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Trinity XXIII, November 19, 2017 - St. Matthew 22:15-22

Posted: Sunday, November 19th, 2017 (0 comments)

It’s not tax time now. That’s April 15. Most of us are used to having our taxes taken out of our paychecks. I might be one of the few who pays quarterly. We do know what it’s like to pay sales taxes, though that gets rolled up in a purchase price, and then there are fees. We owe government; we owe it a lot. We are Christians. We are not of this world, but we are in the world. . . .

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Trinity XXII, November 12, 2017 - St. Matthew 18:23-35

Posted: Sunday, November 19th, 2017 (0 comments)

Young Luther felt a heavy burden, a burden of sin Staupitz didn’t think was real. It wasn’t that young Martin hadn’t sinned. It was that he was never sure if he’d confessed everything so he kept coming back ad nauseum. He was boring Staupitz and taking too much of his time. What was worse was that he was never believing what Staupitz told him about God’s love found in Christ. . . .

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Veterans Day 2017 at Minersville Cemetery

Posted: Saturday, November 11th, 2017 (0 comments)

In 1483, on this day, a young miner in the German town of Eisleben walked to the church. He was carrying his firstborn son. He was born that night. Now he was going to be baptized. The priest asked: “What is his name?” The reply was: “Martin.” The priest baptized him: “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.” . . .

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All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017 - Revelation 7

Posted: Sunday, November 5th, 2017 (0 comments)

The Church Year is coming to a close. In a month we will enter Advent and Christmas will be almost here. But for now we’re very much in fall. Leaves are changing color and falling, the sun is overtaken by both rainclouds and darkness, warm is giving way to cold, and it’s far too easy to feel blue. The year is coming to a close, and we’ll soon be ready for it to be gone too. . . .

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LWML, November 4, 2017 - Isaiah 10:5-27

Posted: Sunday, November 5th, 2017 (0 comments)

God’s ancient people Israel suffered much at the hands of wicked men. Too often it was because they weren’t acting like they were God’s people. They were stiff-necked people who always went after other gods and neglected the true God. So God would send a scourge. His goal was not to punish them. His goal was to call them back. They were to learn to turn to Him in every trouble and trust and believe in Him. . . .

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LWML, November 4, 2017 - Romans 10

Posted: Sunday, November 5th, 2017 (0 comments)

“The Word of The LORD endures forever.” That Old Testament line is one of the hallmarks of The Evangelical-Lutheran Reformation. Dr. Luther made his preaching completely about God’s Word. He rejected and preached against the false doctrines and works-righteous practices that surrounded him. He preached Law and Gospel because he knew that was the only way to save souls. . . .

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Reformation 500, October 29, 2017 - Revelation 14:6-7

Posted: Sunday, October 29th, 2017 (0 comments)

It’s been 500 years now. 500 years ago today Dr. Luther was surely writing his 95 Theses. He was preparing to nail a copy to the university bulletin board known as the doors of the Castle Church and to mail a copy to his archbishop. He had no idea what would happen afterwards. He had no plans to call people Lutheran, let alone of such people celebrating something called Reformation Day. Why, he wasn’t even clear yet on what is “the everlasting Gospel.” . . .

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Trinity XIX, October 22, 2017 - St. Matthew 9:1-8

Posted: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 (0 comments)

What was the Reformation all about? We’re about to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Luther nailing 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church. What was he planning when he nailed those statements to the university bulletin board? Was he planning to change the world? Was he planning to start a rebellion? Was he hoping to get rich and famous? . . .

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Trinity XVIII, October 15, 2017 - St. Matthew 24:34-46

Posted: Sunday, October 15th, 2017 (0 comments)

We live in a country of laws. The Constitution of these United States of America is the highest law of the land; Pennsylvania’s Constitution is the highest law of our Commonwealth. Beneath them are all sorts of codes and laws and regulations, far more than I can imagine, enough to make future lawyers study for years and judges to have assistants. But which law is the greatest? . . .

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Trinity XVII, October 8, 2017 - St. Luke 14:1-11

Posted: Sunday, October 8th, 2017 (0 comments)

If you ask people what they like about being American, what will they say? I’d be shocked if they didn’t say: “Freedom!” We like our freedom, our liberty. We like to do what we want, when we want, and nobody better tell us otherwise. . . .

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