• 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 alone!
  • 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 over. Rookie mistake! The theme was, "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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  • Live In Your Baptismal Grace

    Contributed on Jan 15, 2024

    In these verses we find some awesome truths about our baptism. We are told that we should count ourselves “dead to sin” but “alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

    It said to have happened in Texas when parts of the state were still considered the frontier, or the wild west. A preacher went traveling among the pioneers and settlers. In a small frontier town he shared the Gospel, and of course, he offered baptism to anyone who wanted it. Most of the town’s more

  • "Do Everything In The Name Of The Lord Jesus”

    Contributed on Jan 1, 2024

    It’s that time of year once again. December 31st brings reflections on a year that is ending. There may be anticipation mixed with some anxiety for a new year that is just beginning. If we really want to keep our New Year’s resolutions we need to learn God’s way of making changes in our lives.

    It’s that time of year once again. December 31st brings reflections on a year that is ending. There may be anticipation mixed with some anxiety for a new year that is just beginning. Whether you have plans for a “count-down” party with corks popping or flipflops dropping (Folley Beach) at more

  • Let’s Go To Bethlehem!

    Contributed on Dec 25, 2023
    based on 1 rating

    Although Luke’s account of the shepherds going to see baby Jesus is filled with familiar details, the thread that ties the whole thing together is what the shepherds were told about the child. We hear that connection three times in these verses.

    “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Those words spoken by the shepherds on the first Christmas Eve are familiar to us. An angel of the Lord had brought them “good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” And the angel told more

  • Consider The True Glory Of Our King!

    Contributed on Oct 23, 2023

    In His "state of humiliation" as theologians say, Jesus' glory was most deeply hidden! Through these verses from Colossians we are invited to see the true glory of King Jesus!

    “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” All four of the Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell us about the written notice of the charge against Jesus—and for which Pontius Pilate crucified him. It’s a small but important detail from the Friday that we call good. Does anyone more

  • Have Great Faith In Jesus!

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2023

    Instead of telling us what faith is...the Bible shows! For our sermon together let’s focus our attention on the faith of one Canaanite woman as an example of “great faith.”

    “Faith is….” How would you finish that phrase? You might quote the classic Bible passage that defines faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Or perhaps you would come up with a string of synonyms for faith. You might say, more

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

    Contributed on Feb 4, 2002
    based on 49 ratings

    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