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  • Arise, Shine: Radiate

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Mar 5, 2018
     | 4,437 views

    "Arise, Shine" was our Epiphany 2018 Series. This was the final installment (Transfiguration Sunday). In short, as Christ radiantly revealed His glory to the disciples, we radiate the light, the life, and the love of Jesus to all the world.

    The whole week had been one big mountaintop experience for us all. It was July, 2008, and there were about 30 of us—both high school youth and adults from Redeemer and Immanuel Lutheran Churches from my hometown of Seymour, Indiana. We had been on a servant event trip all week at Lutheran ...read more

  • God's Kingdom Comes

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Mar 5, 2018
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     | 3,142 views

    A look at the 2nd Petition of the Lord's Prayer. This is part of our Sunday Lenten Sermon Series: The Lord's Prayer & Passion. (Note: series title is from CPH, but we hardly use any of the the sermon material they offer) Readings from 3rd Sunday in Lent.

    I want you to think back—back to your childhood. And there was a game that I am certain you’ve all played. And, even if you didn't play as a child, you probably played with your kids or grandkids. Hide and seek! You remember that game, right? When you’re the one who’s “IT,” you cover your ...read more

  • Arise, Shine: Out Of The Darkness

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Mar 5, 2018
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     | 4,297 views

    "Arise, Shine" was our Epiphany 2018 Series. This was the second installment. In short, God calls us out of our darkness, no matter where we've been.

    Three months and ten days. Assuming our little baby arrives on her due date—which she won’t—but assuming she does, that’s how long my wife and I have left of getting a full night’s sleep every night. Three months and ten days. But, come April 24—give or take a few days—we’ll be back to the ...read more

  • Born To Die, Born To Give Life

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Dec 27, 2017
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     | 4,433 views

    Most nativity scenes portray a cute scene of a happy little family, & friendly visitors. That's the way we like to think of it, but it's hardly realistic. When we pause at the manger with this image, we maybe forget that this infant was born to die.

    Every year, at about this time, my dad has this tradition of getting out old home movies. A lot of families have a tradition of watching their favorite Christmas movie: “Home Alone,” or “Elf,” or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” or “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or what have you. But for my dad, he ...read more

  • In The World

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Dec 13, 2017
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     | 4,805 views

    Jesus, the true light, came into the world--but no one recognized Him for who He truly was, nor was He received. But for all who have received Him, we now go out as Lights in His name, that others would recognize Jesus in us and receive Him who is coming!

    In 1929, The Saturday Evening Post ran an article on Albert Einstein. It was an interview with this brilliant man. And in that interview, he said this: “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew,” he said, “but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the ...read more

  • A Man Named John

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Dec 11, 2017
     | 2,872 views

    This Advent sermon looks at John the Baptist: The Man, The Mission, & The Message. God unexpectedly worked through John. He now chooses to work through us as witnesses. (Based loosely on "The Word Became Flesh" Advent series from Concordia Seminary, STL.)

    Forensic scientists in England analyzed the venerated remains from a certain grave, a few years ago. The corpse of the individual being observed was male. He was no more than five feet tall, and he had a broken nose. He lived in the 4th Century AD. And, despite being dug up in Italy, he was ...read more

  • Be The Church: Love Your Neighbor, Love Your King

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Dec 11, 2017
     | 6,185 views

    It's the Last Sunday of the Church Year/Christ the King Sunday. Jesus speaks of separating the sheep & goats on the last day. The question on people's minds: Am I a sheep or a goat? (From our lectionary-based series for November 2017, "BE the Church.")

  • Be The Church: Watch, Wait, & Worship

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Nov 15, 2017
     | 6,437 views

    Jesus speaks of our need to prepare for His return. We are encouraged to live lives of worship and devotion to God as we watch and wait for the Bridegroom. (This is part of our lectionary-based series for November 2017, "BE the Church.")

    Last Sunday we had a gender reveal party to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl in April. I was so convinced it was a boy, based on how different the first trimester had been this time around. But then, with friends gathered around, we popped a large black balloon with question marks all over ...read more

  • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor...

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Nov 2, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,283 views

    Jesus offers rest to His followers--from the troubles of the world, yes, but especially from the burdensome weight (the yoke) of the Law.

  • Sola Fide | Faith Alone

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Oct 23, 2017
    based on 2 ratings
     | 4,022 views

    For October 2017, as we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we are doing a sermon series on the "solas": Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and Sola Scriptura; and 2 others added, Soli Deo Gloria, and Solus Christus. This is the fourth of the series.

  • Solus Christus | Christ Alone

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Oct 4, 2017
     | 4,406 views

    For October 2017, as we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we are doing a sermon series on the "solas": Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and Sola Scriptura; and 2 others added, Soli Deo Gloria, and Solus Christus. This is the first of the series.

    We’re beginning a new sermon series for the month of October, as we finally lead up to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It’s a series called SOLA! Sola is the Latin word for “alone” or “only.” It’s where we get the word “solo,” where ONLY one person is singing or performing or ...read more

  • A New Body

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Jan 16, 2017
    based on 3 ratings
     | 5,251 views

    This sermon is the first in a series for January 2017 called "Start Something New." Many focus on body image issues when making New Year's Resolutions. In baptism, we have "put on Christ," and God sees His perfect, sinless Son. THERE'S your new body!

    It’s that time again—time to set lofty goals for yourself. Time to aim high for 2017. Time to dream that you might be one of only 8% of Americans who actually fulfill a new year’s resolution! Year after year, we do this to ourselves…no matter how many times we fall into the 92% failure category. ...read more

  • Hail! Hosanna, David's Son!

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Jan 16, 2017
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     | 3,198 views

    Our Advent Sermon Series was "David's Royal Branch," focusing on the coming Christ and His connections to David. This is the second sermon of that series, looking at Jesus' lineage. He is, indeed, David's son--but even greater, He is the Son of God!

  • The Reunion Of Saints

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Nov 7, 2016
    based on 4 ratings
     | 6,947 views

    On All Saints Day, we join in a family celebration made possible by our Triune God. All Saints Day is not a day of mourning the dead, but a day of celebrating the life we have in Christ, and a chance to look ahead at the joys before us!

    Some kids were outside at recess playing on the school playground, as kids do. And, as kids do, they began teasing one another. But the thing is, kids, you know, when they’re teasing, don’t always have a good understanding of how far is too far. And so, these kids start to pick ...read more

  • The Good, The Bad, & The Snuggly

    Contributed by Jonathan Meyer on Nov 1, 2016
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     | 7,507 views

    Jesus points to our salvation by the Father's grace alone, not by our works--first through a parable, and then in action as He welcomes children (even infants).

    The Word of God that engages us today is our Gospel reading from Luke 18. And in our Gospel reading, Jesus challenges the presuppositions of those around Him. Our Gospel reading is really broken down into two sections—and quite often you’ll get a sermon on one or the other, as if ...read more