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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

Posted in Baptism, Catechism, Confirmation, Lord's Supper, Luther, sermon

Easter 2: Where to Go

Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! Ever have your doubts? Of course you do. You’ve waited for personal revelation. You’ve hoped to have an experience, perhaps without the tragedy and hardship that comes in life. We’d like … Continue reading

Posted in Day of Resurrection, Holy Week, sermon, Weekly Communion

Easter Festival: 8th Day

Alleluia! Christ is risen!  His is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  The suffering and death of one man on a Friday afternoon was the greatest moment in the history of this fallen world!  As His death struggle drew to a close Jesus … Continue reading

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The Word Made Flesh, Suffers For You

Joseph bought a linen shroud, and with the help of Nicodemus prepared the body of our Lord. They were powerful, wealthy, and well educated men, they were members of the Sanheidrin, the very group that condemned Christ to death. They … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, easter vigil, Holy Week, Life, sermon

Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Cor. 11:23-32, John 13:1-17, 31-35 The night before God’s people left Egypt was a horrific and bloody night. Children, cattle, and lambs died. They died because Pharaoh’s heart was hard; because Adam and Eve had eaten the … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Week, Lord's Supper, Old Testament, sermon

Blessed is He Who Comes Rejected

Lent 2C: Luke 13:31-35, Jer. 26:8-15, Phil. 3:17-4:1 If you listened closely to the appointed scripture readings for today, the 2nd Sunday in Lent, there is a line in each reading that intimately connects them together.  The prophet Jeremiah speaks … Continue reading

Posted in Divine Service, Lent, Old Testament, Preaching, sermon

Suffering Before Glory

Transfiguration C: Also check out the Gospel reading accompanied by handbells! The glory of the LORD is a frightful glory. Few have seen it, and even they caught only a glimpse of it. Moses saw it, or at least the … Continue reading

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Getting a Little Preachy

Epiphany 4C: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 4:31-44 “Don’t preach to me,” we say when someone speaks definitively, especially if it doesn’t fit our preconceived notions.  Or when one speaks for a long period of time we say they are getting preachy. … Continue reading

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Two Hearings of the Word

Epiphany 3C: Nehemiah 8:1-10, Luke 4:16-30 There are but two hearings of the Word of God – faith and unbelief. There is no middle ground. No cool, detached critical view high up in the bleachers. It is either faith or … 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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