Category Archives: Baptism

Easter 3 and Confirmation: Acts 9, Blinded By Light

Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! We live in a time when glowing personal testimonies are often regarded as God’s sure action.People may yawn at Scripture texts but get goose bumps over something that has no sure … Continue reading

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Baptism: The Happy Exchange

Dearly beloved, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. We have worshipped the Infant in the manger with shepherds. We’ve worshipped the Child with the Persians who followed the star. Today we … Continue reading

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Lord, Don’t You Care?

Proper 7B: Job 38:1-11, 2 Cor. 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Nature can bring about great fear. Be it flooding rains, scorching droughts, damaging winds, or tornados, there … Continue reading

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Easter Vigil: Darkness to Light

(For the fourth year in a row, we rejoice in celebrating baptisms on this night as well! Thanks be to God!) It is the most holy of nights. The stars are brightly shining. It’s not the night of our dear … Continue reading

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Snakes and Crosses, Lifted Up

Fourth Sunday in Lent: Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21 Our bodies suffer from attacks from the outside world. Viruses and infections come from all around, jumping from person to person. The weather has affects on aches and pains of … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Lent, Lord's Supper, Old Testament, sermon

The Temple Overturning Hearts and Lives

Lent 3B: Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:12-25 Dear saints of God at Bethlehem Lutheran, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. You have heard this morning in our Old Testament that which has become very … Continue reading

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Dust You Are and Dust You Return, Dust You Do Not Remain

To you, ambassadors of Christ, reconciled to God, grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Tonight, and really the entire Lenten season, can seem kind of somber. The purple that drapes our altar … Continue reading

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Baptism, Lent, resurrection, sermon

What have you to do with us Jesus? Listen Up to the Word.

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany: Mark 1:21-28   Imagine it, a man walks in on the Sabbath, the day of worship, in the midst of hearing and receiving God’s Word and a demon possessed man walks in. Not only does he … Continue reading

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Baptism of Our Lord

Dear saints dead sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may … Continue reading

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New Year’s: Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Luke 2:21: And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Merry Christmas! The days remain short this time of year. The sun is … Continue reading

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