Sermon Archive

Kleptomania and Its Cure

Ephesians 4:28 (ESV)28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Dear Friends in Christ,      A church is supposed to be a safe place, isn’t it?  In fact, we often refer to the inside of a church…

What Am I to Be?

Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV) Salt and Light13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor…

Getting Something for Nothing

Exodus 20:15 (ESV)15 “You shall not steal.    As best as I can recall, it happened to me the first time during my 3rd year of college.  I was living in a dorm at that time attending Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, IN, a Lutheran college that was geared primarily toward the training of future pastors.…

Grace-fully

John 1:16 (ESV)16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.             {Prayer}             We all prefer things to be “full.”  It’s a good feeling to pull out of the driveway in the morning and see that you have a full tank of gas.  We are thankful for that full feeling which comes at the end…

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth

Ephesians 5:21 (ESV)21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Dear Friends in Christ,                                                                                                 Some years ago the Saturday Evening Post ran an article entitled “The Seven Ages of the Married Cold.”  It revealed a series of reactions that a husband gave to his wife’s colds during the first 7 years of…

Still Waters Run Deep

Matthew 3:13-17 (ESV)The Baptism of Jesus13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he…

Jesus: Thrill or Threat?

Matthew 2:1-12 (ESV)The Visit of the Wise Men2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled,…

The Perfect Baby

John 1:14  (ESV)14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Dear Friends in Christ,    I came across an incredible story recently about a little girl named Molly.  Picture the scene for a moment.  Molly is in the hospital because she’s…

Present or Present

Exodus 40:34-38 (ESV) The Glory of the Lord34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people…

The Perfect Christmas Gift

Luke 2:7 (ESV)7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Dear Friends in Christ,    I have a confession to make this evening that I just have to get off my chest because the guilt is about…