Jul 29, 2018
Taking Care of Business
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This morning's Gospel reminds us of the source and center of our faith:  Jesus.  It invites us to focus on Him, not on secondary matters, not on lesser goods.  Our restless hearts will only find rest when they rest in Him.
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  • Jul 29, 2018Taking Care of Business
    Jul 29, 2018
    Taking Care of Business
    Series: (All)
    This morning's Gospel reminds us of the source and center of our faith:  Jesus.  It invites us to focus on Him, not on secondary matters, not on lesser goods.  Our restless hearts will only find rest when they rest in Him.
  • Jul 23, 2018Pursued by Mercy
    Jul 23, 2018
    Pursued by Mercy
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    Can any of us remember a time when we did not know the words of Psalm 23? It speaks to us from the very beginning of life to life's end. It speaks of a childlike trust in God's ability to protect us, just like a shepherd.
  • Jul 15, 2018Our God is Awesome!
    Jul 15, 2018
    Our God is Awesome!
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    Our God, the Creator of the cosmos is far too great to fit into our cranium. Yet graciously He reveals Himself to us in wonderful ways that should cause us to bow in wonder and worship. May the vision of the prophet Isaiah open our eyes to the awesomeness of the God who created us, who redeemed us in Christ and empowers us to be His people and do His will through the work of His Holy Spirit.
  • Jul 8, 2018Hearing Past the Familiar
    Jul 8, 2018
    Hearing Past the Familiar
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    The Gospel is always proclaimed by flawed mortals ~ otherwise it would never be proclaimed at all. The Gospel is also always heard by flawed mortals ~ otherwise it would never be heard. Our Gospel lesson for today is a powerful commentary on the wisdom of that statement.
  • Jul 1, 2018God’s Work – Our Hands
    Jul 1, 2018
    God’s Work – Our Hands
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    Jesus is at work in many places. We see him in the middle of the action and also on the margins. Our Gospel reading tells the stories of two different touches and the transforming power of Jesus’ touch. Being physically present is an important part of Jesus’ ministry. What are the implications of this to us as the body of Christ?
  • Apr 1, 2018Daring to Believe
    Apr 1, 2018
    Daring to Believe
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    Today's Easter message seeks to answer two questions. First, what are the benefits of believing in Jesus Christ? Faith in Jesus is life changing and actually beneficial to the believer. We’ll learn how that is so! Second, what does it mean to believe in Jesus? We’ll use the word TRUST to help us learn how to continue to have faith, even in our darkest days.
  • Mar 18, 2018Denial
    Mar 18, 2018
    Denial
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    Today we focus on our forgiveness for denying our Lord. We humbly confess that we often join Peter in saying, “I don’t know this Man!” Denial is never a good thing – except in formal logic. In logic a denial simply reverses the truth value of a statement. Here is the truth statement about our human condition: we are sinners under God’s condemnation. Now, put a denial in front of that statement and we have this: It is not the case that we are sinners under God’s condemnation. That is a joyful denial. And it happens all because Jesus denied His righteousness for our sake. Paul writes, “But, God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus became our sin so that we become His righteousness. Rejoice in that new identity.
  • Feb 25, 2018Patience
    Feb 25, 2018
    Patience
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    Christ is the savior of the world, God with us, but not always on our schedule. Jesus comes to us, but not always when we demand. Sometimes "faith" is the ability to wait, the willingness to let God be God for us in His own good time.
  • Feb 18, 2018Cure for a Snakebite
    Feb 18, 2018
    Cure for a Snakebite
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    We all have causes – things to which we devote our passions and energies. Some people devote themselves to humanitarian work. Some people devote themselves to their favorite team. Jesus’ cause is that of His Father’s house, that is, the worship of the one, true God, for Jesus understands, in the words of the Westminster Catechism, “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” Is your cause the same as Jesus’ cause?
  • Jan 21, 2018A Time to Fish
    Jan 21, 2018
    A Time to Fish
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    Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen by trade. Jesus invited them to follow Him, promising He would make them fishers of men. What could this possibly mean? The prophet Jonah may provide a clue. Swallowed, and then regurgitated by a great fish after running from God, Jonah was given another chance to cast a Gospel net for the people of Nineveh. With only the lure of Jonah’s brief, Law-heavy sermon, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”, God reeled in a bountiful Kingdom-catch, saving more than 120,000 people and animals in that city. Jesus’ own preaching announces the fullness of time, the presence of God’s reign, and invites repentance and faith in the Good News from God, which He embodies and enacts. This message-proclaimed and sacramentally enacted-is the net by which Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies people under God’s gracious reign
  • Jan 14, 2018Listen
    Jan 14, 2018
    Listen
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    The importance of listening cannot be overstated. Listening leads to big things: the call of a prophet; moral guidance to a young church at Corinth; the call to discipleship.
  • Jan 7, 2018Hope for Life
    Jan 7, 2018
    Hope for Life
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    As Christians we offer the love, hope and healing power of Jesus Christ to all who find or have found themselves in hopeless situations. In Jesus, there’s “HOPE”: HUMANITY even in suffering. OPPORTUNITY even in uncertainty. PROMISE even in weakness. And ENJOYMENT even in the unexpected. May we find our HOPE in Him.

  • Dec 31, 2017Seeing With the Eyes of Faith
    Dec 31, 2017
    Seeing With the Eyes of Faith
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    The Apostle Luke reveals the true mission of Jesus the Messiah - to be Savior of the nations. Through the eyes of Simeon and Anna we see the transformative power of Christ on the lives of God’s people. His mission changes us and redefines joy in our lives. Though we have the freedom to use our time and energy pursuing the empty things of the world, we choose instead to find joy by dedicating our hands and heart to the things of God. Like Simeon we trust God to fulfill His promises. That frees us to accomplish much - both now and in eternity - as we see life with the eyes of faith.
  • Dec 10, 2017Preparing Her Way – Have a Mary Christmas
    Dec 10, 2017
    Preparing Her Way – Have a Mary Christmas
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    The clear message of Advent is that this is a time for us to clear out the things that clutter up our lives and hinder our walk with God. From the prophets of the Old Testament to John the Baptist the cry is “Prepare the way of the Lord!” May we use these Advent days for honest self examination and repentance that will open our hearts to receive the good news of God’s gift in Christ Jesus our Lord. Today we can learn so much from Mary the mother of our Lord about how to prepare our hearts to be ready to receive the precious gifts that God offers.

  • Nov 12, 2017Two Centurions, A Saint and More
    Nov 12, 2017
    Two Centurions, A Saint and More
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    In 1526, in "Whether Soldiers, Too, Can Be Saved," Dr. Martin Luther answers in the affirmative.  In this morning's two Gospel Readings, we encounter two very different centurions at very different times in the life and ministry of our Lord.  Yet both display unique and spectacular faith.  Then and now, veterans had and have a special place in the heart of God.