2010 Sermons
2010 Sermons
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Starting off on the right foot
Dec. 31, 2010
New Year's Eve
Endure Opposition
Dec. 26, 2010
The Lord has told all his followers that hardship and opposition will come to them simply because they are Christians. He does expect his followers to endure opposition as did the faithful follower Stephen.
The blurry God brought into focus
Dec. 25, 2010
Christmas Day Service
Getting something you didn't ask for
Dec. 19, 2010
It can be very disappointing when we get something for Christmas that we didn't ask for, or even want. But when God surprises us with a gift we would not have asked for, we're anything but disappointed.
Peace came to earth at last
Dec. 15, 2010
Midweek Advent 3
Power to Persevere
Dec. 12, 2010
Health or hardship, wealth or woe, prosperity or pain -- these all have their origins in the same place. They are blessings from our gracious God and Savior.
Breaking the Silence Dec. 8, 2010
 Midweek Advent 2
Creature or Creator? Dec. 5, 2010
Nebuchadnezzar had a case of mistaken identity. He thought he was a creator, not a creature. God chooses a fitting punishment for his pride in order to lead us to repentance.
  Song of Mary: Magnificat
Dec. 1, 2010
Midweek Advent 1
Be Prepared!
Nov. 28, 2010
We have entered the Advent season. The word "Advent" means coming. It refers to Christ's coming in the past at Christmas; his coming through his word and sacraments; and his coming in the future at the Last Day. Today's sermon is a call to be ready for his future coming.
  Thankful to our Triune God
Nov. 25, 2010
Thanksgiving Day 
Comfort in the crucial hour
Nov. 21, 2010
There are pivotal moments in life and death that can rightly be called crucial. In the crucial hour, only the word of Jesus brings comfort and peace.
Be glad you see 
Nov. 14, 2010
Marriage in the resurrection? Based on how he answers, Jesus will either deny the validity of God's word or deny the resurrection itself. Or so the Sadducees thought...
What are you waiting for?
Nov. 7, 2010
Two types of servants. Two different attitudes toward their master. Two different responses to the work that he gives them. Two different verdicts when the master returns. Which type are you?
The truth will set you free
Oct. 31, 2010
When the truth of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is faithfully and clearly proclaimed, souls are unshackled, consciences are unbound, and Christians are liberated to freedom in Jesus.
The weapon that always works
Oct. 24, 2010
The full armor of God is complete with a weapon that can never fail: the powerful Word of God.
Fight, wearing the helmet of salvation
Oct. 17, 2010
God has given us the gift of salvation. As we fight the battle against enemies that seek to destroy faith, we are to wear the "helmet of salvation", which not only protects our head, but also motivates us to fight and overcome.
All by yourself
Oct. 10, 2010
As we take up the shield of faith, we see that we cannot compare ourselves to the people around us. Rather, we must each humbly confess our sin and confidently rely on God's forgiveness.
What beautiful feet!
Oct. 3, 2010
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!
Impervious to attack
Sept. 26, 2010
Since history is written by the winners, why didn't Adam and Eve "tweak" the details of the fall into sin? Their lack of righteousness helps us see the only place to find it.
Held together by God's truth
Sept. 19, 2010
The belt of truth is more than a fashion accessory. It is the essential foundation for all the other pieces of the armor of God.
Follow Jesus - but not on your own terms
Sept. 12, 2010
Our Lord Jesus wants you to be his disciple. But he wants you to know what is involved in being his disciple.
I'm so impressed!
Sept. 5, 2010
It's easy to be impressed by what we can see, and to measure the worth of a human being by mere externals. But what about the human needs that we cannot see?
Bridging the generation gap
August 29, 2010
It's easy to see the differences that gap various generations. What's hard is finding a lasting way to bridge those gaps.
He's talking to you!August 22, 2010
There are times when we think we know people. But then they do something or say something that causes us to see them differently. See a different Jesus as he urgently (but lovingly) warns us that the door to eternal life is narrow.
Hearing your name read
August 15, 2010

Picture yourself sitting in a room and waiting to hear your name read so that you can be examined and diagnosed. But instead of having your body examined by a doctor, you will have your soul examined by God. Hear what happened when one church heard its name read as well as what will happen to you when you hear yours.
  The hunt for something to hold on to
August 8, 2010

The world is quick to tell us to "hold on" during rough times. But what in the world is there to hold on to?
  Lord, teach us to pray
August 1, 2010

A special gift to us from our loving Lord is prayer. May the words of Jesus about prayer encourage you to pray.
  My heart a home for Jesus
July 25, 2010

How beautiful is the dwelling place when Jesus comes to make our hearts his home!
  Don't pick all the fruit from your tree
July 18, 2010
One of the ways we show love for the Lord, who first loved us, is by loving and caring for those around us, and helping those in need.
  The greatest work works the greatest
July 11, 2010
Supporting the work of God's kingdom with our offerings can be a difficult topic to discuss and a difficult thing to do. Jesus shows us that the work he's done for us provides us with all the motivation we need.
  Consider the cost of following Christ
July 4, 2010
With complete commitment our Savior won our salvation. His grace is sufficient in weakness.
  The path paved with self-denial
June 27, 2010
Self-denial for the sake of Christ isn't the easy path, but it is the only path that takes you to where you need to be. 
  Respectable sins-be careful!
June 20, 2010
Some of the sweetest words in all the world are the words of Jesus to us, "Your sins are forgiven." Throughout the Bible the truth is expressed that our Lord Jesus loves to forgive.
  To live is Christ, to die is gain
June 13, 2010
God gives us much-needed instruction on how to properly balance our purpose in this life with our hope for the next.
  The power of promise
June 6, 2010
What are you holding on to? The power of God's grace is ours through his powerful promises.
  He's gone!
May 30, 2010
As Christians, God asks us to believe and confess some pretty bold things. For example, on Holy Trinity Sunday, we confess that there is just one true God and he is triune (3-in-1). Thankfully, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to teach us the truth about God.
  Your promise depends on His promise
May 23, 2010
Confirmands promise unconditional faithfulness to serve God and to cherish his Word and sacraments. Do you have enough to keep that promise?
  Christ's ascension: mission accomplished, mission to accomplish
May 16, 2010
Meaningful! That word accurately describes Christ's ascension. It is meaningful for life today in 2010.
  The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised
May 9, 2010
What a high and noble calling is the calling to motherhood! It's the privilege to serve little ones in the name of Jesus.
  What's new?
May 2, 2010
Before he left, Jesus gave us as Christians a new command: Love one another. At first that new command might not have seemed so new. But Jesus' work on our behalf has changed everything.
  The good shepherd makes all things good
April 25, 2010
Your Good Shepherd goes on before you. That way he can make sure all things are good.
  It doesn't have to be the way it's always been
April 18, 2010
Old habits can change. New ways can be learned. Live free in Jesus! 
Calm down
April 11, 2010
Do you need to calm down? There are many troubling things in life, but God provides answers to our fears and worries.
What do you bring to the tomb?
April 4, 2010
Easter Festival
Everyone who went to the tomb on Easter Sunday brought something along with them. What is it you bring?
The last word
April 4, 2010
Easter Sunrise
Do you ever worry about what people will say about you after you're gone? Job reminds us who will have the last word and what that last word will be.
It's all been done!
April 2, 2010
Good Friday service
  Welcome to the Holy Place
April 1, 2010
Maundy Thursday service
I'll take this
March 28, 2010
Sometimes people go from having nothing to everything, from rags to riches. On Palm Sunday, we see Jesus do the opposite. He had everything, but willingly made himself nothing.
The foolish wisdom of the cross
March 24, 2010
Midweek Lenten service
  Arrogant or appreciative
March 21, 2010
Are we better than others? Are we better than the mob of people who were shouting for Jesus to be crucified? Paul reminds us not to be arrogant in anyway, but simply to appreciate the amazing grace of God upon us.
  No longer dead, but alive
March 17, 2010
Midweek Lenten service
  The narrow middle road
March 14, 2010
Between the twin perils of pride and despair lies the narrow, difficult, middle road. It is the only path to safety.
  Ponder the past
March 7, 2010
A surprising number of believers have let temptation trip up their walk of faith. God bids us to ponder the past that we might finish strong in Christ.
Reason to endure
March 3, 2010
Midweek Lenten service
  What are you giving up for Lent?
February 28, 2010
  More precious than life
February 24, 2010
Midweek Lenten service
  Battling and beating Satan
February 21, 2010
The devil's desire is that we end up in hell. But we have a Savior who has defeated the devil and is on our side in our daily battles.
  Justified by grace alone through faith alone
February 17, 2010
Midweek Lenten service
  See the glory, bear the cross
February 14, 2010
There is no lasting glory without the cross.
  Upon further review
February 7, 2010
When people heard about Jesus' awesome miracles and powerful preaching, they had to come find out more. But when they took a closer look, what did they see?
  Powerful roots, powerful preacher
January 31, 2010
Nazareth was surprised by Jesus' powerful preaching. His words have such power because of his powerful roots.
  The miracle shows Jesus is God
January 24, 2010
There shouldn't be any doubt as to who Jesus is. Throughout the Bible he is referred to as God. Clearly, the miracle that took place at Cana of Galilee showed that Jesus is God.
No need to wait, no need to wonder
January 17, 2010
Appearances are often deceiving. Thankfully, God spoke loud and clear at Jesus' baptism and still speaks loud and clear about our baptism.
World, meet your Savior
January 10, 2010
The account of the Magi gives us a glimpse of the world coming to meet the Savior. Much like the Magi, we have met the Savior only by God's doing.
Jesus, Jesus, Only Jesus
January 03, 2010
For the forgiveness of sins, the promised inheritance in heaven, for hope, eternal joy, comfort and consolation, for victory over death and the promise of life that never ends, there is no other. There is only Jesus!

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