12/4/22 – Advent 2 – “Imminent Return” – Luke 21:25-33

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction
1. Look at the houses, and so many other buildings. As soon as the decorations come out in front yards and in windows, you see for yourselves and know that Christmas is near. From a very young age, we learn to recognize the signs that Christmas is coming—Christmas decorations placed prominently in the stores, Christmas lights on buildings, Christmas trees on sale, and Christmas music playing on the radio, just to name a few. Continue reading

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11/27/22 – Advent 1 – “Deliverance” – Matthew 21:1-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction
1. This first Sunday in the season of Advent bears the Latin name Ad Te Levavi, which comes from the first words of our Introit antiphon and is translated, “to you I lift up.” Lifting up our hearts, our minds, and our voices towards the Lord is precisely what is happening in today’s Gospel text. Continue reading

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11/22/22 – Last Sunday – “Are you Ready” – Matthew 25:1-13

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction
1. Our text for this Last Sunday of the Church Year give us opportunity to discuss the difference between getting ready and being ready. This is something that we all have experience with. We all understand this difference conceptually, but often times when we are in the moment, we can fail to see the difference. Let’s take, for example, what a Sunday morning might look like for a church-going family. When the agreed upon time to leave for church arrives, chances are, everyone thinks they are ready to leave, but the facts suggest otherwise. Continue reading

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11/13/22 – Trinity 22 – “Unforgiving Servant” – Matthew 18:21-35

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Text
1. Our text for this morning is Matthew 18:21-35, which contains our Lord’s parable of the unforgiving servant. But you will notice that this parable is told in response to a question. Peter asks our Lord a question about forgiveness: “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21). Continue reading

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11/6/22 – Trinity 21 – “Your Son Lives ” – John 4:46-54

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction
1. In our Gospel text for today, we read the story of our Lord healing an official’s son. This is a fascinating account for a number of reasons. It closes the first major section of John’s gospel account, and as such, it brings together a number of themes that the gospel writer has been introducing through the first nearly four chapters of his gospel. Continue reading

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10/30/22 – Reformation – “Let Him Hear” – Matthew 11:12-19

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction
1. Our Gospel text for this Reformation Sunday is an interesting one. It invites us to consider a topic that we might not immediately associate with Reformation Day. That topic is the violence which the kingdom of heaven continues to suffer. Continue reading

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10/23/22 – Trinity 19 – “Take Heart” – Matthew 9:1-8

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction
1. In our Gospel Reading for this morning, our Lord is presented with a man who has an obvious physical problem—he is paralyzed. He needs healing from this ailment, and so the man’s friends go to great trouble to bring him to Jesus. But what is it that our Lord first says to this paralytic? Continue reading

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10/16/22 – Trinity 18 – “Good Enough” – Matthew 22:34-46

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1. In our Gospel Reading for this morning, we find two distinct sections. In the first section, our Lord deals with a question of the law. In the second section, he deals with a question of the gospel. Both questions are taken seriously by our Lord. Both matters are important, but it becomes clear quite quickly that in our Lord’s mind the question of the law is important because it serves the question of the gospel. Continue reading

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10/9/22- Trinity 17 – “Humility” – Luke 14:1-11

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction

1. We all know the difference between false and true humility. It doesn’t take much time when interacting with a person to spot someone who has a false humility. We have all known people like this. They portray themselves as sweet and caring, feigning concern and care for you, when in reality they’re too self-absorbed to care about you and your life. Continue reading

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10/2/22 – Trinity 16 – “Fear and Compassion” – Luke 7:11-17

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I. Introduction

1. This morning, our Gospel text invites us to consider the topic of fear. Fear isn’t something that we always actively think about, but fear and reason to fear are all around us, whether we recognize it or not. In life, it isn’t a matter of if you fear, it’s a matter of what you fear. Continue reading

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