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“Blessed or Happy?…Both!”

January 29, 2023 Fourth Sunday After Epiphany The text is Matthew 5:1-12. -oOo- 1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4“Blessed are … Continue reading

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“This Call is For You”

Emanuel Lutheran Church.  January 22, 2023 Third Sunday After Epiphany The text is Matthew 4:12-23. -oOo- 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had … Continue reading

“What Are You Seeking?”

Emanuel Lutheran Church.  January 15, 2023 Second Sunday After Epiphany The text is John 1: 29-42. -oOo- 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a … Continue reading

“Wise Men and Foolish Kings”

Emanuel Lutheran Church.  January 8, 2023 Epiphany of Our Lord The text is Matthew 2:1-12. -o0o- 1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his … Continue reading

“The One”

December 11, 2022 Third Sunday of Advent The text is Matthew 11:2-11a.   -oOo- While John (the Baptist) was in prison he heard about what the Anointed had been doing and he sent his disciples to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or are we to wait for another?” And so Jesus answered … Continue reading

“Don’t Be a ‘Comfortable Christian’”

December 4, 2022 Second Sunday of Advent The text is Matthew 3:1-12. -o0o- 1In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the … Continue reading

“Don’t Wait For Advent”

November 27, 2022 First Sunday of Advent The text is Matthew 24:36-44. -o0o- [Jesus said to the disciples,] 36 “About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son … Continue reading

This is Only the Beginning!”

November 20, 2022 Christ The King The text is Luke 23:33-43.  -o0o- 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 ⟦Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are … Continue reading

“Invest in the Kingdom”

November 13, 2022 Second Sunday Before Advent The text is Matthew 25:14-29. -oOo- 14 “The kingdom of heaven is like a man going on a trip. He called his servants and entrusted some money to them. 15 He gave one man ten thousand dollars, another four thousand dollars, and another two thousand dollars. Each was … Continue reading

“Are Candles and Bells Enough?”

November 6, 2022 All Saints Day The text is Luke 6:20-31. -o0o- 20 Then [Jesus] looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for … Continue reading

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