Sermons from 2015 (Page 3)

Making the Best of Bad Breaks

Philippians 1:12-18 Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel 12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains,…

Life in the Coffeepot, Part 4

Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Dear Friends in Christ, “How do you face death?”  That was the title of a little story that I came across recently…

The Unexpected

Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Dear Friends in Christ, Three years ago, I was had lunch with one of the pastors at my home church most of my life, Pastor Schalk..  He…

Life in the Coffeepot, Part 3

Isaiah 43:1-3a 1But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the…

Life in the Coffeepot, Part 2

Isaiah 55:8-9 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Dear Friends in Christ, I came across a story recently about a man…

When the Foundations are Being Destroyed

Psalm 11:3 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Dear Friends in Christ, When I began my ministry 34 years ago, I never would have dreamed that I would be preaching a sermon like the one I’m about to preach right now.  Do I want to preach it?  No.  Have…

Life in the Coffeepot, Part 1

Psalm 10:1  Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Dear Friends in Christ, I don’t know why, but over the past year or so Marilyn and I have become mesmerized by the large number of Alaska shows on satellite TV these days.  From “Alaskan Bush People”…

The A-C-T-S of Worship

This morning we come to the end of a journey, a journey that we actually began last year on June 8.  We’ve called it “Salem Lutheran Church: A Faith Odyssey.”  As I noted in my first sermon in this series, an odyssey is an extended journey.  And on this extended journey we have gone in…

People Pleasers or God Pleasers

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Awaiting the New Body 1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will…

Face to Face with a Holy God

Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah’s Commission 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim,each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they…