Sermon Archives

December 28, 2020

The Gore-Tex of Righteousness

Freewill means that since we have a choice in the matter of our destiny, not to choose is to choose. This is a fact we would probably eliminate from our religion if we could. We do not like being backed into a corner where we have to say “yes” or “no.” Faith would be so […]

December 20, 2020

The savior Reveal

The true reveal of Christmas is twofold: Jesus is revealed as the world’s true Savior and Lord, and it is also revealed that we can be reborn to live into the purpose and vocation for which God created us. As John puts it, when we receive Christ and believe in his name, we are given […]

December 13, 2020

Joy on Display

Today, we are reminded that the birth of Jesus brings joy! Deep, long-lasting joy. A joy that cannot be extinguished by anything that happens in this world. No pandemic or economic crisis or social upheaval can rob us of the joy Jesus brings. I hope you find that kind of joy this season and that […]

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 […]

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