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Justification

7/30/2017 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Romans 8:26-39. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. The second lesson for today is familiar to most of us as part of it is often read at funerals.  No, it does directly speak of the resurrection.  … Continue reading

And Both Shall Grow Together

7/23/2017 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  Today, we have another one of the parables in Matthew where Jesus “unravels” the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.  These parables are not puzzles in … Continue reading

Sowing Good Seed

7/16/2017 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. “Rain, rain, go away…come again some other day.”  Over the last few weeks, I’m sure that there have been many people who were thinking of this childhood chant … Continue reading

Try as I Might

7/9/2017 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Romans 7:15-25A.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen Years ago, there was a Peanuts cartoon where Lucy was explaining to her brother Linus about the division in the human heart. She drew a picture of a … Continue reading

A Cup of Coffee, a Duck, and a Toothless Old Man

7/2/2017 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 10:40-42. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. As I read through today’s gospel, I remembered an old story that I read on the internet a few years back.  Today, on this 4th of July weekend, it … Continue reading