TryLife Center Luncheon Remarks, October 18, 2018
Posted: Thursday, October 18th, 2018 (0 comments)
I’m Pastor Brian Westgate, pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Oakmont. Have you heard of our school, Redeemer Lutheran School, at the end of Idaho Avenue in Penn Hills? Every other year Redeemer Lutheran School sends some of its high school students to the March for Life in Washington, DC. I and my family attend nearly every year; our church body holds a life conference every other year in conjunction with the March. . . .
Trinity XX, October 14, 2018 - St. Matthew 22:1-14
Posted: Sunday, October 14th, 2018 (0 comments)
Do you like to go to weddings? You may go to some next year or even this year yet, or you may not. But you like to go. You like to get all dressed up. You love the meal and the dancing and music, the conversation and being with family and friends. You hopefully even enjoy the Service that comes before it; that really is the most important part. . . .
Trinity XIX, October 7, 2018 - St. Matthew 9:1-8
Posted: Sunday, October 7th, 2018 (0 comments)
Summer’s over. Things aren’t the way they were not that long ago. It’s getting cooler out. There’s definitely a lot less light today than there was a month ago. Darkness is starting to overtake the light. Cold is starting to overtake heat. The joys of summer are about to be replaced by the doldrums of winter. . . .
Trinity XVIII, September 30, 2018 - St. Matthew 22:34-46
Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 (0 comments)
Sanctification is important. It is not enough for us to have a head knowledge of what Jesus has done for us. What He has done must be confessed. God wants it show in our lives. A change happens. The Christian does not live to please his sinful flesh. He lives to serve God. He serves God by serving his neighbor. . . .
Trinity XVII, September 23, 2018 - St. Luke 14:1-11
Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 (0 comments)
It’s one of the greatest miracles in the Bible and we don’t realize it. Jesus. He’s that miracle. I don’t mean that God became man. That is a miracle, and many wonder why He would do that. But that’s not the real miracle. The miracle is that God did it and didn’t enslave anybody, didn’t rule over anybody, didn’t immediately take over the world. No, God humbled Himself. . . .
Trinity XVI, September 16, 2018 - St. Luke 7:11-17
Posted: Sunday, September 16th, 2018 (0 comments)
Don’t worry. Give thanks. Show mercy to others. Use what God has given you wisely. Produce the fruits of the Spirit, the fruits of repentance. These are some of the themes we’ve heard sermons on over the last 10 weeks. The Church leads us to study sanctification during the Trinity Season. She wants us to see what our Lord desires of us. She has taught us what our Lord has done for us. Now she teaches us how to respond. . . .
Trinity XV, September 9, 2018 - St. Matthew 6:24-34
Posted: Sunday, September 9th, 2018 (0 comments)
What’s America’s favorite pastime? If I ask you that question, we might argue. I’d tell you it most certainly is baseball; you might say it’s football, or more specifically, Pittsburgh Steelers football. I’d tell you that’s incorrect; the Steelers might be Pennsylvania’s favorite pastime, but not America’s – but you wouldn’t have to believe me. . . .
Trinity XIV, September 2, 2018 - St. Luke 17:11-19
Posted: Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 (0 comments)
Why is it so hard to say “Thank you?” I know it’s hard. Our kids get something and go without a word. It was one of the hardest things for my mother to teach me. I took forever to get around to writing thank you notes after Christmas or my birthday. I had to be constantly reminded to say “thank you” when people gave me stuff too. Mom’s training got me to the point that I now almost always write a note within a day of receiving a gift. Then I hope I remembered it all. Why is it so hard to say? . . .
Trinity XIII, August 26, 2018 - St. Luke 10:23-37
Posted: Sunday, August 26th, 2018 (0 comments)
It’s still summer. The first day of fall is still about 4 weeks away. But Labor Day is next weekend and school’s back in session. Your summer activities are coming to a close. It’s about time to close up camp, say goodbye to the lake, and get ready for winter. Summer’s over. . . .
Trinity XII, August 19, 2018 - St. Mark 7:31-37
Posted: Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 (0 comments)
School starts in 3 days. That means many different things for many different people. For some it means high school football or soccer. For others it means homework. For others it means 1 more year until college. But for the office staff it also means this: the beginning of the parade of children who don’t feel well and calls from homes that children are sick. They don’t like to be sick. They’re sad they can’t go out and play with their friends. It’s not good because they’ll have to play a valiant game of “catch-up” to get where they need to be in their studies. Besides, nobody likes to be miserable, especially a child! . . .