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  • Preparing For Christmas, John's Style

    Contributed by Mari Larson on Dec 17, 2018
     | 18 views

    Preparing for Christmas beyond decorating trees and writing cards.

    I have done it, and I cannot undo it. I have equated social media with that/this wild-eyed picture of John the Baptist. “You brood of vipers.” Polarizing. Negative. Scary, even. I hear some of you giggling, and I see you smiling. You know what I’m talking about. There’s a lot of speaking ...read more

  • From Slavery To Redemption

    Contributed by Scott Jensen on Dec 16, 2018
     | 3 views

    We are all enslaved to sin, much like the Hebrew of ancient Egypt. No matter what we do, we are slaves to sin, and cannot free ourselves.

    <ILLUSTRATION> I’m a big movie fan and often have a movie playing next to my computer when I’m working at home. I really enjoy some of the classic movies from several decades ago. In 1956, a famous film maker, Cecil B. DeMille produced an epic and spectacular movie that I consider one of the ...read more

  • The Mystery Of God Series

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on Dec 5, 2018
     | 504 views

    Advent I the call of John the Baptist to repent and produce fruit....combined with reflections regarding the funeral of President George Bush, flowing back to the story of the death of Ananias & Sapphira with out repentance. Some quotes from "Keep On Believing" (Acts 5)

    In Jesus Holy Name December 9, 2018 Luke 3:7-8a “The Mystery of God” “The Mystery of God” said Isaiah, “is a bittersweet mystery.” It is for people of all kinds. Those who are bitter against Him for what they consider His lack of concern, and for those who sweetly tell His story. God ...read more

  • A Way Of Life

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 29, 2018
     | 241 views

    Observing and grieved by injustice and suffering, the prophet realizes that faith is a way of life and not an answer.

    Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-19 “A Way of Life” INTRODUCTION Today we enter the season of Advent. It is a time of preparation—for two arrivals. We first are preparing for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. This first arrival happened over two thousand years ago. The second ...read more

  • Jesus: King Of Kings, Lord Of Lords

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on Nov 21, 2018
     | 218 views

    A sermon for Christ The King Sunday

    In Jesus Holy Name November 25, 2018 Text: Revelation 19:11-12,16 Christ the King Sunday Redeemer “Christ Will Come as King and Judge” This is Christ the King Sunday. The last Sunday in the Church year. Throughout this past year our Sunday Gospel lessons have ...read more

  • God Wants You To Know!

    Contributed by Jonathan Kruschel on Nov 21, 2018
     | 234 views

    While many poeple may feel uncertain of what will happen to them when their life comes to an end, God wants us to know exactly what to expect. These words from 1 Thessalonians bring confidence and comfort to the Christian in the face of death.

    “I don’t know.” Those can be some of the most difficult words for us to say. To say, “I don’t know” is to admit that we don’t have all the answers. And we like to have answers because it makes us feel more in control, more secure, more prepared. That’s probably one of the reasons that doctors ...read more

  • From Deadline To Lifeline

    Contributed by Jonathan Kruschel on Nov 21, 2018
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    There is a deadline that is waiting for all of humanity - that final day of time when all people will need to be ready to stand before Jesus. However, this is a deadline that Jesus has transformed into our lifeline!

    Deadlines. We all have them. A specific time at which something must be completed or there will be consequences. Whether it’s an assignment at school, a project at work, a bill that needs to be paid, an RSVP to a wedding reception that needs to be sent in. They all have deadlines – a figurative ...read more

  • Stay Awake

    Contributed by Nickolas Kooi on Nov 20, 2018
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     | 576 views

    A sermon that closes out the church year with the hopeful message of staying awake for Christ's return. This sermon teaches about Christ's return and applies it textually to the hearer's life

    “Don’t touch that!! Its hot and you’ll burn your hand!” “Don’t eat that! It has been on the ground!” “You better button your jacket up or else you’ll get a cold!” “Look both ways before crossing the street so you don’t get hit by car!” Have you ever told someone these warnings? Have you ever ...read more

  • Peace Shall Reign

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 19, 2018
     | 186 views

    In the face of danger, Isaiah proclaims that there will come a time when peace will reign and swords shall be beaten into plowshares

    INTRODUCTION Life is lived in paradox. When writing about Christian liberty, Martin Luther identified a striking paradox. He wrote, “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.” We daily live in ...read more

  • Encourage One Another!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Nov 17, 2018
     | 332 views

    We don't know when Jesus will come again, or whether we will die before that and go to meet our Savior. We do know that we should be wide awake and ready 24/7 for that encounter. And to that end, we are called to encourage one another rather than to incite fear and panic.

    Do you believe that Jesus will one day come back from where he has gone? Do you believe that there is actually going to be a point of time in our history, or better: in our future, when God will intervene in the flow of history in a way that will have a cosmic impact? Let’s have a show of hands: ...read more

  • The Day? The Hour? It's A Secret!

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on Nov 15, 2018
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     | 1,538 views

    End times... Being prepared for the return of Jesus, Watch and beware of the signs. Illustration: California fires....signs were present... were they prepared?

    In Jesus Holy Name November 19, 2018 Text: Mark 13:32-33 “The Day? The Hour? It’s a Secret” For days we Californians have been amazed, astounded, transfixed to our television and youtube videos because of the fires. We see streets lined with burned out vehicles. We watch people video ...read more

  • Two Are Better

    Contributed by Mari Larson on Nov 12, 2018
     | 157 views

    Sermon for Ecumenical Worship Service

    Perhaps it’s because my childhood was spent on a small farm just outside a small town. My family belonged to a small church in a sea of small churches, 12 of them as I recall, half of which were Lutheran. And so, in my neighborhood, Kevin, Brian, and Karla, across the street, were Methodist. ...read more

  • Free Indeed

    Contributed by Mari Larson on Nov 12, 2018
     | 173 views

    Reformation Sunday and also Stewardship Commitment Sunday

    We’ve been hearing a lot about freedom lately, and it’s clear from advertisements that there are different ways to define and prioritize our freedoms. Jesus wasn’t a politician, but he was and is accused of being very, even too political. But when he spoke of freedom, he was transcending politics ...read more

  • A Humble Walk

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 12, 2018
     | 435 views

    God desires justice, kindness and humility in the lives of God’s people

    Micah 5:2-5, 6:6-8 “A Humble Walk” INTRODUCTION The world of the people to whom the prophet Micah spoke was in shambles. Jerusalem was under siege. The rulers were self-serving and corrupt. They were forsaking the Lord and causing the people to seek other gods and worship idols. There was no ...read more

  • Remember Your Creator

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Nov 11, 2018
     | 361 views

    Two men think about life as they face the end of their journey on earth. Has life been meaningless or relevant? Do they look forward to a joyless process of degradation, a painful descent towards the valley of death, or to something more glorious beyond the horizon?

    [Sermon preached on 11 November 2018, 25th Sunday after Pentecost / 3rd year, ELCF Lectionary] A man of about my age—sixty, give or take a few years—sits down, takes up pen and parchment, and starts to write. Or perhaps he calls his secretary and starts to dictate. He senses that his life is ...read more