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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22
Feb
2016

The Refuge is Open

Sermon on Luke 13:31-35, for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, about Jesus' lament over Jerusalem, for rejecting and killing the prophets. How Jesus relates Himself to the Old Testament picture of God spreading out His wings as shelter for His people. Why we foolishly disregard God's words, and run like chicks from His protection. What God does to bring us back to Him.

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15
Feb
2016

With Me Stands the Righteous One

Sermon on Luke 4:1-13, for the 1st Sunday in Lent, on the temptation of Jesus' Christ, and how that speaks to our Christian experience of temptation. How do we find victory? How do we bear our crosses?

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8
Feb
2016

Transfiguration: Glory and Cross

Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, for the Transfiguration of our Lord, about how Jesus sets a contrast between glory and the cross, and what Moses and Elijah spoke about with Jesus on the mountaintop. 

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8
Feb
2016

Birth Pain & New Birth

Guest preacher Rev. Mark Bowditch preaches a Sermon on Mark 13:1-10, 24-37, about the coming birth pains in the end times, and how they will precede the new birth of the kingdom of God in Christ Jesus. 

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25
Jan
2016

One Body, Many Members, One Spirit

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, about the unity of the body of Christ. How are the members of the body intended to work together? How are they uniquely different? What are the sins that are peculiar to the Christian body, as Paul describes here? What is the goodness of God's design, and our worth and place in it?

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11
Jan
2016

In Baptism we are His

Sermon on Luke 3:15-22, for the Baptism of Our Lord, about the significance of Jesus entering the waters of Baptism, what it meant for His mission and purpose, what it means for us, and what John meant by Jesus will baptize with Spirit and with fire. What is Jesus role in both judgment and salvation? What did the prophet Isaiah say of this in chapters 42-43?

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