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2019-11-17

With Fear and Trembling – And God Who Is At Work

Philippians 2:1-13, and especially verses 1-3 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in […]

2019-07-07

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 […]

2019-04-28

Doubting Thomas

When we first moved to Oslo in the summer of 2015, we heard that we would be getting new neighbors across the hall. I remember Torill Sebro saying how great it would be for us to have these new neighbors because they too, were from the United States and had children around the same ages […]

2018-11-04

All Saints

A couple of months ago, Pastor Joel preached about a mentor of ours by the name of Antti Lepisto. Antti was a pastor, who shaped and impacted both Pastor Joel and my life deeply in many ways. Antti was born in the US to Finnish parents, so he spoke Finnish from the start and followed […]

2018-10-28

Confirmation Sermon on Reformation Sunday

Here we are, the day in which you will publicly claim your faith by affirming your baptism. In the eyes of the church this is an important day, for today you become adult members of this congregation and are given the rights and responsibilities of a Christian adult.  Today, I encourage you to start to […]

2018-10-07

Pioneer of our Salvation

Living here in Norway these past years has forced me to ponder upon the ways that I speak about and act in regards to my faith and its understanding in the world. What I mean is that many of the Norwegians, outside of our church, that I have come to know on a deeper level […]

2018-09-23

Who ever wants to be first shall be last

Jesus is a hard master to follow.  He is!  I mean, how do you follow someone who constantly is asking you to to try and live, to try and do, to try and speak against your very nature?  HOW?  How? Look at the disciples, they don’t get how to do it.  In fact they don’t […]

2018-09-09

A Wideness in God’s Mercy

This faith business, this following of Jesus can be hard.  How is it that we walk as Christians when confronted with issues that divide and confuse? Well, we turn to the scriptures.  We open the Bible for guidance and help and strength.  Within the Bible lies the truth by which we live.  It is within […]

2018-06-17

Mustard Tree

Here we are on June 17th, getting ready to have our church picnic.  Though on the calendar, summer does not start for another four days, already it seems that we have been experiencing summertime for months.  Does it not? I am looking forward to our picnic today.  I like traditional picnic food.  Be it eating […]

2018-04-08

Doubt is not unbelief

There is an ancient tradition, started by early Greek Christians in which the first Sunday after Easter was a Sunday in which to celebrate, and even find humor in life, and within the church.  In modern America, certain churches have come to call this Sunday, Holy Humor Sunday.  I was thinking about this tradition today, […]

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