Dec 30, 2018
Destiny Certain
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We have been building up to Christmas for weeks, but now we celebrate that Jesus is born! His parents then bring Him to be circumcised and give Him the Name that God told them to name the Child ... the Name that is placed on us in our baptism - the Name of Jesus.  This means that as you head into your New Year you go with a Name, the Name of Jesus - a name at which every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.  A name that goes before you so you can praise and give thanks.  A name that is in you that has the power of life and victory over all evil.  A name that is on you so that on Judgement Day there can be no argument as to whom you belong.  Your destiny is certain.
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  • Dec 30, 2018Destiny Certain
    Dec 30, 2018
    Destiny Certain
    Series: (All)
    We have been building up to Christmas for weeks, but now we celebrate that Jesus is born! His parents then bring Him to be circumcised and give Him the Name that God told them to name the Child ... the Name that is placed on us in our baptism - the Name of Jesus.  This means that as you head into your New Year you go with a Name, the Name of Jesus - a name at which every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.  A name that goes before you so you can praise and give thanks.  A name that is in you that has the power of life and victory over all evil.  A name that is on you so that on Judgement Day there can be no argument as to whom you belong.  Your destiny is certain.
  • Dec 24, 2018The Christmas Story
    Dec 24, 2018
    The Christmas Story
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    Regarding The Christmas Story, you may have some questions: What is this story about? Is it just a series of random events: a decree from an emperor, a virgin expecting a child, angels appearing to make an announcement, magi from the east, and no room at the inn?  Is there any reason to think that these events really happened? And if so, why do they matter to me?
  • Dec 23, 2018Rejoice! God for Us!
    Dec 23, 2018
    Rejoice! God for Us!
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    This Sunday we stand almost on the eve of the incarnation, when God acts decisively on our behalf, with a gift we can neither earn nor deserve - the gift of Himself, His love made manifest in the birth of the babe of Bethlehem.
  • Aug 26, 2018Living Under the Rainbow
    Aug 26, 2018
    Living Under the Rainbow
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    "Covenant theology" is an important Scriptural concept, not often stressed in Lutheran circles. You might recognize it better using another English term. No doubt you have heard of the Old and the New Testament.... What does it mean to live "Under the Rainbow of God's Covenant?" You will hear about it this morning. It can be very comforting for the Christian.
  • Aug 19, 2018The Power of Words
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Power of Words
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    Our Old Testament Lesson reminds us of a truth we often forget: words once spoken have irrevocable power. God conveys His love to us in the Word Made Flesh!
  • Aug 12, 2018Sacrifice
    Aug 12, 2018
    Sacrifice
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    Faith is trust in God no matter where He leads you...and even when you do not know for sure your life's destination. The God of Abraham and Isaac is the same God who reveals Himself in Jesus.
  • Aug 5, 2018Acting Our Part
    Aug 5, 2018
    Acting Our Part
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    As we look to discover the work of the church, we find that we are all given roles as characters in the gospel, and the work before us to learn to embody our parts in faithfulness, love, and truth. Christians are called to act out the unity that is ours through the body and blood of Christ.
  • Jul 29, 2018Taking Care of Business
    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.
  • 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.