Sermons on Matthew

Why me?

Why me? Why am I going through this? Every Christian asks themselves these questions over the course of their life. We ask out loud because we are anticipating some answer to make sense of our lives lived as followers of Jesus. This Sunday’s lessons shine a light on some of God’s answers to those questions. Join us to find out that our God always has a reason. He sent His Son to this world of sinners for a purpose. He…

Star Trek

OK all you Trekkies out there, fans of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the Klingons, when did Star Trek, the TV series, begin?  1959, 1966, or 1971?  The crew of the Starship Enterprise may have taken off in 1966, but 2,000 years earlier, there was another crew that did some star trekking of their own. They weren’t boldly going in search of new worlds; they were searching for a child, a new-born King.  Join us to learn from the “original”…

God’s Determined Path – New Years 2024

The end of one year and beginning of another is always a good time to make plans. Looking back on the plans you made a year ago for 2023, how would you say things went? As expected? Not even close? Someplace in between? This Sunday, join us and find comfort in this truth from our Bible story, that in spite of our best (or worst) laid plans, God has a handle on all of our plans. And, he promises to…

Forgiveness – Pay It Forward!

How many times have you prayed: “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us?” You’ve spoken the Lord’s Prayer more times than you can count. But in that phrase you are requesting something very difficult and very necessary. You are asking the Lord to help you be as forgiving to others as he has been and is with you. Jesus teaches a difficult, yet necessary truth to his followers in the Parable of the Unmerciful…

Who are you?

Who is it that we worship? It’s the question that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” In finding the answer, we also find why we worship Jesus.

Lifeguard on Duty

If the Lake Michigan weather forecast called for storm clouds rolling in and waves 6-8 feet, not even the most experienced boater would head out. And yet, in this Sunday’s lesson a boat with a handful of professional fishermen find themselves in that situation and Jesus is nowhere in sight. What’s going to happen? St. Paul’s invites you to join us Sunday at 9:30 am and find out what happens when disciples of Jesus (both then and now) face the…

Jesus the Crowd Pleaser

Agree or Disagree: God provides for you. It’s not a trick statement. It’s not intended to stump you, either. Whether through natural ways – buying the things you need at a store, or growing them in your garden – God provides you with things you need. He can also provide for you through miracles. How else do you explain the disease or cancer that is no longer in the body without any treatment? Or the protection and safety in a…

The Wheat and the Weeds

One of the most unpleasant tasks for any gardener is picking weeds.  If you want your plants or your garden to grow you’ve got to stay on top of the weeds.  Jesus often used pictures that would be familiar to his listeners to help them understand a deeper spiritual lesson.  That’s called a parable.  It was one of Jesus’ favorite teaching tools. Join us to find out what message Jesus’ parable of the weeds and the wheat has for us. …