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Free at Last!

10/28/2018 Reformation Sunday The text is John 8:31-36. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today is one of those days in which I breathe a sigh of relief, as today, six of our youth will be affirming their faith and making promises before God … Continue reading

The Measure of Success

10/21/2018 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost The text is Mark 10:35-45. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. What does success look like to you?  Winning the championship over all the other teams in your sports league?  Checking off every item on your to-do list?  Getting … Continue reading

Leaving It Behind

10/14/2018 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost The text is Mark 10:17-31. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. I don’t know if you remember, but a few years ago, there was a placard that some small businesses posted on the wall or on the counter.  It … Continue reading

Divorce and Remarriage

10/7/2018 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Mark 10:2-16, Gen 2:18-24. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today’s passage from Mark is one in which most pastors want to give a wide berth, because when we read it, we all know that we … Continue reading

Who’s in Control?

9/30/2018 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost The text is James 5:13-20. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today’s passage from James is one of those texts that I am sure raised Luther’s hackles.  Why? Because on the surface, it would have us think that we … Continue reading

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