Sermon Archives

December 6, 2020

Dream the World Better

When the birth of Jesus is celebrated this Christmas, remember the words of Isaiah: “Here is your God!” Jesus joins Isaiah in bringing you back from exile, wherever you may be wandering. Jesus does the work of restoration by forgiving you and giving you a new life. He makes the rough places smooth and the […]

November 29, 2020

Please, Come Visit!

 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. We are preparing for God to visit once again. We know there is going to be a reopening. “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel which means, ‘God is with us’” (Matthew 1:23). We know that God did, indeed, tear […]

November 22, 2020

Recognizing Jesus

When we serve children, guests, and the poor, we are really serving Jesus. When we welcome strangers, feed the hungry and care for the sick, we are really helping Jesus. The good news for today is that vulnerable people give us a chance to identify Jesus, alive and well in the world today. We can […]

November 15, 2020

Servant Eyes

Our congregation’s plan for 2021 is Preach, Teach, and Reach. We will preach Christ crucified and raised for the forgiveness of sins and the promise of new and better life now and in the future. We will teach the Word of God, which says that all God’s people are equally precious. We will reach out […]

November 8, 2020

The Power of the Hidden Influencer

Some of us might conclude that we do not affect the church much at all, and that is fine, if we are correct. Not everybody is an influencer. But others of us may realize that our impact is indeed outsized, which can be a good thing. We might even consider it a spiritual gift. Among […]

November 1, 2020

The Cooperation Imperative

The challenge for churches today is to be solid at the center and soft at the edges. We must be solidly devoted to the worship of the One Triune God: Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. At the same time, we must be soft at the edges, willing to collaborate with all people to serve a […]

October 25, 2020

The Greatest Tweet

When Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God. You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” he is not just tweeting. No, he is giving us the center of who he is, and he is backing it up with his own life. Jesus went to the cross filled with love; he loved the Lord […]

October 18, 2020

Leveraging Our Assets

The American church typically describes good stewardship as taking care of facilities, properly accounting for income and expenses, and clearly communicating with members and donors. Those things are all well and good. But going forward, our understanding of good stewardship should also include the biblical expectation of knowing what to do with the assets entrusted […]

October 11, 2020

The Permission Givers

God’s grace is not a gussied-up version of the “God knows I’m weak, and God will excuse me for being human” rationalization. Make no mistake, God will hold us accountable for our sins. God must uphold God’s justice if God is to be trusted. Rather, grace is the assurance that our salvation is not dependent […]

October 4, 2020

Generations Together

The church is like an extended family, with many generations worshiping and working together toward a common goal. The fifth commandment provides a way to tap into the resources of the extended family, even if we do not live under the same roof: Honor one another. Value one another. Take one another seriously. Do not take each […]

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