Pastor Nestor Joel Rova-Hegener

Last Sermon

What do you say as you end your time in a congregation, in a community?  How do you sum up four years of ministry to, and with a community such as the ALC? These are the questions that have been rumbling around in my brain for the past days. How do I adequately sum up […]


Where is Your Treasure

As humans we love the idea of treasure, don’t we? I know when I hear the word ‘treasure’ what comes to mind is a cask of jewels buried by pirates in the sand on a deserted island in the Caribbean.  A treasure that can only be found by following the instructions on a moth-eaten map […]


The Rich Fool

This morning we have a word from Jesus that for us, especially in this day and age, can be hard to hear.  Jesus says, “Take Care!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” “Greed” and “the abundance of possessions” are words, that […]


Persistent Prayer

My nephew Leif has always been one of the most persistent people that I know.  I remember when he was a little boy, and I would visit his family for the weekend. I might be sitting at the table finishing up breakfast over coffee with my brother and Leif would come up to the table […]


Martha, Hospitality and Jesus

Hospitality is wonderful!  I truly think that being hospitable, and receiving hospitality are two of the great gifts of life.  I actually believe, especially as a Christian, that the willingness to invite someone into your home is an act of love.  In the same way, accepting another person’s invitation of hospitality is the other side […]


The Good Samaritan, Tom Lee and MLK

We have just heard Jesus’ parable of the “Good Samaritan.”  I would bet that a great majority of us have heard or read this parable before, if you have not, well then you have just heard one of the most famous stories in the history of the world. When we have heard a story before, […]


The Sending of the Seventy

“God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep.” This is a paraphrase of the message that Jesus wants his followers to share in the towns and countryside into which he is about to travel.  These seventy followers are given the mission of preparing the people for the arrival of Jesus and his good news message of […]



In 1776 the Thirteen British colonies in the Americas declared their independence from England.  Representatives of each of the colonies signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th that year, setting the American people free from English rule and governance.  It was a freedom that was costly because it was bought in blood over the […]


Jesus crossed the sea for him

In today’s text from Luke we encounter one of the most unique personalities in the Bible.  He’s a man whom is never named, and so in English, has come down through the years known to us as, “The Gerasene Demoniac.” It sounds like this guy could have been a famous wrestler, or boxer, or something.   […]


Holy Trinity Sunday

It is not only American Father’s Day, and the ALC church picnic, but it is also Holy Trinity Sunday today.  It is the Sunday in which we tackle the question, “What is the Trinity?” Now this is a question that I know that I asked early on in my life because my home church, the […]

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