Sermon The Wisdom of God is the Wisdom of the Cross

The Wisdom of God is the Wisdom of the Cross

Wisdom of God or Wisdom of the World? We struggle. Every day presents new challenges and old temptations. And yet, we know to turn to God. Do we always turn to Him? Nope. It may seem obvious that the wisdom of God should be our first choice in every situation but our old Adam loves …

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Sermon Christ’s Love Forms Our Love

Christ’s Love Forms Our Love

Words Matter Remember the old schoolyard saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? Well, it’s rubbish. Words can hurt because they matter. But the inverse is also true – words can heal and more importantly, words can share love. We continue this Lenten season with the focus on …

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Sermon The Patience of God in Christ

The Patience of God in Christ

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree In today’s Gospel reading, we hear one of Jesus’s wise parables and as always, there is a valuable lesson to learn; one of patience. A familiar joke shared in Lutheran circles goes like this, “Lord, grant me patience and please do it now”. Our sinful flesh craves instant …

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Sermon A New Commandment

A New Commandment

Love one another; as I have loved you. In tonight’s Scripture lesson, we hear Jesus give a new commandment. Naturally, it’s important. It shifts the paradigm from obedience to love. The 10 Commandments are still useful, but the new commandment evokes love. Love cannot be commanded. That is the lesson we learn from the old. …

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Sermon The Life of Repentance

The Life of Repentance

Lent is known as the season of repentance. While that may sound depressing to confront and confess our sins, it is a blessing of the greatest means. We get to acknowledge our inclination to sin, seek forgiveness and absolutely receive it. But it doesn’t start and end with Lent. The life of repentance is a …

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Sermon Seated with Him in the Heavenly Places

Seated with Him in the Heavenly Places

The apostle says that “God…raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places.” Not “will be seated” but just “seated.” We have been raised up, and we have been seated. But clearly we are on Earth! Can this be right? With daylight savings time starting this weekend, I do not …

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Sermon Suffering & Hope

Suffering & Hope

Life is tough. And it should be. We live in a sinful world and our human nature is fatally flawed. Our suffering, whether a minor setback or a life-altering diagnosis, is not for naught. And our sermon text from Romans 5 does a beautiful job reminding us that God loves us, even when we feel …

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Sermon Living in the Last Days

Living in the Last Days

We live in good times but it’s easy to question that sentiment. Scandals, natural disasters and pandemics abound. But we know these are good times because we are in the Last Days. Living in the last days means we enjoy a life of repentance. A life of repentance means turning away from the ways of …

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