Sermons by “Pastor Ball”

Forgiveness of Sins

How many times have you thought the grass was greener on the other side? We sometimes feel that tension with our jobs and relationships. We might be dissatisfied with what we have now and think something better is just over there. Through our Baptism into Jesus’ name, we have the very best, because we are God’s children. Yet, we still live in this world, and the chains that once held us captive in sin seem to entice us to our former way of living. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

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Jesus is the Way!

Only after Easter were the disciples able to understand Jesus’ words. Now they knew that He was and is God in the flesh, our way to the Father. So sure were they, that Stephen could echo Jesus’ last words as he faced death. Peter, in the Epistle, was able to review prophetic words of Scripture that they now knew spoke of Jesus. Today it is our turn to proclaim Jesus as the way, truth, and life, so that our friends will also know who He is and join us to live in His marvelous light.

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It’s Not About the Nail

What a great celebration in observing our Lord’s resurrection yesterday! On Easter Sunday, Pastor Ball tells us, “We live in the full power of God, our God who is alive and who calls us to follow Him. Knowing this, we see this world as being redeemed before our eyes, as being healed even in the middle of pain and brokenness. Believing this, we live boldly, knowing that God’s love for us is stronger than any other force in this world, because our God is the God who has overcome the world.” Praise God!

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Known But Not New

“Often we come to Church for the same reason as the woman at the well. We’re seeking a little refreshment. A moment of quiet reflection. Time to be away from the rest of the world. That’s available to us here at St. Paul, but while you have come for just a sip, realize that God intends to quench your thirst for a lifetime. Because today, He offers you Living water. A washing clean of the sins of the past. An implanting of the Holy Spirit.” Praise God!

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No Secrets!

Pastor Ball tells us this weekend that “Some of the greatest taste and light we have to share comes in the form of forgiveness. And that begins here at St. Paul in the way that we treat one another. When we raise children who daily repent of their sins, we send light out into the community. Jesus’ cross, while a mystery to many, is not meant to to be a secret among us. The power of forgiveness is too life-changing not to share!”

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