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  • God And Children

    Contributed by William Mouser on Sep 24, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,114 views

    In contrast to the ambition to acquire the applause and approval of men, Jesus turns his disciples toward the powerless -- toward children -- as exemplars of Himself, His Father, and the ones his disciples should seek to serve.

    Psalm 54, Wisdom 1:16 - 2:22, James 3:16-4:6, Mark 9:30-37 Apostles, Christians, and Children Sometimes, the disciples of Jesus don’t come off very well in the gospels, and today’s Gospel lesson is one of those times. Jesus tells them again, as he is doing more and more often at this point in ...read more

  • Happy All The Day?

    Contributed by William Mouser on Sep 17, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,916 views

    Jesus rebuked his disciples’ inaccurate expectations of his Messiahship, and warns them (and us) that the spiritual life includes persecution and struggle.

    Psalm 116:1-9, Isaiah 50:4-9, James 2:14-26, Mark 8:27-38 There is a wonderful hymn by Isaac Watts, usually entitled “Alas, and did my savior bleed.” Those of us who were evangelized and nurtured by the Southern Baptists or those similar to them have probably heard is hundreds of times. What ...read more

  • Another Helper

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,009 views

    An exposition of the key features of Jesus’ promise of Another Helper, made to his disciples in John 14, correlating this with Deut. 4 and 1 John 3.

    Another Helper Psalm 66, Deuteronomy 4:32-40, 1 John 3:14-24, John 14:15-21 Barbara and I are reading a series of murder mysteries. In the series we’re reading right now, the main character is named Hieronymous Bosch, a name his mother gave him because she thought that medieval painter’s ...read more

  • Love And Dogma

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,481 views

    The Bible, particularly Jesus, puts together two ideas which the world would always keep seperate: love and dogma. This sermon argues they must always go together.

    Psalm 33, Isaiah 45:11 – 19, 1 John 4:7-21, John 15:9-17 The Bible puts two things together that modern man would never in a million years put together. We see them both in the gospel and the epistle appointed for today. On one hand there is something in both the gospel and the epistle ...read more

  • The Language Of The Church

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,863 views

    Scripture -- all of it, read copiously over a long time -- shapes our minds and brings us light, far more than the narrow sectarian vocabularies of our cradle faith.

    Psalm 47, Exodus 28:1-4,9-12, 15-21, 29-30, 1 John 5:9-15, John 17:11b-19 The Language of the Church I read a lot of blogs focused on Bible and theology. Something I read this week dovetails nice with our Lord’s words in the gospel lesson appointed for today. There is an online version of ...read more

  • Pentecost, The Church's Birthday

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 6,681 views

    The first Pentecost is examined in light of its character as the birthday of the Church.

    Homily for Pentecost, or Whitsunday Psalm 104:1-2, 13-24, 33-34, Acts 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, John 14:8-17 I was born at 5:45 P.M. on Wednesday, March 5, 1947. For the past 58 years, I have commemorated that birthday with friends and family. You also celebrate your own birthdays and ...read more

  • The Old Testament Trinity

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 15 ratings
     | 3,173 views

    Though the OT alone might not generate the doctrine of the Trinity, in the light of the NT, the Trinity is easy to see in various OT passages.

    Homily for Trinity Sunday Psalm 93, Exodus 3:1-6, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-16 The Old Testament Trinity Several years ago, my wife and I were in a liberal Lutheran church on Trinity Sunday. We arrived at the end of what they billed as their traditional service, which appeared to us to be a ...read more

  • From A Mustard Seed

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,252 views

    On the occasion of a weekend conference for training men in worship, this sermon challenges the men to expect God’s blessing on their small beginning.

    Psalm 92, Ezekiel 31:1-6,10-14, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Mark 4:26-34 From a mustard seed One things that grabs the attention of St. Athanasius parishioners today is the presence of all these men in our fellowship for the Lord’s worship on the Sunday morning. To those of you here this morning ...read more

  • The Most Often Worked Miracle

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,993 views

    In feeding the 5,000, Jesus sets a pattern for his disciples’ future ministry.

    Feeding the 5,000 Jesus’ miracles are commonly understood to prove his divinity. And without a doubt many of the miracles that Jesus performed were signs intended to validate his identity and his mission. We can think, for example, of the first miracles recorded in Mark’s gospel. They were ...read more

  • Faith And Healing

    Contributed by William Mouser on Aug 2, 2006
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,828 views

    Two miracles of healing show us how faith and healing relate to one another in Jesus’ ministry.

    Psalm 112, Deuteronomy 15:7-11, 2 Corinthians 8:1-9,13-15, Mark 5:22-24,35b-43 Faith and healing I’m not sure how the gospel lesson for today got paired with two readings on giving. Even the Psalm for today contains the lines “ 5 A good man deals graciously and lends...” and “He has given to ...read more

  • Following Jesus Into The Wilderness

    Contributed by William Mouser on Mar 14, 2006
    based on 18 ratings
     | 7,755 views

    Lent is one of the earliest observances of the church. Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness is a model for spiritual preparation for future effectiveness and fruitfulness in ministry.

    Psalm 25, Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-13 For most of the past 500 years, there was an almost infallible way to tell Catholics from Protestants: the Catholics were the ones who had a cross-shaped smudge of ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. But, those times are changing. ...read more

  • Truth In Advertising The Christian Life

    Contributed by William Mouser on Mar 14, 2006
    based on 20 ratings
     | 3,488 views

    Suffering for the gospel is an indispensable part of the gospel. Faith that perseveres through suffering is rewarded with the victory of Christ’s resurrection.

    Psalm 16, Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 8:31-39, Mark 8:31-38 There is a body of legislation on the books in most states today that we might call “truth in advertising laws.” They were enacted by state legislatures over the past several decades in order to protect consumers from false advertising ...read more

  • When You Feel Like Quitting

    Contributed by William Mouser on Feb 26, 2006
    based on 27 ratings
     | 6,669 views

    Jesus’ transfiguration is recorded in the gospels to embolden the disciples and their converts down the ages, as they face discouragement on the way to God’s Kingdom.

    Psalm 27, 1 Kings 19:9-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Mark 9:2-9 When you feel like quitting On July 4, 1952, a young woman named Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island. She was setting out to swim the channel from the island to the California coast. This was no novice undertaking. ...read more

  • Healing The Body And The Soul

    Contributed by William Mouser on Feb 19, 2006
    based on 9 ratings
     | 5,681 views

    While Jesus healed the bodies of many afflicted with demons and disease, he came into the world to heal a deeper sickness than any of these: the guilt and stain of sin. In healing the paralytic, Jesus healed the sinner’s soul, and then his body.

    Psalm 32, Isaiah 43:18-25, 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, Mark 2:1-12 Healing the Body and the Soul Chuck Swindoll in his book "The Grace Awakening" had some interesting things to say about our needs and what God might have provided to meet them. Expanding on Swindoll’s suggestive words, I would ...read more

  • Jesus Cleanses The Leper

    Contributed by William Mouser on Feb 19, 2006
    based on 24 ratings
     | 8,730 views

    In healing the leper, Jesus showed his power not only over disease but all that disease represents in this world: the corruption and chaos of sin.

    Psalm 42, 2 Kings 5:1-15, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Heals the Leper The miracle of healing which Mark records in today’s gospel lesson might seem, at first, to present a kind of contradiction in Jesus’ own ministry at this point. After Jesus has been mobbed all night long in ...read more