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Follow Me!

Traditional sermon Epiphany 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Have any of you ever thought about just dropping everything and starting life anew? I’m not talking about being given the chance to go back in time to start all over and…

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Third Sunday After Epiphany Preview

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he…

Luther On…

Traditional Sermon Reformation Sunday It has been 500 years since the beginning of the Reformation. Five hundred years have passed since Martin Luther posted 95 debatable topics–thesis statements–about God’s mercy, our faith, and the work of the church. This past year there have been books published, interviews given, and PBS movies made about the life…

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Pentecost 19 Preview

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and…

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Ordinary Discipleship

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 12 In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. (2 Timothy 2:20) I share this poem as a part of yesterday’s sermon that ended up being left on the cutting room floor — an editorial…

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Pentecost 8 Worship Preview

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44) As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday…

In Your Own Backyard

Email Devotional Pentecost 6 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields. –Matthew 13:23 Upon encountering need in the world, sometimes we are prepared to be a good disciple. Sometimes God asks us to be an agent…

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Are You Being Burdened?

Traditional Sermon Pentecost 5 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew Chapter 11 contains one of my favorite Bible verses. In verse 28 Jesus says “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,…

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Looking for Crosses

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL PEntecost 3 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18) I spoke about the image of the “cross” with our kiddos today  in this morning’s children’s sermons.  We looked for crosses in the sanctuary,…