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Jesus Only Remains

Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with…

Importance of Being Cleansed

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.   {Prayer} In 1818, one out of six women who had children died from something called “childbirth fever.”  Back in the day, a doctor’s daily routine didn’t start with visiting…

Hope for the Hard Heart

“For God so loved the world.” Dear Friends in Christ, I’m going to begin my sermon this morning with a very unusual quotation.  Here it is: “I saw a woman today who finally became as hard as wood all over.”  Those words were written by a French physician in 1692, the first clinical description of…

Hope for Life

Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.             {Prayer} A school system in a large city had a program to help children keep up with their school work during stays in the city’s hospitals.…

In a Class by Himself

Isaiah 46:9-10 9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;     I am God, and there is no other;     I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning,     from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand,     and I will do all that I please.’…

Gifts Fit for A …

Matthew 2:1-12 The Magi Visit the Messiah 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he…

Our Unchanging God in a Changing World

Malachi 3:6 Breaking Covenant by Withholding Tithes 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. INTRO:  A couple of years ago Marilyn and I along with my brother Steve and his wife went to the sausage supper that’s held the 1st Sunday of every Feb. at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton,…

Whoever Takes the Son Gets It All

Matthew 1:18-25 Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not…

Why God Became a Baby

Luke 2:8-12 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great…

Open the Door

Matthew 1:18-20 Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not…