Sermon Podcasts

December 10 – Advent 2

John appears in the wilderness-in the desert-calling for repentance and preparing for the arrival of Jesus. Jesus doesn’t first appear in Jerusalem or in a garden, but in the desert. Jesus comes into the desolation, the desert, the places of death in our lives bringing life and salvation. Mark 1:1-8

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December 3 – Advent 1

Jesus talks about being awake and about his coming like the arrival of summer. Watch for him to come into our lives at any time.  Mark 13:24-37

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November 26 – Christ the King Sunday

Jesus tells a parable about his return as the king. The culmination of the last three weeks’ scriptures show us both what it looks like to live in Christ’s kingdom, and how we can learn to live in it.  Matthew 25:31-46

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November 19 – Pentecost 24

Jesus tells a story about a landowner who gives large sums of money for his servants to manage, then goes on a long trip. Through this story, he calls us not to play it safe with what God has given us, but to step out of our comfort zones and take a risk for the sake of the kingdom. Matthew 25:14:30

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November 12 – Pentecost 23

What keeps your lamp lit? What helps you connect with God? Only we ourselves can maintain our life of faith. It’s the other side of Sola Christus: No one else can live our faith life for us. Open the gift. Return to the source of the flame. Every day.  Matthew 25:1-13

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November 5 – All Saints Sunday

On All Saints Sunday, we remember the saints who have gone before us, both the canonized saints and the saints in our lives who showed us Jesus. The Beatitudes show us the complexity of life and invites us to see the saints who have gone before us in their wholeness, the good sides and the shadow sides. The gospel invites us to be grateful for all of it, both in others and in ourselves, because it’s in the shadow that Jesus meets us. Matthew 5:1-12

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October 29 – Soli Deo Gloria

To whom do we give our praise? To what do we give our worship? In what do e place our trust? All things in heaven and earth are at best a reflection o the beauty of God. While Paul says to focus on things worthy of praise, they are yet creations. Our highest praise is due to the one who created us and them, sustains us, saves us. To God alone be the glory. Luke 17:11-19

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October 22 – Sola Scriptura

God has spoken and continues to speak through those who wrote the books of the Bible. In the thousands of years since, the many have continued to write and God has continued to speak, though not through all of them. The Bible stands as the guide and rule by which they are measured. It is the main written revelation of God’s love for the world.  Mark 12:28-34

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October 15 – Sola Fide

We are often uncomfortable with gifts given. We want to be able to earn them of pay for them. When it comes to our right relationship with God, no amount of effort I’ll suffice. Even to try would cheapen the gift. All that is required is simple faith, simple trust, taking a Jesus at his word when he says, “given for you.” Luke 8:22-25

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October 8 – Sola Gratia


We are often uncomfortable with gifts given. We want to be able to earn them of pay for them. When it comes to our right relationship with God, no amount of effort I’ll suffice. Even to try would cheapen the gift. All that is required is simple faith, simple trust, taking a Jesus at his word when he says, “given for you.”  John 3:16-17

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October 1 – Sola Christus

Just as children are tempted to use good behavior to get something from their parents, we are often tempted to try to manipulate, or communicate through a third party to gain God’s love. This sola reminds us that because of Jesus, we can freely enter the throne room. He alone is our model. John 14:1-10

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September 24 – Light

Jesus says that his followers are the light of the world. The nature of light is that it drives away darkness, it is more powerful than the darkness. We are sent to bring light into dark places; not for ourselves but for the sake of others; not our personal light, but God’s light.  Matthew 5:14-16

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September 17 – Salt

Jesus says that his followers are the salt of the earth. Salt has a way of enhancing the flavor of foods. It’s not bunched together, it is spread out. Followers of Jesus are scattered in the salt of the Holy Spirit to point to the joy and beauty of life and of Christ.  Matthew 5:13

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September 10 – Yeast

Yeast, when worked into dough, causes the dough to rise. It transforms the dough, so that it becomes a very different kind of bread than it would have been. That process also takes time. Followers of Jesus are sent into the world to be laborers, transforming the communities in which we live, working for justice, quality of life, peace for all people.  Matthew 13:33

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Here’s a link to the bread recipe that pastor mentioned, from Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day. (And by the way, he didn’t find it on his own, Lisa originally showed it to him!)

 

 

September 3 – Imitating Jesus

Scripture teaches us to imitate Jesus, to learn his way of life. A simple triangle is a picture reminding us to live Up, In and Out, like Jesus did. Lutherans often struggle with Out. Jesus gives us a few more pictures to understand what Out is supposed to be like. (The next three weeks will cover that)  Luke 6:12-19

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Here’s a link to the video of the baby.

 

 

August 27 – Pentecost 12

Jesus asks the 12 who people say he is. Then he asks them who they say he is. He is the Christ/King. Who do people say Jesus is today? What do our lives say about who he is? What does it cost us?  Matthew 16:13-20

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August 20 – Stories from Malawi!

Scott McKellar shares some of his experiences with children, teammates and the Holy Spirit while on his mission to the Passion Center in Malawi. The pdf file contains the slides from his talk.

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Scott Malawi 2017 Mission slideshow

Check out the website for the Passion Center for Children.

 

August 13 – Pentecost 10

In fear and discouragement, Elijah comes to meet with God. God does not speak to him through wind, fire, or earthquake, but in “a sound of sheer silence.” That same God meets us in Jesus, who responds to our fear and discouragement with his gentle strength.  1 Kings 19:9-18

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August 6 – Pentecost 9

We are often tempted to go it alone, even though Jesus stands ready. When we give what we have (however little it seems) and follow his lead, Jesus is able to turn our meager offering into a blessing that flows through us and beyond us. He even makes us a blessing to others.  Matthew 14:13-21

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July 30 – Pentecost 8

What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? A little bit goes a long way. It’s worth everything we have. It’s where all evil will be removed. Fortunately for us, the price has already been paid. Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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July 23 – Pentecost 7

How are we to understand the suffering and evil in the world? If the earth is the Lord’s, if Jesus is King, then why is there so much? Jesus gives an explanation in this parable, along with the assurance that there will be a day when all suffering and evil will come to an end.  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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July 16 – Pentecost 6

God’s word will accomplish God’s purpose. God’s promises will be fulfilled. We can be assured of this even when all indicators are to the contrary. Meanwhile, we can take steps to receive it well.  Isaiah 55:10-13, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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July 9 – Pentecost 5

Jesus reminds us of the importance of having the receptivity and dependence of a child. When we come to him in that way, we can receive help with our burdens from the one who knows how to carry them.  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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July 2 – Pentecost 4

The teaching of Jesus here comes as both gift and challenge. It’s an t he entrusts his name to us. It is also a challenge to remember that we represent him. When we do remember that, we actually help others meet him in us. Matthew 10:40-42

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June 25 – Pentecost 3

Many messages from the world will lead us into a life of fear. The message of the gospel is one of confidence and joy in the love of God in Christ. His love casts out fear to give us life.

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