Sermon - Pentecost 5 - Romans 7:14-25 - Christ, Our Redeemer

God works our little stories into His greater story.  It's amazing how our simple stories are invited to join God's greater story.

                                                                                           Caesar Augustus' Power

                                                                                           Caesar Augustus' Power

                                                                                                 Caesar Augustus' Mercy

                                                                                                 Caesar Augustus' Mercy

                                                               Christ with the Four Evangelists - Fra Bartolomeo 

                                                               Christ with the Four Evangelists - Fra Bartolomeo 

Sermon - Pentecost 3 - Romans 6:12-23 - Baptized into God’s Greater Story

It can be hard for us to make the concrete connection between Jesus' salvific work for us and how we live in the shadow of that light.  Prayerfully this image will help.

Processional Cross Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Processional Cross

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Today we start a sermon series on Romans that will last 12 weeks.  It is based on one that Seminary professor Dr. David Schmitt wrote and used with his permission.  The themes and photographs are his illustrations that we'll be using for our benefit during this summer season on Pentecost.  

Sermon - Pentecost 2 - Matthew 10:7 - Mission: The Lost Sheep of...Durango

Feelings that you're unqualified to be a disciple or fear of what the job will entail are common reactions when you learn of what God would like you to do in His name.  This is why worship and Bible study are so significant for us as disciples.  We come to know what is expected of us and how to faithfully do the work that God has given to us.  Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.

Sermon - Easter 4 - Psalm 23:3 - You Restore My Soul

A young man in our community took his life this last week and was very close to one of our members in particular.  Good Shepherd Sunday also served as an opportunity for us to live out 1 Corinthians 12:26 and to suffer with the who in our family who is suffering.

The Shepherd who brought us true comfort on Easter morning, also brings us the restoration of our souls.

Sermon - Easter 3 - Luke 24:13-35 - Restored Hope

To have your hope restored is a good thing.  But this assumes that you lost hope at some point in time, and no certainty of it being restored.  There is not sadder statement than when a human utters from their soul "We had hoped" Luke 24:21.  "If Christ has not been raised then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain"  1 Corinthians 15:14.  Hope hinges on these words and it is how hope can be restored.

Sermon - Easter 2 - 1 Peter 1:8-9 - You're Not Done Swimming, Yet

So often we are handicapped in our faith because we are able to see so much.  We don't need to have faith for much of anything because we can see it all.  When it comes to the swim of faith, we must surround ourselves with the encouragement and support not to stop swimming, we haven't reached the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls...yet.

Sermon - Easter - Matthew 28:1-10 - This is the Feast of Victory

The resurrection of Jesus is the pinnacle of Church celebrations...but the story doesn't end there.  You've seen the first flower bloom in spring, but you know that there are more coming!  Jesus is the first fruits of a bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20)!  This means you were intended to live physically for eternity!  

Why would we want only a spirit life after having the joys of this physical life?  God promises a physical life removed of sin and pain.  The message that Jesus has risen is the message of a bodily resurrection for you and me as well.

Sermon - Palm Sunday - Matthew 6:9-13 - The Battle Cry of Faith

This week has been called both "Holy Week" and "Passion Week".  Both are appropriate and express different truths for us to contemplate.  We get our first glimpse of Jesus' "Passion" in the garden of Gethsemane when he prays for fervently to His Father, but also becomes all the more resolute towards His cause.

In learning to pray the Lord's Prayer, we seek to align our will with God's and the passion that drove Him to the cross.