The Spirit comforts us with the promise that through Christ’s death and resurrection, we are truly forgiven. The result is that we have the peace which the world cannot give. We have an eternal peace with God the Father through the resurrection of His Son.
Text: Ephesians 5:1-9 This week we take a special time out of the year to celebrate and thank the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for their many years of service as one of the two official auxiliaries of the Missouri Synod. The LWML has been active for over 65 years, sharing the love and Good NewsContinue reading “Sweet-Smelling Children of Light”
Text: Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30 The Apostle Paul writes, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” (v. 12) What’s happened to him has served to advance the Gospel. Now Paul, he didn’t have such a good life. He was hated, beaten, thrown out ofContinue reading “The Gospel Advances”
“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″
“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″
“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″
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″
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″