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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29
Sep
2014

Personal Responsibility and God’s Justice

Sermon on Ezekiel 18:1-32, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, about our tendency to "play the victim" and our personal responsibility for sin. How God demonstrates His justice and character toward sinners.

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22
Sep
2014

God’s Generosity

Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, Children's Sunday, about the parable of the workers in the vineyard and the master's unusual generosity. What does this parable teach us about God and His ways, and how we respond to them?

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15
Sep
2014

Living in Light of Christ’s Eternal Rule, Part 13

The 13th and final sermon in a series on Romans 6-14, entitled, "God's Greater Story." A sermon on Romans 13:11-14:12, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. A sermon about how Christians are tempted to quarrel over opinions or "indifferent things"--things that don't matter for our salvation. Paul shows how we must not judge or despise our brothers, because we live in the light of Christ's Eternal rule and the coming judgment to which we are all accountable. r

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8
Sep
2014

Dual Citizenship and Debts of Love, Part 12

Part 12 of a 13 part series on the Book of Romans, entitled, "God's Greater Story."

This sermon on Romans 13:1-10, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, is about the role of a Christian living in the dual citizenship of the nations we belong to on earth, as well as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. How do we live out our Christian life at the intersection of these two authorities of church and state, that are both under God's authority and power? 
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3
Sep
2014

Living in Love, Part 11

Sermon on Romans 12:9-21, for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, about the shape and dimensions of the Christian life, as Christ will lead us to as we follow Him and He lives in us. How do we respond to the hatred of enemies? How does love overcome evil?

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25
Aug
2014

Transformed for Service, Part 10

Sermon on Romans 11:33-12:8, for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost. Part 10 of the Romans' series, "God's Greater Story." The message is about the mysterious ways of God and how His mercies in Christ form the basis of our Christian life and the "living sacrifice" we offer. 

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18
Aug
2014

People of Faith and Mercy, Part 9

Sermon on Romans 11:1-2a, 13-32, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, part 9 of a 13 part series in Romans, "God's Greater Story." This sermon addresses the meaning of the "grafting" metaphor of the olive tree and branches, and how it Jew and Gentile relate in the church of Christ. 

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11
Aug
2014

People with a Purpose, Part 8

Sermon on Romans 10:5-17, for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. A sermon about faith and the Word of God as the Holy Spirit's tool for creating faith. Part 8 of the series on Romans, "God's Greater Story."

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