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  • Are You Justified By Faith, Or By Works?

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Oct 23, 2006
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,262 views

    This difficult chapter of the Bible is not hard to understand if you ask a simple question. James says we are justified by our works, not just by faith. But justified BEFORE WHOM?

    James 2:1-5, 8-10, 14-26 Pentecost 17B Rev. Charles F. Degner 1My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3If you show ...read more

  • Jesus Became Our Brother

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Oct 23, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 4,637 views

    Brothers and sisters are important, aren’t they? If you really need help, they will not turn you away. What a comfort it is when Jesus says that he is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters!

    Hebrews 2: 9-11 Pentecost 20 B Rev. Charles F. Degner 9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting ...read more

  • It Takes Two To Make A Marriage Series

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Sep 5, 2003
    based on 20 ratings
     | 3,508 views

    Does it really take two to make a marriage? For a Christian marriage, it takes three - husband, wife, and Jesus.

  • Manna - What Is It?

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Aug 21, 2003
    based on 108 ratings
     | 22,794 views

    The manna in the wildnerness, like our daily bread, reminds us of God’s goodness and grace to us.

    Exodus 16: 2-16 Pentecost 11 – B Rev. Charles F. Degner August 24, 2003 Are you familiar with this picture? [An old man bowed in prayer over a piece of bread and a bowl of soup.] You will find it hanging in many Christian homes as a reminder to be thankful for our daily bread. ...read more

  • You Have A Place At God's Table

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Aug 13, 2003
    based on 24 ratings
     | 8,703 views

    It was by grace that Moses and the elders of Israel could stand before God. In the same way, we have a place at God’s table - by his grace.

    Text: Exodus 24: 3-11 Series: Pentecost 10 B Author: Rev. Charles F. Degner August 17, 2003 "When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, "Everything the LORD has said we will do." Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said. ...read more

  • Lord, Use My Mouth To Make A Good Confession!

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 30, 2003
    based on 15 ratings
     | 1,922 views

    We are Jesus’ representatives to the world. Do we make a good confession? Or a false impression?

  • Lord, Open Our Ears!

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 30, 2003
    based on 38 ratings
     | 6,901 views

    Jesus still opens the ears of the deaf, those who are hard of hearing when it comes to the Word of God!

  • Choose Your Path Carefully!

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 30, 2003
    based on 29 ratings
     | 3,620 views

    Paul shows us how important it is to keep on the right path by walking in the Spirit and being in the Word.

    Ephesians 5:15-20 Pentecost 13 B Ephesians 5:15-20 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which ...read more

  • Do Not Grieve The Holy Spirit!

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 30, 2003
    based on 87 ratings
     | 12,308 views

    It’s just one passage, but it has so much to teach us about the Holy Spirit!

    Ephesians 4:30 Pentecost 12 B Rev. Charles Degner August 14, 1994 I knew I would be on vacation most of this week. So the day before I left for vacation, I pulled an old sermon out of the files to use when I got back. I should know better by now. Old sermons are like apples. The ...read more

  • Follow Jesus, Our Shepherd-King

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 14, 2003
    based on 52 ratings
     | 9,345 views

    God promised his people a leader who would lead them faithfully, giving them a righteousness that would make them right before God.

    Jeremiah 23: 1-6 Pentecost 9 Date: July 21/24 Slaughterhouses sometimes find it difficult to direct sheep marked for slaughter up the ramp to the place of their execution. They will mill about in confusion, desperately looking for someone to follow and show them the way home. To ...read more

  • Elected, Not Selected!

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 14, 2003
    based on 36 ratings
     | 4,763 views

    Paul’s words show us why the doctrine of election is so comforting to people - because it is all by Gopd’s grace!

    EPHESIANS 1: 3-14 PENTECOST 8 REV. CHARLES DEGNER JULY 14, 1991 Today, our text teaches us the doctrine of election, namely, that God chose us to be his own even before the world was created. Election is one of the most misunderstood doctrines of the Bible. God revealed this ...read more

  • Don't Hold Back In Your Witness To The World!

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 11, 2003
    based on 38 ratings
     | 6,127 views

    Like Amos, God has called us to give a testimony to the world that is not always what the world wants to hear, but what God wants us to speak!

    Amos 7:10-15 July 13, 1997 In years past, before GPS and other navigation wonders, the lighthouse was an important feature on every coastline. On the shoreline of Lake Superior, on a point that sticks well out into the cold waters of the big lake, there is a lighthouse on the shoreline. ...read more

  • Don't Be Afraid! Just Believe!

    Contributed by Charles Degner on Jul 9, 2003
    based on 40 ratings
     | 8,699 views

    Jesus shows Jairus that we have a God with skin on - someone who understands our pain and weaknesses, but who can do something about it!

    Mark 5: 21-24, 35-43 Pentecost 6 A Lutheran pastor who grew up in a missionary family in Papua New Guinea recalls living through some of the tremendous thunderstorms that are common in that region. As a child, he was quite frightened when the storms came in the middle of the blackened night. ...read more

  • Jesus Is At God's Right Hand

    Contributed by Charles Degner on May 16, 2003
    based on 38 ratings
     | 4,558 views

    Jesus prayer shows us the heart of the Prophet, Priest, and King.

    11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. ...read more

  • The Right Man In The Right Place At God's Right Hand

    Contributed by Charles Degner on May 12, 2003
    based on 28 ratings
     | 3,138 views

    What does it mean for the church today to believe that Jesus is sitting at God’s right hand?

    That power is like the working of his mighty strength, {20} which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, {21} far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age ...read more