05-06-2018 Sermon - The Gospel For All Nations

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Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

God's love for people, and grand plan to redeem humanity, was from the beginning for all nations. But the descendants of Abraham often forgot that they were "chosen" by God to be a blessing to all nations. And even the Apostles and disciples of Christ had to be miraculously directed in order to minister the Gospel beyond the circumcised believers. And we need to be reminded that we ourselves have been blessed in order to be a blessing. For truly there is a wideness in God's mercy. The Gospel is for all peoples!

04-15-2018 Sermon - Salvation In No One Else

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Photo by Daniel Burka on Unsplash

The followers of Jesus were different people after Jesus' death and resurrection. And when Peter and John were dragged before the religious authorities, the very one's responsible for Jesus' crucifixion, they proclaimed with boldness that a lame man's healing was in the name of Jesus and that one could find salvation in Jesus' name. In fact, there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we may be saved...

04-08-2018 Sermon - Christ's Victory Over Sin

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When Jesus appears to his gathered disciples on that first Easter Evening, not only were they surprised that his resurrected body was suddenly in the room with them, but after that initial shock they were also happily surprised by his disposition toward them. After all, they had all miserably failed him just days before. Now he appears with kind greetings of mercy, "Peace be with you." And he makes it clear that his death and resurrection have to do with the forgiveness of sins that you and I so desperately need.

04-01-2018 Sermon – The Mountain of Our Salvation

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The Prophet Isaiah paints an imaginative picture of the hope that lies before God's people. It is a picture of the Mountain of the Lord where there is endless feasting and celebrating, where death is swallowed up, and where tears are wiped away. The Resurrection of our Lord that we celebrate today, and in fact celebrate each and every Lord's Day, establishes that Isaiah's picture of our future with the Lord is sure and certain. It is a hope that already energizes us in this present age.

03-30-2018 Sermon – The Seven Last Words

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The four Gospel Accounts record seven statements that Jesus uttered from the Cross. They are known as the Seven Last Words. Each of the statements provide opportunities to meditate on the surprising victory our Lord won on what would have otherwise seemed like a dismal defeat. There is a reason it is called "Good Friday". For on the Cross our Lord defeats sin, death, and the devil.

03-18-2018 Sermon - The New Testament in Christ's Blood

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The Sovereign of the Universe has allowed us to be cut in on a covenant (contract or agreement) in which he binds himself to some incredible promises to us, lists some conditions or terms of the contract, and then seals the deal with blood. In our Ezekiel reading we will learn of a New Covenant or Testament that the Lord God will make. This New Covenant supersedes the Old or First Covenant and takes into account human failure to live up to the conditions of the Covenant. This covenant also is sealed with blood and is connected to a meal...

03-04-2018 Sermon - More to Be Desired than Gold!

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The Psalmist could speak of God's rules as being more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey. The idea of rules, regulations, and commandments does not always register very high on most of our excitement registers. So how is it that when we become full of faith, we do not only value the awesome promises in Scripture, but we also come to value and savor our Lord's commandments?

02-18-18 Sermon - Being Steadfast Under Trial

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James tells us that the person who remains steadfast under trial will receive the crown of life. But who among us hasn't crumbled under pressure and succumbed to the temptations of the devil. This morning we will together discover the good news for receiving this crown in spite of our many failings, while at the same time actually becoming more steadfast under trial.

02-11-18 Sermon - We Have Something More Reliable

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Wouldn't we all like to enjoy the benefits Jesus' first disciples had? They witnessed mighty miracles, with dramatic healing and exorcisms! And in today's Gospel Lesson three disciples witnessed Jesus' appearance being altered so that his face shone like the sun. They also witnessed Moses and Elijah in the company of Jesus. And yet Peter will later write that we have something more reliable than this. What Peter is referring to is something that is available to all of us.

01-28-18 Sermon - Authorized to Speak for God

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Many voices purport to speak for God, but not all are authorized to do so. The question is how are we to know who has been commanded to be a mouthpiece of the Lord and therefore someone we should listen to? Moses dealt with this matter as Israel was about to enter the Promise Land. And our Lord Jesus made claims that he was the culmination and definitive one to speak as God. And now with the Prophetic and Apostolic Word already spoken, need we bother to listen to anyone today claiming to have a new Word of God?

01-21-18 Sermon - Fishing With Carrot And Stick

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As Jesus begins his public ministry his message sounded similar to that of John the Baptist, and indeed similar to the prophets of the Old Testament. Repent and believe - the proverbial "carrot and stick", although with the stick coming first. So what is different? It is Jesus' insistence that the time has arrived and that kingdom is at hand. And with his advent on the scene the good news to be believed will be what Jesus will accomplish on the Cross for the forgiveness of sins and how this opens the kingdom to believers...

01-14-2018 Sermon - Glorifying God In Your Body

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When it came to the Old Testament dietary laws, Christ laid them aside declaring that they had served their purpose, and that henceforth food merely passed through the body. It did not defile or make holy. Some in the Corinthian Church thought the same reasoning could be used to set aside commandments dealing with sexuality. But Paul insisted that the moral law remains, and what we do with our bodies matters! After all the Gospel hope is in the resurrection of the body to life eternal. And presently our bodies have been joined as members of Christ's body. They are temples of the Holy Spirit. And they are collectively with other believers the Bride of Christ. And so we are to glorify God in our bodies...

01-07-2018 Sermon - Standing With Sinners

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The account in Mark's Gospel of Jesus' baptism is brief, and like the rest of his Gospel Mark lets the action tell the story. And the action we see taking place is our Lord Jesus standing in the Jordan along side sinners who need the forgiveness of sins. And what we learn as Mark's Gospel unfolds is that Jesus stands with sinners accomplishing on our behalf all that God requires of us.

12-24-2017 Sermon - From Heaven to Earth

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When it comes to the Christian Faith it is important to note the direction of the action, and the subject of the verbs. Is the direction heaven to earthward? Or is it earth to heavenward? In the most important action, who is the subject of the action? And who is being acted upon? Our lessons this morning will help us to see the primary direction is from heaven to earthward, and that our Lord is the most important actor, and we the one's being acted upon...