Sermon Food for the Abundant Life

Food for the Abundant Life

Without faith in Jesus, all we really have left is ourselves. It’s a natural condition to be preoccupied with questions of our earthly delights. “What shall we eat? What shall we drink?” In today’s Gospel reading the crowd had just been fed by Jesus and His disciples, a great miracle. When they saw that their …

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Sermon Jesus Leads Us Through the Storms of Life

Jesus Leads Us Through the Storms of Life

It’s hard to watch someone struggle and when it’s appropriate, we offer to help. Other times, it’s necessary to watch the struggle. For example, it’s important to let the struggle happen when a child is learning to walk or ride a bike. They have to learn how to fall to get back up. They have …

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Sermon The Glory of the Ministry of the Holy Christian Church

The Glory of the Ministry of the Holy Christian Church

What do you think of when you hear “Ministry of the Church”? Many people think of programs like missionaries in Africa or feeding the poor, but they’re wrong. Those things are good, and important, but they are not why the Church exists. In Jeremiah’s time, the Israelites made a similar mistake. They had come to …

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Sermon Beware of false prophets (Sermon from 2008)

Beware of false prophets (Sermon from 2008)

**Pastor Jenson is on vacation and Deacon Poe had a sudden illness so we found an archival sermon appropriate for our current church season** We live in a world full of deceit. From pickpockets to email scams, we encounter dishonesty on a daily basis. But the most dangerous are those who want to separate us …

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Sermon The Nativity of John the Baptist

The Nativity of John the Baptist

Why do we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist? Well, there are a few good reasons. He was the last of the prophets. He was himself prophesied about in the book of Isaiah and credentialed by God. But most importantly, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus since his work was “to give …

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Sermon Be merciful

Be merciful

**Due to the extreme heat, the service was not recorded and we are sharing an appropriate sermon from last year. Please stay safe in this unusual weather. ** One word makes an significant impact. The word AS. Those two little letters point to the mercy the Father shows us and it is unmatched.  The way …

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Sermon The New Birth – Trinity Sunday

The New Birth – Trinity Sunday

*Please note this is a Matins service. Andrew & Elizabeth, who record and post the services, are on vacation. In their absence, here is the Trinity Sunday service from 2020.* Trinity Sunday is when we confess a mystery. Not a mystery in the sense of “whodunnit”. Rather, a mystery that the human mind is unable …

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Sermon Spirit of Truth

Spirit of Truth

If you’re familiar with the Lutheran hymnal, the section for Pentecost has the word “Come” in almost every hymn title. Why do we repeatedly ask the Holy Spirit to come? It is because He is the bearer of Truth along with being our Helper, Intercessor and Consoler. This important role reveals the mercies of God …

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Sermon The Son of Man Rules the World

The Son of Man Rules the World

Who is in control? As Christians, it’s easy to say that God is in control, but logically it’s hard to reconcile sometimes. There is so much evil in this world: war, natural disasters, and disease are real and present dangers. So what does Christ’s Ascension have to do with all of this? Well, it’s a …

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Sermon Abide in My Love

Abide in My Love

God is love. That simple phrase carries a beautiful and accurate sentiment that has gotten lost in our commercialized world. We see it used on bumper stickers, billboards and co-opted by organizations with their own agendas. But God truly is love. The natural world world wants to see God as rules, judgement and punishment. But …

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