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 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 My Sheep Hear My Voice

My Sheep Hear My Voice

Jesus is the Good Shepherd Disbelief is everywhere. There are people who don’t believe that Niel Armstrong walked on the moon. Or that the earth is round. Or, worse, that Jesus was the son of God. Whether we believe in something or not does not affect if it is true. If I convince myself that …

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Sermon Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday

The Message That Changes the World What does the angel mean when it says, “Fear God and give Him glory”, and how can this message be eternal “Good News”?  That is what “gospel” means, after all:  Good news.  “Fear God” – a message of repentance.  None of us really fear God without turning away from …

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Sermon The Necessity of Faith

The Necessity of Faith

While Pastor Jenson is on vacation, Deacon Poe is filling in and delivered today’s service. Faith is a loaded word. It sounds simple but it’s not always easy. Our sinful nature gets in the way. Our inclination is to want to prove we can follow the Law, or be a better person by doing good …

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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 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 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 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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