“In Case You Were Wondering”

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (A)

“In Case You Were Wondering”

February 5, 2017

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:17-20

Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

When you come right down to it, we are no different sitting here this morning in the house of the Lord, hearing the Word of the Lord, than those who were actually sitting with Christ back then… the Twelve and whoever else was present… as He, Jesus, the living Word of God, spoke to them.

We are no different in wanting to hear what He had to say… in seeking to understand what all of it means, including the true meaning and import of Christ’s coming… what He said He would do and what He actually did do… for us… for our salvation.

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“The Word of the Cross” – Part Two

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (A)

“The Word of the Cross” – Part Two

January 29, 2017

Sermon Text: Micah 6:1–8, 1 Corinthians 1:18–31, Matthew 5:1–12

 Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

It is deafening what we hear all around us. The chatter and the clatter have certainly reached epic proportions. And this involving so many people… some cheering, others jeering… some tearing up… others fed up… some outraged, some incensed, some emboldened, some bewildered, some worried and fearful… and in many cases, for the exact opposite reasons as others.

A lot of people talking, but few really listening… to others, each other, out of a sincere desire to know and really understand where another individual, a fellow human being is coming from.

A lot of people talking, but few listening and this, especially in regard to the Lord our God and what He is saying. Notice, that is not past tense, for I am not only referring to what God has said in the past, but here and now and what He will say in future, for however many days there is left here on earth.

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“The Word of the Cross” – Part One

The Third Sunday after Epiphany (A)

“The Word of the Cross” – Part One

January 22, 2017

Sermon Text: – 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

 Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

One could rightly look at today’s sermon theme entitled “The Word of the Cross” (Part 1) and smile in that, truth be told regarding the sermons that have been preached from this pulpit, the theme could read, “The Word of the Cross” (Part 26,341)!

If there is, thankfully, one aspect or characteristic which sets apart Lutheran preaching… and should be true of all Christian preaching… it is that again and again the Word spoken is the Word of the Cross.

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“Before We Were Born”

The Second Sunday after Epiphany (A)

“Before We Were Born”

January 15, 2017

Sermon Text: Isaiah 49:1-7, John 1:29-42a

Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Prophet Isaiah declares, “The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away.” (Isaiah 49:1-2)

Isaiah paints the picture of a divine quiver or case strapped to the Lord God Almighty and filled with arrows of His making, people of His making, each one there for a purpose, yet unknown, until the Lord God sends it out… sends him or her out.

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“Do You Not Know?”

The Baptism of Our Lord
“Do You Not Know?”
January 8, 2017
Sermon Text: Romans 6:1–11, Matthew 3:13–17

Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

When it comes to running a dairy farm, playing the cello, or operating a bulldozer, I haven’t a clue what to do… even though I might think I do to varying degrees. How many times have we heard it said and have said it ourselves, “How hard can it be?”

Well, about that. Thomas Sowell once said, “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.”

It is true. The problem is, few are willing to find out… to pursue such knowledge, that is… to know… to investigate the extent of their ignorance on any given subject. And this could not be more the case then when it comes to one’s religious understanding and beliefs… what they believe and why they believe it.

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“The Light of the World Arises out of Darkness”

The Epiphany of Our Lord

“The Light of the World Arises out of Darkness”

January 1, 2017

Isaiah 60:1-6

The word “Epiphany” is important for us to define.  In a wide sense, the way it might be used outside the church out in the world, an epiphany is a discovery or disclosure of previously unknown or unrevealed information that changes the way we look at the whole world around us.  When, for example, Copernicus demonstrated that the earth was not the center of everything in the universe, but rather that everything in our solar system actually revolves around the sun, that was an epiphany.  It rewrote all the astronomy books in a single moment and we would never look at the universe in the same way again.

When we speak of Epiphany in the church, we mean the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the light of the world, with a special emphasis on the revelation of Jesus Christ to those who are not historically the people of God.  Hence this festival within the church focuses specifically on the revelation of Christ to the Magi, the wise men of the east, who by national identity were outside the people of God but who were to be joyfully included in Christ’s great mercy and compassion.

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“Unto Us a Child is Born”

The Nativity of Our Lord

“Unto Us a Child is Born”

December 24, 2016

Sermon Text: Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20

Peace be yours now and always from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

“For unto us a Child is born.” (Isaiah 9:6)

So said the prophet Isaiah. And most people unfortunately could care less. After all, it is estimated that 273 babies are born every minute in this world of ours.

That is a lot of newborns. So what is so special about one of them? What is so special about the Child Isaiah foretold would be born in the fullness of time?

We could not even begin to count all of the ways, but we should nevertheless try. We should nevertheless consider them. Consider Him… this Child… actually all of the time, each and every day, including today… on the very eve of His birth.

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