29
Aug
2016

Living in Harmony with God’s Design

Sermon on Hebrews 13:1-17, for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, about the list of exhortations or calls to obedience found in that chapter. How does the use of the Law or commands of God compare and contrast from Old Testament to New? What do these commands center in, and how do we get this holiness? How does it place us at odds with the world?

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22
Aug
2016

DIsciplined to receive His holiness

Sermon on Hebrews 12:4-24, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, about how a Christian faces the discouragement and hardship of discipline, as they continue to train and run the race, with their eyes fixed on Jesus. What are the purposes of God's discipline? What is the nature of our struggle with sin? What is the "new covenant" mediated by Jesus' blood? What "better word" does His blood speak?

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8
Aug
2016

Living in God’s Promises

Sermon on Hebrews 11:1-16, for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, about how Jesus is the center and object of faith, and what faith means. Why is faith necessary to please God? How does Biblical faith differ from the pop-culture use of the term? How does one get God's commendation?

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1
Aug
2016

Not in vain!

Sermon on the book of Ecclesiastes (1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; 12:11-14), for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, about coveting versus contentment, and why the author of Ecclesiastes sees life "under the sun" as meaningless or vanity. How does one find contentment in God? What are the implications of death for everyone? What kind of labor is "not in vain?"

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25
Jul
2016

Baptized and Alive in Christ

Sermon on Colossians 2:6-15, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, about the life that we have received, that has been created for us in Christ Jesus. How are we rooted and built up on Christ? What things threaten to bring us into captivity? What is the circumcision of Christ? How has God dealt with our sin debt?

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21
Jul
2016

Friends of the Law

Sermon on Psalm 119 (verses 105, 57-60), for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. How can a Christian love and delight in the law of the Lord? What tension exists within the Christian as we relate to God's law? How is that tension resolved? What is the positive view of God's law?

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12
Jul
2016

The Good Samaritan

Sermon on Luke 10:25-37, for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, about the parable of the Good Samaritan, and how Jesus talks to a lawyer about the questions of how to inherit eternal life, and who is my neighbor. What is our Christian duty? How does one enter eternal life? Who is the Good Samaritan a picture of?

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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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