Sermon - Lent Midweek - Mark 14:(48b-50) 51-52
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by Preachrboy
20h ago
  Mark 14:(48b-50) 51-52 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled. 51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. __ "John Mark" We continue our Lenten focus on some of the “minor characters” or “supporting cast” of the Passion Narrative.  Today, we come to the Garden ..read more
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Sermon - Lent 1 - Mark 1:9-15
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by Preachrboy
3d ago
Lent begins. Our 40 day time of preparation and prayer, penitence and fasting. A time of testing and probing, that leads us, with Jesus, to the cross. Any student of the Bible quickly learns that 40 is an important number.  The rains fell in Noah’s day for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:4) Israel ate manna and wandered in the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 16:35) Moses was with God on the mountain, 40 days and nights, without eating bread or water (Exodus 24:18, 34:28) The spies searched the land of Canaan for 40 days (Numbers 13:25) 40 lashes (stripes) was the maximum whipping penalty ..read more
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Sermon - Ash Wednesday - John 18:1-11
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by Preachrboy
1w ago
  A blessed Ash Wednesday to you, dear Christians.   We begin the season of repentance known as Lent.  The ashes on our foreheads a stark reminder of the wages of sin – death – that has marked itself on every cell of our body, indeed, our very soul.  But even as ashes was away easily with water, so our baptism has removed the soil and stain of sin from us, and thus also its consequences.  The flesh will die, but we who are in Christ will live, and one day see a resurrection.  The ashes form the sign of a cross, as a reminder that the death that counts is Jesus ..read more
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Sermon - Transfiguration - Mark 9:2-9
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by Preachrboy
1w ago
  What a strange event was the Transfiguration of our Lord!  Sticking out like, well, a mountaintop, in the midst of the Gospels.  Most of the miracles Jesus does directly benefit someone who is suffering or in need.  But this one is different.  This is a teaching moment.  This is a revelation. Peter, James and John have front row seats to a spectacular event – Jesus is transfigured before them.  And through their witness, we can peek on in to see it too.  His appearance, his figure, changes.  No longer appearing as your average, every-day, humble ..read more
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Sermon - Epiphany 4 - 1 Corinthians 8:1
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by Preachrboy
3w ago
  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Our modern world is sometimes called the “Information Age”.  We have more knowledge at our fingertips than ever before, just say “Hey Siri” or “Ok Google”.  Our children can hardly imagine what it’s like to have to look something up in an encyclopedia, or stop and ask for directions, or just be content not knowing something that you can now so easily ask of the little device in your pocket.  But knowledge isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes we talk about “information overload” and “cutting through the noise”.  ..read more
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Sermon - Epiphany 3 - Jonah 3:1-5, 10
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by Preachrboy
1M ago
 Epiphany 3 – January 21, 2024 National Lutheran Schools Sunday Today we welcome the children and families of our school, MLCA as part of our annual “Lutheran Schools Week” observance.  Messiah operates one of about 2600 Lutheran schools – and our church body still has more parochial schools than anyone else except the Roman Catholic system.  And so we have our school children here today to assist us in worship with their voices, and we add to our prayers, especially today, thanksgiving to God for the blessing that MLCA is to our congregation.  We pray we are also a blessi ..read more
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Sermon - Epiphany 2 - John 1:43-51
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by Preachrboy
1M ago
One of the themes set forth in today’s readings is the importance of “vocation” or “calling”.  God calls people.  He calls us, first of all, to faith. He also calls us to various offices or roles.   Samuel was called by God as the last of the judges, even when he was just a boy.  Nathanael is called to follow Jesus as a disciple, and later one of the 12 apostles.  And we have so many other examples in Scripture – Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, David, Abraham, of course the 12 apostles, even St. Paul – are all called by God to serve in various ways.  Today we wil ..read more
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Sermon - Epiphany (Observed) - Matthew 2:1-12
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by Preachrboy
1M ago
  Today we observe Epiphany, the Christmas of the Gentiles, as it is sometimes called.  An “epiphany” is a manifestation or appearance.  It’s something that shows up abruptly.  Like a sudden realization, “oh, he’s had an epiphany!” or a light switched on in a dark room.  The “Epiphany of our Lord” is the day in which the world comes to recognize that the Christ has appeared on the scene.  And these wise men from another country stand as apt representatives of the gentiles – the nations – in coming to worship the king of kings.  And as St. Matthew tells the ..read more
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Sermon - Christmas 1 - Luke 2:22-40
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by Preachrboy
1M ago
  The Presentation of our Lord and the Purification of Mary Today, we have the epilogue of Luke’s nativity account,  with the story of Joseph and Mary bringing the infant Jesus to the temple just 40 days after his birth.  Bethlehem isn’t far from Jerusalem, and so they made the short journey to the temple and did all that we prescribed for them to do as good observant Jews.  We’ll look at that a little bit first.  And then the Holy Family meets Simeon and Anna, two elderly saints who sing and tell of their joy at seeing the infant Messiah.  We echo their song an ..read more
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Sermon - Midweek Advent 3 - King Solomon
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by Preachrboy
2M ago
1 Kings 8:12-21 John 2:13-22 We’ve seen King Saul, a coward and ultimately unfaithful king who stood as a foil for both David and Jesus.  We’ve considered King David, a man after God’s on heart, not because he was perfect, but because he humbly confessed his sins.  And now, on to the first “Son of David” to be king and inherit his father’s throne – King Solomon. Solomon, the son of Bathsheba and David, had many hopes riding on his shoulders.  God’s promises about the Son of David were freshly made, and I’m sure all eyes were on Solomon as he took the throne of his great father ..read more
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