

Sermon on Philippians 4:4-13, for Reformation 2, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, about the source of Paul's joy, peace, and contentment, and how we can have the same. How is it possible to rejoice in the Lord always? Related to rejoicing and prayer, what reforms did Martin Luther bring to worship?

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6
Oct
2014

Righteousness and the Reformation

Sermon on Philippians 3:4b-14, for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, about what Paul taught in Philippians and Romans about righteousness; and how that informs our Lutheran understanding of our relationship to God.

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