2009 Sermons
2009 Sermons
  Inspired to write
December 27, 2009
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We are also very thankful that God inspired men like St. John to write about that Savior.
  Christmas Day:
Celebrate your Sonshine!
December 25, 2009
God is a fulfiller of promises. When the time was right, God gave us his Son, so that we too could be his sons and daughters.
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Christmas Eve:
What is he doing here?
December 24, 2009
God's gift from heaven to earth was predicted with certainty and with accuracy. And yet the surprising nature of God's gift made it anything but predictable. (Video only)
  Ages of expectation
December 20, 2009  
When Jesus is the center of our celebration and the fulfillment of our expectations, we can't help but sing what God has done! 
  Christ comes to us in Communion
December 16, 2009
Jesus comes to us and joins us to himself in Communion, making us one with him and with one another.
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  Rejoice in unfailing joy!
December 13, 2009 
God never commands us to be happy, just as he never commands us to be healthy. The one thing we can control, however, is whether or not we are joyful.
Christ comes to us in Baptism
December 9, 2009
It's so beautifully simple! Yet in the washing of rebirth Jesus gives us all the treasures of his grace.
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Real repentance for real people
December 6, 2009
The events in Scripture really happened, with real people called to Jesus through a message of real repentance.
  Avoid the fire and brimstone
November 29, 2009
 
Just like God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire, he will destroy this world with fire. Thankfully, for the sake of God's mercy and for the sake of our mediator, Jesus Christ, we will avoid the fire and brimstone. 
  Jesus still rules!
November 22, 2009
 
Jesus our King is in control of everything, even when things seem to be spinning out of control. What comfort that is when problems and challenges confront us! 
  How do we deal with death?
November 15, 2009
It is said that Christians are so heavenly-minded that they are of no earthly good. Being heavenly-minded is exactly what makes us of tremendous earthly good as we deal with death and help others do the same.
  God won't forget!
November 8, 2009

Even though we cannot observe God's justice at work in this world, God won't forget about his Day of Judgment that is to come. And he doesn't want us to forget about it either!
  No worries!
November 1, 2009
The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 
  Coveting cash to confidently content
October 25, 2009
God addresses a serious spiritual problem - the love of money. His law shows us when we have fallen into the sin of coveting cash. His promises lead us to be confidently content.
 
  Marriage 101
October 18, 2009
 
The way to have a happy and God-pleasing marriage is when both husband and wife follow God's directions.
  Scalpel and Salt
October 11, 2009
 
Sometimes you don't recognize the clutter around you until someone else points it out. God reveals the things that can clutter up his kingdom, and he shows how to clean things up. 
 
Humble...and proud of it?
October 4, 2009
 
How humble are you really? True wisdom from heaven turns us away from selfish arrogance and fixes our eyes on Christ. 
 
September 27, 2009
 
Does God really want trouble to come to those he loves? The things we face aren't always easy--but they are always for a reason.
 
September 20, 2009
Your vocation in Christ, the place where God delights in you and where you are wedded to Jesus truly is the happiest place on earth!
 
September 13, 2009 
In spite of all of the extraordinary things God says about our vocation, life is often difficult and disappointing. But even in the challenges and struggles of our vocation God works extraordinary good.
 
September 6, 2009
 
No matter what our vocation is, it is meaningful and valuable. Whenever we are kind and helpful to others out of love for Jesus, it is like being kind to the Lord himself.
August 30, 2009
Where does God hide in the world? He hides behind you, as he wears you as his mask to dispense blessings, wherever you go and whatever you do in Christ.
August 23, 2009
The story of the Good Samaritan transforms our perspective of what vocation is all about. No matter how well we plan our daily events, everything depends on the neighbors God places in front of us!
What does the perfect body look like? Paul tells us as he compares the church, and the perfect way God has arranged it, with the human body.
My Vocation Destination: A place God chose for me
August 9, 2009
How did I end up with the exact vocation that I did? Paul not only tells us how it happened, but why it happened.
My Vocation Destination: A place I chose for God
August 2, 2009
 
It is easy to overlook the important truth that the Christian serves the Lord even in his everday occupation. Therefore, whatever occupation is chosen, God will be glorified.
  My Vocation Destination: A place I never leave
July 26, 2009
 
Do we really have to give up everything if we want to follow Jesus? See how what Jesus does for us is directly related to what we do for him.
  Who do you think you are?
July 19, 2009
 
Familiarity can breed contempt, and spiritual authority can prompt others to challenge, "Who do you think you are?" God tells us exactly who we are in Christ!
  You won't die...
he will.

July 12, 2009
Death is a difficult thing to deal with, especially when it seems completely unfair. But our gracious God is able to take even something as horrible as death and use it for our good.  
  Weathering the storms of life
July 5, 2009
 
Our faith endures many challenges. It is difficult to put trust in God who claims to be in control of all things when things seem so out of control. However, the same God who commands the wind and the waves has control of the storms in our lives.
  Power comes in small packages
June 28, 2009
 
It's not about programs, packaging or personalities. The gospel itself packs all the power of God to change hearts and to transform lives for Christ.
  Satan is on God's leash
June 21, 2009 
  
Who is in control? Very often it seems as though the forces of evil have an upper hand in the world. However, things aren't always as they seem. God promised to defeat the devil and delivered on that promise by sending his Son, Jesus into the world.
  Working hard or hardly working?
June 14, 2009  

 
Need a day off? Life's frantic pace often leaves us exhausted. Thankfully, when it comes to our salvation, there is nothing to do. Everything has been done. The rest provided by the Old Testament Sabbath Day reminds us of the true and eternal rest we have in Jesus.
  Absolutely no exceptions whatsoever
June 7, 2009  

Through the work of our Triune God, rules that have absolutely no exceptions whatsoever are broken. The Father reveals his love for us through his Son. The Spirit causes us to be born again in baptism.
  The coming of the Holy Spirit
May 31, 2009 

Jesus is no longer with us visibly. And yet, through the work of the Holy Spirit, he is as close as ever. The Holy Spirit's work is to bring Christ to us and us to Christ.
  A better priest of a better covenant
May 24, 2009 

Everything about Christ and his covenant is new and improved.
What a friend we have in Jesus!
May 17, 2009 

Friends are important to have in this life. The greatest friend one can have is one who will lay down his life for you. Jesus is just that friend!
  Lydia - a woman who served where she was planted
May 10, 2009
 
 
God has given every Christian various blessings and placed them in various situations. The Christian in turn serves God wherever he is and in whatever situation he is placed.
He's still good.
May 3, 2009

One of the most familiar and well-loved pictures of the work of our Savior Jesus is that of a shepherd. As our shepherd, he keeps us safe from our enemies, feeds us through the gospel, and lays down his life for his sheep. Unlike a hired hand, he does not abandon us when we are in need.
From Genesis to Revelation: It's all about Jesus
April 26, 2009
You can read the whole Bible and still miss what it's all about. It's not mere human myths and legends and ancient stories. It's the divinely inspired word of God, from start to finish.
Straight talk
April 19, 2009

Do we make talking about Jusus more complicated than it has to be? Just tell it like it is, and share some straight talk for eternal life.
  Sorrow and Sighing will flee away
April 12, 2009
 
On Easter sadness turns to celebration, and tears turn to unbridled joy. Jesus is not in the tomb. He has risen!
  Easter paves the road beyond the cemetery 
April 12, 2009
We sing at Easter "I know that my Reedemer lives - what comfort this sweet sentence gives." And without a doubt Easter brings wonderful comfort for life and for eternity.
  Sing Hosanna to our King
April 5, 2009

Jesus rode into Jerusalem in humility on a donkey as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He came to the shouts of the people’s hosannas and waving of palm branches. He came to stretch out his palms on the cross to save us from our sins.

Christ is the cause of our salvation
March 29, 2009
The Lord has provided a very simple cause and effect for our salvation. It is not anything that we do. It has all been done for us.
  God's cure for complaining
March 22, 2009 
 
Are you a complainer? A whiner? You know that the Lord wants you to be a thankful person.
  Consumed with cleaning
March 15, 2009 
People like to keep their houses clean - some more than others. When Jesus arrived at his Father's house, he saw how dirty it was. And because he loved his Father's house so much, he was consumed with cleaning it.
  Our God has done it all!
March 8, 2009 

When we are helpless to save ourselves, our God in love took it upon himself to save us, even though he knew what type of people we are. He changed us and made us his dear children through Jesus.

The test of love
March 1, 2009

 
What's really at stake in this test of love? It's more than the faith of a man and the life of a boy.
It is good to be here!
February 22, 2009
Many important and comforting lessons for our life are given to us when Jesus was transfigured. May the Lord lead us to appreciate them.
  Our God loves all
February 15, 2009
Sin has infected every person since the fall of Adam and Eve into sin. It is a disease the kills us physically and spiritually, in this life and for eternity. God has the cure for this deadly disease. It is his Son, Jesus. Jesus is the reality that our God loves all mankind.
  Love that'll make your head spin
February 8, 2009
 

The more we contemplate God's love, the harder we find it to comprehend. It's the most amazing love and something we've experienced nowhere else.
  An amazing catch...and release
January 25, 2009

Fish don't like to be caught. Sometimes they're not hungry. Sometimes they aren't fooled by the bait. Sometimes you get them on the hook, but they wiggle their way free. Despite that fact, when Jesus walked along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, fishing for followers, he made an amazing catch...and release. 
  Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening
January 18, 2009

The LORD calls people to listen to him and his word of salvation, and to serve him with their lives. Some people hear the words, but do not recognize the voice, or reject the voice of God and do their own thing. When the LORD calls, he calls to repentance and he calls to announce his forgiveness that comes through Jesus. Say with Samuel, "Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening."
Death is the only option
January 11, 2009

When the jailer at Philippi thought his prisoners had escaped, he thought that death was his only option. But the Apostle Paul stepped in and offered him another death (and new life) in baptism.
  On the razor's edge of truth
January 4, 2009

At Christmas we celebrate two miracles: God took on human flesh. God has revealed it to us through his Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, not everyone is interested in the Savior that God provides. As it was back then, so today people are divided because of Jesus. 


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