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Advent 1: “Do You Know The Time?” (Romans 13:11-14)

Audio: sermon-12-1-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/K3fqYktdu1c Maybe it’s because I just spent the last couple of days in Chicago and rode the Chicago Transit Authority around town that I thought of the musical group “Chicago.” And maybe it was because our Epistle reading for today begins with these words, “Besides this, you know the time…” that I got […]

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Last Sunday of the Church Year: “Father, Forgive Them” (Luke 23:27-43)

Audio: sermon-11-24-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/FZIxjwPBNiE I have counted 21 Sundays now that we have been following our Lord ever since we heard that He “set His face to go to Jerusalem.” And today, on this “Last Sunday of the Church Year” we come to the end of the journey to Jerusalem. From here, the journey continues from […]

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Pentecost 23: “Your Redemption Is Drawing Near” (Luke 21:5-28)

Audio: sermon-11-17-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/sFdv3fg3ko0 Today’s gospel reading is full of what any reasonable person would certainly call ‘bad news.’  It starts off with the bad news about the Temple in Jerusalem – as noble and impressive as the building is, it’s going to be destroyed. And then it goes on to say that before that happens […]

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Pentecost 22: “Eternal Life” (Luke 20:27-40)

Audio: sermon-11-10-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/MeD7BRKW5QE It was all the way back in July that we got the Word that Jesus “set His face to go to Jerusalem,” and we set our face to follow Him. We took a two week, side trip to visit the Reformation and commemorate All Saints. But now we’re back on the road […]

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All Saints: “The Church Victorious” (Revelation 7:9-17)

Audio: sermon-11-3-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/ToM5WBTz9-4 The Festival of All Saints is really the most comprehensive of all of the Festival days on the church’s calendar.  It’s the celebration of Easter and the resurrection of those who have not only died with Christ but who have also been raised with Him and are with Him where He sits at […]

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Reformation 2019: “Don’t Jump” (Romans 3:19-28)

Audio: sermon-10-27-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/BKO-A1nZ1eo Ten people are trapped on the roof of a 20 story high burning building.  The only way to safety is to jump across a 25’ chasm onto the roof of the adjacent building.  One person jumps ten feet and falls to his death.  Another jumps 12 feet and falls to his death.  […]

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: “The Authority of the Bible” (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5)

Audio: sermon-10-20-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/UUmAL0xA-rY “Jesus loves me, this I know…” There’s a note of confidence in a statement like that.  “Jesus loves me, THIS I KNOW…” How do you know?  Because you’re just so loveable that He just can’t help Himself?  Because you feel His love in your heart?  Because you’re so healthy or wealthy or […]

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: “A Miracle of Restoration” (Luke 17:11-19)

Audio: sermon-10-13-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/ORnp-VHPVes The text for our consideration is the gospel lesson just read.  There is a dark side to this stop on the journey with our Lord as He makes His way to Jerusalem and the cross.  In what would otherwise have been another beautiful movement in the symphony, there’s an ‘off-note’ here that […]

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: “Uproot the Tree” (Luke 17:1-10)

Audio: sermon-10-6-19.mp3 YouTube: https://youtu.be/tBHmh7M1AEY The text for this sermon is the gospel reading that we just heard.  Jesus is speaking to His ‘disciples.’  They are His ‘followers’ who listen to Him in order to learn from Him. Whether they recognize that He is the Christ, the Son of God yet is doubtful.  But they are deeply […]

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St. Michael and All Angels – 2019 (Revelation 12:7-12)

Audio: sermon-9-29-19.mp3 You are surrounded by myriads upon myriads who would have you believe that “seeing is believing.”  But by faith, you say, “no, we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.”  (2 Cor.4:18)    “I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth…”  You are […]

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