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Trinity XI, August 12, 2018 - St. Luke 18:9-14

Posted: Sunday, August 12th, 2018 (0 comments)

What do you think when you come to church? What goes through your mind? “Where will I sit today?” No, we normally sit in the same spots, so it’s more likely, “Will somebody be in my spot today?” Normally you don’t have to worry about that, except maybe Christmas Eve. You have your spot. Maybe it’s where your family has sat for the 38 years we’ve been up here. Maybe you chose it a couple years ago. But you have your spot, and you know the old joke that Lutherans like to sit in the back. . . .

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Trinity X, August 5, 2018 - St. Luke 19:41-48

Posted: Sunday, August 5th, 2018 (0 comments)

We like to celebrate things when they happened. We celebrated Independence Day a month ago because that’s when our 13 colonies declared independence from Britain. When we celebrate Veterans Day in a few months we’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I. You celebrate birthdays and anniversaries because you want to remember the day you or others were born or got married. . . .

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Trinity IX, July 29, 2018 - St. Luke 16:1-9

Posted: Sunday, July 29th, 2018 (0 comments)

Everybody cares about it. Everybody wants it. Everybody needs it. No one can avoid it. We used to pay in goods like wheat and oil. Then we paid in gold and silver. Then along came paper. Now we tend to pay with cards or just by clicking an online button. You never even see your paycheck if your employer uses direct deposit. But no matter how we pay or get paid, we can’t avoid money. . . .

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Trinity VIII, July 22, 2018 - Romans 8:12-17

Posted: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 (0 comments)

It’s definitely summer. Grass and weeds are growing. The kids want to be outside, whether they should be or not. We probably rather be outside too, not working inside. The green of the grass that stains their knees surrounds us in church too. They’re growing bigger, stronger, and smarter, but they aren’t the only ones growing. We all are to be growing, not in size and stature, but in faith and good works. . . .

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Trinity VII, July 15, 2018 - Romans 6:19-23

Posted: Sunday, July 15th, 2018 (0 comments)

Sanctification is a big word. You don’t use it every day, do you? You don’t ask your husband or wife or kids, let alone your friends or coworkers, each night: “Were you sanctified today?” It comes from the Latin word meaning “holy,” which is that word Sanctus – you see it in the hymnal for the great hymn we sing before the Lord’s Prayer. So sanctification has to do with your holiness. The word teaches us that the Holy Spirit, the one Who makes us holy, is working to make us holy, and we ought not get in the way. . . .

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Trinity VI, July 8, 2-18 - Romans 6:3-11

Posted: Sunday, July 8th, 2018 (0 comments)

A new part of the Trinity season starts today. Over the last few weeks, each Sunday has taught us how the Lord creates His Church. He sent His Spirit to His Apostles on Pentecost and they preached. They’ve been preaching to us through the Holy Scriptures ever since. They’ve been inviting you and all people to hear and believe God’s Word. They’ve been calling on us sinners to confess our sins and beg God for forgiveness. They’ve been begging us to join them in following Jesus. . . .

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Trinity V, July 1, 2018 - St. Luke 5:1-11

Posted: Sunday, July 1st, 2018 (0 comments)

I’ve never been fishing. My brother once had a fishing pole, but I don’t remember him using it. I did find a fishing pole in the rafters of the basement of our former home. It’s just not something I feel the need to do. I don’t eat fish anyway. Fishing was a major industry in Jesus’ day. Many of the disciples were fishermen before Jesus made them the first pastors of His Church. Today we hear about that. Trinity V often falls near June 29, just a couple days ago this year, the day Church lore tells us Ss. Peter & Paul were martyred in Rome. Paul the Roman citizen was beheaded. Peter was crucified upside down – that last part was his idea. He’d been arrested, they say, but he got away. Then he had a vision of Jesus carrying His Cross on the way to Rome. So Peter turned around and went to his cross, asking to be upside down because he was not worthy to die like his Lord and Master. He followed Jesus. . . .

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Trinity IV, June 24, 2018 - St. Luke 6:36-42

Posted: Sunday, June 24th, 2018 (0 comments)

Last Sunday was Father’s Day. You spent time thinking about your dad. If you live near him you spent time with him. You dads here spent time with your kids. Maybe you took them to the lake or camp or a game. Perhaps you thought about what makes a good dad. A couple of us thought about having newborns soon. . . .

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Trinity III, June 17, 2018 - St. Luke 15:1-10

Posted: Sunday, June 17th, 2018 (0 comments)

Have you ever been lost? I hate being lost. The word immediately reminds me of nearly 6 years ago on our honeymoon in the city of “Cheers,” Boston. I got completely, utterly lost getting into the city AND getting out. I crave a sense of where I am and where I’m going all the time, and I didn’t have it. I was lost. No “Cheers” for me! (OK, yes we did go there). . . .

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Trinity II, June 10, 2018 - St. Luke 14:16-24

Posted: Sunday, June 10th, 2018 (0 comments)

“Do you have your priorities straight?” Has anybody ever asked you that? Perhaps a boss, mom or dad, a friend or sibling or spouse? They might say it to us if we aren’t focused on the task at hand, if we aren’t doing the right things, if we aren’t acting like we care about anything at all. Their goal would be to refocus us, get us back to doing the right thing, back to doing what we’re supposed to be doing. . . .

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