2008 Sermons
2008 Sermons
  Hang in there...it won't be long!
December 31, 2008     
Sometimes it seems like we have to wait forever for the things we want the most. Don't worry, soon it will be time to go home to heaven. It won't be long! 
  The other Christmas miracle
December 28, 2008     
God wants all glory for himself. And sooner or later he will get it. Thankfully the Holy Spirit has worked the miracle of faith in our hearts so that giving God glory is our greatest joy in all the world.
Mary's having a baby
December 21, 2008     
Having a child is something natural and normal for married ladies. Sometimes sin gets in the way and young ladies have children outside of marriage, but even here it is natural. Mary had a baby by means of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous way. This baby is our Savior.
  Are you the one?
December 14, 2008     
Where can we look for peace, hope, forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life? There's only one place to turn for the things we need most.
  What's taking him so long?
December 7, 2008     
It has been almost two thousand years since Christ ascended into heaven. While we wait for him to return, it is easy for us to lose focus on our heavenly goal. Instead we get distracted by what the world has to offer. And so we wonder: What's taking him so long? The apostle Peter gives us the answer.
  Grace in the Lord's Hands
November 30, 2008     
Advent is a time for preparation. It is a time to confess our sins and ask God's forgiveness. It is a time to rest in the Lord's promises of our salvation through his coming Son. This is a result of grace in the Lord's hands.
  Hail, Christ the King!
November 23, 2008     
The last Sunday of the church year is Christ the King Sunday. We give glory and honor to the one mocked by unbelievers, but praised and worshiped by those who believe. We look forward to the day when our King of kings and Lord of lords returns in all his glory to take us to heaven.
  Comfort at the death of a Christian
November 16, 2008     
The Bible has much comfort to offer in connection with the death of a Christian. This sermon is intended to comfort and to give strength to the family and friends of any believer in Jesus who has died.
  Get ready for the big day
November 9, 2008     
The day is coming--the day when Christ will return to judge the living and dead. We don't know when, but get ready, because Jesus says, "I am coming soon."
  Stand firm
November 2, 2008    
The Reformation, begun by Martin Luther, was built on the solid foundation of God's Word. It was about correcting the errors in the church of that day. It turned into the establishment of a new church body, Lutherans. This group stood firm on the facts of Scripture that it is by God's grace alone that we are saved through faith alone, as it is revealed and verified in Scripture alone.
  The day we've all been waiting for!
October 26, 2008    
Sunday mornings can often seenm like just an ordinary day. Nothing could be further from the truth! We see that our brothers and sisters are standing firm in the faith. We gather with them around the Word and the Sacraments. This is no ordinary day. This is the day that we've all been waiting for!
  Come out from them and be separate
October 19, 2008    
You will find the word "holy" used often in the Bible. Often it is used to refer to God. However, the word holy is used also to refer to God's people. And that is comforting!
  Thank God for faith
October 12, 2008    
God, in his grace, chose us from eternity to be his own. He uses the power of the gospel to call his own to faith through the work of the Holy Spirit. He gave us faith to bear fruit in our lives and enjoy his gifts to us.
  Fit for the feast
October 5, 2008   
It's a rich, satisfying feast when we dine at God's banquet table. Just how do people respond to the invitation to join God's heavenly party?
  The Lord's vineyard
September 28, 2008  
God in his grace chose to plant us in his vineyard. He has done all things for our eternal welfare. Give him thanks and praise for connecting us to the True Vine, Jesus, through the work of the Holy Spirit, for our soul's salvation.
  It's time for change
September 21, 2008  
Change isn't always easy. But very often it's necessary. Jesus told a parable that illustrated the most important thing that needs to change in our lives.
  To live is Christ, to die is gain
September 14, 2008 
Why are we here? What's our purpose? What's the focus of our existence? The Bible has a powerful answer that reshapes our whole way of looking at life.
  A Christian forgives others
September 7, 2008
Forgiving others can be a difficult thing to do for most people, even Christians. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we forgive others for their sin against us, just as God forgives us for our sins against him, through Jesus Christ. 
The difference between winners and losers
August 31, 2008
In Christ we have been given a victory. In him we have won the race. Now Paul encourages us to run like the winners we are. We do that by practicing self-control.
  In gentleness, there is strength
August 24, 2008
Are you a strong person in God's sight? It all depends among many things whether you are a gentle person. It takes a great deal of godly strength to be gentle.
  The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness
August 17, 2008
Jesus expects us to be faithful with the talents he gives us. So what is the secret for faithfulness? Jesus told a parable about faithfulness that gives us an answer we might not expect.
Goodness goes to the heart
August 10, 2008
The Holy Spirit gives us the fruit of goodness that we may share it with others. We share it by sharing who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for us.
  The blindness of kindness!
August 3, 2008
Kindness isn't about ourselves. It's about others. It's the little things we do in Christ to make someone else's day just a little brighter.
Patience! Patience!
July 27, 2008
Patience, patience, patience! How often you might have heard these words! Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that he wants you to have.
  Peace that passes all understanding
July 20, 2008
Jesus is our Prince of Peace. In him nothing in our relationship with God is unfinished, missing, or out of place. In him everything is exactly as it should be. That's peace that passes all understanding.
  Rejoice in the Lord always!
July 13, 2008
A Christian is an optimist! The joy of Christ and the blessings of his salvation give a believer a positive outlook on life and the blessed promise of heaven.
Love comes from God
July 6, 2008
Since the fall into sin, human nature no longer is able to love on its own. True love has to come from God. He loves us so much that he sent Jesus to save us and his Holy Spirit to empower us to love one another.
  Jesus provides a yoke of refreshment and rest
June 29, 2008
Tired of carrying the guilt of sin? Worn down by the burdens of this life? You are probably looking for relief in all the wrong places. There is only one place to find refreshment and rest from the burdens of this life and that is through Jesus.
  We're back from the dead
June 22, 2008
God's free grace has brought us back from the dead and made us alive to live for Jesus.
  Beaten down, but never beaten
June 15, 2008
Beaten down, but never beaten when you are sent by the Lord and walking with the Lord.
March off the map
June 8, 2008
We can march together confidently as a Spirit-led Church because we are guided by the Spirit of God.
You have perfect credit
June 1, 2008
Appreciate that perfect credit rating you have because you have received the righteousness of Christ.
  Lifestyle Christianity
May 25, 2008
Challenged by sin? Surrounded by temptation? Use every tool to remember who you are!
  Enjoy the gifts of your Triune God
May 18, 2008
The Trinity is a mystery about our God that we will never fully comprehend. We can attempt to explain it, but we fall short in every aspect. We accept this mystery of three persions in one God only by faith in the reliable word of God.
  Thank God for Christian women!
May 11, 2008
What qualities make a woman wonderful? Here's a clue: it's not all the things that the world thinks are important.
  Stand firm in the faith
May 4, 2008

The words of Peter emphasize Christian steadfastness in the face of the devil's attacks. He also gives encouragement to depend on the Lord for our strength and help, so that we can stand firm in the faith. 
  Set apart Christ as Lord
April 27, 2008
The follower of Christ can live life with a confident attitude because the victorious Lord Jesus lives in his heart.
Bricks and stones on a firm foundation
April 20, 2008
It's not about bricks and mortar. It's about people, chosen by God and precious to him, built upon Christ.
Christ suffered for you
April 13, 2008
"What would Jesus do?" is a question that you have seen worn and posted throughout the nation. A better question is: "What has Jesus done?" It is because of what he has done for us that we can follow his example in dealing with the challenges that come to Christians.
I'm but a stranger here
April 6, 2008
God wants us to realize that this planet earth is not our real home. We are just passing through on our way to our real home of heaven.
Enjoy your new birth!
March 30, 2008
Easter is never over for the Christian because our life of faith is built on the resurrection of Christ. We have been given new birth into a living hope of eternal life. This is God's gift to us, which will be challenged for as long as we live.
Easter Festival
March 23, 2008
Don't worry. Don't dismay. Don't fear. Let your heart soar, as you contemplate Jesus' powerful victory over death and his promise to you for eternity!
Easter Sunrise
March 23, 2008
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! These few words are reason enough for us to rejoice and praise our Lord and God. God has given us salvation by removing the cause of our condemnation. He has given us reason to share the glorious things he has done.
Palm Sunday peace
March 16, 2008
Watching the crowds on Palm Sunday, some see chaos, some see excitement, some see a riot in the making. We see Jesus making and bringing peace.
Do you believe it?
March 9, 2008
Jesus makes it clear that he is true God and true man at the same time. He also makes it clear that he has a mission from God to bring us life eternal. He demonstrates his power over death as he raises Lazarus from the dead, a view of our resurrection to eternal life.
This guy's possessed!
March 2, 2008
What comes to mind when you think of someone who is "possessed"? Christians aren't possessed by evil spirits. Christians are the treasured possession of God!
God is serious
February 24, 2008
Because God loves you, he issues warnings to you not to stray. He also gives gracious promises to you, including the promise of everlasting life. God is serious about these warnings. He also is serious about his promises.
Quench your thirst!
February 17, 2008
Jesus is the true thirst quencher. He points out our real needs and then provides the water of life that satisfies those real needs.
Adam vs. Christ
February 10, 2008
Adam's sin wrecked everything and brought death and destruction into the world. Christ, "the second Adam," accomplished the world's salvation through his perfect obedience.
It is good to be here
February 3, 2008
Jesus' transfiguration gives us a foretaste of what his glory truly is and what we have to look forward to in eternity with him.
Resolving conflicts
January 27, 2008
All of us have conflicts at one time or another. some of these conflicts might be on-going. What does the Lord want us to do about them?
He's breaking down the walls
January 13, 2008
Where Jesus enters with his grace, the walls come tumbling down!
Worship the King
January 6, 2008
Jesus came as a light for all people. The wise men were Gentiles who traveled to find the Messiah as they werre guided by a special star. They found him and worshipped him as their King and Savior.


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