Sermon on Philippians 4:2-7, for the 4th Sunday in Advent (1 Year Lectionary), about how we can "rejoice in the Lord always." How does joy exist, even in dark or sad times? What is the Supreme source of joy, and how do we receive it or give it to others? What are some things that joy "survives" in the Bible?
Sermon on Matthew 11:2-10, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent (1 Year Lectionary), about Jesus and John the Baptist, and how Jesus encouraged John at a particularly low point of his life, and reassured him about the coming of Jesus' kingdom. How do people take offense at Jesus, and what is the blessed of not being offended by Him? What is the shape of Jesus' kingdom? How do we receive His kingdom rightly? Is there a connection to Matthew 5, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their's in the kingdom of heaven"?
Sermon on Romans 15:4-13, (esp. vs. 4-5, 13) for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, about God's qualities of Endurance, Encouragement, and Hope, and how these are characteristics of Scripture, that God conveys to us. Consider the contrast--God is NOT a God of quitting/failure, DIScouragement, or despair. For a great hymn to go along with this, see Lutheran Service Book hymn 664 "Fight the Good Fight" about endurance--or LSB 337 "The Night Will Soon be Ending" for a contrast of how the world brings madness increasing, but God's Word brings hope increasing.