Monthly Archives: December 2016

Skipping Christmas? (11/20/2016)

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Read Jeremiah 23:1-6 When my children were young, and sometimes the Christmas season seemed very stressful. The stress would start the week of Thanksgiving – decorating, starting the Christmas shopping, always spending more money than I really wanted to, filling … Continue reading

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Abundant Joy, Overwhelming Generosity Part.2 (11/13/16)

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Read Matthew 22:34-46 And, read 2Corinthians 8::1-15 I remember seeing a sign at a church many years ago that really struck me. It said, “When the worship ends, the service begins.” I had that made into a banner at a … Continue reading

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The Saint within (11/06/16)

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Read Luke 6:20-31 On this All Saints Sunday, I am reminded that saints, at least sometimes for Lutherans, are a little bit of a confusing subject. That’s because at the time of the foundation of our Lutheran understanding of the … Continue reading

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Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity (10/30/16)

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Read Luke 19:1-10 The nation of Israel, at the time of our gospel story, was an occupied land. The Romans had invaded the land and controlled it. And in that context, we meet Zacchaeus, an Israelite himself, but also a … Continue reading

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Loving the Neighbor (10/23/2016)

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Read Luke 10:25-37 The lawyer in the story is smart. He knows the right answers. When he asks Jesus a question about what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus responds with a question: “What does it say in … Continue reading

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Choices (10/16/2016)

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Read Joshua 24:1-3, 14-25 Choices (Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25) October 16, 2016 Our gospel lesson this morning, the passage we just read, is difficult. Jesus and his disciples are traveling along the road, and Jesus encounters some individuals along the way. … Continue reading

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Visual Aids (10/09/16)

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Read Joshua 4:1-8, 15-24 When I speak to the children on a Sunday morning during the children’s sermon, I usually will bring along with me some form of visual aid – today it was paper made to look like rocks. … Continue reading

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