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  • Encourage One Another!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Nov 17, 2018
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     | 8,661 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

  • Remember Your Creator

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Nov 11, 2018
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     | 14,036 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

  • O, How Shall I Receive You?

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Nov 6, 2018
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     | 5,594 views

    Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of our heavenly King. How do we receive him in our Christian community and in our personal lives? Are the gates wide open, or does he need to knock at our door, locked from the inside?

  • The Great Dilemma

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Nov 1, 2018
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     | 7,068 views

    Does our faith permit us to disobey the government or to evade taxes? Are Romans 13 and Acts 5 incompatible? How can we sincerely and creatively live as citizens of two kingdoms? What is the underlying principle that governs our choices?

  • Be Patient!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 23, 2018
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     | 6,352 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

  • Prepare For Christmas

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 23, 2018
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     | 5,216 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.

  • "I Know What You Are Going Through…"

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 4,515 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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     | 5,710 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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     | 4,306 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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     | 9,481 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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     | 3,591 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

  • The Rejected God

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 7,063 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.

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed!

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 22, 2018
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     | 5,679 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.

  • My Neighbor

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 19, 2018
    based on 3 ratings
     | 6,359 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

  • God-Breathed And Useful

    Contributed by Hans Krause on Oct 19, 2018
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     | 4,835 views

    What is the Bible? And what to do with it? This sermon dives into the question of divine inspiration and the dual divine-human character of the Holy Scripture. God's word is alive and active, and it continues to speak to us personally whenever we open the Bible and our hearts.

    [This sermon was preached on 1 July 2018, Apostles' Sunday / 3rd yea, ELCF Lectionary] What is the Bible? And what to do with it? These are the two questions that the Apostle Paul is trying to answer in 2 Timothy 3:14–17. These were very relevant and very critical questions in the church that ...read more