• Michael Otterstatter

    Contributing sermons since Jun 19, 2001
Michael's church

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Summerville, South Carolina 29485

About Michael
  • Education: Master of Divinty
  • Experience: Michael has served congregations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Ohio and Redwood Falls, MN. He served as Vice President for Mission Advancement at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He is now the pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Summerville, SC.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: May God bless my flawed attempts at sharing his Word with you!
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Mind the light, Kate!
  • Family: God has blessed me with a wife and two children.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Dad loved reading them. I am not sure how much he enjoyed listening to them.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She says they are good...even after almost 30 years of marriage.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "Lord fill my lungs with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I’ve said enough."
  • Books that have had an impact: Joining Jesus On His Mission
  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, and all things outdoors!
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Remain in Christ.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When I had "Amen" in my sermon theme an elderly man kept trying to stand up when I repeated the theme. Thinking the sermon was offer. Rookie mistake! "Forever with the Lord, Amen, So Shall it Be!"
  • What I want on my tombstone: Jesus Lives and So Will I!
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  • How Is God’s Word Like Rain And Snow?

    Contributed on Jul 1, 2022

    “A lamp.” “A fire.” “A hammer.” “A sword.” “Spirit.” “Life.” “Truth.” “Seed.” “Milk.” “Solid food.” These are all descriptions of God's Word. Isaiah adds two more images to the list. Rain and snow.

    “A lamp.” “A fire.” “A hammer.” “A sword.” “Spirit.” “Life.” “Truth.” “Seed.” “Milk.” “Solid food.” What am I talking about? Throughout the Scriptures the Word of God is compared to different things. Each of those comparisons helps us better understand the power and purpose behind what more

  • "Your Grief Will Turn To Joy!”

    Contributed on May 22, 2022

    Like the disciples we must wait “a little while” to receive everything Jesus has promised us. And like the disciples there will be a time of grief while we wait. But Jesus promises that our grief will turn to joy.

    “In a little while you can go out and play.” “After a little while we’ll be going to the pool.” “After a little while I am going to be serving pie and ice cream.” “In a little while we’ll your mom and dad will be home.” “In a little while you can take a break.” “The doctor says that after a more

  • "Love, God’s Way!”

    Contributed on May 18, 2022

    We ask God the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins of not loving as we have been loved, and then lead us to follow God’s command to love others.

    “What one word summarizes the Ten Commandments?” I think that the Bible’s answer to that question surprises many people. In the Scriptures God tells us that the one word that summarizes the Ten Commandments is “love.” But how can that be? Aren’t the Commandments a list of “dos” and “don’ts” or more

  • Live As Sheep Of The Good Shepherd

    Contributed on May 9, 2022

    Do we really know what it means to be sheep—even sheep of the Good Shepherd?

    It is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Christians set aside one Sunday in the Easter Season as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” We can understand why this practice has stood the test of time. Christians love to think of Jesus as their Good Shepherd! Think of the emotions that a picture like more

  • See Jesus Defeat The Devil

    Contributed on Mar 7, 2022

    Because Christ fought the battle against Satan as one of us, he won that battle for all of us. Jesus is our perfect substitute. Even as the devil rages against us, we can face him and his temptations unafraid, confident that our champion, Jesus, has already won the victory over him.

    David versus Goliath. Thousands of years after their brief battle it is still used to describe conflicts. You have probably heard the comparison several times in recent days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Clearly Russia is Goliath and Ukraine David. But don’t we also regularly hear the more

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  • How Have You Been Feeling Lately? Does It Seem ...

    Contributed on Feb 4, 2002
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    How have you been feeling lately? Does it seem like you have a decreased amount of energy? Do you feel fatigued? Have you been craving sugar and eating more than usual? In the last two months have you had difficulty getting out of bed in the morning? Are you sleeping more than usual, been less more