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When Amos speaks God’s Word to Israel, they do not want to hear it. Amos is told to prophesy elsewhere. John the Baptist’s message of repentance landed him in Herod’s prison and, eventually, in the grave. Speaking God’s Word is not always easy. It often meets resistance and sometimes even violence. As you gather with fellow hearers of God’s Word, consider how you have been resistant to God’s Word. Which portions have you chosen to skip over? Consider how you might better hear and speak God’s Word this week.View Sermon
Our culture is fascinated with rebels. Characters such as Han Solo, Ferris Bueller, and Katniss Everdeen are not perfect, but we admire how they stand up to authority. Whether being a rebel is good or bad depends on whom one is rebelling against. When the authority is God Almighty, rebels are not looked upon so fondly. Israel rebelled against God, and Ezekiel told them just that. The people of Nazareth rejected Jesus, rebelling against their own hometown prophet. Paul was a rebel himself, first against the followers of Jesus, and then on their behalf. Sin is rebellion against God. Yet God forgives our rebellion through Jesus’ death and resurrection, turning our rebellion into reconciliation and rejoicing. Despite our weaknesses and inclination to rebel, God’s grace comes to us in Jesus, and He is sufficient for us.View Sermon
There’s a children’s song that says in simple words, “Oh, you can’t keep Jesus’ love in a box ’cause His love will come a-bubblin’ through.” It’s a childlike picture of God’s love overflowing into our lives and the lives of others. In today’s Gospel, we see just that. Jesus’ love and compassion overflows to heal a bleeding woman – it seems without Him even knowing it. Then, with Jesus’ full knowledge and intent, Jesus raises a young girl from the dead. In Jesus, those living with lingering sickness and those caught in sudden death receive the abundant mercy of God. Rejoice that Jesus’ love, compassion, and mercy shown at the cross overflows with forgiveness and healing for you!View Sermon
This weekends message from Pastor Kay is based on Mark 4:35-41 where Pastor tells us: “God in Jesus Christ is with us through all the sailings of life – on a 27-foot fishing boat or on 1188-foot long ocean liner. We shall be filled with great awe and continue to proclaim to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” It is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Never let go. You will not perish. The Lord be with you.”View Sermon
“Now the green blade rises from the buried grain” is the first line of a well-known Easter carol. The wonder of God’s handiwork can be seen in the smallest things of God’s great creation. Even in a grain of mustard seed there is the promise of new life and fruitfulness. God provides for all of our needs out of love for His creatures. And He rejoices in the growth that occurs. As the “rolling seasons in fruitful order move” (LSB 893:1), we celebrate that in Christ we have a central role in God’s amazing plan as we grow in love.View Sermon
“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!” (Psalm 81:1). God ordained the Sabbath for the benefit of His people, as a source of refreshment and of joy. The Sabbath Day is the culmination of the week and gives meaning to all of the other days. With joy we gather for worship on the Lord’s Day. He is here! We have much to celebrate!”View Sermon
“You shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O My people. And I will put My Spirit within you, and you shall live” (Ezekiel 37:13-14). This He has done in the hearts of everyone who has heard His saving Word, from Adam and Eve to you. To emphasize the universality of God’s desire, this weekend we recall that post-resurrection Day of Pentecost, when no barriers of language could hinder God’s work.
Jesus tells us that this Spirit He sends is from the Father. The Spirit comes to witness about Jesus and His work of salvation for all. That witness consists of both the truth about sin and about the Savior, Law and Gospel, to bring us to repentance and enliven our faith repeatedly, day by day as we live in His presence and the grace of God.View Sermon
On this final weekend of the Easter season, the apostles are gathered to select as successor to Judas one who had been with them from the beginning to become a witness of Jesus’ resurrection. In the Epistle, John teaches us the Good News that God testifies concerning Jesus, the Son: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). In the Gospel, Jesus, in His High Priestly Prayer, prays that all who have received His Word may be one and that His joy may be fulfilled in us. He sanctifies us together in the truth of His Word as we live as resident aliens in this world.View Sermon
The 5 Love Languages:
Quality Time – Time spent intentionally together is what matters here.
Physical Touch – When you are watching television do you sit on the same couch, or at opposite ends of the room?
Words of Affirmation – Hearing that you are loved matters most.
Acts of Service – Thoughful gestures like preparing a meal, or taking care of a needed task are affirmations of love.
Receiving Gifts – A note on the fridge, or remembering your favorite ice cream help secure the relationship.
Jesus said: “I am with you. I am for you. I forgive you.”View Sermon
In one of His several “I Am” statements, Jesus says, “I am the vine, You are the branches.” Inviting His hearers to a place of rest and refuge, He says, “Abide in Me.” In the Epistle, John correlates confessing that Jesus is the Son of God with experiencing and coming to trust in the love God has for us. Abiding in Jesus means abiding in God’s love. And God Himself abides in us. This relationship of abiding in Jesus, who Himself is love, was experienced by the Ethiopian eunuch when Philip told him the Good News about Jesus and the Ethiopian was baptized.View Sermon