Preacher: Pastor Christian Preus

11-13-22 Trinity 22

November 13, 2022
The kingdom of God is like a king who is settling debts with his slaves. That’s what Jesus says. That’s what the Church is now and what Judgment day will be. God settling debts with his slaves, with people who rightfully belong to Him, as the Psalmist says, “It is You who have made us and not we ourselves.” We are not our own. This should remind us that we all have a debt to…

11-6-22 All Saints’ Day

November 6, 2022
In all three of the readings for All Saints Day we are told that the saints will see God. Jesus declares, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The apostle John writes, “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” And St. John again…

10-23-22 Trinity 19

October 23, 2022
Jesus found himself constantly surrounded by people – crowds pressing in on him, even into the house where he stayed in Capernaum, even trampling one another, until late at night. And very often Jesus would get up before the sun and leave, go to a deserted place, to get away and be alone and pray by himself. That’s what He had just done before the events of our Gospel this morning. He didn’t leave to…

10-16-22 Trinity 18

October 16, 2022
Jesus is the great lover of the Law. He says, “Do not think that I came to overthrow the law, I did not come to overthrow but to fulfill. I tell you not one jot, not one tittle will fall from the law till all is fulfilled.” And that “until” there doesn’t mean that once Jesus fulfills it, the law will fall with all its jots and all its tittles. When mom leaves the kids…

10-9-22 Trinity 17

October 9, 2022
Jesus says, “Take the lowest seat.” It looks a lot like the advice many other wise men and philosophers give. Solomon, the great wise man of the Bible, says, Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence     or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”     than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. But Solomon comes far short of saying what Jesus…

10-2-22 St. Michael and All Angels

October 2, 2022
The angels are the lovers of humanity just as the devil is the hater of humanity. Angels are pro-human, the devil is anti-human. The angels love us because God loves us. Jesus says, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you their angels are constantly gazing at the face of my Father who is in heaven.” They gaze at the Father’s face. And the Father’s face is…

9-25-22 Trinity 15

September 25, 2022
When Jesus tells you not to worry about your life, he doesn’t point you to Elijah or Moses or other great and holy men in the Old Testament. He doesn’t say, Look at Elijah, how my Father cared for him, fed him with food brought by ravens, multiplied the widow’s flour and oil to keep him alive. He doesn’t point to the manna that His Father made fall from heaven in the time of Moses…

9-11-22 Trinity 13

September 11, 2022
God’s law is simply beautiful. The psalmists says he meditates on it day and night, that he gets up before the sun dawns because he’s so excited about the law that he can’t sleep. God’s law sets before you this amazing happiness that you could strive and strive for all your life and yet never even get close to. It sets unreachable standards and yet they are standards so obviously good and perfect that to…

9-4-22 Trinity 12

September 4, 2022
Of all the horrible things the devil has done to us, all the disease and pain and death he’s made us suffer, by far the worst is his making us deaf to God’s Word and silent in His praises. This was the dignity of man, our honor in the beginning, what raised us far above the beasts and made us sons of God, the envy of angels, that God created us in His image and…

8-28-22 Trinity 11

August 28, 2022
When King Solomon first built the temple and dedicated it to the Lord, it was very obvious what the temple was for. Solomon says in his dedication, “When they pray toward this place, hear o Lord in heaven Your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.” Forgive. That’s the reason for the Temple, forgiveness. Solomon’s prayer is full of it, constant, again and again. “When your people are defeated by the enemy because they’ve sinned…
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