“Patterns to Follow”

The Second Sunday in Lent (C)
“Patterns to Follow”
March 17, 2019

Sermon Text: Jeremiah 26:1-15, Philippians 3:17:4:1, Luke 13:31-35

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

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

I hardly have to convince you of the importance of patterns in our lives… the importance… the necessity, many times, of following a pattern… of using… referring to… an exact diagram, model or template if you want something to turn out just right… in a desired way.

For example, without a pattern, one can easily ruin an expensive piece of material and even jeopardize a whole project… having nothing to follow… nothing to guide one’s eye… one’s hand… or even one’s heart and mind in the right direction.

What this morning’s lesson, taken from all three Scripture readings for today, reveals to us is that there are very important and essential life patterns, divine patterns for us to follow… patterns that will make all the difference in our life.

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“Thankful, Come What May”

A Day of Thanksgiving
“Thankful, Come What May”
November 23, 2017

Sermon Text:  Philippians 4:6-20

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Again, a blessed Day of Thanksgiving to you all! In one sense, what really needs to be said? Here? Now? It is a day of giving thanks, right? Enough said? And for those who are already giving thanks that this might be the end of my sermon, think again.

It is just that one of the great qualities of the Christian faith… the Christian life… the Christian man and woman, teenager and child is, in fact, being thankful, truly thankful… not now and then … but always… constantly and continuously.

And this from having been taught the same… how one is brought up… in the home and in the church. We have been taught to be thankful, brought up to be thankful and yes, that includes our fathers and mothers teaching us to say “Thank you” when we were given something.

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“One Spirit, One Mind, Striving Side-by-Side”

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (A)
“One Spirit, One Mind, Striving Side-by-Side”
September 24, 2017

Sermon Text:  Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30

 Peace be unto you from our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.” (Philippians 1:12,13)

So writes the Apostle Paul, who with great determination and drive takes the glorious Gospel message from one place to another around the northern Mediterranean Sea ports and surrounding cities, towns and villages.

He has one goal, one mission, one objective now in his life… to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And he does it well. Some might say too well because of what the message of Christ will always result in… namely opposition and persecution. Due to Paul’s relentless pointing to Jesus and the cross, he will endure countless beatings, countless blows landed upon him and more than once, it will land him in prison… in chains.

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