22
Jun
2015

The Immense and human-sized God

Sermon on Job 38:1-11, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Father's Day, about God's answer to Job's complaint. God speaks from the whirlwind, in a sort of "Father to son talk". Why does God humble Job? What does Job long for in God, during his suffering, and how is that longing fulfilled in Christ Jesus? How do we face suffering?

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15
Jun
2015

“Body and Home”

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, about life in this physical body, and the experience of aging, suffering, and death. What is the Christian attitude toward the body? How is it informed by the future hope of the resurrection? What is our purpose and value in the present life and body?

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8
Jun
2015

Worship Instruction: Why we do what we do, part 2

Sermon on the Service of the Sacrament, explaining the parts of the liturgy and worship space and symbolism that surround the Lord's Supper. Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Benediction. Why worship is a "W" not an "M".

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1
Jun
2015

Worship Instruction: Why we do what we do

Sermon on the "Service of the Word", for Trinity Sunday, explaining what the various parts of the worship mean, and how our understanding of worship is shaped by the Bible. How does God give out His gifts, and what is our response? Worship is centered on God in Christ Jesus.

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27
May
2015

The Holy Spirit

Sermon on John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15, for Pentecost Sunday, about the giving of the Holy Spirit, and His threefold convicting work of convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. How the Trinity acts in unison to bring people to salvation in Jesus.

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18
May
2015

Take the Stand

Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15, for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Confirmation Sunday, about what it means to testify or give witness to Jesus, and what is the testimony of God. Why is God's testimony greater than man's? Jesus' resurrection as God's testimony of who He is.

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11
May
2015

Faith in Jesus is Victory!

Sermon on 1 John 5:1-8, for the 6th Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day, about how faith and love are inseparable, and how they are the identity of new believers, who are children in God's family. How does faith give victory? Why are Jesus' commandments not burdensome to the new child of God? How does Christianity maintain the importance of the physical world?
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4
May
2015

God’s First-Love

Sermon on 1 John 4:1-11, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, about how we know what is "of God" or "not of God." The spiritual warfare between truth and error. Love as a sign we are children of God. God is Love, and what does that love mean or do?

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27
Apr
2015

No other Name

Sermon on Acts 4:1-12, for the 4th Sunday of Easter, about the inclusivity and exclusivity of Christianity and Jesus as the only way to salvation. A sermon about the Name of Jesus, and how it suffers dishonor, persecution, and defamation, but what is the power, the glory, and honor of that Name. How Christians bear that Name.

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13
Apr
2015

Walking in God’s Light

Sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:2 for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, about walking in light or darkness, about the fact that God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Why are we urged to confess our sins? How does this passage speak against hypocrisy? Where do we find help to face the constant struggle of sin?

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6
Apr
2015

Path of Life

Sermon on Psalm 16 and Mark 16:1-8, and the parallels between the Exodus of the Israelites led by Moses, and the new, Second Exodus led by Jesus. A sermon for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and how He makes known to us the path of life.

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30
Mar
2015

Meditation on the Passion of Our Lord

A brief meditation on the Passion of our Lord Jesus, following a narrative reading of the Gospel of Mark, chapters 14-15, about the betrayal, trial, suffering and death of our Lord.

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23
Mar
2015

Helper of the fatherless

Sermon on Psalm 10 for Life Sunday, about how the abortion industry continues to take the innocent lives of nearly 1 million American babies a year, and what we as Christians can do to respond with the love of Christ and to advocate for the voiceless and fatherless. What is a father's role, for good or bad, in abortion? How can the church encourage a new generation of parents?

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16
Mar
2015

The Path left behind, and the Path chosen for us

Sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10, for the 4th Sunday in Lent, about sin, our sinful nature, God's immeasurable love and grace in Christ Jesus, a brief description of grace and faith, and the role of our good works in the Christian walk.

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9
Mar
2015

Destroy this Temple

Sermon on John 2:13-22, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, about the zeal of Jesus when He cleansed the Temple. What does it take to "light a fire" in you? What is the difference between good zeal and bad zeal? What did Jesus aim to do by cleansing the Temple? What happened when He did it a second time? Why did Jesus refer to His own body as a Temple?

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