Sermons from 2017

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Rules of Engagement

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  The biblical text for this sermon can be found here. What is your experience of forgiveness? There is a lot that could be said about forgiveness. In some ways, forgiveness is something better addressed in a bible study. I won’t have time to say all that could be said today.  I will have to […]

Living with the Weeds

Sermon July 16, 2017   Isaiah 55: 10-13 You shall go out with joy. Matt. 13: 1-9, 18-23 Parable of the Sower.   The Sower and the Seeds   I read a piece recently by Rev. Ed Marquart where he imagines the setting for this parable.  Let me enhance some of his thoughts. Imagine, it’s […]

The Sower and the Seeds

Sermon July 16, 2017   Isaiah 55: 10-13 You shall go out with joy. Matt. 13: 1-9, 18-23 Parable of the Sower.   The Sower and the Seeds   I read a piece recently by Rev. Ed Marquart where he imagines the setting for this parable.  Let me enhance some of his thoughts. Imagine, it’s […]

The Yokes on You

Sermon July 9, 2017   Rom. 7: 15-25a “I do not do the good that I would do.” Matt. 11: 16-19, 20-25 Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.”   “The Yokes on You” or “It’s not about Eggs”   How many of you had a wonderful long 4th […]

Welcome!

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The scripture for this sermon is Mathew 10:40-42.  It can be found here. What does it feel like to be truly welcomed? Can you think of a time when someone gave you a sincere welcome?  What was it that made you feel welcomed? As a pastor, I have had the privilege of being welcomed many […]

His Eye is on the Sparrow

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Sermon June 25, 2017 Matt. 10: 24-39 (Count hairs, did not come to bring peace…) His Eye is on the Sparrow In my last sermon, I emphasized God’s love.  I’m always wanting to emphasize God’s love and forgiveness.  And then we go and have a lesson like this.  In the beautiful days of summer we […]

Harassed and Helpless

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Wenceslaus Hollar [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The scripture for this sermon is Matthew 9:28 – 10:8.  It can be found here. Lloyd Menke “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” I don’t like to think of myself as “harassed and […]

To Come Alongside

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You and I have received the Holy Spirit in our baptism. It is a gift given to empower and guide you. Honor the gift. It come alongside us – sometimes in dramatic, perplexing ways that cause us to wonder what does this mean? Sometimes as the inner voice. Sometimes as a mentor coming along side – prompting, challenging, and encouraging us – to use our gifts. But, always for the purpose of making Jesus better known and glorifying God. You have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Honor the gift.

One With the Father

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Scripture for this sermon is John 17:1-11 and can be found here. The gospel writer John is a bit of a mystic.  Today he records Jesus prayer for his disciples.  Jesus prays that they might have a deep and intimate connection with the Father. What does that look like?  When we try to talk about […]

Laughs and Locks

Sermon on First Sunday after Easter April 23, 2017 Holy Humor Sunday “Laughs and Locks” John 20: 19-31 The story of doubting Thomas.  It’s the same every year.  Usually we’re on a three year cycle or lessons so you get a variety of readings each year.  Not on this Sunday.  Every year the Sunday after […]