Sermons & Media Outlet

In today’s changing and challenging world, Christians need to be vigilant and steadfast in their everyday living – keeping Christ at their center. St. Paul wishes to help by providing you just a few resources. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any additions to these resources:

Lost Sheep

If the Lord describes Himself in Scripture as our “Shepherd,” it follows that we, as those who belong to Him, are His “sheep.” True to our broken nature, we all wander away from our Shepherd’s provision, wrongly assuming we can find our own way. We all stand in need of rescue! We all are the lost sheep who have wandered away. He pursues His wanderers. Finding us and claiming us, He carries us home. And that’s exactly where He gathers us today: at home in His presence so that He, our Shepherd, can fill us, His sheep, with His love and mercy.

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Philemon

As we gather before the throne of the Lord this day, we are restored in the presence of our Savior and through the fellowship of His Table. For we, like Onesimus, are all repentant runaways when we turn to our Master, Jesus, and confess our guilt before Him. And we, like Onesimus, are all restored brothers and sisters in Christ when we both receive from Him and share with others the good news of His forgiveness.

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Pride

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Live by Faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

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Storage Wars

This weekend’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s Supper and the encouragement of God’s Word.

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Pray Like Jesus

Persistence in prayer evoked the admiration of Jesus and wins the attention of the Lord when Abraham intercedes for Sodom. The life of the baptized – to be rooted and built up in Christ Jesus the Lord – is to be rooted in prayer. God hears and answers prayer and so strengthens God’s own. “When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.”

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Like a Good Neighbor

To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor. That mercy found its most profound expression in the “gospel that has come to you” – namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gospel mercy comes to us again this weekend: at the font, at the altar, and from the pulpit. It is very near to you.

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A Trust Walk

God is the source of our nourishment. Our Lord’s invitation to “take and eat…take and drink” is a repeated one. In the Holy Eucharist, in the Word read and proclaimed, in the assembly of the people of God, the dominion of God has come near. Rejoice! Your name is written in heaven.

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