“Long Term Grace, Short Term Memory”

The First Sunday in Lent (C)
“Long Term Grace, Short Term Memory”
March 10, 2019

Sermon Text: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Peace be unto you from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, Christ Jesus. Amen.

The text for our consideration this morning is our Old Testament lesson, as well as some of the verses before it. In fact, Deuteronomy 26 begins with Moses declaring to the people,

“When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our forefathers to give us.” The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 26:1‑4)   This is the word of the Lord.

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“What is This? Who is This?

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (B)
“What is This? Who is This?
January 28, 2018

Sermon Text: Mark 1:21-28, Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Peace be unto you from our revealed Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

It wasn’t as if they were not told in advance… as if He, Jesus, was not foretold because they were in the very place where the “foretelling” took place, namely in the synagogue. St. Mark tells us,

“And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath [Jesus] entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mark 1:21-22)

One of the “precepts,” if you will, of interpreting God’s Word… of coming to know and understand the Bible more and more… is to keep in mind that “Scripture interprets Scripture.” In other words, the more and more that we read Scripture, study Scripture, the more we will understand the same as more and more passages become clear to us by reading other passages, other sections of God’s Word. Clear connections, wonderful connections and insights take place. It is truly remarkable and enlightening.

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“Life and Death”

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (A)

“Life and Death”

February 12, 2017

Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Peace to you from God our Father from His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

I once had a boss who had an interesting view on St. Valentine’s Day.  The rest of us were talking about what we were doing for our wives and girlfriends on Valentine’s Day, and he, quite seriously, said that since he was already married to his wife, he didn’t need to do anything and didn’t intend to do anything for her on Valentine’s Day.  For him, cards and gifts and flowers and dates were not about expressing his love for someone or seeking to make her happy.  They were simply good works meant to earn her hand in marriage and, now that that had been accomplished, they were now completely unnecessary.

There’s probably no one here who can’t spot the error in his thinking, and even if we ever did think that way and blew off Valentine’s Day once, the repercussions would have been so severe that we would never make that mistake again.  Those of us guys who are fortunate enough to be married to wonderful women that we love know that the whole point is this:  if she was wonderful enough to marry, then she is worth loving today and she is worth spending time with and getting to know better and better.  Making her happy and expressing our love for her sure ought to be very high on our list of priorities.  As a matter of fact, calling it a priority is almost an insult.  It ought to be our joy to do those things.

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