Sermon Jesus Eats With Sinners

Jesus Eats With Sinners

Are you a sinner? For many people, it’s hard to admit that we sin, much less that we sin a lot, every day. But if you’re Lutheran, you’re probably familiar with this line from our Liturgy, “I, a poor miserable sinner, confess unto you all my sins and iniquities”. We own it. We know that …

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Sermon Christian Suffering Comes From the World

Christian Suffering Comes From the World

Who do you put first? There’s a popular saying in our culture that goes, “Happy wife, happy life”. It implies that if the husband puts his wife’s wishes first, then all parties will be happy. And while that might be true in some cases, it’s really not what God asks of us. Yes, the husband …

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Sermon Enter Through the Narrow Door

Enter Through the Narrow Door

Which door will you choose? If you’re of a certain age, you may recall a game show host asking the winning contestant “which door will you choose?” at the end of each episode. Hidden behind each door was a mystery prize! It could be a fantastic new car or a disappointing year’s supply of soup. …

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Sermon The Peace of God Which Passes All Understanding

The Peace of God Which Passes All Understanding

How do you define peace? In today’s sermon text, we hear Christ describe himself as bringing division. It’s a bit unnerving as earlier texts refer to Jesus as the one who will bring peace. How can this be? The short answer is both are true. Jesus brought peace and division. Our human nature has very …

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Sermon Faith, Hope, and Conviction

Faith, Hope, and Conviction

Do you have faith? The word faith has strong religious overtones, which is wonderful. It is, perhaps, one word that hasn’t been totally twisted by society and human selfishness. Our sinful selves–full of pride–distort words, actions, and thoughts to put the emphasis on self. For example, the word “believe” has been used ad nauseam in …

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Sermon Poor To The World; Rich Toward God

Poor To The World; Rich Toward God

Where is your focus? Where do you find joy? For many, it is spending time with their family and friends. For others, it’s a lovely home, reliable cars, and maybe a cabin on a lake. Or perhaps you’re part of the current wanderlust trend, and you live on the road soaking up joy in every …

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Sermon Jesus Teaches Us To Pray

Jesus Teaches Us To Pray

How do you pray? Do you say “Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest” at dinnertime? Is “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” your bedtime prayer? Or do you recite the Evening and Morning Prayers from Luther’s Small Catechism? It doesn’t really matter how you answered the above questions. What does matter is who you …

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Sermon The Highest Worship

The Highest Worship

What is your priority? Productivity is king! Work smarter, not faster. And the list goes on. Our culture is filled with aphorisms glorifying work and a life filled with busyness. And it’s not just our culture but human nature itself. We feel good when we work and can complete an item on the to-do list. …

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Sermon Eternal Life Is Our Inheritance

Eternal Life Is Our Inheritance

What can I do? Our desire to save ourselves is inherent in us but comes from our sinful nature; that is the old Adam. We think if we just do the right things or say the right words; we can gain eternal life. We see it in so many Christian denominations – works righteousness, prosperity …

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Sermon Bear One Another’s Burdens

Bear One Another’s Burdens

Bearing a burden leads to love In today’s gospel reading, Paul writes, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. So, what does this mean? Isn’t the Law in the Old Testament? And, aren’t we free from the Law because of the New Testament? After all, Christ came to satisfy the Law …

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