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Thanks be to God

This year we are not holding midweek Advent services. We are instead re-using our advent recordings from 2020. As we celebrate this thanksgiving holiday, we should look to Christ for what we are the most thankful.  Like the leper who praised God “with a loud voice”, since we have even more for which we can …

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Sermon The Mountain of the Lord

The Mountain of the Lord

His Mountain, His House “My house, my rules”. Have you used this phrase with your children? Or, heard it as a child? When it is employed, it usually means an end to a disagreement. The parent has established they are not interested in changing the rules and the child is, most likely, disappointed. The house …

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Sermon The Final Judgment

The Final Judgment

Sheep from the goats Are you religious or secular? Faithful or enthusiastic? Sheep or goat? Are you both at different times? Malachi chapter 3, our sermon text for today, reminds us how the church is full of believers and unbelievers. Oh, they don’t openly deny Christ; it’s not that obvious. Rather, the unbelievers’ enthusiasm is …

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Sermon The End of the Age

The End of the Age

Vengeance is mine! Jerusalem was a walled city, fortified against attack. It had been a holy place since the time of Melchizedek, back to the time of Abraham. By Jesus’ time, it had been a holy place for about two thousand years. When we hear “Vengeance is mine, says the LORD”, we probably think first …

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Sermon Heavenly Worship is For All the Saints

Heavenly Worship is For All the Saints

Are you a Saint? “He/She is such a saint”. When we hear that declaration about someone, it’s usually in reference to a display of patience in difficult circumstances. However, when the Bible talks about saints it is talking about those who persevered in the faith, also in difficult circumstances. Why are they problematic? Because the …

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Sermon Two Mountains; Sinai and Zion

Two Mountains; Sinai and Zion

Why we need both In our Lutheran circles, we espouse the Gospel. We emphasize forgiveness of sins, grace, and mercy. We lean on the Solas – Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, and Sola Gratia. We know God’s love for us. This means that sometimes, the Law is set aside. Oh, we know it’s there but it’s …

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Sermon A Tale of Two Religions

A Tale of Two Religions

Just follow your heart How often have you “followed your heart” and it didn’t turn out well? Today’s culture focuses on self-empowerment, self-help, and self-love. We are told to be authentic and believe in ourselves to manifest our own destiny. Sure, a strong dose of confidence can be beneficial but where does it lead us …

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Sermon Why To Pray And Not Lose Heart

Why To Pray And Not Lose Heart

Do you exercise enough? If you’re like the majoirty of Americans, you could probably stand to exercise a bit more. We know the human body needs food, water, exercise and shelter to achieve optimal performance. Doctors advise healthy choices like a balanced diet of protein, fat and carbs, and to engage in daily–or at least …

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Sermon To Be Treated Like A Leper

To Be Treated Like A Leper

What do you have in common with a leper? If you’re familiar with Scripture, you may know that leprosy is mentioned several times throughout it. What was significant about leprosy? There were other easily transmittable diseases but Old Testament ceremonial law required that lepers, in particular, present themselves to the priests. When the priests deemed …

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Sermon The Just Shall Live By Faith

The Just Shall Live By Faith

Frustrated with God? Society is bitterly divided with an us-vs-them mentality. Christianity is ridiculed. Corrupt government officials are exposed, but nothing is done about it. The land is filled with lawlessness. Does this refer to the present day or the time of the prophet, Habakkuk? The answer is both! Habakkuk was fed up with the …

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