22
Jan
2018

How Lovely it is to be with God’s Beloved Son

Sermon on Psalm 84:1-2a, 4, 10-11; 77:18b (the Introit) for the Transfiguration of our Lord (1 Yr lectionary), about the parallel between the joy and delight that filled the Psalmist in God's presence at the Temple, and the amazed delight of Peter to be in Jesus' presence at the Transfiguration. How do we understand the loveliness of being with God? Why is that often missing in us today? How do we gain this delight? How does worship bring us to the eternal? 

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17
Jan
2018

Jesus’ Goodness did not remain hidden

Sermon on John 2:1-11, for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (1 YR), with reference to 1 Timothy 5:24-25, and the question of Jesus manifesting His glory, while also allowing the miracle at the Wedding at Cana to remain at least partially "hidden." What did Jesus mean by "His hour"? Why was this significant? How does He model His own teaching in the sermon on the Mount? What does the wine and wedding imagery signify about the Messiah and about His church? 

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8
Jan
2018

Deliverance in the Waters

Sermon on Joshua 3:1-17, for the Baptism of our Lord, about how the crossing of the Jordan foreshadows baptism. How does God show He is "with us in the waters?" See Isaiah 43:1-2. What did this miraculous sign reveal? How does it compare/contrast to other miracles with water? What are our assurances for daily life with Christ Jesus? 

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3
Jan
2018

Blessings on the Christ Child

Sermon on Luke 2:33-40, for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, about the blessings that aged Simeon and Anna gave to Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, at His presentation and naming in the Temple. How are age and youth portrayed positively side by side? What is the meaning of Simeon's last prophecy to Mary? What is the significance of Simeon's prophecy and its fulfillment in the life of Jesus? What particular example does Anna set for us? 

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27
Dec
2017

Follow God’s Lead

Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25, for Christmas Day, about how Matthew's account of Jesus' birth focuses on how God directed Joseph's decisions and actions to "follow God's lead." Who else benefitted from listening to God's direction in the Christmas story, and how where they and also us blessed by it? How does our "reason and senses" often misread or misunderstand a situation, or make us doubt that God is really in control, and knows best? How can we benefit by taking all things to God in prayer, and following God's lead? 

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27
Dec
2017

Angels Help us to Adore Him

Sermon on Luke 2:1-20 and Hebrews 1:1-6, for Christmas Eve, about how angels in the Christmas story and throughout Scripture direct us to Jesus and to worship Him. What glory of Jesus do they reveal to us, and how is His glory and kingship hidden from earthly eyes, but revealed to those who have faith? 

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27
Dec
2017

Disbanded Choir

Sermon on Psalm 96 for Advent 4 Midweek, preached by Pastor Paul Roschke. A sermon about the unexpected presentation of judgment and joy side by side in this Psalm, about the Advent of our Savior and how He comes and serves us, and about the new song of praise we sing to Jesus. 

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18
Dec
2017

Double Comfort!

Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-8, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about the Double Comfort spoken by Isaiah the prophet--who receives it, who refuses it, and what the messenger in the wilderness is doing. What are the obstacles to God's entry? Why is God entering, and what is the significance of the doubling of comfort, punishment, or other doublings in various passages? 

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14
Dec
2017

The King of Glory

Sermon on Psalm 24 for Advent 3 Midweek service, about the questions raised in this Psalm. Who can ascend the Lord's hill and stand in His holy place? Who is the King of Glory? Who follows in His train? How do we acquire clean hands and a pure heart, and what other blessings come with it? 

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11
Dec
2017

Stand Before the Son!

Sermon on Luke 21:25-36, for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, about Jesus' last public teaching (as recorded by Luke) about the end times and the Son of Man's return in glory. How are faithful believers to respond to the fear and foreboding of the signs of the end? Why is their response so different? Why is being on our knees a position of strength, not weakness? How do we have strength to stand? 

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7
Dec
2017

Bless the Lord O My Soul

Sermon on Psalm 103, for Advent Midweek 2, about the goodness and health of praising God, and how God knows us, our frame, and our weakness intimately, and pours out His benefits on us generously. 

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4
Dec
2017

The Righteous Branch

Sermon on Jeremiah 23:5-8, for the 1st Sunday in Advent, about Jeremiah's prophecy in dark days, of a coming Righteous and wise king in the line of David--The Rigtheous Branch, and The LORD our Righteousness. What do these titles tell us about the Messiah? What spiritual crisis did the Babylonian Captivity create for Israel? How did God uphold his promise to David in 2 Samuel 7:16? What did the crowds on Palm Sunday see, and why does this reading show up every first Advent? How does YHWH's rigtheousness become ours? 

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30
Nov
2017

Hope in God

Sermon on Psalm 42, for Advent 1 Midweek, about this Psalm of individual lament, and how it expresses the storms and griefs of the soul, while trusting in God through the dark times. What role had the Psalmist had, and how did that color his present sadness? What is the basis of his hope? What imagery describes the sadness of his heart? How can we weather such storms?

 

* We had a wonderful service of Evening Prayer, at which I preached this message, and we sang many beautiful variations of Psalm 42 and hymns inspired by it or echoing themes of it. Our sermon hymn was "As the Hart" by Dewey Westra, from the Genevan Psalter, and we also sang "When Peace Like a River" (It is Well with my Soul), and "The Night Will Soon Be Ending". I wish I had made a recording to share with you the beauty of the singing! Truly stirring, with rich words of Scripture as the foundation. 

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27
Nov
2017

Parable of the Ten Virgins

Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, the Parable of the Virgins. What does this tell us about the waiting for Christ's return, and how people respond differently to it? Why are some wise, and others foolish? What is the same and what's different about them both? What does the oil represent? How are we filled with oil to be ready? Why do we normally encourage preparation, but often forget about it in spiritual things? 

 

Two new episodes today! Check out both-- other is Thanksgiving sermon on Psalm 95. 

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27
Nov
2017

Come Into His Presence with Thanksgiving

Sermon on Psalm 95, for Thanksgiving Eve service. We sang the Venite--the liturgical treasure of the church that is the versification of Psalm 95:1-7, and reflected on why and how we "come into God's presence with thanksgiving." How does the historical reference of this Psalm (see Exodus 17 and Hebrews 3-4) contrast the attitude of grumbling and of thanksgiving? How does the Psalm picture God's control of creation? 

Two new episodes today! Check out both!

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