Fourth Sunday of Easter Psalm 23 April 25, 2021

While Running from the Shepherd, I fell into his arms.

Friends of ours in Ohio had a farm.  One of the things they did was to raise sheep.  They were amazed at what they discovered about sheep.  Sheep are very strong willed and often fight with each other.  If there is a weak sheep in their midst, they will not let them get to the feed trough and the animal eventually dies of starvation.Continue Reading

Third Sunday of Easter Luke 24:36b-48 4/18/2021

Flesh and Bones

He is risen.  He is risen indeed.  This is the theme of the Easter Season.  Jesus, who once suffered and died, has risen from the dead; sent the Holy Spirit to establish and empower the Church; and is living proof that life is stronger than death; good is stronger than evil; love is stronger that hate; and no sin is beyond God’s forgiveness and resurrection power.Continue Reading

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday Mark 15 March 28, 2021

Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.Continue Reading

Fourth Sunday in Lent Numbers 21:4-9 March 14, 2021

LOOK AT THE SERPENT ON THE POLE AND LIVE

What A horrible moment. The Israelites who were complaining bitterly about the provision of God and the leadership of Moses are attacked by fiery serpents. Many are dying from the venomous bites. The people realizing what is happening is God’s judgment on them, beg Moses to take the serpents away; but Moses is told by God to make a bronze replica of the serpents and put the symbol on a pole. He then tells the people bitten by a snake to look at the pole and live.Continue Reading

Third Sunday in Lent John 2:13-22 March 7, 2021

THE BIG TEN  (Exodus 20:1-17)

How many of you were confirmed as a child in the Lutheran Church? How many of you remember studying Luther’s Small Catechism? It was designed for parents to teach their children the basics of Christian doctrine. Luther is credited with lifting up the importance of the ten commandments. The part that I remember the most was his assertion after each explanation was “this is most certainly true.”Continue Reading

The Invitation 2nd Sunday in Lent Mark 8:31-38 Feb 28, 2021

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable to You, O Lord, our Rock and our Salvation. Amen.

It’s been almost a year since our nation went into the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 shutdown. It has drastically altered our lives in one way or another. One of the things I miss are all the invitations. The phone calls telling me about my truck warranty expiring or my chance to join this group or that group notwithstanding. I miss being invited to something, almost any something, except of course those robocalls. Family birthday and anniversary parties, baby showers, church meals, and so on. Invitations are warm, welcoming, and would be greatly appreciated after a tough year. Invitations are important parts of our lives for sure.Continue Reading