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jonb has written 50 posts for Emanuel Lutheran Church

Of Goats and Sheep

11/23/2014 Christ the King The text for today’s sermon is Matthew 25:31-46. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. She was a Nubian, and her name was Cuddles.  She acquired her name, not by reputation or behavior, but the honest way – through birth.  And, … Continue reading

Use It or Lose It

11/16/2014 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost  The text for today’s sermon is Matthew 25:14-30.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “Use It or Lose It!” That’s Jesus’ word to us this morning- and it’s not just muscle mass or money he’s talking about.  You and … Continue reading

Are You Ready?

11/9/2014 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost The text for today’s sermon is Matthew 25:1-13. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Watching, waiting in anticipation, being ready for the day of the Lord…after working on the lessons for today, I had a sudden urge to do … Continue reading

A Day to Remember

11/2/2014 All Saints Day The text for today’s sermon is Matthew 5:1-12. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. All Saints Day is a day of remembrance.  It is a lesser festival on the church calendar – so it’s not as important as Easter and … Continue reading

Live Free

10/26/2014 Reformation Sunday  The text for today’s sermon is John 8:31-35; Romans 3:19-28. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. This is the day that the Lord has made – and what a wonderful day it is!  It is a great day for those who … Continue reading

Render Unto God

10/19/2014 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Text for today’s sermon is Matthew 22:15-22. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”  Today’s gospel makes it clear…paying taxes is not optional, as if we ever thought … Continue reading

The Invitation

10/12/2014 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost  The text for today’s sermon is Matthew 22:1-14. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. It was a crisp fall day, much like today.  The year escapes me now, but the vivid colors of the trees remind me of the … Continue reading

The Faithful Landlord

10/5/2014 The text for today’s sermon is Matthew 21:33-46. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. It has been said, “Don’t ever lend money to relatives or friends.”  It can ruin the relationship.  To this, I’d like to add two additional truths which I have … Continue reading

Taking Responsibility

9/28/2014 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost The text for today’s sermon is Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. A patient lay in bed in the hospital, unable to walk, and accidentally knocked over a cup of water which spilled to the floor … Continue reading

The Wideness of God’s Mercy

9/21/2014 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost   The text for today’s sermon is Jonah 3:10-4:11 Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. “It’s not fair.  It’s just not fair at all!”  That’s what children say whenever they don’t get their own way – whether it’s by … Continue reading

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