16
Oct
2017

Commander and Savior

Sermon on Matthew 22:34-46, for the 18th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' teaching of the Law and the Gospel in a nutshell--what is the greatest commandment? And who is the Christ? Why is love central to the Law? What does Jesus mean that the Law and the Prophets depend (lit. "hang") on these two commands? What did the Pharisees refuse to see? What does Psalm 110:1 mean?

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16
Aug
2017

Merciful, Blameless, and Pure

Sermon on 2 Samuel 22:26-34 (Psalm 18:25-33), for the 9th Sunday after Trinity, about how God is merciful, blameless, and pure, and wants us to reflect these qualities in our life, and why God appears "torturous" to the crooked. How does this fit into David's own life? How did he make his way "crooked" and find God to be "torturous"? How does God rescue us from crooked paths and crooked hearts? Who is, and where can you find a "blameless man" or "upright hero?"  

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26
Jun
2017

Bold Confessors

A Sermon on Psalm 119:46 & Psalm 46:1-3, 7, which is the Introit for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (June 25, 1530). This is a sermon about confessing God's Word and Truth before kings, as the German princes boldly did, and how confession and unity in the church comes from a deep confidence in and love for God's Word. A brief history of the presentation, and reflection on how they were living out the confidence in God and His Word that is expressed in these Psalm verses. How radical was their trust in God? What did the princes have in common with many before them who confessed the faith at risk to their lives and safety? What is the foundation of the Christian church, and what does that mean over against it's enemies? 

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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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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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6
Jul
2015

Marriage

Sermon about the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., and about how Christian's respond to a society that is unwelcoming to the Gospel. What is the authority by which the church speaks? What is the identity of a Christian disciple, and what calling does that place on their life? How does the church speak or respond to those outside the church, or who do not receive the teachings of Jesus? Texts from Mark 6:7-13, Psalm 146:3-4, and 1 Corinthians 5 & 6.

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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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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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18
Dec
2014

Fears and Comfort in Forgetting and Remembering

Sermon for Advent 3 Midweek, about fears and worries about losing memory, or wanting to forget hardships but being unable--and the comfort of knowing what God forgets and remembers. The following readings are incorporated into the sermon: Psalms 9 & 25, Isaiah 49:15-16, and Luke 12:4-7.

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4
Dec
2014

We’ve Forgotten, but God Remembers

Sermon on forgetting and remembering, a continuation of Sunday's theme, for Advent 1 midweek services. How God's people forget about Him, His mighty works and His commands; and how God remembers His people and His covenant, and reminds us. 

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1
Dec
2014

Reaping a Richness Toward God

Sermon on Psalm 65 and Luke 12:13-21, about a contrast between David and the rich fool, how they each responded to their abundance. What creates an attitude of thankfulness?

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12
May
2014

The Shepherd

Sermon on John 10:1-10 for the 4th Sunday of Easter, about Jesus as the Shepherd of the sheep, and why its good to be a sheep in His flock. 

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19
Dec
2013

God’s Never-Ending Story

Sermon about Psalm 136 for Advent 3 Midweek, about how we prepare for Christ's coming by thankfulness, and how God involves us in the eternal story of His steadfast love. 

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4
Dec
2013

Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so

Sermon on Psalm 107, for Thanksgiving Eve, about why the redeemed of the Lord praise and thank their Savior. 

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3
Apr
2013

Betrayal or Loyalty?

Sermon on Psalm 41 for Maundy Thursday, the night Jesus was betrayed and instituted the Lord's Supper.

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