Sermon The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

While Pastor Jenson is on vacation, Deacon Poe is filling in and delivered Martin Luther’s thoughts on The Lord’s Prayer. As we learn, prayer is a sacred act that we are called to do in the Second Commandment. God desires our prayers! In Psalm 50, we are told to “call upon me in the day …

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Sermon He Who Is First Must Be Last and Servant of All

He Who Is First Must Be Last and Servant of All

Are you familiar with the acronym G.O.A.T.? It’s a popular trend where people identify or argue about their favorite athlete, actor, teacher, etc. and stands for Greatest Of All Time. It’s a notion as old as time. In today’s Gospel message, we read about the disciples arguing about who is the greatest among them! When …

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Sermon Journey through Darkness with the Joy of Christ

Journey through Darkness with the Joy of Christ

Ever get lost on a dark country road? The directions might be vague or the streets are poorly lit or not lit at all. Yet you know the general direction of where you need to go so you keep driving, hoping to pick the right way. Life is pretty similar to that sometimes. We get …

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Sermon Behold, Your God Will Come and Save You

Behold, Your God Will Come and Save You

Israel was anxious. They saw destruction all around them. Even their prophets seemed to have turned against them. For example, the start of Isaiah 34: “Draw near O nations to hear and give attention all peoples … For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host”. God brings warning …

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Sermon The Church Militant

The Church Militant

If you have watched the news lately, it’s fairly obvious that sin is ever present. Wars, rumors of wars, natural disasters, disease and criminal activity are on the rise. The whole earth groans, looking forward to a utopia that never seems to come. It’s not just the external world that struggles. Within each of us, …

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Sermon The Mystery of Marriage

The Mystery of Marriage

How is marriage a mystery? Well, if you have been married, then you know that marriage can be difficult while at the same time a tremendous blessing. But that’s not the mystery. In the original Greek language “mystery” was not a puzzle to be solved. Rather, it meant something hidden, not to be understood until …

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Sermon Eating & Drinking Christ’s Body & Blood

Eating & Drinking Christ’s Body & Blood

Over the last few weeks, we have focused on Jesus’s teaching found in John 6 where he refers to himself as the “bread of life” and “bread of heaven”. And in today’s portion of this text, Jesus says “whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life”. This ruffled a few feathers …

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Sermon The Bread of Life

The Bread of Life

Hearing the Word of God is easy, a simple thing to do. Believing the Word of God is a whole other challenge. Our human nature resists belief and faith. We prefer to rely on reason, logic and tangibility. Of course, God knows this and Christ assures us in today’s sermon text that whoever believes will …

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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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