Sermon for Christmas 1

December 31, 2017 Luke 2:22-40 Jesus Makes for Peace Have you ever gone back to visit a childhood home after being away for a long time? If you have, you have noticed that things didn’t seem as big as they once did. Those things that seemed large as a child looked out of proportion when

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Sermon for Christmas Day

December 25, 2017 John 1:1-14 Gift Giving For some people Christmas is about gift giving, that is, it is all about gift giving. Even for us, to whom Christmas is much more, the gift giving part still occupies a good portion of our attention and our time. We have the same dilemma each year: What

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Sermon for Advent 4

December 24, 2017 Luke 1:26-38 Destinies I’m sure that you have heard that the last chapter of the Star Wars movies was released recently. Some of you may even have seen it already. A theme in the original and that appeared in subsequent chapters had to do with destiny. It was Luke’s destiny that he

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Sermon for Advent 3

 December 17, 2017 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Pointing to Jesus How do you describe your church to other people when you tell them about it? Do you tell them about the fantastic coffee hours? How we always have the greatest snacks, sometimes hearty enough to provide even lunch. Do you talk about how the members linger

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Sermon for Advent 2

December 10, 2017 2 Peter 3:8-9 Patience to Endure      Are we there yet? You’ve have probably heard that saying many times from your children when they we young and you took a road trip. Such a question stems from impatience and not fully grasping the concept of time. We all know how children can

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Sermon for Advent 1

December 3, 2017 Mark 11:1-10 Looking Back With Anticipation The change in the Church Year always makes a subtle move from the anticipated coming of our Lord in the fulfillment of all things to the anticipated coming of our Lord in time for salvation. It is even more subtle as we understand the first as

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Devotion for Nov 22, 2017

A Simple Family Devotion for November 22, 2017 In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Psalm 111 Trinity XXIII The Psalmist is obviously very excited about ‘the works of the Lord.’ The ‘works of the Lord’ are ‘great,’ ‘full of splendor and majesty,’ ‘well remembered,’ ‘powerful,’

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Sermon for Trinity XXIII

November 19, 2017 Matthew 22:15-22 The Image of Christ Imprinted On You We should understand this opening scene here pretty well. It reflects our contemporary culture that isn’t that interested in what the other side has to say except in how it might be twisted in its meaning such to entangle the speaker. It plays

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Devotion for Nov 20, 2017

A Simple Family Devotion for November 20, 2017 In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Psalm 111 Proverbs 8:11-22 Wisdom for Salvation As we read through this section of Proverbs, we find that wisdom is personified. It is presented as the speaker describing himself. He describes

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