2013-12-18 Advent Midweek III – “Kings Change,” 2 Samuel 7:8-17

Clothed in hats, snow pants, mittens, and coats, a group of young warriors stand prepared for battle. Before them stands the battlefield – a twelve-foot high pile of snow, pushed to the end of the parking lot by the plows. Each kid has the same objective: get to the top by any means necessary andContinue reading “2013-12-18 Advent Midweek III – “Kings Change,” 2 Samuel 7:8-17″

Sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost – “So You’re Telling Me There’s a Plan,” Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

​I was thinking this morning as I was considering what the coming day would hold and I decided that I like wearing a watch. I think I’ve worn a watch every single day since I was a senior in high school. By a show of hands – how many of you like to wear aContinue reading “Sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost – “So You’re Telling Me There’s a Plan,” Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4″

Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost – “We are His,” Psalm 100

“We are His” My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it appears that our time together has come to close. Wait, let me rephrase that. I mean to say that, while West Portal Lutheran Church will continue strong as a place where our gracious God continues to gather His people to receive His gifts ofContinue reading “Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost – “We are His,” Psalm 100″

Sermon for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost – “One Thing’s Needful,” Luke 10:38-42

“One Thing’s Needful” Brothers and sisters in Christ, this week we certainly have an interesting text to learn from. Many, including myself, have read over this passage from Luke’s Gospel and have been left scratching our heads. I think the teaching to take away from the text is fairly clear, but at the same timeContinue reading “Sermon for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost – “One Thing’s Needful,” Luke 10:38-42″

Sermon for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost – “Christ, the Samaritan,” Luke 10:25-37

“Christ, the Good Samaritan” Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, have you ever asked a question in such a way that you were guaranteed to get the answer you were looking for? Questions like, “Should we have ice cream of ice cream sandwiches for dessert” or “Does this dress make me look fat,” are oftenContinue reading “Sermon for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost – “Christ, the Samaritan,” Luke 10:25-37″

Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost – “The Real Reason for Rejoicing,” Luke 10:17-20

Pentecost 7 (Proper 9) – Manuscript Text: Luke 10:1-20 (17-20) “The Real Reason for Rejoicing” Brothers and sisters in Christ – most of you don’t know this, but I hail from Minnesota. It is a land flowing with water and covered in trees. Most associate it with long harsh winters, but there is in factContinue reading “Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost – “The Real Reason for Rejoicing,” Luke 10:17-20″

Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost – “The Heirs Apparent,” Galatians 4:1-7

When I was a child, I thought like a child. I acted like a child and I reasoned like a child. And I reasoned that I was a slave. I did; I really did. I reckoned that I was a slave. It wasn’t always negative, but I did wake up every morning and do whateverContinue reading “Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost – “The Heirs Apparent,” Galatians 4:1-7″