Seeing is Beleiving

How often have you heard someone say, or have you yourself used one of these following phrases. “I can’t believe it!” “Show me.” “I am standing here in utter disbelief at what I just witnessed.” “Prove it to me.” “I can’t believe my eyes!” You know the old saying, “Seeing is believing.” Well I think […]


Palm Sunday

Can you imagine the spectacle that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was that Palm Sunday morning? People shouting, others crying out the words of Psalm 118, “Hosanna to the King,” many waving palms, others throwing palms and even their coats down upon the road, so that the donkey upon which Jesus is riding does not even […]


Lazarus, Come out

I talk a lot about life up here in this pulpit. This morning is not going to be any different, except, that, I hope I can do it in a slightly different way, so as to give us, you AND me a different look at life. Do you remember how I have shared with you […]


I am the Man

I was seventeen the first time that I crossed into Mexico. It was the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, and I was part of a short-term missions team from my home church that was going to work at an orphanage outside of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. We […]


The Woman at the well

Our present world is full of battlegrounds right now, and I think it is primarily because of greed and fear.  Those are the two things that usually cause battle between humans aren’t they? Greed and fear.  It has always been this way, it’s just that there are times when they both seem to rise together […]


Moving, chosen by God

Many of us know what it is like to be an alien in a foreign land. When we move from one place to another we let go of what is behind us and we experience a loss of what we once were and this is hard and painful because depending on your circumstances you may […]


Theology of the Cross

In his painting that everyone in the congregation could see as they worshiped, Cranach was proclaiming Luther’s main point of theology.  No one can be saved except through the death of Jesus, because all of us are incapable sinners. Righteousness and sanctification are wholly the work of Jesus, and so gifts to us, unearned, and […]


Transfiguration Sunday

Pastor describes a trip to Estonia 21 years ago just after it gained its independence with a group of youth. He and the group were invited to visit to a farm run by a family who had suffered by publicly become christians during communist times. The experience of the visit to this family and hearing […]


To Grow in Love

The challenge of reacting differently. It is easy to respond right when you are treated right but it is not easy to respond correctly when you are treated badly. God is kind to all the righteous and the unrighteous. If  you are of God you reflect God.  Are you able to extend to others what […]

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