Sermon for Passion Sunday

April 14, 2019 Philippians 2:5-11 Emptied that We Might Be Filled    One reason that we confess our faith using one of the three Ecumenical Creeds each week in the Divine Service is that in using those words, we train ourselves, as Christians, to speak with one voice. When we say that God is Father

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Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

April 7, 2019 Luke 20:9-20 I Will Send My Beloved Son    How have you been doing with your Lenten fast? Have you sustained your extra devotion or prayer that you vowed to do? Have you maintained your abstinence from whatever it is that you vowed to give up? Here on the Fifth Sunday of

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 31, 2019 Luke 15:11-32 The Joy of Being Found    We general know this parable as the that of the Prodigal Son. That is the heading it is given in my Bible. It is the third of three parables told by Jesus to a group of grumbling Pharisees and scribes that were displeased by

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Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent

March 24, 2019 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Marked with the Blood of the Lamb    You have probably seen it. And, like me, you have wondered who would ever want to brand themselves? You will see it on the arms of some football players; that raised scar that is the remnants of the Greek letter omega

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Sermon for Wednesday of Lent 1

March 14, 2019 Luke 11:9-13 Hallowed Be Thy Name    The Small Catechism reads thus for the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer: Hallowed be Thy name. Its explanation: God’s name is certainly holy in itself but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also. God’s name is kept

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Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent

March 10, 2019 Luke 4:1-13 Identity Kept    All three of the synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke have accounts of Jesus being baptized and of his temptation in the wilderness for 40 days. Luke, however, has what many modern day theological books have, an excursus. Set in between His baptism and His temptation is

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Sermon for Ash Wednesday

March 6, 2019 Luke 15:11-32 Our Father, Who Art in Heaven    Certainly, you recall times in your life when you have done something to offend against another person and you didn’t know how that other person would react. You may have betrayed a friend’s trust by revealing a secret or taking advantage of your

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Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 17, 2019 1 Corinthians 15:19 What Do You Expect?    I received a thank you this past week from somebody that appreciates sermons that are neither self-help therapy lessons nor political pep rallies sprinkled with a little “gospel talk.” But I do want to start today with something that I did learn many years

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