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  • The Good Gift

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Oct 29, 2018
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    Solomon asks for the gift of wisdom so that he can rule justly and righteously over his people.

    INTRODUCTION Today is Reformation Sunday. This is a Sunday when we celebrate the work and lives of Martin Luther and other reformers—saints of the Church. It is also a time when we celebrate the reforming work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in our lives. The Holy Spirit is constantly moving. ...read more

  • Prepare For Christmas

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 23, 2018
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     | 540 views

    How should we prepare for the birthday of King Jesus? John the Baptist calls us to repentance, to preparing the way for him into our lives and making straight a highway into our hearts.

    [Sermon preached on 17 December 2017, 3rd Sunday in Advent / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Every year again I am surprised how much time and energy goes into preparing for Christmas. So many things to do… and in the end so few things that really matter. The famous American author John Grisham wrote ...read more

  • Be Patient!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 23, 2018
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     | 593 views

    Curiosity and greed are part of our DNA, patience is not. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and must be cherished and fed in order to grow in our lives. We must be patient with others and with God just as God is patient with us.

    [Sermon preached on 10 December 2017, 2nd Advent / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] I remember how as a young child I became very impatient when Christmas was drawing near. Not so much because of Christmas, but because I also had my birthday. Like most kids, I also had many things on my wish list. My ...read more

  • Convicted

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Oct 22, 2018
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    David is a man after God’s own heart, yet he commits a terrible sin. God moves in David’s life—judging, punishing and forgiving him.

    2 Samuel 12:1-9 “Convicted” INTRODUCTION When my dad retired, my mother decided to open a day care business. I remember one of the couples who left their child for my mother to care for instructed her never to say “No,” to their child. She was to divert his attention if he was doing ...read more

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 378 views

    Maslow claims that our physical needs for food, water etc. are the most basic and fundamental. But the Bible tells us that our spiritual needs are even more basic. And only Jesus, the Bread from heaven, can satisfy those needs.

    [Sermon preached on 11 March 2018, 4th Sunday in Lent / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Recently, a survey was held in the US among people from all ethnic backgrounds, cultures, religions, social strata and walks of life. One of the questions they were asked was: How satisfying or fulfilling is your ...read more

  • The Rejected God

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 358 views

    We can call ourselves Christians, go to church, give our tithes, etc. and yet have rejected God effectively. The picture Jeremiah gives of life in Judah comes close to life in the Christian West, with several gods competing for our loyalty.

    [Sermon preached on 4 March 2018, 3rd Sunday in Lent / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] It is so endearing at times to see little children in a big supermarket or shopping mall. They come in with mom or dad, but as soon as they see something interesting—toys, candies, pets, or anything else that ...read more

  • "I Know What You Are Going Through…"

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 204 views

    Too easily, we try to comfort people in sorrow and pain, saying that we know what they are going through. The fact is that mostly we don't. But Jesus knows what we are going through, because he has been there. What does that imply for us?

    [Sermon preached on 18 February 2018, 1st Sunday in Lent / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] I was still a student when we gathered with a group of theological students for a training seminar on pastoral counseling. One of the members shared some of her childhood experiences that had recently come to the ...read more

  • Walk In The Light!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 505 views

    Many Christians suffer from Spiritual Affective Disorder, because they do not allow their lives to be exposed to the light of God. "Bright light therapy" can bring their lives back on track. How can God's light change our lives?

    [Sermon preached on 4 February 2018, Candlemas / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] I have been living in Finland for more than thirty-five years now. And still, every year, I get affected by the winter blues. Days are so short, and the clouds are so thick, that some days it seems to me that the sun does ...read more

  • The Great Priority

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 227 views

    Jesus’ great priority was to proclaim the good news that God’s kingdom is at hand. When we pray the words that Jesus taught us: “Your kingdom come, your will be done,” that is when we align our priority in life with his great priority.

    [Sermon preached on 21 January 2018, 3rd Sunday after Epiphany / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Do you ever feel busy? Do you ever feel that you have more to do than you manage to get done? Do you ever feel that your day, your week, your month, or your year is too short? — I certainly do. Or do you ...read more

  • I Will Not Keep Silent!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 372 views

    Why are people so passionate to kill and torture good and innocent people who bring them God's good news? And what makes the gospel so compelling, that others will not keep silent about it?

    [Sermon preached on 14 January 2018, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Over the past few weeks I had a great opportunity to catch up with reading books that I have wanted to read for a long time. I would like to mention two books, in particular. The first is a book by John ...read more

  • Reading The Christmas Story Again For The First Time

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 821 views

    What does the Christmas story sound like, if we could hear it again for the first time? Whom would we identify with in the story? What would our response be?

    [Sermon preached on 25 December 2017, Christmas Day] Amal is a young man from Syria. He has come to Finland as an asylum seeker. Back in Syria, the authorities are after his life because he has offended the Prophet Muhamad. There is no way he could return and survive. Amal still considers himself ...read more

  • Trusting In God's Care

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 19, 2018
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     | 574 views

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us to have complete and unfailing trust in God for our every need all the time.

    [Sermon preached on 9 September 2018, 16th Sunday after Pentecost / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Today, we look at the topic: Trusting in God’s care. Last week, we already touched upon this theme when we reflected on the words from Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians: Rejoice always, pray ...read more

  • My Neighbor

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 19, 2018
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     | 2,458 views

    Have you ever thought of what difference a word of compassion, encouragement, or affirmation can make in someone else's life? This sermon calls us to recognize others' needs and to show our love for them in the appropriate love language.

    [Sermon preached on 26 August 2018, 14th Sunday after Pentecost / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Somehow, widows have been on my mind this past week. Last Tuesday, I was contacted by a woman whose husband had just died. She asked me to arrange the funeral. That same day, I read the Bible readings for ...read more

  • Jesus, Our Healer

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 19, 2018
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     | 834 views

    Jesus has the power to heal us from every physical and mental disease. But he doesn't always use that power. Often, what we need more is to be healed from our spiritual blindness.

    [This sermon was preached on 19 August 2018, 13th Sunday after Pentecost / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Last Monday I returned to work from my five-week holiday. When I opened my email, there was a pleasant surprise waiting for me. A woman from our congregation wrote me with some very good news. The ...read more

  • The Golden Rule

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 19, 2018
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     | 354 views

    "Love" should be more than just a buzzword for Christians. God showed his love for us when we were still sinners. Likewise, we should love our friends and our enemies alike and show it by treating them the way we want to be treated.

    [This sermon was preached on 8 July 2018, 7th Sunday after Pentecost / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] Years ago, a man came to me for help. His life was in a mess. When he looked to the past, he saw many relationships that had shipwrecked. Several of them were still haunting him almost daily. His ...read more