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  • A Lenten Catechesis-The Office Of The Keys And Confession Series

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Mar 22, 2013
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    A midweek Lenten sermon based on John 20:21-23 that covers the Office of the Keys and Confession from Luther’s Small Catechism. Preached 3/13/2013 at Emmons Lutheran Church, Emmons, Minnesota

    At the beginning of the service, I mentioned that tonight, we were going to be looking at what is perhaps the least known or understood part of the Small Catechism, which is “The Office of the Keys.” When I said that, perhaps some of you were wondering “Did Pastor Martin misplace the keys to his ...read more

  • A Lenten Catechesis-Holy Communion Series

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Mar 22, 2013
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    The last sermon in the Lenten Catechesis series, this sermon focuses on the sacrament of Holy Communion.

    One of the things I discovered very quickly in my earlier years as a parish pastor is the joy that Pastors have, and the special relationship that they develop with homebound members of the congregation. In many cases, these dear older saints are people who because of their advanced age and lack ...read more

  • The Parable Of The Wicked Servants

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Mar 22, 2013
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    A Sermon for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Series C preached 3/17/2013 at Emmons Lutheran Church, Emmons, Minnesota.

    I don’t watch a whole lot of television anymore, but when I do get a chance to watch, one of the shows I get a kick out of are shows that talk about what we would call “dumb criminals.” Usually these are stories about people who commit crimes for rather unusual or illogical ...read more

  • The Need Of Repentance And Forgiveness

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Mar 22, 2013
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    A Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, Series C preached 3/3/2013 at Emmons Lutheran Church, Emmons, Minnesota. This was my first Sunday as Pastor at Emmons Lutheran Church.

    It’s not uncommon for natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other such forces of nature to make news headlines. Ranking right up there are stories of tragedy, such as building and bridge collapses, car accidents, aircraft crashes, and other such unfortunate ...read more

  • A Lenten Catechesis: Holy Baptism Series

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Mar 13, 2013
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    This is a sermon preached as part of a midweek Lenten series on the 6 chief parts of the Small Catechism on March 6th, 2013 at Emmons Lutheran Church, Emmons, Minnesota.

    Tonight as we continue our “Lenten Catechesis”, our journey is going to begin in a place where our Scripture lessons don’t take us: to the banks of the Jordan River. There, we see a man dressed in camel’s hair and a leather belt, who’s diet is locusts and wild honey. ...read more

  • Sheherds, Sheep And The Good Shepherd"

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Aug 20, 2012
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    A Sermon for Proper 11, Series B preached 7/22/2012 as a guest speaker at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Estherville, Iowa. Redeemer was in the midst of a pastoral vacancy at the time I preached this sermon.

    I found it rather interesting that out of all the Sundays I could have come to visit your congregation and share a message from God’s Word with you, it had to be this one. In the readings you just heard that were appointed for today, we are given word pictures of sheep and shepherds. I just ...read more

  • Forgiveness And Daily Bread

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Aug 20, 2012
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    Series B, Proper 13 Preached in the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish 8/5/2012

    I have to admit, every time I read through this part of the book of Exodus, I am just amazed at the behavior of the Israelites. If there was ever a group of people who should know from first hand experience that when God promises to do something, He will do it, it should be the Israelites. ...read more

  • Unlikely Preachers Of The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Aug 20, 2012
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     | 2,521 views

    Preached at the 4th Triennial General Conference of ELCM 7/29/11 at Faith Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg, PA I had a dual text, Acts 9:10-19 & Luke 23:32-43

    In some high schools, each year, there are often polls conducted in which each person in the class is voted most likely to do something, and then that slogan would be put by your picture in the yearbook. Some of them are serious like “Most likely to become successful in business” because they were ...read more

  • God's Forgiveness Is Not Like Our Forgiveness-That's A Good Thing!

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Sep 11, 2011
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     | 2,564 views

    A sermon preached 9/11/2011 for a joint service of the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish that speaks of the topic of forgiveness.

    Our Gospel reading has quite a parable to it. One that has a lesson that seems so simple and practical, yet, when the rubber meets the road, we find out it’s not so easy. It even seems as if Peter doesn’t quite get it at first. And on this day, 10 years after the terrorist attacks in ...read more

  • Love According To Christ Series

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Sep 27, 2010
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     | 4,709 views

    Preached May 2nd, 2010 for the 5th Sunday of Easter at St. Paul's, Big Cove Tannery, St. Paul, McConnellsburg, and Mt. Zion, Little Cove. It talks about the difference between the world's definition of love and God's definition of love through Jesus Chri

    There’s a lot of talk in our world today about the topics of love. You’ll even hear those words used quite a bit by a lot of preachers in a lot of different churches. In fact, Jesus Himself in today’s Gospel reading gives us a commandment to “love one another as I have ...read more

  • Hearing The Shepherd

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Sep 27, 2010
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    4th Sunday of Easter, Series C, Preached 4/25/2010 at St. Paul

    Of all the pictures that we have of our Lord Jesus Christ, the picture that is painted for us in the words of the 23rd Psalm are perhaps the most well known and the most comforting. One of the stained glass windows at St. Paul, McConnellsburg has this picture of Jesus as a shepherd surrounded by ...read more

  • In Peter's Shoes

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Apr 18, 2010
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    A Sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Easter, preached 4/18/2010 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Big Cove Tannery, St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg, and Mt. Zion, Little Cove. It talks about how Jesus both forgives and restores Peter and us.

    You have probably heard the saying “you never truly understand someone unless you walk a mile in his or her shoes.” As I was thinking about how to approach this sermon this morning, the easiest way I thought I could do this was to have you put yourself into someone’s shoes in ...read more

  • The Good News Of Easter

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Apr 18, 2010
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    An Easter sermon preached 4/4/2010 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Big Cove Tannery and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Little Cove (Late service). It talks about the importance of the resurrection.

    Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed! Alleluia! These are words that are so ingrained into us as 21st century Christians, that we almost recite them every Easter without much of a thought. Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is. But would you have believed that good news if you were at the empty tomb ...read more

  • The Need For Repentance And Forgiveness

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Apr 18, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 9,517 views

    A sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent preached 3/7/2010 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Big Cove Tannery, St. Paul Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg, and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Little Cove. It talks about Jesus' response to tragedy and suffering in our w

    One of the biggest news stories as the year 2010 began was the earthquake that hit Haiti. We saw on our TV screens, the newspaper, and the internet the stories and photographs of the disaster that hit that impoverished nation. The death, the ruin, the destruction that took place in such a ...read more

  • The Message Of Christmas

    Contributed by Christopher Martin on Feb 2, 2010
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     | 2,794 views

    A Christmas sermon for 2009 preached the Sunday following at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Audubon, Iowa.

    In the Christmas gospel, we are given a word picture of that first Nativity Scene in the stable in Bethlehem. It’s a picture that has been burned into the minds of Christians and non-Christians alike. Some of you might even have one set up in your yard or in your home. We have one set up outside ...read more