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The Difference between Looking Good and Doing Good

  Matthew 23:1-12 A Warning Against Hypocrisy 23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy,…

Who Are These?

Revelation 7:9-17 The Great Multitude in White Robes 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in…

Martin Luther: Man for Today

Romans 1:16-17 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by…

Unlikely Leader is Leader of All

Isaiah 45:1-7 45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,     to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him     and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him     so that gates will not be shut: 2 I will go before you     and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze     and…

There’s No Place Like Home

Psalm 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. Dear Friends in Christ, How about a little trivia quiz to start my sermon this morning?  See if you can identify the name of the movie in which these words…

Caution

Psalm 31:1-8 For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;     let me never be put to shame;     deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me,     come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge,     a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock…

The Power of Pursuit

Psalm 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. Dear Friends in Christ, I came across a story recently that was both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  It’s the story of Eric Hill.  At the age of 28 he had so…

My Overflowing Cup

Psalm 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Dear Friends in Christ, This morning we’re going to be talking about one of what are commonly referred to as the 7 deadly sins.  I wonder how many of you here today would be…

Slippery Slopes and Wounded Sheep

Psalm 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Dear Friends in Christ, Recently I came across an article about 3 of the most potent letters in the English language.  You’d probably be hard-pressed to figure out what they are, so allow me…

Your Pastor, Our Friend, God’s Servant

1 Timothy 3:1-7 Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons 3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and…