It's tough to relax while you're nursing a grudge. There's no escape from an anger that goes wherever you do. Jesus would free us from fits of rage, seething pretense and feigned friendship. He bids us rather to be reconciled, forgiven and forgiving. His grace is sufficient to give us rest--together--in Christ. Hear the full … Continue reading A Relaxing Summer by Grace Alone
The question is not WHETHER you will sow or reap. You certainly shall sow and reap something. The only question is WHAT will you sow and then reap. Sow boldly in good cheer and look forward to a good harvest, for your Father richly blesses birds who neither sow nor reap. How much more shall … Continue reading Seeds of Gentle Restoration
We pray: "O Lord, keep Your Church with Your perpetual mercy, and because of our frailty we cannot but fall, keep us ever by Your help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the … Continue reading Readings for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Baptizing and Teaching is how Christ's disciples are made. Their Lord's Supper sustains them... Hear the full audio of "Do We Make Disciples Who Take, Eat and Drink?" A sermon on 1 Corinthians 11:27-31; 2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV) Holy Thursday / Maundy Thursday / 29 March 2018 Exodus 24:3-11 (ESV) Moses came and told the … Continue reading Do We Make Disciples Who Take, Eat and Drink?
Christ joins His baptizing and teaching together. Some put them dangerously asunder... Hear the full audio of "What in God's Name Are You Doing to That Child?" A sermon on Deu.6 / Eph.6 / Luke 8:4ff Part Three for "All Who Believe and are Baptized" Lent Series 28 February 2018 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV) Hear, O … Continue reading What in God’s Name are You Doing to That Child?
Hear the full audio of "Words of Life and Healing" A sermon on Proverbs 4:10-23 / Luke 17:11-19 Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, 17 September 2017 Today, Immanuel Lutheran celebrates Rally Day and resumes Christian education for all ages. Bibles are gifted to our young ones, teachers blessed and entrusted before God with their sacred teaching … Continue reading Words of Life and Healing: The Sermon
"Tom Sawyer... skips school to swim and is made to whitewash the fence the next day as punishment. He cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He then trades the treasures for Sunday School tickets which one normally receives for memorizing verses consistently, redeeming them … Continue reading The Tom Sawyer Approach