Sermons from September 2023

The Blame Game

Imagine if someone gave you a lemon slice and asked you to bite it or suck on it. You know exactly how that’s going to taste like. Your eyes squint and your face clenches up just thinking about it, right? It leaves a bitter and sour taste in your mouth. This Sunday, the prophet Ezekiel quotes an old Israelite proverb, “The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge,” in our Old Testament lesson. Join us…

Thank God he isn’t fair!

Actually, humans do have a sense of fairness. That’s why it’s so challenging when we see how God hands out his blessings and grace. We hear of people who make a deathbed (like the thief on the cross), and Scripture tells us they have the same salvation as someone who has been a Christian their entire life. How is that fair? Join us to find out why what we really need to do is cherish these words: “Thank God he…

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…

My Baptism Still Matters

For many, their baptism took place before they were old enough to remember. Does something like a person’s baptism that happened 15, 40, even 80 years ago still matter? Many would say, “No.” This Sunday, as St. Paul’s celebrates Christian education for all ages, many may be surprised to find out that “Yes, My Baptism Still Matters.”

Aaugh!

Wouldn’t it be nice if life for the Christian was a smooth sailing life of smiles, $$$$ and laughs? There are some Christian churches that preach this type of “glory” theology. Do the right thing and God will reward you with few if any difficulties (crosses), good health and even better finances. In this Sunday’s readings, God’s Word pokes HUGE holes in that kind of theology. Jesus tells us we are going to face a lifetime of crosses (struggles and…