11-05-2017 Sermon - Our Place in the Communion of Saints

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People have accused others of "being so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good." But as C.S. Lewis points out, history confirms that those who have done the most good in this age are often those who have thought the most of the age to come. All Saint's Sunday helps us to set our minds on the things above, particularly as we focus on "the communion of saints" and the beautiful portraits provided in our readings this morning. They only scratch the surface of what has been promised to us as baptized believers in Christ Jesus.

10-29-2017 - Put Right with God as a Gift

Martin Luther was terrified by "the righteousness of God" as well as he should be. He knew a righteous God could not coexist with sin, but that his wrath would be vented against sin. Gloriously, Luther came to discover in Scripture that the righteousness of God is something we are given in faith, and that even the faith needed to receive this gift was a gift itself! Truly we are saved by grace, through faith, on account of Christ and what he accomplished for us.

10-22-17 Sermon - The Mysterious and Providential Rule of God

 The way God guides and cares for us is often mysterious and not obvious at the moment. There is a word for this. The word is "Providence". And the way God would care for Israel, even in their punished condition as exiles in Babylon, is a case in point. This is especially true when we consider the promise of deliverance that Isaiah the prophet declares through an unusual messiah some 200 years beforehand...

10-15-2017 Sermon - The Coming Feast on Mount Zion

Thanks to the children at church for picking this week's sermon picture...

Thanks to the children at church for picking this week's sermon picture...

There are a number of images of the fulfillment of the Lord's promises on that day when Jesus returns to consummate his Kingdom. One of those pictures is of being invited to a rich feast. Not only does this glimpse, light at the end of the tunnel, help to sustain us in this present age, but the Lord has already arranged to give us a foretaste of the feast to come.

10-08-17 Sermon - Rejection And Vintage Wine

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One of the consistent pictures in the Bible of God's work through his people is that of a vineyard. And the vineyard is cultivated for the purpose of making wine, that which gladdens the heart, satiates the senses, and becomes important as an enhancement for people coming together and celebrating. An interesting image of salvation! But with human agency in the vineyard, instead of fine wine the vineyard yields vinegar! Find out how God uses our stubborn rejection to yet make his vineyard fruitful.

10-01-2017 Sermon - On Finding A Gracious God

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Of course it is good news that if we repent and turn from our wickedness that we can live, live eternally. But what of the fact that we keep turning away from God and doing what is right and just! Does our repentance and amendment of life depend on us? Or is there yet additional good news wherein we indeed find a gracious God in Scripture? Listen to how Ezekiel hinted at and anticipated such good news.

09-17-2017 Sermon - Forgiving the Trespasses of Others

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One of the most difficult tasks we have as Christ's disciples is that of forgiving those who have sinned against us. And as Jesus spoke to Peter, we are not to do so just once, not just seven times, but seventy times seven! So if we fail in this task does that mean our sins won't be forgiven? Is God's forgiveness conditional? And if it is, then is it something we earn?