27
Jun
2016

He set His face

Sermon on Luke 9:51-62, for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, about the cost of discipleship and Jesus' journey to the cross. How does Jesus face rejection? How does the Gospel respond? What are the hindrances and distractions for discipleship? How can one be fit for the kingdom of God?

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20
Jun
2016

Tell how much Jesus has done for you

Sermon on Luke 8:26-39, for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus healing the demon possessed man in the region of the Gerasenes. What were the signs of his demon possession, and how was he restored? By what power and authority did Jesus do it? What do we learn from the response of the demons, and also from the fear of the people? What has Jesus done for us, and how does Jesus now use us in our daily lives?

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13
Jun
2016

If you had eyes like me…

Sermon on Luke 7:36-50, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, about the meal where Jesus was hosted by Simon the Pharisee, and the woman from the city washes the feet of Jesus with her tears and her hair, and how Jesus speaks to Simon about love and forgiveness and hospitality. What does this teach us about how we look at others? At ourselves? How do we get to see through the "eyes of Jesus"?

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6
Jun
2016

God has visited His people

Sermon on Luke 7:11-17, for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, about the miracle of Jesus raising the son of the Widow of Nain. How does Jesus enter into our grief? What comfort does He bring, and where and when can we find Him? What comfort does Jesus bring at the funeral of a Christian? What does it mean that God "visited" His people?

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16
May
2016

A Welcome Home for God

Sermon on John 14:23-31, for Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday, about Jesus and the Father making His home with believers, about what the Holy Spirit does in teaching us, how love and obedience are related, and how the gift of Jesus' peace differs from the peace of this world.

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9
May
2016

Tree of Life

Sermon on Revelation 22:1-6,12-20, for the 7th Sunday of Easter, about the Tree of Life and the river of the water of life in the New Jerusalem. Why does the last chapter of the Bible bring us back to the Tree of Life, recalling the Garden of Eden? How is access to the Tree of Life restored? What does the image of the water of life communicate about Jesus? What is the role of truth and falsehood in relation to access to this Tree of Life?

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2
May
2016

New Jerusalem

Sermon on Revelation 21:9-27, for the 6th Sunday of Easter, about St. John's vision of the New Jerusalem, the city, the bride of Christ, the people of God. How does this imagery draw from many parts of the Bible, and what does it teach us? What is heaven like? How do we enter there? How is God's presence with His people shown?

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18
Apr
2016

The Lamb will be their Shepherd

Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, for the 4th Sunday of Easter, about the multitude without number, worshipping before the Throne of God and of the Lamb. Who are they, and where are they from? Who are the 144,000 that come in the verses before? What is the Lutheran understanding of these two groups, and how they fit into the big picture of Revelation, and our own experience of persecution on the earth? What is our confidence in the midst of trial?

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11
Apr
2016

Worthy is the Lamb

Sermon on Revelation 5:1-14, for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, about the heavenly scene of worship at the throne of God, in Revelation 5. What is the relation of God and the Lamb? Why is the Lamb worthy? What does Revelation teach us about who Jesus is and what worship is?

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11
Apr
2016

Risen Jesus Reigns from the Throne

Sermon on Revelation 1, for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, about how the book of Revelation shows the heavenly perspective of Jesus, and what the main theme of the book of Revelation is. How does it speak comfort to Christians in times of trouble and facing persecution?

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28
Mar
2016

More than Seeing

Sermon on Luke 24:1-12, for Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord. A sermon about what we "see", perceive, or understand about the facts of Jesus' death and resurrection. What does it mean for our life? How does it change us and our future?

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21
Mar
2016

Unbreakable

Sermon on Luke 23, for Palm Sunday or Sunday of the Passion, about how Jesus treated those who mistreated Him, with references to Psalm 103:8-12. How did Jesus' conduct affect the onlookers of His crucifixion? What response should it create in us?

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14
Mar
2016

Surpassing Worth

Sermon on Philippians 3:2-14, for the 5th Sunday in Lent, about Paul counting everything in his life as loss, in comparison to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ. How do we obsess about counting earthly things? What does knowing Christ equal? How can Paul declare everything in his life to be rubbish? How do we run the race in light of all the struggles and challenges of life?

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7
Mar
2016

The Love that Overcomes

Sermon on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, for the 4th Sunday in Lent, about the Parable taught by Jesus, variously known as The Lost Son, The Prodigal Son, The Two Brothers, or as I would title it, the Father's Love. What two audiences does the parable speak to, and how does it surprise or convict us about God the Father's love, and move us to receive and show the same? How do the lost find a place in the family? What is the danger of thinking like the older brother? Who is our true brother, who shows divine, fatherly love to us?

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29
Feb
2016

Dismissing Danger or Finding Forgiveness?

Sermon on Luke 13:1-9, with references to Ezekiel 33:7-20, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent. A sermon about measuring the danger of sin, understanding that it leads to death, and why God's call to repentance is so urgent and insistent. Understanding how God's parental love for us demands boundaries. What does God do when we transgress those boundaries?

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