Category Archives: Baptism

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

Posted in Baptism, Catechism, Preaching, sermon

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

Posted in Baptism, children, Christmas, sermon

Holy Innocents: The Painful Reality of Christmas

Holy Innocents: Jeremiah 31:15-17, Matthew 2:13-18 How often do we read Scripture and just wonder, why? Why all this death? It doesn’t seem very Christmasy to be talking of such killings and death. We’ve spent this past week celebrating the … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Christmas, Saints, sermon

All Saints

Readings: Revelation 7:2-17; Matthew 5:1-12 Dear saints of God, blessed are you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where … Continue reading

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Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:14-29, Romans 6:1-5 Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Often you can look back, recognize a mistake, laugh about, learn from, and no lasting damage is done. Or if there is at least … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Saints, sermon

Blood Thicker Than Water, Water That Makes Family

Proper 7A- Second Sunday After Pentecost Matthew 10:21-33, Jeremiah 20:7-13, Romans 6:12-23   To you who are loved by God and called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. … Continue reading

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